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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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Add Temperature Sensing to Your Raspberry Pi
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 7.10.2014 News

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We were recently tipped off about a new temperature sensor board for the Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi Temperature Controller by Robogaia Industries uses a thermocouple, which you can see as the green cord in the image above, to sense temperature around the board. It also includes two motor drivers that can be used in conjunction with temperature sensing. The Pi’s IO pins are pulled through for easy access, as well.

The Kickstarter was successful, so you can pre-order one from the kickstarter page for $49 or purchase a partially assembled version for less.

Get it here!

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Tutorial Roundup #3: Sensors!
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 11.8.2013 Features

As makers we like to bridge the gap between the analog world and the digital one. Grabbing real-world data, analyzing it, and reacting to it is much more exhilarating when the process takes place through electronics as opposed to, say, our brains. Sure, you could always stick your beak outside and predict a chilly day. But, it’s just so much more satisfying that your custom mobile weather app will also send a signal heat up your coffee a few extra degrees in preparation. This is why we love sensors.

This week we’ve pulled together three tutorials on some interesting sensors to help you collect the data you need, or maybe provide some inspiration for a project.

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