Sioux has posted her Makie Doll paintjob to the site's forums, along with extensive notes. Makies are the ivory-white, custom 3D printed dolls, and Makie owners have been experimenting with ways to bring color to their creations. Sioux's work is just fab.
The biology of aphids is bizarre: they can be born pregnant and males sometimes lack mouths, causing them to die not long after mating. In an addition to their list of anomalies, work published this week indicates that they may also capture sunlight and use the energy for metabolic purposes.
WebIOPi is a web application which allows you to control your Raspberry Pi's GPIO. Just install it on your Pi, and use any browser from your network. Click/tap the in/out buttons to change GPIO direction, and click/tap on each output pin button to change their state.
It's useful to start enjoying GPIOs and also to debug some circuits without writing any line of code.
It also allows to control your Pi's GPIOs over Internet, so it's a good starting point for home remote control.
You can even fully customize the included UI with few CSS modifications or use the REST API to build your own WebApp.
Relations between mainland China and Taiwan haven't always been what you'd call warm, even with many companies having a footprint in both regions. Consider the first bursts of network traffic from a newly active connection as olive branches: a pair of undersea fiber optic cables running between southern China's Xiamen and the Taiwan-claimed Kinmen island chain represent the first truly direct data link between the two sides. Built by China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom and Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom, the link both has its share of diplomatic symbolism as well as the very practical advantage of a faster, more reliable route -- there's no globetrotting required to get data and voice to their destinations, and there's fewer chances of blackouts if a boat inadvertently slices a cable. We wouldn't go so far as to call it a Happily Ever After for either faction after decades of tension, but it does at least provide a greater semblance of normalcy to their communication.
Every year Gartner, a leading technology analyst firm, publishes what they call the “Hype Cycle” graph of emerging technologies. It is based on a theory that new technology goes through five stages after introduction to the market as hype creates unrealistic expectations which eventually collapse. Only afterwards is the true value of the technology utilized.
Professor Neil Gershenfeld, director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms and author of Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication, is visiting Wellington, New Zealand.
He’s in town for the FAB8NZ conference next week at Massey University, and recently spoke with Kim Hill of Radio New Zealand, about personal fabrication and the Fablab movement.
n the realm of science fiction (Aliens, Halo, Iron Man, etc) exo-skeletal suits have long enabled humans to exert super human force and endure arduous conditions. But for Emma Lavelle, a young girl that was born with a condition called arthrogryposis – wearing a 3D printed external support structure is a reality to enable her to carry out everyday tasks that able bodied people would perhaps take for granted.
Emma’s condition means she has stiff joints and under developed muscles, so much so that without support, she is unable to hold her arms up. Patients with this condition can overcome it with a Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX), but at 2 years of age, when first considered for the WREX, Emma was too small for the existing models available.