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Lego Mindstorms Robots Improving the Workplace

It seems that playing with Legos can make employees better at their jobs. They can serve as a baseline for cognitive exercises that promote teamwork within the workplace. Read more about it and check out a video here:

Wanna build your own Lego Mindstorms? “Build Your Own Teams of Robots with LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT and Bluetooth®” is perfect for that! Check it out here:

Let Me Take a SELFIE… Powered by Arduino

There’s always the problem of taking the classic “mirror pic” selfie that is having your phone in the picture. “SELFIE,” (Self Enhancing Live Feed Imagine Engine), built by a company called iStrategyLabs, is essentially a two-way mirror fixes that problem using Arduino. Read more about it and watch a video of SELFIE in action here:

Think you could come up with the next big Arduino project? Take a look at a free chapter of Simon Monk’s "Programming Arduino Next Steps: Going Further With Sketches"

Steampunk Pottery to be Showcased at the Smithsonian

The Original Grenade Mugs (Courtesy of Paveen “Beer” Chunhaswasdikul) pictured above.

Former auto mechanic, Paveen “Beer” Chunhaswasdikul makes hand-made “metalware” teapots and mugs that are miniature pieces of art as well as eye-catching novelties. Beer will have his Steampunk-inspired pottery featured in the annual Smithsonian Craft Show, alongside other one-of-a-kind creations of 123 other participants. Check out this link for more details as well as a video:

Still got a Steampunk fix? Check out a free chapter of “The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make,” by our very own Thomas Willeford here:

Final day of 3 day Arduino Giveaway!

Arduino Day 2014

Tomorrow is Arduino Day! It is also our final day of our 3 day Arduino Giveaway! Today’s title we are giving away to one lucky person is: “30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius: Second Edition,”by Simon Monk! JUST REPOST THIS IN ORDER TO BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED TO WIN THIS title. Don’t miss out!


Day 2 of Arduino Day Giveaway!

Arduino Day 2014

It’s Day 2 of our 3 day Arduino Day giveaway! Today’s title that is up for grabs is: "Build Your Own Autonomous NERF Blaster: Programming Mayhem with Processing and Arduino," by Bryce Bigger.

Just REPOST this post in order to be automatically entered to win this title! Don’t miss your chance!

Arduino Day 3 Day Giveaway!

Arduino Day 2014

Saturday, March 29, is officially Arduino Day!

Arduino Day is a worldwide celebration of Arduino’s first 10 years. It’s a full day full of events - both official and independent, anywhere around the world – where people interested in Arduino can meet, share their experiences, and learn more. Check out information here:

To celebrate, for the next 3 days we’re giving away a TAB book about mastering Arduino! One lucky winner will be given a copy of a featured book for the next 3 days. Just simply repost and you will be automatically entered to win the book featured for that day. Today’s book giveaway is, drum roll please…..


"Programming Arduino Next Steps: Going Further With Sketches," by Simon Monk. More about this title here:


LEGO Robot Breaks Rubik’s Cube Solving Record

This LEGO robot, the CUBESTORMER 3, has set the world record for Rubik’s Cube solving with a time of 3.253 seconds. How crazy is that? Find a video and more information here:

Think you could make a LEGO robot team that can beat the CUBESTORMER 3? Check out "Build Your Own Teams of Robots with LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT and Bluetooth®"

Scrabble-Playing Robot With Attitude


Carnegie Mellon University has a robot named Victor who not only plays scrabble, but talks trash. This is the CMU Robotics Institute’s attempt at making robots that are more human. Watch this video of Victor in action:


Want to make your own lifelike robot like Victor? Check out this free chapter of, "Androids: Build Your Own Lifelike Robots” here:

Raspberry Pi Powered Wireless Speakers Disguised As Artwork

If you are looking for wireless speakers but want them to blend into your apartment in a more aesthetic way, you need to check out Soundwall. They are wireless speakers powered by Raspberry Pi disguised as artwork for your home. A video of Soundwall in action plus more information:

Kinetic Sculpture That Circulates 100,000 Miniature Cars Every Hour


The Metropolis II (pictured above), is a kinetic sculpture that can circulate 100,000 miniature cars every hour. The piece was created by conceptual artist, Chris Burden, and has been on display at the Los Angeles Museum of Art since 2011. Check out a video of this cool piece of work in action here:

Fish on Wheels

Now, thanks to the prototype, “Fish on Wheels,” your pet fish can steer its own remote controlled car. Whichever way the fish moves, the vehicle moves. It uses a webcam to track the fish’s movement, a battery-powered Beagleboard and an Arduino controlled robot vehicle. Check out a cool video of “Fish on Wheels” in action here:

Check out how to do more fun Arduino projects with a free chapter of "Programming Arduino Next Steps: Going Further With Sketches,"here:

Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi!

A few days ago, February 29, marked the 2 year birthday of Raspberry Pi! Celebrate its selling of more than 2.5 million units in just two years with these two videos:

Also in celebration of Raspberry Pi, create your own Raspberry Pi project with “Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius”

Musical Ice Cream Made Possible By Arduino

imageWho knew using 3D printing and Arduino, your ice cream could become musical? Designers Carla Diana and Emilie Baltz recently formed a quartet known as “Lickestra,” and jammed using just a quart of vanilla ice cream and some high-tech cones. Check the video and full article out here:

You could start your own band with Programming Arduino Next Steps: Going Further With Sketches! The possibilities are endless. Check it out here:

Electric Car Made Wheelchair Compatible


The new electric car, Kenguru, now manufactured in the U.S., gives those in wheelchairs the ability to get around much quicker and in style! Check out more information on this here:


Maybe you could build your own cool electric vehicle with, Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Third Edition. Check out a free chapter here: http://www.