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Watch the touch down of NASA’s Curiosity Rover live!

Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a robotic mission to Mars launched by NASA on November 26, 2011, that will attempt to land a Mars rover called Curiosity on the surface of Mars. Today (August 6, 2012), it is scheduled to land in Gale Crater at about 05:31 UTCCuriosity rover’s objectives include determining Mars’ habitability, studying its climate and geology, and collecting data for human missions. Curiosity is twice as long and five times as heavy as NASA’s previous rovers Spirit and Opportunity. The total cost of the MSL/curiosity project is about US$2.5 billion.

So if you would like to see how 2.5 billions touch down on Mars, watch this live video stream:

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The AFRON “10 Dollar Robot” Design Challenge

The ‘10 Dollar Robot‘ Design Challenge calls for programmable and cost effective robotic designs. The goal of these designs is to learn how to program robots or to simply do physical computing with an affordable set of hardware parts, that can move and sense theyr environment. The outcome of this challenge is especially targeted for use in African countries and other emerging economies (but the competition is open to anyone worldwide). You can win Raspberry Pi boards and a little bit of additional money to buy hardware 🙂

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Radio Shack Hackerspace Challenge

In the spirit of friendly competition, RadioShack challenged two DIY enthusiast groups known as hackerspaces—one on each coast—to build something cool out of everyday stuff. The rules were simple: use parts from RadioShack, including an Arduino (an inexpensive programmable device that can be used for all sorts of interesting interactive projects).

Our two teams come from the Ace Monster Toys hackerspace in Oakland, California, and Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, Massachusetts (just outside Boston). Each team was given a $250 RadioShack gift card and one month to dream up, design and build their project. They both did an amazing job and used parts they found at RadioShack in unique and creative ways…. The winning team will receive $1000 and one lucky voter will receive a $1000 RadioShack Gift Card!

 

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean presented at Google I/O


At Google’s IO 2012 conference some new information about the further timeplan for the development and release of Android have been presented. The next release will be Android 4.1, called Jelly Bean, as an updated version of the actual 4.0 ( Ice Cream Sandwich) that is already installed on all high end Android hardware devices. Some features Google announced with the release of Android 4.1 are:

 

  • Project Butter – A deep driving effort to improve performance and response time, by introducing 60fps framerate, which means in detail a slight improvement of responsiveness and reaction times of some milliseconds.
  • Home Screen – the home screen now supports the dynamic resizing of widgets and it allows furthermore to flick widgets off the screen to remove them.
  • Offline Voice Input – Its now possible to voice type your speech without having a solid network connection, for example if you are in flight mode, as the interpreter moved on to the phone. They support English and are going to support 18 language more in the future.
  • Camera App and Gallery Improvements – Speeds up photo preview in camera mode.
  • Improved Notification System with immediate preview
  • Google Now and improved search and synth voice response – “gets to the right information at the right time… automatically” by analyzing your “search history, calendar, and past activities in order to find out what you might want.

Maker Shed at Maker Faire KC: 10 MakerBot Replicators (and More!) For Sale This Weekend

Maker Shed setup under way at Maker Faire Kansas City

Want to get your hands on a MakerBot Replicator but don’t want to wait the (as of this writing) 30 day leadtime? If you’re near Kansas City, you’re in luck. If you’re already planning to go to Maker Faire: Kansas City, you’re in even more luck!

The Maker Shed will be located right in front of Festival Plaza, and in addition to the MakerBots, they’ll have a bunch more for sale:

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is This Weekend! June 23rd-24th


Vancouver Makers are congregating for the second ever Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this weekend, June 23rd-24th at the PNE Forum (That’s Vancouver, British Columbia – in Canada). The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire was founded by members of our local hackerspace, Vancouver Hack Space, with the help of eatART and Vancouver Community Lab.

Hosting a mini has been an amazing way for local maker groups to converge and cross-pollinate ideas. In our inaugural year, we had around 80 makers, and close to 3,000 attendees. This year we have over 100 makers, and a much larger venue to accommodate more attendees throughout the weekend. There will be bands, a young makers section, an eco village, and more. If you’re around, come check it out! [via Make]