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Tearing through the gadget Teardowns

We traditionally base the Gadget Master competition questions on a roundup-style post, and it is now high time for another one! How about tearing through all the teardowns we have featured? They are always popular posts - next to a shiny new gadget, the next best thing is taking apart a shiny new gadget! So, check out these posts covering Kindles, Sony VAIO laptops, MacBook Airs and a Galaxy Tab... ...

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Brainless bristlebots found to exhibit swarming behavior

(Phys.org) —A robot research team at Harvard University has found that tiny robots that move by vibrating bristle strands when grouped together, form spontaneously into groups—exhibiting, what the team describes as swarming behavior. In their paper the team has uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the group describes how they built tiny robots out of tiny vibrating motors, a battery and bristles and then ...

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Samsung announces Exynos 5 Octa for new generation of mobile devices

Samsung Electronics announced that its new Exynos 5 Octa application processor is scheduled for mass-production in the second quarter of 2013. The Exynos 5 Octa features an unprecedented eight-core ARM big.LITTLE architecture based on the Cortex-A15 CPU, technology built for efficient handling of multitasking abilities for high-end mobile devices today. ...

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Junior Robotics online exhibit showcases kids’ robots

(Phys.org) —As robotics has become an increasingly popular way to get kids and teens involved in the field of engineering, the robotics projects that the kids are doing have become more creative and sophisticated. A new online exhibit hosted by EXPO21XX, called Junior Robotics, has recently launched and begun showcasing the variety of robotics projects happening in the K-12 scene. ...

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Raspberry Pi User Guide competition

Time for a quick compo. I have two copies of the excellent book Raspberry Pi User Guide to give away! It will help you get speedily underway if you are new to the device, with chapters on the Pi as a Home Theatre PC, as a productivity machine, and serving as a Web server. ...

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Now Boston Dynamics’ BigDog can lift and toss (w/ video)

(Phys.org) —Boston Dynamics' DARPA-funded robotic dog has been upgraded with added functions for military support in hauling gear on rough terrain, Its new appendage is called various things—a "kind of head," a "face-arm," and a "canine elephant trunk." Whatever the terminology, BigDog has a new appendage to its torso that resembles a head. Boston Dynamic's goal of increasing versatility of roles took a pag ...

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TE Connectivity introduces a holder for Sharp LED

TE Connectivity 's circular Type Z32 LED holder provides a solderless power connection to the LED chip-on-board device, Sharp's Mini Zenigata. Direct attachment of the LED holder to the heat sink using standard screws secures the LED without damaging or cracking the substrates that could lead to latent field defects, says the supplier. ...

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