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Weekend Crowd Fund Picks
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 9.7.2014 Crowd Fund

It’s a great weekend to browse a few crowdfund sites for new projects. Here are three projects you should consider backing.

CANBus Triple

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Modern cars are packed with electronics: engine diagnostics, dashboard panels, GPS units, satellite radio, cameras, sensors. Computers on wheels, basically. Simpler models might have a few dozen processors, whereas complex luxury vehicles can have well over 100. In order to allow the many diverse electronic units in the car to talk to each other, cars use a standard communication protocol called Controller Area Network Bus (shortened to CAN Bus).

As makers, we ask: how can we get inside this vast array of little car computers? The CANBus Triple – now funded on kickstarter – provides an answer. It’s an Arduino-compatible device with three CAN bus controllers. If you know how to install a car alarm, you can open up your car’s electronics to the CANBus Triple. For a $75 pledge, you will receive a first-run CANBus Triple from their campaign. Read more about it at the kickstarter.

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Robogaia 2D Robotic Obstacle Detector
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 9.2.2014 Crowd Fund

Ever wanted to build a robot butler that won’t run over your cat?

The Robogaia 2D Robotic Obstacle Detector is a robust object sensor that can be used in situations demanding wide-angle proximity sensing. A small team of engineers from Cleveland – under the name Robogaia Industries – is developing the device and is now running a Kickstarter to fund development of its fourth version.

Inspired by a lack of inexpensive sensors on the market that they could use in their robots, the team at Robogaia crafted their own and now make the result available to anyone.

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