"It's very easy to get intimidated," says Hamayal Choudhry, the robotics engineer who co-created the smartARM, a robotic hand prosthetic that uses a camera to analyse and manipulate objects. "You have this idea for a project, then think, I don't know a thing about this." Here's how Choudhry and his partner Samin Khan, who programmed the smartARM's machine learning algorithm, used code libraries, college assignments, and sponsored hackathons to find and execute a meaningful project at age 20.
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Heavy sleepers might need a little something stronger than your standard alarm clock. Some ask you to throw them against a wall, while others roll around the floor wailing, but none of them take direct action to wake you up. Furniture maker and Instructables user 1UpLiving decided to make his alarm clock a little more functional, adding the delightful feature of literally pulling the sheets off of his sleeping body in the morning.
Video: The most dangerous object in your home isn't the stove, the clothes iron, or that chainsaw in your garage. It's your alarm clock's snooze button that makes it so easy to go back to bed each morning. Silencing that alarm shouldn't be so easy, so Christopher Guichet built an alarm clock that can only be deactivated with a perfect shot from a Nerf blaster.
We've seen plenty of custom controllers over the years, but for those who prefer the tactile feel of a keyboard, Adafruit has put together a guide to make your own little keyboard-gamepad.
We've seen Raspberry Pi-powered weather stations before, but if Arduino is more your style, Instructables user Tecwyn Twmffat made one with three Arduinos.