How to get all A's at school with Raspberry Pi (and other stuff you missed)
At school, whenever I got a big project to work on at home to present in class, I’d spend days trying to think up how to make everyone else’s work look drab. Sometimes this worked out, but after seeing this father-daughter Raspberry Pi poster project, looks like I got a taste of my own medicine.
Poster projects about a state’s farming industry may not seem like the most exciting thing to anyone. However, Scott Bennett and his daughter Emma managed to make a pretty epic poster board on Vermont’s using a Raspberry Pi. Emma did most of the work, including the required soldering, and the result is a 3D poster that can light up and make sounds at the press of a button. There’s even an interactive quiz to test what you learned at the end! [via Make]
There are so many flying robots capable of doing a variety of tasks out there, but one common issue a large chunk of them have is a lack of good sight. Dongsuk Jeon and his team though think they have a solution. By reducing the power consumed by the feature extractor (which helps bots pick out key elements of a scene) and retooling the algorithm, Jeon and his team developed a slicker flying robot that can identify key targets more quickly.
To promote the upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness, Ars Electronica Futurelab put together a fleet of 30 quadrocopters, strapped LEDs to them, and sent them over the Tower Bridge in London. These quadrocopters are computer programmed prior to take off, making them seem to onlookers like they’re completely autonomous. To add extra spookiness, the quadrocopter armada hovered in formation near the bridge during March 23’s Earth Hour, a time when many switched off their lights to raise awareness for environmental issues. [via Engadget]
Looking for a new way to store and show off your Lego sets? Why not make a cabinet that looks like giant Lego bricks? Martin Storbeck’s display and storage unit uses Ikea Besta shelves, stacked up, with painted wooden coasters attached to the front to make them look like Lego bricks. Martin built lit alcoves into the setup, making the perfect nestling place for those sets. Try the build yourself using his handy guide.