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ZIGBEE XBEE S2C–How to configure as Coordinator , Router / End Device

DIGI International has recently introduced the new ZIGBEE S2C Module .The previous S2 & the traditional S1 both are discontinued. The new module is powerful with both UART & SPI communication . Operating frequency band is The industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) radio band ISM 2.4 – 2.5 GHz It utilizes Silicon labs EM357 transceiver The Module is faster and has more RAM & flash memory with much reduced power consumption. Increases the mesh capabilities & consumes under 1 micro amp sleep current. Interface options : UART 1 Mb/s maximum (burst) , SPI 5 Mb/s maximum (burst) Here is the…

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Unleashing The Power Of An Innovative Mind

With the advent of latest technologies of Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, rapid prototyping, artificial intelligence and big data analysis, humans worldwide are creating thousands of innovations in the form of smart machines In one season, it rains heavily, cities get flooded with water, and life comes to a halt. In another season, there is a scarcity of water and thousands of lives are affected every year with drought. Can I harvest the rain water and manage water scarcity? Class 9 student from Atal Tinkering Lab in a Public school in Himachal Pradesh, India This is one student thinking differently,…

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Redefining School Education With Tinkering And Innovation

Do we not all feel empowered when we learn something new all by ourself? It is this empowering feeling of self-accomplishment that also leads to confidence building in the long run India is on the cusp of a revolution to create a ‘New India ‘. Our Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly believes that with the skills of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, India’s 1.2 billion people will help transform our nation into a ‘New India’. To achieve this goal, what’s essential is that we Innovate in India and Make in India. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution sets in, the manufacturing and…

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Shuruaat Bus: Atal Tinkering Lab on wheels

The Global Education & Leadership Foundation launched the Shuruaat Bus as a movement, supported by Facebook, the Atal Innovation Mission (NITI Aayog), and Apollo Tyres, to inspire young change-makers to take on the mantle of entrepreneurship, disrupt the status quo, solve the problems confronted by billions, and become creators of jobs and resources.

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A Brief History of Robotics

Why don’t we have robots taking care of our every need by now? A little history of the field of robotics might help you understand how hard it is to get machines to perform tasks, and how far we’ve come in just a few decades.  

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UC Berkeley Cockroach-Inspired Robot

“Cockroaches traverse crevices, crawl rapidly in confined spaces, and inspire a soft, legged robot” by Kaushik Jayaram and Robert J. Full, PNAS 2016 : 1514591113v1-201514591.  

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Robots Using Environment Objects as Tools

“Robots Using Environment Objects as Tools: The ‘MacGyver’ Paradigm for Mobile Manipulation,” by Mike Stilman, Can Erdogan, Saul Reynolds-Haertle, Munzir Zafar, Peng Hou, and Gregory Tracy from Georgia Tech, presented at ICRA 2014 in Hong Kong.  

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Tengu, the Lip-Syncing USB Robot

IEEE Spectrum editor Phillip Ross shows off his new favorite office toy, Tengu. Tengu’s not cheap (he’ll set you back $50) but he does have 8 different faces to mock you with when you speak.  

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