hackaday.com Archives - 22 October 2017, Sunday

  • These Twenty Projects Won $1000 In The Hackaday Prize

    These Twenty Projects Won $1000 In The Hackaday Prize | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 21 Oct '17, 8pm

    Now that we’re done with the five rounds of the Hackaday Prize, it’s time for the big show. These hundred finalists will now move on to the last round where they’ll be assessed by our amazing panel of judges . From there, five finalists will be selected, with the fifth place winning $...

  • SegaPi Zero Shows Game Gear Some Respect

    SegaPi Zero Shows Game Gear Some Respect | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 21 Oct '17, 5pm

    If you were a gamer in 1991, you were presented with what seemed like an easy enough choice: you could get a Nintendo Game Boy, the gray brick with a slightly nauseating green-tinted screen that was already a couple of years old, or you could get yourself a glorious new Sega Game Gear...

  • 3D Printed Dashboard CB Mount is Convoy Ready

    3D Printed Dashboard CB Mount is Convoy Ready | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 21 Oct '17, 2pm

    Some may be surprised to hear that CB radio is alive and well in the 21st century. From disaster response to operating in areas without reliable communication infrastructure, there are plenty of reasons people are still reaching for their radio and not their smartphone. Unfortunately,...

  • Pop Goes the Haunted Jack-in-the-Box

    Pop Goes the Haunted Jack-in-the-Box | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 21 Oct '17, 11am

    Is Halloween sneaking up on you, too? It’s less than two weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to build something that will scare the pants off trick-or-treaters and party guests alike. This year, Hackaday regular [Sean Hodgins] hacked his favorite holiday by taking something ...

  • Look what came out of my USB charger ! | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 21 Oct '17, 8am

    Quick Charge, Qualcomm’s power delivery over USB technology, was introduced in 2013 and has evolved over several versions offering increasing levels of power transfer. The current version — QCv3.0 — offers 18 W power at voltage levels between 3.6 V to 20 V. Moreover, connected devices...

  • One Chip, Sixteen Times The RAM | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 21 Oct '17, 5am

    Have you ever upgraded your computer’s memory sixteen-fold, with a single chip? Tynemouth Software did for a classic Sinclair micro . For owners of home computers in the early 1980s, one of the most important selling points was how much RAM their device would have. Sometimes though th...

  • Low-Budget Hydroformer Puts the Squeeze on Sheet Metal Parts

    Low-Budget Hydroformer Puts the Squeeze on Sheet Metal Parts | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 21 Oct '17, 2am

    Between manufacturing technologies like 3D-printing, CNC routers, lost-whatever metal casting, and laser and plasma cutters, professional quality parts are making their way into even the most modest of DIY projects. But stamping has largely eluded the home-gamer, what with the need fo...

  • 3D Printed Gear Serves Seven Months Hard Labor

    3D Printed Gear Serves Seven Months Hard Labor | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 20 Oct '17, 11pm

    Even the staunchest 3D printing supporter would have to concede that in general, the greatest strength of 3D printing is not in the production of final parts, but in prototyping. Sure you can make functional prints, as the pages of this site will attest; but few would argue that you w...

  • Everything Worth Knowing about Lockwire

    Everything Worth Knowing about Lockwire | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 20 Oct '17, 8pm

    We were tipped off to an older video by [AgentJayZ] which demonstrates the proper use of lockwire also known as ‘safety wire.’ In high vibration operations like jet engines, street racers, machine guns, and that rickety old wheelchair you want to turn into a drift trike, a loose bolt ...

  • Hackaday Prize Entry: Two Leg Robot | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 20 Oct '17, 6pm

    ZZ Top! That song totally rocks! Many times when I hear that tune, I definitely think of this growing development of low-cost open-source 3D printed robots. It is really starting to take off now. For example, I am amazed with the work of James Bruton . Really a great honor to have my ...

  • Cable Bots, Arise! Domination of the Universe is at Hand

    Cable Bots, Arise! Domination of the Universe is at Hand | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 20 Oct '17, 5pm

    Most CNC robots people see involve belts and rails, gantries, lead screws, linear bearings, and so forth. Those components need a rigid chassis to support them and to keep them from wobbling during fabrication and adding imperfections to the design. As a result, the scale is necessari...

  • Supercon Badge Hacking Quick-Start

    Supercon Badge Hacking Quick-Start | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 20 Oct '17, 3pm

    The hardware badge Mike Harrison designed for this year’s Hackaday Superconference is begging to be hacked. Today, I wanted to help get you up and running quickly. The Hacker Village atmosphere of Supercon is starting up a day early this year. On Friday, November 10th badge pick-up st...

  • Artificial Intelligence at the Top of a Professional Sport | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 20 Oct '17, 2pm

    The lights dim and the music swells as an elite competitor in a silk robe passes through a cheering crowd to take the ring. It’s a blueprint familiar to boxing, only this pugilist won’t be throwing punches. OpenAI created an AI bot that has beaten the best players in the world at this...

  • DIY Nintendo Switch May Be Better Than Real Thing

    DIY Nintendo Switch May Be Better Than Real Thing | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 20 Oct '17, 11am

    Nintendo’s latest Zelda -playing device, the Switch, is having no problems essentially printing money for the Japanese gaming juggernaut. Its novel design that bridges the gap between portable and home console by essentially being both at the same time has clearly struck a chord with ...

  • Amiga Gets a PS/2 Keyboard Port

    Amiga Gets a PS/2 Keyboard Port | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 20 Oct '17, 8am

    Name any retrocomputer — Apple II, Sinclair, even TRS-80s — and you’ll find a community that’s deeply committed to keeping it alive and kicking. It’s hard to say which platform has the most rabid fans, but we’d guess Commodore is right up there, and the Amiga aficionados seem particul...

  • The Nixie Tube Killer That Never Was

    The Nixie Tube Killer That Never Was | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 20 Oct '17, 5am

    With the wealth of Nixie projects out there, there are points at which Hackaday is at risk of becoming Nixieaday. Nixie clocks, Nixie calculators, Nixie weather stations, and Nixie power meters have all graced our pages. And with good reason – Nixie tubes have a great retro look, and ...

  • FoTW: LED Strips Make Awful Servo Drivers | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 20 Oct '17, 2am

    We must all have at some time or another spotted a hack that seems like an incredible idea and which just has to be tried, but turns out to have been stretching the bounds of what is possible just a little too far. A chunk of our time has disappeared without trace, and we sheepishly e...

  • Scratch Built Watch Case is a Work Of Art

    Scratch Built Watch Case is a Work Of Art | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 19 Oct '17, 11pm

    The wristwatch was once an absolute necessity, as much fashion statement as it was a practical piece of equipment. Phones in our pockets (and more often than not, in our faces) replaced the necessity of the wristwatch for the majority of people, and the fashion half of the equation re...

  • Quick Hack Helps ALS Patient Communicate

    Quick Hack Helps ALS Patient Communicate | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 19 Oct '17, 8pm

    A diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is devastating. Outlier cases like [Stephen Hawking] notwithstanding, most ALS patients die within four years or so of their diagnosis, after having endured the progressive loss of muscle control that robs them of their ability to ...

  • Hackaday Prize Entry: Pyrotechnics Sequencer with Wireless Control | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 19 Oct '17, 6pm

    Fireworks are triggered by radio control all the time. It is SOP for most display companies. In many jurisdictions shells over a certain size (typically larger than 6″) are required to be electronically detonated, and because of the required setbacks (typically 70 feet of setback per ...

  • Books You Should Read: The Cuckoo’s Egg https://t.co/nXgiOgAwXC

    Books You Should Read: The Cuckoo’s Egg | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 19 Oct '17, 5pm

    The mid-1980s were a time of drastic change. In the United States, the Reagan era was winding down, the Cold War was heating up, and the IBM PC was the newest of newnesses. The comparatively few wires stitching together the larger university research centers around the world pulsed wi...

  • Enlarged Miniature Forklift

    Enlarged Miniature Forklift | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 19 Oct '17, 3pm

    How do you classify something that is gigantic and miniature at the same time? LEGO kit 850, from 1977 when it was known as an Expert Builder set, was 210 modular blocks meant to be transformed into a forklift nearly 140mm tall. [Matt Denton] scaled up the miniature pieces but it stil...

  • Spy Tech: Stealing a Moon Probe | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 19 Oct '17, 2pm

    There are indeed many things you can deduce from physical access to the craft. The diameter of the fuel lines, for example, tells you something about the rate of fuel going into the engine, which tells you something about thrust. The size of the fuel tanks tells you something about th...

  • DIY 9V Battery | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 19 Oct '17, 11am

    Volta’s pile — the first battery — was little more than silver and zinc discs separated by paper soaked in salt water. A classic classroom experiment is to build a pile from copper pennies, tin foil, and vinegar or lemon juice. [Omars2] has a different take on this old experiment. He ...

  • Cheap RC Truck Mod Is Slightly Risky Fun

    Cheap RC Truck Mod Is Slightly Risky Fun | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 19 Oct '17, 8am

    The world of RC can be neatly split into two separate groups: models and toys. The RC models are generally big, complex, and as you’d imagine, more expensive. On the other hand, the RC toys are cheap and readily available. While not as powerful or capable as their more expensive sibli...

  • A Web-Based Modem | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 19 Oct '17, 5am

    If you are beyond a certain age, you will recall when getting on the Internet was preceded by strange buzzing and squawking noises. Modems used tones to transmit and receive data across ordinary telephone lines. There were lots of tricks used to keep edging the speed of modem up until...

  • Motion Activated Super-Squirter Stands Guard

    Motion Activated Super-Squirter Stands Guard | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 19 Oct '17, 2am

    Thieves beware. If you prowl around [Matthew Gaber]’s place, you get soaked by his motion activated super-squirter . Even if he’s not at home, he can aim and fire it remotely using an iPhone app. And for the record, a camera saves photos of your wetted-self to an SD card. ESPino, Ardu...

  • Hassle-Free Classical Conditioning for Honey Bees

    Hassle-Free Classical Conditioning for Honey Bees | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 18 Oct '17, 11pm

    When you’re sick or have a headache, you tend to see things a bit differently. An ill-feeling human will display a cognitive bias and expect the world to punish them further. The same is true of honey bees. They are intelligent creatures that exhibit a variety of life skills, such as ...

  • Exploiting Weak Crypto on Car Key Fobs

    Exploiting Weak Crypto on Car Key Fobs | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 18 Oct '17, 8pm

    [tomwimmenhove] has found a vulnerability in the cryptographic algorithm that is used by certain Subaru key fobs and he has open-sourced the software that drives this exploit. All you need to open your Subaru is a RasPi and a DVB-T dongle, so you could complain that sharing this softw...

  • Hackaday Prize Entry: Unlock Your PC The RFID Way | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 18 Oct '17, 6pm

    Sometimes we see projects whose name describes very well what is being achieved, without conveying the extra useful dimension they also deliver. So it is with [Prasanth KS]’s Windows PC Lock/Unlock Using RFID . On the face of it this is a project for unlocking a Windows PC, but when y...