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Raspberry Pi’s Build HAT helps students build LEGO robots

Raspberry Pi has launched a new product that would make it easier to build robots out of LEGO components. The Build HAT (or Hardware Attached on Top), as it is called, is an add-on device that plugs into the Pi's 40-pin GPIO header. It was specifically designed to make it easy to use Pi hardware to control up to four LEGO Technic motors and sensors from the the toy company's Education Spike kits. Those sets are meant as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) learning tool for young students. The HAT also works with motors and sensors from the Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit.

In addition to the Build HAT itself, the company has created a Python library that can help students build prototypes using a Raspberry Pi and LEGO components. Plus, Raspberry Pi designed a $ 15 power supply for the HAT that can also power the motors and sensors attached to it. The Build HAT will set buyers back $ 25 each, and it works with all 40-pin GPIO Raspberry Pi boards, including the Raspberry Pi 4 and Raspberry Pi Zero. 

Those who want to make sure that their LEGO components will work with the HAT can also check out Raspberry Pi's handy list of compatible components. Finally, those who need a bit of help to get started can try follow one of Pi's project guides, which include a DIY game controller, a robot buggy that can be controlled via Bluetooth and a robotic face.

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NASA crowdsourcing helps build a better Moon digging robot

NASA’s Artemis program will eventually need robots to help live off the lunar soil, and it’s enlisting help from the public to make those robots viable. The space agency has picked winners from a design challenge that tasked people with improving the…
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FBI program helps companies fool hackers with ‘decoy data’

The FBI thinks it has a way for companies to limit the damage from data breaches: lure thieves into taking the wrong data. Ars Technica has learned of an FBI program, IDLE (Illicit Data Loss Exploitation), that has companies plant "decoy data" to co…
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Xbox One update helps you buy the games your friends are playing

It could soon be all too easy to cave into peer pressure if you're an Xbox One owner. Microsoft is trotting out a Guide update that not only lets you obtain more info about the games your friends are playing, but buy them, install them or play them….
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Bosch’s electric stroller tech helps carry your baby uphill

It's not just grown-ups that might appreciate electrified transport. Bosch has unveiled an "eStroller" system that uses dual electric motors and sensors to not only reduce the effort involved in carting your young one around, but prevent the stroller…
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MIT’s sensor-packed glove helps AI identify objects by touch

Researchers have spent years trying to teach robots how to grip different objects without crushing or dropping them. They could be one step closer, thanks to this low-cost, sensor-packed glove. In a paper published in Nature, a team of MIT scientists…
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Verily’s algorithm helps prevent eye disease in India

Verily's efforts to spot and prevent eye disease through algorithms are becoming more tangible. The Alphabet-owned company has revealed that its eye disease algorithm is seeing its first real-world use at the Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India. T…
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Facebook Stories test helps you invite friends to events

It's hard to make events exciting in Facebook. You can plan things down to the smallest detail, but that won't matter if people don't notice your event amid all the puppy videos and heated debates. Facebook may have a simple solution: put events wh…
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DFree helps the incontinent heed the call of nature

Most folks have little trouble recognizing when their bladders are nearly at capacity and are able to plan accordingly. However for the elderly, disabled, and infirm, doing so isn't always quite so easy. But that's where the DFree from Triple W comes…
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Google finally admits that dark mode helps with battery life on OLED displays

It’s something that most Samsung users have been aware of since the Galaxy S2 launched; AMOLED (OLED) displays use much less power when showing dark or true black wallpapers. In its quest to implement its Material Design that brought blinding white brightness to its apps as well as encouraging app developers to follow suit, Google has […]

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AI-enabled Guess store helps you create an ensemble

You can try Amazon's Echo Look if you want AI to offer fashion advice at home. But what if you're at the store, and would rather not hem and haw while you decide if that top goes with those jeans? Guess and Alibaba think they can help. They've wor…
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‘Hamilton’ app helps you get tickets, take embarrassing selfies

Hamilton: An American Musical is the most popular Broadway production in recent memory, and now it's coming to your phone — beyond the soundtrack (and mixtape) you've had on repeat the last two years. Hamilton: The Official App has just about everyt…
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Windows 10’s upgraded mapping helps you plan elaborate routes

You likely know that Microsoft packed a lot of improvements into the Windows 10 Creators Update, but there are still a few surprises left… particularly if you use Windows' built-in navigation app to get from A to B. Microsoft has detailed Creators'…
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Clockwork pacemaker powered by the beating of your heart helps keep it ticking

Researchers in Switzerland are working on a clockwork pacemaker with all the mechanical ingenuity of a high-end Swiss watch. Here’s how it works, and why it may be vastly superior to other options.

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Bloomlife pregnancy wearable helps expectant parents understand contractions

The Bloomlife pregnancy wearable monitors contractions and informs women so they can communicate more easily with their birth team. Accurate information about contractions patterns can help educate expectant parents.

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Wearable device helps steady hand of designer who has Parkinson’s disease

A graphic designer diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 29 has regained the ability to draw and write thanks to a wearable device designed by Haiyan Zhang, Microsoft Research Cambridge’s innovation director.

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Google’s new Trusted Contacts app helps keep you safe, even if your phone is off

Google has just released an app called Trusted Contacts that allows you to share your location with your emergency contacts with a single touch. The company hopes it will help keep users safe.

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Spontime is a social media network that helps you to spend less time on social media

Social media has taken over our lives — many prefer to spend more time on social media than they do fostering relationships in real life. Spontime, aimed at sparking real-life interactions, is here to change that.

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Final Cut Pro X helps small company delight world’s biggest clients

When Trim Editing started creating music videos over a decade ago, just paying the rent was a huge accomplishment. Now, the small East London company is crafting award-winning visuals for big brands — like Audi, Nike, Adidas, and Guinness — propelled by the power of Final Cut Pro X. The video editing software’s comprehensive features allow Trim Editing to organize film and audio clips, pull together compelling projects, and make changes on the fly. “When I’m playing back an edit for a director, they’ll say, ‘Okay, let’s go and make those changes I talked about.’ I’ll say, ‘Oh, no, they’re already done,’ and we’ll jump back and watch it again. People can’t believe that I’ve magically done the change before we even finish playback,” says editor Thomas Grove Carter.
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Wistiki is a stylish tracker that helps you find your lost devices

Bluetooth trackers aren’t really new products — but they’re becoming more stylish, if that’s your thing. Wistiki just successfully funded their sleek trackers on Indiegogo, and they’re $ 50 a pop.

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YouTube Kids app update helps parents tackle dodgy content

Google touts it as a “family friendly” app but since YouTube Kids’ launch in February a number of consumer groups have been complaining about inappropriate content on the service. Google says a new update aims to tackle ongoing concerns about the app.

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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good: Marauder’s Map Chrome extension helps you stalk friends

A new Chrome extension uses Messenger to display a map of your Facebook friends’ recorded locations, based on their Messenger usage. It’s pretty much as scary and creepy as it sounds.

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