The Role of the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robot in Artificial Intelligence Research

Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot. Image: Maryann Goldman

The Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot isn’t just a useful tool for teaching children about robotics. Read about how scientists are using it to explore artificial intelligence using the nematode worm connectome. Continue reading

DIY Home Automation: The Garage Door

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I often times have found myself driving back to the house because I could not remember if I shut my garage door. This may sound overly cautious, but I have several times forgotten to close it in the hustle of the morning or even had the cat run out and trigger the door safety system. Because of this… Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert – SAM: The Internet of Everything for Everyone

The prototype SAM modules

SAM is a new project which has just launched on Kickstarter, taking the idea behind individual electronic components that connect together – pioneered by littleBits – and freeing them from the need to be physically connected by adding a battery and wireless chip to each module. Continue reading

Powerful Yet Affordable Personal Scanner – Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

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I’m not a neat freak, but as a rule I just don’t like clutter. Especially paper clutter. Whether you’re a fan of cloud storage or you’ve taken advantage of one of the extremely low-priced hard drives offered these days (3TB for $100, for example), for example), it’s just too easy to move anything and everything possible to a digital storage location. For a number of years now, I’ve had a serious fascination with personal scanners… and I’ve used a mix of brand and models to get where I am today — a 99% paper-free home office. Continue reading