Arduino Project 9: Stompy the robot (part 2)

Stompy is one of the simpler and more compact four-legged walking robots you can build which makes him a great low-cost learning tool for understanding a little of the vast world of robotics. In part 1 of this project we covered the major pieces – how to put together the chassis and how to assemble…

Best Windows Phone Apps – October 2013

Hipstamatic OgglNo official Instagram yet? No worries.Price: Free | By: Hipstamatic | From: Windows Phone StoreMicrosoft and Nokia have been practically champing at the bit to bring the world-conquering Instagram to Windows Phone… but as yet to no avail. There are a number of unofficial third-party apps that can provide you with an Instagram-esque experience…

Arduino Project 8: Stompy the robot (part 1)

Stompy the walking robot. Isn’t he cute? Our first Arduino robot called Rolly in our February issue proved to be a popular project. Powered by an Arduino Uno board it was easy to put together and cost very little. In this project we upped the ante again with our first walking robot appropriately called Stompy.…

Google Nexus 10 review

Price: From $469 (16GB)  |  Website: google.com.au/nexus/10 Alongside a reasonably attractive (if a little plain) industrial design the Nexus 10 packs a world-first feature in its 2560 x 1600-pixel display based on Samsung’s own PLS tech. That smashes through Apple’s iPad Retina record (at 2048 x 1536 pixels) – for pixel counters that gives the…

Arduino Masterclass Part 4: Build a mini robot

Meet Rolly our first autonomous microbot based on an Arduino Uno microcontroller and our own ‘special sauce’ software. The Arduino Uno might be an aging 8-bit microcontroller board but when it comes to interacting with the outside world it’s much easier to use than an Intel Core or AMD FX CPU. The Uno’s cache of…

Acer Iconia Tab W510 review

Price: $749  |  From: Acer It might not be quite as cheap as the most affordable Windows RT tablets but Acer is definitely aiming for thinner wallets with this Windows 8-powered hybrid. Bought without the keyboard it’ll set you back around $700 putting it right in line with Apple’s iPad 4 and other Windows RT…

Motorola RAZR M 4G review

Price: From $60 per month on contract  |  From: Telstra If you want the latest and greatest in Android it’s usually tied to a very large-screen phone. Be it the Samsung Galaxy S III Galaxy Note II or Motorola’s RAZR HD the best processors batteries and connectivity options are usually slapped behind a large chunk of glass.…