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pi-top outs a new laptop for budding coders and hardware hackers

By | computing, Education, electronics, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, hardware hacking, learn to code, pi-top, Raspberry Pi, Robotics, STEM, TC | No Comments

 U.K. edtech startup pi-top has a new learn-to-code-and-tinker machine. It’s another modular Raspberry Pi-powered laptop but this time they’ve reduced the number of steps needed to put it together, as well as adding a slider keyboard design so the Qwerty panel can be pulled out to provide access to a rail for mounting and tinkering with electronics. Read More

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The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

By | drone, electronics, embedded systems, Emerging-Technologies, Gadgets, quadcopter, TC, Technology, unmanned aerial vehicles | No Comments

 Researchers at the Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV – a robot that stabilizes itself by shooting out multiple strands of rope that can stick to magnetic surfaces. The drone, which is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in rope gun that blasts out little connectors. The drone then pulls against the ropes, stabilizing itself in flight.… Read More

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A chat with the creators of Arduino

By | arduino, computing, Do it yourself, electronics, Gadgets, Internet of Things, Startups, TC, Technology, technotopia | No Comments

 On this week’s Technotopia I talked to Massimo Banzi and Fabio Violante, the co-creators of Arduino. This pair of Italian artists saw their little single-board computers as a gateway to high-tech art but they’ve essentially created a world in which anyone – from an 11-year-old hacker to a huge corporation – can make amazing hardware in a few hours.
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Federico Musto is out as Arduino CEO

By | arduino, ceo, computing, electronics, frederico musto, Gadgets, Internet of Things, Open source hardware, TC | No Comments

 Last week Arduino AG, the holding company for the open source Arduino project, announced that CEO Federico Musto stepped down, to be replaced with Massimo Banzi as new Chairman and CTO of Arduino and Dr. Fabio Violante as CEO. The move comes after the maker community found troubling discrepancies in Musto’s educational claims. “This is the beginning of a new era for Arduino in which… Read More

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Vertu is dead

By | digital media, electronics, Gadgets, iOS, iPhone, luxury brands, mobile phone, Nokia, TC, Technology, Vertu | No Comments

 It’s been a long, downward slide for cellphone maker Vertu. The company, founded by Nokia in 1998, was supposed to be a luxury phone provider to the stars and, to a degree, it delivered. They sold the $11,000 phones like expensive watches in boutique stores in tony neighborhoods. Vertu, with its precious metals and fine, hand-cut leather was supposed to maintain its luxury lead for… Read More

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