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sexta-feira, 24 de junho de 2011

Ponoko é do caneco!

Duas boas, da Ponoko:
Este Sintetizador, que até me faz esquecer quanto eu odeio soldar:

DIY synth making workshop
Rich Decibels teams up with Bleep Labs to present a series of DIY electronic audio workshops

For some time now I’ve had an interest in teaching people about electronics, recruiting for the maker army. I’ve found audio projects a great place for people to start learning.

I’ve just announced over on my website that I’m running another series of DIY synth making workshops in Wellington. If you’re interested pop over and have a look at the details.

If you’re interested in this stuff but not a Wellington local, check out the amazing gear available over at Bleep Labs or enjoy this tantalising video demonstration.

...E estes Legos de Papel, um projecto bacano:

Paper building blocks for your imagination

Grace Hawthorne is no stranger to fueling creativity and firing up the imagination. She may already be familiar to fans of ReadyMade, and thanks to her latest Kickstarter campaign, a whole new playful and creative juggernaut is about to be unleashed.

Paper Punk is a system of patterns that are supplied pre-cut from cool retro-futuristic printed stock, and after a few simple folds they become building blocks that can be used to create toys, art objects and more.

Each set comes with patterns in gorgeous complementary colours, posters and instructions, and a plethora of quirky stickers to add character and individuality to your constructions.
Consider Paper Punk as building blocks for your imagination…
it is a creativity tool that’s as much of and art form as it is a toy;
What I love most about Paper Punk is that it’s beautiful and fun!

Follow the link for a short clip where Grace runs us through what it’s all about.

Kickstarter Video from Paper Punk on Vimeo.

...E acabando como comecei, com Electrónica, quem segue a Saga dos Grafenos, fica a saber que a IBM, já fez o seu primeiro Circuito Integrado em Grafeno!

Graphene integrated circuit is a first

IBM researchers have made the first graphene circuit in which all of the circuit elements are integrated on a compact single chip. The new circuit is another important step forward for graphene-based electronics and potential applications include wireless communications and amplifiers.

Despite much progress in recent years and the fact that scientists have already made some high-performance graphene-based devices, it still remains challenging to integrate graphene transistors with other components on a single chip. This is mainly because graphene does not adhere very well to the metals and oxides traditionally used in semiconductor-manufacturing processes and because there are no reliable and reproducible techniques yet to make such circuits.
Integrated inductors

Now, Phaedon Avouris and colleagues at IBM's T J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, may have overcome this problem with their new integrated circuit that consists of a graphene transistor and a pair of inductors compactly integrated on a silicon carbide (SiC) wafer. The wafer-scale fabrication process the team developed is compatible with conventional semiconductor-fabrication methods and can be used to produce circuits in high yields.

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