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Gadget Watch: Sony Smart Tennis Sensor

The Internet of Things will see ever more sensors ingeniously embedded to communicate with ever more systems, the story goes. Well, here’s one further new example of sensors nestling into our private sphere…

Sony has announced its Smart Tennis Sensor to plug into the bottom of your tennis racquet…

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Autonomous robot responds to colour recognition

I’ve meant to flag this one for a while: a colour detecting robot based on NI hardware. To be precise, it’s an autonomous four-wheel robot that can do colour recognition in real-time, using the myRio system and LabVIEW’s Vision toolkit…

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Telephone Remote Monitor, seventies style

This was a great find. A colleague, in the middle of a garage rummage over the weekend, unearthed a very old copy of Everyday Electronics (Nov 1974, 20p). And it’s great…

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Follow that car, Arduino!

This one could of interest to a Gadget Master looking to track moving objects, such as a vehicle. Want to monitor your elderly parent, perhaps, or keep an eye on your son or daughter’s first driving adventures…

OpenTracker v2 is an Arduino-based system, so we are on familiar…

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Spy gadgets from the CIA Museum

Room has to be found for this one – what budding young Gadget Master wouldn’t have been inspired by the spy gadgets and devices of the 1960s? Think James Bond and Russian agents, and also think CIA…

New Scientist is highlighting the online CIA Museum that features “spook kit” from…

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Gadget Book: Getting Started with Bluetooth Smart

Gadget Master seems to be increasingly concerned with Bluetooth Smart, what with the rise of the smartphone and the IoT and promise of everything talking to everything else if only someone writes a killer app…

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MagPi builds on Pi robotics

A new edition of The MagPi is out, I’m happy to say. And, as always, it’s available for free download…

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