Maker Commons is a university-wide initiative to enrich the teaching and learning experience through 3D printing, rapid prototyping, design thinking and direct support for students, faculty and staff. We provide an open access 3D printing service based on MakerBot technology that allows any member of the Penn State community to print on-demand. Rapid prototyping of electronic devices is made possible in the Invention Studio with an assortment of littleBits and Legos.
TWO YEARS AGO London startup Gravity showed off a wild concept for creating 3-D forms using augmented reality software. In the demo, a designer wearing AR glasses wielded an Arduino-connected pad and pen. As he drew on the plastic pad, his drawing appeared as a 3-D object that could be viewed and manipulated almost as though it was floating in air. The compelling concept hinted at how augmented (and virtual) reality could someday be as natural a creative tool as basic pen and paper.
Source: App Makes Designing in 3-D as Easy as Using Microsoft Paint
Build in Progress is designed to help you document your project as you’re developing it. You’ll want to have a camera on hand to capture how your design progresses each step of the way.This type of process documentation can be really helpful, both for yourself to look back on and for others that are building similar projects!
At Robomatter, we use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students about computer science, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. ROBOTS and ROBOTICS integrate math, science, engineering, and technology in ways that motivate and excite students. Our goal is to provide easy-to-use robotics educational learning resources, many created under license from and in association with Carnegie Mellon University.
You can use your BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. It’s 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s.
This little device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. Your BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet – clever!
I’ve set out to learn more about the Internet of Things, using my favorite childhood toy, Lego! I will combine my passion for computers and electronics to build an interactive Lego city, just because I can. There have already been several challenges and accomplishments with this project, which is why I thought it would be helpful to share my experiences with the world.This blog will be a collection of circuit projects, coding examples, Lego building, and whatever else I find amusing along the way.If you have ideas or product you would like to donate to the project, please reach out!
Diversified demands cannot be fully satisfied by mass production. The booming of open source hardware, 3D printing, crowd-funding and global logistics creates a evolutional easy platform to hardware innovators. Products are becoming democratized, as some of the consumers now calling themselves makers.
Seeed is a hardware innovation platform for makers to grow inspirations into differentiating products. By working closely with technology providers of all scale, Seeed provides accessible technologies with quality, speed and supply chain knowledge. When prototypes are ready to iterate, Seeed helps productize 1 to 1,000 pcs using in-house engineering, supply chain management and agile manufacture forces. Seeed also team up with incubators, Chinese tech ecosystem, investors and distribution channels to portal Maker startups beyond.
Source: Company Info : Seeed Studio Bazaar, Boost ideas, Extend the Reach
An education experience is more than just what happens in the classroom. Let’s follow our curiosity and keep exploring together. We’ve taken it to space but we think it can go even further. That’s because every curious mind that has impactful experiences with STEM has the potential to go one step beyond anything anyone’s imagined yet. That’s what we get excited about—providing groundbreaking collaborative tools, community and support that are a natural fit in the classroom but can take those possibilities anywhere. We’re here to help make sure the adventure is a fun (and powerful) one.
We wanted to design a 3D printing device that could be used within minutes, without needing any technical knowledge, software or computers. We also wanted it to be affordable as well as fun, so that anyone could 3Doodle! Compact and easy to use, the 3Doodler allows you to literally draw in the air – whether freestyle 3D sketching or tracing shapes from templates to make larger structures and objects.