Hackaday: A Home Made Sewing Machine May Be The Only One

Hackaday: A Home Made Sewing Machine May Be The Only One. “The sewing machine is a tool that many of us will have somewhere around our workshop. Concealed within it lies an intricate and fascinating mechanism. Some of us may have peered inside, but very few indeed of us will have gone to the effort of building our own. In case you had ever wondered whether it was possible, [Fraens] has done just that, with what he claims may be the only entirely homemade sewing machine on the Internet.”

EurekAlert: Human fondness, faith in machines grows during pandemic

EurekAlert: Human fondness, faith in machines grows during pandemic. “People are not very nice to machines. The disdain goes beyond the slot machine that emptied your wallet, a dispenser that failed to deliver a Coke or a navigation system that took you on an unwanted detour. Yet USC researchers report that people affected by COVID-19 are showing more goodwill — to humans and to human-like autonomous machines.”

Machine learning for making machines: Applying visual search to mechanical parts (Purdue University)

Purdue University: Machine learning for making machines: Applying visual search to mechanical parts. “Computer vision researchers use machine learning to train computers in visually recognizing objects – but very few apply machine learning to mechanical parts such as gearboxes, bearings, brakes, clutches, motors, nuts, bolts and washers. A team of Purdue University mechanical engineers has created the first comprehensive open-source annotated database of more than 58,000 3D mechanical parts, designed to help researchers apply machine learning to those parts in actual machines.”

LumberJocks Forum: New Database of Woodworking Machines

From the LumberJocks forum: New Database of Woodworking Machines. ” own a few vintage Inca machines that I really enjoy for their precision and craftsmanship. As I started acquiring and repairing more machines, I kept running into the problem that it can be quite difficult to find information about these machines. Often you will have to spend a lot of time browsing different forums to find that bit of information you were looking for. That’s why I came up with the idea to create a simple database of woodworking machines (mostly vintage ones initially), where information is centralized.” There are about a hundred machines here currently, with a focus on European machines.

Science Museum Group Digital Lab: Scanning Stephenson’s Rocket

Science Museum Group Digital Lab: Scanning Stephenson’s Rocket. “Shortly before Stephenson’s Rocket left the Science Museum to visit the Discovery Museum in Newcastle (for the Great Exhibition of the North) and the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, we decided to carry out a very high resolution scan of this iconic locomotive. Working with ScanLAB — who previously scanned the Science Museum’s former Shipping Galleries — it was agreed that the best approach would be to produce a point cloud using LIDAR scanners and high-resolution photography. From this we could produce a high-resolution 3D (.obj) model of Rocket.”

Special Collection Spotlight: Frisco Lab Photo Collection (Missouri State University)

Missouri State University: Special Collection Spotlight: Frisco Lab Photo Collection. “Part of a recent donation from Frisco Railroad researcher and collector Louis Griesemer, the Frisco Lab Photograph Collection (M 97) is currently being processed and digitized by Special Collections and Archives staff. The collection contains over 5,000 images and will be digitized in its entirety, with a selection made available online. Images include interiors and exteriors of railroad cars, locomotives, accidents, broken parts examined at the lab, Frisco employees, company events, and more. “

MIT Technology Review: The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

MIT Technology Review: The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves. “Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous systems. But the U.S. military wants to make sure that this doesn’t lead to blindly trusting in any algorithm.”

New-to-Me: Database of Typewriters

New-to-me: a database of typewriters. Lots of typewriters. And apparently repair manuals/information. Gigantic! From the about page: “The ‘Database’ is probably the biggest source of typewriter serial numbers on the Internet today. As far as I know, it’s even the most complete collection of serial numbers ever. But when you see the number of given brand names, it’s still only a beginning. This Database is also a collection of typewriter photo galleries from the collections of enthusiasts all over the world. These galleries are linked to manufacturers and not only serve as a valuable additional resource for research about various machines, but also are fun to page through and see what collectors have in their collections.”

Online Museum of Allis-Chalmers Tractors

New-to-me: an online museum of Allis-Chalmers tractors. “Renfrew, Ontario’s George Nesbitt owns the world’s largest collection of Allis-Chalmers tractors. According to CBC, Nesbitt’s collection includes 400 tractors and could be values around $5 million CAN. Nesbitt has so many tractors that he’s opened an online museum on his farm for tractor enthusiasts to visit. It includes everything from the early AC models to the AC 7000 series.”