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New and in 3D: Automatic 3D data conversion and 3D-MID prototyping


Aarbergen - At this year’s Munich Electronica trade fair (November 11th-14th), Beta LAYOUT continues to announce interesting innovations. Brand new for Beta LAYOUT at Electronica is the introduction of “3D-MID prototypes.” Molded Interconnect Device (MID) is the production of moldings with integrated conductive structures. In mass production, these moldings are manufactured using injection molding techniques. For prototyping purposes, this method is not economically feasible. Coming soon, Beta LAYOUT will offer the ability to manufacture MID components in prototype and small batch quantities, including the production of formed components by 3D printing, metallic coating, laser patterning, selective metallization, and mounting.

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The Wicker Witch Doctor


Build this DIY animatronic skeleton known as Papa Voodoo, created by Steve Koci and his Prop Squad for the October 2014 issue of SERVO Magazine. The Skeleton uses the Acotobotics system from Servo City, a Triaxial Skull Kit from Triaxal Skull Labs, and the Propeller Board from Parallax. Steve used his own Frankenstein board which uses a picaxe to supply the audio and control the skull servos to Papa Voodoo. 

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Run Cheetah! Jump Cheetah!


MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they've successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah. Bounding is when the front legs hit the ground together, followed by the back legs. It’s similar to the way a rabbit runs, and it’s relatively simpler to imitate than more complex patterns of four-legged running, like trotting or galloping.

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Sensing Sensibly


October 2014
By Bryan Bergeron

I recently joined an Iaido club to learn how to wield a Japanese long sword, or Katana. My first challenge was to learn to accelerate the sword quickly, and then stop it before the blade hit the floor or a limb. For some reason, this didn’t come naturally, and I quickly formulated a plan to mount an accelerometer on the sensei’s sword and one on mine to compare the acceleration patterns. Before I could put the plan into action, I discovered that I was going about it all wrong.

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