Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Cool Project: ROBOPuppet

Possibly of interest:  very cool robot programming methodology–use 3D printer  plus arduino to make hand held model.  Teach the model, then push to the real robot. ROBOPuppet from Indiana U.  Really cool! http://youtu.be/mcF0FTIEiG0 See the web site and conference paper for details. Anna Eilering, Giulia Franchi and Kris Hauser, “ROBOPuppet: Low-Cost, 3D Printed Miniatures for Teleoperating Full-Size Robots,”  IEEE/RSJ Intl. Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), September 2014.
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September Orientation Series

We’re happy to announce the September 2014 Fab Lab Orientation series! Join us during general open hours from 6-7:30p for activities. Those that require take-home materials will be a $5 charge per participant. September orientation Sessions will be led by expert Fab Lab staff and the remainder of the evening will be an opportunity to work with others on similar projects. Keep an eye out for October, when we switch over to Halloween-themed events like costume design or pumpkin carving with lasers!
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Not Exact Ruby, Nor Slippers, But…

An interesting art work/gadget from Dominic Wilcox:  “GPS Shoes“. These shoes can be programmed to give directions, and though scarcely ruby slippers, but they may be able to take you home. Best of all, the feature is enabled by clicking your heals, a la Dorothy.  Cool!    
The left shoe points in the desired direction, the right shoe acts as a progress bar. From: Dominick Wilcox, “No Place Like Home, GPS shoes”
    By the way, Wilcox has a lot of other strange and interesting “inventions” in his portfolio.
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Minecraft Creative Server Down

Fab Lab Minecraft server is down until we negotiate a solution with the University Firewall or Comcast off-site. It can be connected to locally at the Fab Lab on port 5222. It will likely be fixed by the end of next week. Sorry for the trouble!
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Possibly of interest: Walk-In Origami Klaediscope!!!

An awesome walk-in kaleidoscope! From Kobe (I needed to translate the blog page), this is built as a giant origami, made of folded mirrors, inside a shipping container.  The folds are fabricated by laser cutting perforations into mirrors. (I don’t think the Epilog has sufficient power to replicate this, but I’m not sure.) Google translate says “awesome” translates to: 素晴らしい
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