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segunda-feira, 19 de agosto de 2013

Littlebits de Verão! E Placa de Madeira ultra-fina, Impressão 3D facilitada, novas do Terrafugia, e abrir a Porta da Garagem com o Smartphone!

A cada vez maior Gama de kits modulares de Electrónica LittleBits, Kits que encaixam como Legos, mas são muito mais divertidos, esta rica ideia posta em prática oferece-vos esta campanha de Verão:

About littleBits
littleBits is a playful universe without limits to what you create. There’s no soldering, no wiring, no programming. Just snap together for prototyping, learning & fun! Learn More

A Inventables oferece-vos estas Placas de Madeira, ultra-finas, para as vossas Engenhocas:


An exotic hardwood with naturally spotted coloring

Leopardwood is also known as Lacewood, or Brazilian Lacewood. It is primarily sourced from Chile and Brazil. The heartwood varies from light orange to reddish brown. The appearance is highly-figured with a “lace-like” appearance. The wood is of medium strength and bends well. It is prized for inlays, fine furniture and decorative pieces. It is an excellent choice for turning. Leopardwood weighs around 39 lbs per cubic foot.
Because this is a natural material, the color and pattern will vary slightly from piece to piece. Please see the thickness tolerance below and note that thickness will change based on conditions like humidity.





O MIT vem-nos facilitar a vida, quando Imprimirem em 3D, com vários Materiais, com este programa, separando os dados que seguem para a Impressora, de forma a que só o que é necessário a um dado momento, lá esteja, permitindo assim mais de um Material ser impresso na mesma Impressão, sem paragens.

Mas, como se isso não fosse suficiente, este Programa permite várias graduações de dureza, NO MESMO MATERIAL, mesmo se o Material não seja flexível por si!


MIT's new software increases the speed and flexibility of multi-material 3D printing

Lakshmi Sandhana

Although 3D printing technology has progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years, most printers are still only capable of printing a solid object out of a single material. That's fine if you want to produce a plastic object with the same density throughout, but what if you want to use multiple materials in the one object or alter its internal architecture to vary its density and therefore its flexibility? A team at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a new software pipeline that makes both these things possible.




Boas notícias para os mais cépticos, o Automóvel/Avião, Terrafugia já foi demonstrado em Público, o que faz sempre um belo Espectáculo:

Terrafugia Transition flying car makes first public flights

David Szondy

There was a ray of hope recently for those who are looking forward to a car that’s a bit more Blade Runnery as Terrafugia's Transition flying car made its first public flights at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There, the Terrafugia team conducted two 20-minute flight demonstrations and also showed off the capability for the Transition's wings to be folded up so it can be driven about like a car.

Classed as a light sports plane by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Transition is also a road-legal vehicle. Technically, it isn’t a flying car so much as a roadable airplane capable of carrying a pilot/driver and one passenger. The company sees it as a way for private pilots to cover that “last mile” between a small airport and their destination without using a taxi of hauling along a motor scooter.



Para os mais distraídos, e/ou os mais comodistas, que tal abrir e fechar a porta da Garagem com o Smartphone?
Tem ainda a vantagem adicional d o estado da porta, aberta ou fechada, ser registado com uma mensagem de texto no télélé, de forma a que vocês possam ter a certeza, seguir viagem sem chatices, e também, dormir descansados!
É bom!

Electric Imp Garage Door Opener


I've lost count of the number of times we have set off on a trip only to have to turn back to check to see if we remembered to close the garage door. This ‘ible shows you how to connect the Electric Imp to your garage door opener, how to control your garage door from your iPhone and how to check the status of the door from anywhere. Every time the door is opened or closed a sensor is triggered, and a text is sent to a predefined group of phones so that you are always "in the know" as to door status. Commercially available options and kickstarter campaigns abound but this solution is easy enough to hack together yourself for small $ outlay.

This is an entry for the Remote Control, Weekend Projects and I Could Make that contests. Thanks in advance for your vote! 

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