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NVIDIA Jetson Orin pit droid

After watching C-3PO and R2-D2 work together, we have all needed a companion robotic of our personal that may react to its setting, and with NVIDIA’s Jetson platform, it’s extra doable than ever. Goran Vuksic was impressed by the Pit Droids that are accountable for repairing pod racers, and along with making a extremely detailed 3D printed mannequin, he additionally included a Jetson Orin Nano. With this setup, his robot may detect objects and transfer to face them by itself because of a pair of servo motors.

Hydraulic lightsaber

The “fwoosh” sound together with the sluggish extension of plasma when a lightsaber is switched on is iconic to the Star Wars universe. And since we do not have the power to regulate plasma in that method fairly but, Marb from Marb’s Lab received pretty shut by moving glycerin into a transparent tube and shining a laser into it. The method was then automated with the inclusion of a linear actuator that may push/pull the plunger to a desired extent.

Millennium Falcon management panel

Makers have been faithfully recreating Star Wars props for many years, and YouTuber The Last Outpost has designed a Millennium Falcon control panel to movie-like requirements with the assistance of some ESP32s. Every panel contains a plethora of subtle LEDs and switches, in addition to results that may be adjusted by way of the ESP32’s built-in webserver.

A bipedal, strolling droid

Visiting the Galaxy’s Edge park at Disney World is a lifelong purpose for a lot of Star Wars fans, so what higher option to carry that have house than constructing your individual character? Robotics/maker YouTuber James Bruton’s BD-1 droid, albeit a bit much less succesful than the actual factor, is still able to balance and walk under its own power. The Teensy 4.1 controlling all the pieces will get inputs from an IMU, places the values by a strolling algorithm, after which actuates the servo motor positioned at every joint.

Lightsaber with LED and sound results

If working with glycerin and lasers is not your factor, Adafruit’s own version might be of interest. Made utilizing an RP2040 PropMaker Feather, this compact lightsaber contains a subtle polycarbonate tube crammed with high-density LEDs and even a mini speaker. The lighting results are initially triggered by an illuminated push-button, however additional swings or hits detected by an built-in LIS3DH IMU play different sounds and patterns in response.

Volumetric ‘hologram’ show

Volumetric shows are graphical interfaces that present data in three dimensions fairly than two, and whereas some are primarily based on stacks of present 2D screens or are really holographic, they’re most frequently very costly. Mac70 took the approach of projecting images onto a quickly moving surface utilizing a closely modified DLP projector that would recreate monochrome 3D objects. As soon as completed with the core electronics, he enclosed this show in a true-to-life Holoprojector- full with dials, buttons, and switches for adjusting the ensuing projection.

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