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Multifunction 3D Machines

September 13, 2013 Leave a comment

There’s been a proliferation of Multifunction 3D Manufacturing machines lately.  These products look really neat on the surface, but does the Jack of all trades, master of none principal apply?  See the Microfactory and the Zeus.

3D printing does require a lot of tinkering to get right.  The self-leveling feature of the Zeus would obviate a good portion of user care in theory.  So long as the extra features don’t make these machines harder to setup and use, they could be a larger step forward in the 3D Printing landscape than we’ve seen in a little while.

 

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BeagleBone Black: Raspberry Pi Killer?

April 29, 2013 2 comments

The new BeagleBone Black is out and a great contender for the Raspberry Pi.  At $45, it’s probably on par with the Pi for price, since you don’t need a uSD card for the BBB (BeagleBone Black).  With a lot more I/O, a faster processor, and better precompiled Linux package support the BBB is a very potent piece of technology.  I plan to use one in a couple of projects soon.

Check out Element14 for a comparison between the BBB and Raspberry Pi.  Also see the BeagleBoard website for great documentation on the product.

Rover 2 SpyTank Teardown

February 9, 2013 44 comments

Brookstone Rover 2.0 SpyTank Teardown

Brookstone SpyTank

Brookstone SpyTank

The Brookstone SpyTank is a track-driven spy cam with night vision that you can remote control using a tablet computer.  It includes auditory listening and loudspeaker functionality in its arsenal of intelligence gathering weaponry.  Drive it around to surveil targets, gather intelligence, and master your environment.  Your home may never be the same.

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