Mensch angetriebener Helicopter gewinnt Flugpreis

YouTube: Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter – AHS Sikorsky Prize Flight (via POPSCI

Im Jahr 1980 hat die American Helicopter Society International 250.000 Dollar für das Team ausgelobt, das ein von einem Mensch angetriebenen Helicopter baut und damit länger als eine Minute in drei Metern Höhe fliegt. Nach 33 Jahren haben sich jetzt ein paar Kanadier das Preisgeld geholt. Auch wenn der Pilot nicht gerade entspannt aussieht, würde ich den Hubi gern mal probestrampeln.

On June 13th, 2013, the AeroVelo Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres … The competition was initially opened in 1980, and over the course of the 33 years that followed, dozens of teams from around the world pushed the limits of existing technology in pursuit of this once-thought-to-be impossible goal. This video is a compilation of footage from the record flight, as well as previous test flights. For uncut videos and official documentation of the record flight visit and the AeroVelo YouTube Channel.

Drone It Yourself v1.0

Vimeo: DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0 (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

DIY (Drone It Yourself) von Jasper van Loenen ist ein kleines Kit, mit dem sich alle möglichen Gegenstände wie z.B. Fahrradfelgen, Tastaturen, Bücher, etc. im Handumdrehen  zu Drohnen umbauen lassen.

The DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0 kit offers you the opportunity to turn any object into a drone, simply by attaching four motors and a control unit – no technical know-how needed. The kit consists of multiple parts that are easy to assemble and can be attached to a wide range of different objects.
For more advanced uses, you can take the original designs and alter the kit by making your own custom clamps or add-ons as needed.

Mit der Gitarre Emails schreiben


YouTube: Email Guitar (via Waxy)

David Neevel kann mit seiner Gitarre Emails schreiben. Wie seine Arduino-Bastelei funktioniert erklärt er hier.

WK recently allowed me some time to tackle a problem that plagues workers everywhere whether they are working in advertising or some other job that involves a lot of email typing. I’m talking about the problem of not being able to devote enough time practicing shredding the guitar. The solution of hooking a guitar up so that you could use it like a computer keyboard had been in my head for a few years and it was a real joy to get to follow through on it.

Zuckerwattenmaschine aus einer alten Festplatte

Wie eins eine Zuckerwattenmaschine aus einer alten Festplatte baut – sweeeeeeeeet! 

A Chinese engineer who operates a data recovery and hard drive repair center is being hailed as a genius after inventing a DIY candy floss machine made from a used hard disk. According to the instructions, all that is needed to create your own candy floss maker is a hard drive that can still power up, a round flat metal tin, six bicycle spokes, an aluminum can and a plastic basin. A series of photos demonstrating how to create this candy floss machine have made some sensation across China internet … (via NCHackaday)

The Night Steve Jobs returned to Apple, Dec 20, 1996


Als Steve Jobs am 20. Dezember 1996 zu Apple zurückkehrte, schnappte sich Tim Holmes eine Apple QuickTake Camera und machte ein paar Fotos. Die Bilder sind so banal wie qualitativ schlecht (die Farben!) – aber gerade das gefällt mir an dem Album:

Working late on a Friday on December 20th at Apple Computer as Mac OS Evangelist, my manager came rushing past my office door saying to come with him to Town Hall, Apple’s theater for announcements, company meetings and the like. It was clearly not a company meeting… I called Mitch, my wife who also worked there at the time, and told her meet me there. We had no idea what was about to happen… I tend to take a camera everywhere, so I had my Apple QuickTake camera, which Steve Jobs killed within the year. The colors are way off due to the poor quality of digital cameras in 1996, Steve’s jacket was black in real life.

(Foto: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Tim Holmes via @JerikoOne)

Schlangen-Roboter umschlingt Dinge bei Kontakt


YouTube: Snake Robot Perching (via Automaton)

Sich bei der Robocalypse auf einem Baum zu verstecken, ist schon länger keine Option mehr. Insofern verschlechtert sich die Gesamtsituation durch das neuste Update für den modularen Schlangen-Bot vom Biorobotics Laboratory nur marginal. In freier Wildbahn will ich ihm trotzdem lieber nicht begegnen.

Using the accelerometers inside each module of the snake robot we are able to detect when the robot hits a pole or branch after being thrown and have the robot automatically perch on contact. This work is supported by the Army Research Lab’s Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA).