Robot Party – Special Edition

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Erin, the RobotGrrl writes in to share the Robot Party special edition -

The ROBOT PARTY is tomorrow at 8PM ET / 5PM PT! This is a very special edition broadcasted LIVE from Evil Mad Science that is celebrating the fantastic website LetsMakeRobots and their recent version 4 fundraiser! If you donated to their v4 fund before May 1st, then you were entered into a drawing to win 5 fabulous prizes from seeedstudio! You can still donate to LMR anyway!

 

We’re glad to participate in such an interesting event. We will provide prizes for the winners! Good luck guys!

 

Check the full article via RobotGrrl’s blog.

Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire review 2012

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Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire (that’s official by Make) is a yearly event for creators/hackers/makers of all sorts, robots, and electronics, pretty much anything technical and creative.

This year’s event was held on 8th April at the F518 Idea Land, Shenzhen, China. Seeed played a key role in organization and operation, and was the exclusive sponsor for the whole event. It’s not easy for us, but thankfully that’s a good beginning. We had 30 booths with over 80 makers and more than 120 maker stuffs in the venue. Approximately 600 visitors joined the event and more than 10 local Medias reported the maker faire. Specially, this is the first time that Make Faire comes into China, and it could definitely light up the maker culture in China.

More pictures here.

Shenzhen Hua Qiang Bei market tour by Dangerous Prototypes

People from Dangerous Prototypes made a great video and a series of posts to introduce the Hua Qiang Bei (SEG) market, the biggest electronics market in Shenzhen China. Enjoy!

Here’s the place that Shenzhen 2 U’s products come from and also is one of the most crowded places in the world.

 

You can get some basics from DP’s post.

 

Be sure to check out their previous Tours too. Akihabara in Tokyo and Cheonggyecheon in Seoul.

Another review of techBASIC 2.0 – a Hijack compatible app

Steven writes for the TUAW

Perhaps one of the coolest features of techBASIC 2.0 is the ability to tap into the sensors of your favorite iOS devices. The language provides a way to tap into the accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope, and also to grab your current latitude-longitude, altitude, and more. There’s a separate sensor class for the HiJack hardware, a University of Michigan project to add small sensor packages to iOS devices. The techBASIC blog features an example app showing how to grab readings from a HiJack-connected potentiometer. The potential here is huge — imagine being able to connect HiJack to a thermocouple to grab a temperature log through techBASIC, or to an anemometer to measure and track wind velocity on an iPad or iPhone.

Basically, HiJack was created at the University of Michigan for creating cubic-inch sensor peripherals for mobile phones. HiJack can harvest power and use bandwidth from the cellphone’s headset interface. And techBASIC makes it easy to manipulate data and plot the results from HiJack, making the data more sensible and useful. That’s good to see an excellent app jumps up and works with HiJack to make things easier!

 

Here’s a previous review of techBASIC and HiJack.

HiJack Development Pack is in-stock now!

Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire Review by DP

Here’s a report about Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire from Dangerous Prototypes -

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China’s first Maker Faire was a huge success. The building was full from open to close, and the maker after party stretched late into the night. The projects were amazing, and the people were fantastic. We met a ton of amazing makers, and we can’t wait to go back next year. A huge thanks to Seeed Studio for organizing the faire, and everyone who took time to be in our video.

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Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire (that’s official by Make) is a yearly event for creators/hackers/makers of all sorts, robots, and electronics, pretty much anything technical and creative.

This year’s event was held on 8th April at the F518 Idea Land, Shenzhen, China. Seeed played a key role in organization and operation, and was the exclusive sponsor for the whole event. It’s not easy for us, but thankfully that’s a good beginning. We had 30 booths with over 80 makers and more than 120 maker stuffs in the venue. Approximately 600 visitors joined the event and more than 10 local medias reported the maker faire. Specially, this is the first time that Make Faire comes into China, and it could definitely light up the maker culture in China.

More pictures here.

HiJack and techBASIC work perfectly to monitor the physics world

The Byte Works has recently launched a new app – techBasic for iPhone and iPad. The app designer declares that the techBASIC is the best science and education tool for home, school and work. And more importantly, techBASIC works very well with HiJack, making it easy to manipulate data and plot the results from HiJack.

 

News from the Prweb writes -

Connect an iPhone/iPad to External Sensors with HiJack and techBASIC

Now there’s an easy and powerful way to connect external devices to the iPhone/iPad using techBASIC and HiJack. techBASIC is a BASIC programming language that runs right on the iPhone/iPad. HiJack is an A-D converter that plugs into the headphone jack on the same devices. techBASIC makes it easy to manipulate data and plot the results from HiJack, creating a powerful tool to collect information from almost any external device without the need to write software first on a desktop computer.

 

Also check out the video shows how it works:


Hijack Development Pack is in-stock now!

GPS Module – .NET Gadgeteer Compatible Recall Notice

We received several bug reports recently regarding our GPS Module. Customers were not able to pinpoint their location by. As soon as we heard of the problem, we contacted our partner, GHI Electronics, to start troubleshooting. They were very instrumental in helping us identify the root cause.

 

Problematic Gadgeteer GPS modules are 1) labeled with E-1612-UB 2) receive NMEA strings with empty values.

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Here are the solutions:

1. If you bought a GPS Module – .NET Gadgeteer Compatible with the U-Blox E-1612-UB module from GHI Electronics, you can contact them through the following link for a replacement.

http://www.ghielectronics.com/contact/

2. If you bought a GPS Module – .NET Gadgeteer Compatible with the U-Blox E-1612-UB from Seeed, you can contact [email protected] for a replacement.

 

Reference link:

http://www.tinyclr.com/forum/21/6620/#/1/msg63828

http://www.seeedstudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3024&p=11819#p11819

 

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience!

We’re supporting Let’s Make Robots.com!

The cool robot building community website – Let’s Make Robots.com is planning for a big update. As the current LMR is getting old, they want to develop a newer version and raise money to do so by setting up a donation page. And Seeed will support the donation and making it more exciting!

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We will provide prizes for the LMR! Every donator will have a chance to win one of Seeed’s products above by donating at least 5$ before 1st of May 2012. Good luck guys!

 

Go to LMR’s website and take an action now!

Backing reaDIYmate on Kickstarter!

Good news!!! reaDIYmate has launched a Kickstarter campaign early on this month. Go check it out in the Kickstarter page, you won’t want to miss it.

 

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Basically, reaDIYmates are fun Wi-fi paper companions that move and play sounds depending on what’s happening in your digital life. It’s a mix of low-tech and high-tech. You can set up your reaDIYmate’s behavior by using a simple could-based web interface. Define a single action or combine them to create a more sophisticated behavior. Here is the list of actions available at launch:

 

  • Facebook: Move and play an MP3 when you receive notifications, new messages, friend requests and likes (See the video below). Post a status when you press the button.
  • Twitter: Move and play an MP3 when you are mentioned and have new followers. Send a tweet when you press the button.
  • Foursquare: Move and play an MP3 when a friend is in a certain venue. Check-in when you press the button.
  • Gmail: Move and play an MP3 when you receive an email from a specific person or an email where the subject contains a keyword. Send an email when you press the button.
  • RSS: Move and play an MP3 when a feed is updated or when it contains a specific keyword.
  • IfThisThenThat: For even more channels, use ifttt to trigger events on your reaDIYmate.
  • Soundbox: Follow a SoundCloud user and the new sounds will be played on your reaDIYmate when they are posted.
  • Remote: Use your iPhone accelerometer to play in real-time with your reaDIYmate or the reaDIYmate of a friend! This is telekinesis! (See the video below!)
  • Inbox: Send an email with a sound attached to any reaDIYmate and it will play that sound.
  • Copycat: Do exactly the same things at the same time as another reaDIYmate.

Moreover, reaDIYmate is compatible to the Grove system. That extends reaDIYmate’s possibilities to a large extent. You have more than 50 plug-and-play electronic bricks from Seeed Studio to play with. You can also plug most Arduino shields onto the reaDIYmate board.

 

For now, 100+ people have backed this project, and your supports will be surely making the project even closer to real world. Let’s MAKE it!

Protei – a low-cost open-source oil collecting robot

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PROTEI_007 via Instructables. Gabriella Levine writes -

Protei_007 is the seventh prototype for a project called Protei, which is an open source, articulated, segmented, robotic, unmanned, sailboat, originally built to sail upwind, dragging a long oil-absorbent boom, to aid in the cleanup of oil near spill sites. However, Protei is being developed into a more modular and adaptable design for an affordable, easy-to-build, boat, that can be utilized for various purposes, including nuclear waste monitoring, biological sampling, and plastic trash collection.

 

Amazingly, the Protei team recently uploaded a tutorial includes all the necessary information for the mechanical construction, electronic architecture, and software packages for Protei_007, including the laser templates and code packages. This can be constructed in a few hours. Required tools include a laser cutter.

 

We’re so glad to take part in such an awesome project, being one of the sponsors that make it real! More information on Kickstarter and Instructables, and don’t forget to check out the video – Protei_006 on the move!