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Eliot Kristan
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A lovely story of making and imagination 

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Using perhaps the cheapest and most readily available material imaginable, an organization called Adaptive Design (http://www.adaptivedesign.org/) teaches a community in Ecuador how to make life-changing adaptive aids.

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Using perhaps the cheapest and most readily available material imaginable, an organization called Adaptive Design (http://www.adaptivedesign.org/) teaches a community in Ecuador how to make life-changing adaptive aids.

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An  RC-type ESC (electronic speed control) that I'm using for a project was rapidly overheating and triggering the over-thermal protection when running the max-rated volts (24) through it. So I harvested a heatsink and fan combo from a PC graphics card and attached the ESC to it with some sugru and now it runs super cool!

BTW, ESCs make excellent cheap motor controllers that you can control using the Arduino Servo library.

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This is a new eye tracking peripheral for the computer called the Tobii REX that was shown at CES. It could be a great tool for people and the fact that they're aiming to sell it to general computer users will help bring the price down. It seems limited in that it requires another input like a keyboard for things like clicks but I imagine that if it can accurately track eye gaze then programming it to track blinks for things like click events shouldn't be far off.

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22 degrees of motion? Wha?!
Armed and dangerous?

APL's Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) recently made the news when a woman, paralyzed from the neck down, was able to control it with her thoughts. - goo.gl/O4lld

The clip below demonstrates the arm's amazing capabilities. It offers 22 degrees of motion, including independent movement of each finger, in a package that weighs about nine pounds (the weight of a natural limb). Providing nearly as much dexterity as a natural limb, the MPL is capable of unprecedented mechanical agility.

This news, of course, brings a smile to my face as it will help a lot of people, dramatically increasing their quality of life, but it's important to keep in mind that such robotic systems will have other applications as well.
'Iron Man' Actor Clark Gregg Spends a Day With the Raytheon Sarcos XOS 2 Exoskeleton

Right now we have people controlling robots in far away warzones - mostly aerial drones - but in the future we might see humans using exoskeletons, BCIs or extremely accurate motion trackers to translate their movement to humanoid robotic platforms. When you consider that using drones is not considered to be an act of war and does not need congressional approval... Not to mention that the use of a robotic ground force might have unintended consequences; actually feeding extremism instead of serving as a deterrent.   

The Robotics Revolution - goo.gl/DCa4G
Drones today... Robocop tomorrow? - goo.gl/5Bpbc

Via +Ethan Smith & +Ninja On Rye 

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"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."

- Stephen Hawking

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A man with ALS using an eye tracking setup to DJ a party!

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Pretty excited about this: Pinoccio, an Arduino-compatible small-footprint board w/ in chip RF and optional WiFi shield. 

They can mesh with each other through RF which means you can have as many web-connected Pinoccio's as you'd like using just one WiFi shield.

And the on board LED color? RGB! That's pretty cool from a development standpoint and using different colors as status indicators.

Also, 2 serial ports!

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I used an Arduino Uno with a Bluetooth shield (Seeed) connected to an ESC as a motor controller along with the Amarino library (http://www.amarino-toolkit.net/) to bridge the Arduino and Android communication in order to control a linear actuator to stand up a user in a wheelchair.

I'm excited about using an Android device as a remote control for Arduino for this project as well as others in the future.
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