hackaday.com Archives - 28 July 2016, Thursday

  • Yes, You Should be Hacking Your Car’s Data System https://t.co/5TFqGq7ykZ

    Yes, You Should be Hacking Your Car’s Data System | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 27 Jul '16, 6pm

    If you own a car, I would wager it’s the most complex device you own. Within you find locomotion, safety systems, and an entertainment system that may be using technology from several decades ago (but that’s a rant for a different article). Jalopy or Sweet Hotness, your ride has an un...

  • 3D Printering: Non-Planar Layer FDM | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 27 Jul '16, 5pm

    Ideally, non-planar 3D printing is done using a somewhat pointy nozzle, as flat nozzles tend to dig into the previously printed material and easily get entangled in infill structures. Generally, a pointy nozzle allows for steeper printing angles, although you always need to make sure ...

  • Design for Hackers

    Design for Hackers | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 27 Jul '16, 2pm

    Near the end of the lifecycle of mass-market commercial product development, an engineering team may come in and make a design for manufacturability (DFM) pass. The goal is to make the device easy, cheap, and reliable to build and actually improve reliability at the same time. We hack...

  • Robo Hobo Bamboozles Passers-By

    Robo Hobo Bamboozles Passers-By | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 27 Jul '16, 8am

    The brainchild of [Fred Ables], Dirk the homeless robot will meander through a crowd, nodding at passers-by and occasionally — with a tilt of his hand — ask for change, churning out a few notes on his organ for those who oblige him. [Ables] controls Dirk’s interactions with others rem...

  • Ugly DIY Portable Soldering Iron | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 26 Jul '16, 8pm

    If you’ve ever wanted a battery-operated soldering iron and you just can’t stand the thought of buying one, you might check out the video below from [Just5mins]. In it, he takes a candy tube, some scrap materials, a lithium ion battery, a nichrome wire, a USB charger, and a switch and...

  • Pokemon Go – Bot Edition | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 26 Jul '16, 6pm

    A wild Python appeared, and it wants to play Pokemon Go. Python bots are taking over the game when you can’t, and they are good. Since you’re likely to bump into one sooner or later, here’s an overview: One of the first workable bots and the origin of a lot of (dirty) code, as well as...

  • We Declare The Grandmaster Of Pokemon Go GPS Cheats | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 26 Jul '16, 4pm

    Since Pokemon Go blew up the world a couple of weeks ago we’ve been trying to catch ’em all. Not the Pokemon; we’ve been trying to collect all the hardware hacks, and in particular the most complete GPS spoofing hack. We are now ready to declare the first Grandmaster GPS spoofing hack...

  • Root on the Philips Hue IoT Bridge | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 26 Jul '16, 3pm

    Building on the work of others (as is always the case!) [pepe2k] managed to get root access on the Philips Hue Bridge v2 IoT light controller. There’s nothing unusual here, really. Connect to the device over serial, interrupt the boot process, boot up open firmware, dump the existing ...

  • History Of The Capacitor – The Modern Era https://t.co/Is6Zov14ZP

    History Of The Capacitor – The Modern Era | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 26 Jul '16, 2pm

    The pioneering years in the history of capacitors was a time when capacitors were used primarily for gaining an early understanding of electricity, predating the discovery even of the electron. It was also a time for doing parlor demonstrations, such as having a line of people holding...

  • Get Subpixel Printing With a DLP 3D Printer

    Get Subpixel Printing With a DLP 3D Printer | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 26 Jul '16, 11am

    A DLP 3D printer works by shining light into a vat of photosensitive polymer using a Digital Light Processing projector, curing a thin layer of the goo until a solid part has been built up. Generally, the resolution of the print is determined by the resolution of the projector, and by...

  • Bending The New Amazon Dash Button To Your Will | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 26 Jul '16, 8am

    Most Hackaday readers are familiar with the Amazon Dash button even if it has not yet made an appearance in their country or region. A WiFi enabled button emblazoned with a product logo, that triggers an Amazon order for that product when you press it. Stick it on your washing machine...

  • Hackaday Prize Entry: An AI Robot | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 26 Jul '16, 5am

    For her Hackaday Prize entry, [ThunderSqueak] is building an artificial intelligence. P.A.L., the Self-Programming AI Robot , is building on the intelligence displayed by Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and whatever the Google thing is called, to build a robot that’s able to learn from ...

  • [Alan Wolke]’s How To Use An Oscilloscope | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 26 Jul '16, 2am

    If you were to create a Venn diagram of Hackaday readers and oscilloscope owners the chances are the there would be a very significant intersection of the two sets. Whether the instrument in question is a decades-old CRT workhorse or a shiny modern digital ‘scope, it’s probably someth...

  • Have a Laser Cutter? He’s a Cool Combination Lock Box You Can Build! https://t.co/kx7BRVemm0

    Have a Laser Cutter? Here’s a Cool Combination Lock Box You Can Build! | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 25 Jul '16, 11pm

    Laser-cut plywood boxes are cool. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the free projects out there for people to get started with when they get a laser cutter – it’s obviously a popular genre of project. Laser cut plywood boxes with combination locks are even cooler, especially when the c...

  • Beware Of Tall Grass: Pokemon Go on the Gameboy Pocket | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 25 Jul '16, 9pm

    Am I the only one who can’t make heads or tails of the article? I know we’re all geeks here, but half of the text seems to assume intimate familiarity to specific hacks of a specific subgenre (Pokemon). “translate the steps he took in the game to his steps in the real world” sentence ...

  • Cory Doctorow Rails Against Technological Nihilism; Wants You to Have Hope

    Cory Doctorow Rails Against Technological Nihilism; Wants You to Have Hope | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 25 Jul '16, 8pm

    I was skeptical about a two hour block allotted for Cory Doctrow’s keynote address at HOPE XI. I’ve been to Operas that are shorter than that and it’s hard to imagine he could keep a huge audience engaged for that long. I was incredibly wrong — this was a barnburner of a talk. Here is...

  • Pokemon Go Physical Pokeball Catches ‘Em All https://t.co/jPpfhTqEeY

    Pokemon Go Physical Pokeball Catches ‘Em All | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 25 Jul '16, 6pm

    There’s something irresistible about throwing Pokeballs at unexpectedly appearing creatures. But wait. When did you actually, physically throw a Pokeball? Swiping over colored pixels wasn’t enough for [Trey Keown], so he built a real, throwable, Pokemon-catching Pokeball for Pokemon G...

  • Hands-on the AND!XOR Unofficial DEF CON Badge

    Hands-on the AND!XOR Unofficial DEF CON Badge | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 25 Jul '16, 5pm

    DEF CON 24 is still about two weeks away but we managed to get our hands on a hardware badge early. This is not the official hardware — there’s no way they’d let us leak that early. Although it may be unofficial in the sense that it won’t get you into the con, I’m declaring the AND!XO...

  • DIY Command Station for Kerbal Space Program is Overkill

    DIY Command Station for Kerbal Space Program is Overkill | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 25 Jul '16, 3pm

    We’ve seen custom controller mods for Kerbal Space Program before, but a group calling themselves the Makerforce went a step further with their design and build of the KSP “Overkill” Command Station , which has much more in common with a fancy standup arcade unit than a custom control...

  • What It’s Like to Quit Your Job and Start a Company – Then Fail | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 25 Jul '16, 2pm

    Some of our more dedicated readers may remember me as that promising and talented new writer who disappeared after only a couple of months last fall. Or, alternatively, that moronic new writer who had no idea what he was talking about. But, I’m just going to go ahead and assume it was...

  • Zizzy The Personal Robot Uses 3D Printed Artificial Muscles Instead of Hobby Servos

    Zizzy The Personal Robot Uses 3D Printed Artificial Muscles Instead of Hobby Servos | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 25 Jul '16, 11am

    Zizzy is a personal robot designed to help those with limited mobility. Rather than being assisted by a nightmare creature, Zizzy would offer a more appealing and friendly option. The coolest part about Zizzy is the 3D printable pneumatic artificial muscles . Project creator, [Michael...

  • Hackaday Prize Entry: Augmented Reality For Firefighters

    Hackaday Prize Entry: Augmented Reality For Firefighters | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 25 Jul '16, 5am

    Augmented reality is all the rage right now, and it’s all because of Pokemon. Of course, this means the entire idea of augmented reality is now wrapped up in taking pictures of Pidgeys in their unnatural setting. There are more useful applications of augmented reality, as [vijayvictor...

  • BST-1 Car Shortwave Receiver | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 25 Jul '16, 2am

    Commuting is a pain. Luckily, nearly every car has some sort of radio or other audio player to while away the hours stuck in traffic. However, most of those radios sport AM and FM bands, along with a weather band and–maybe–a long wave band. What if you prefer shortwave? [Thomas] poste...

  • Hackaday Links: July 24, 2016 | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 11pm

    Right now HOPE is dying down, and most of the Hackaday crew will be filtering out of NYC. It was a great weekend. The first weekend in August will be even better. We’re going to DEF CON, we’ll have people at VCF West, and a contingent at EMF Camp. If you’re going to EMF Camp, drop a l...

  • Dual Axis Solar Tracker with Online Energy Monitor

    Dual Axis Solar Tracker with Online Energy Monitor | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 8pm

    [Bruce Helsen] built this dual axis solar tracker as one of his final projects for school. As can be experimentally verified in a very short timeframe, the sun moves across the sky. This is a particularly troublesome behavior for solar panels, which work best when the sun shines direc...

  • VertiGo Robot Drives Up Walls – Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 5pm

    Gerrit Coetzee 18 hours ago Categories: robots hacks Tags: disney , propellor , rc , robot , vertigo , wheels This collaboration between ETH and the Disney empire’s research arm is a ultra-light robot that can roll across horizontal surfaces and also transition and climb walls . The r...

  • Super Cheap Super Simple DRO | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 5pm

    If you have an old manual lathe, mill, or even a drill press, a digital readout (DRO) is a very handy tool to have. A DRO gives you a readout of how far you’ve cut, milled, or drilled into a piece of work without having to stoop to caveman levels and look down at a dial. Here’s a stup...

  • Onde Magnetique Will Wow And Flutter Your Ears | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 3pm

    He did say “it’s a hack alright”, just that it doesn’t fully resemble it’s namesakes. Still, there are plenty of monophonic synths about. Having to use a continuous tape, with no auto-rewind like a Mellotron does, will I suppose limit it to certain types of sound. Very lucky finding a...

  • The Most Expensive VR Experiment You’ll See all Week: There isn’t a lot of detail to be found behind this sho...

    The Most Expensive VR Experiment You’ll See all Week | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 2pm

    There isn’t a lot of detail to be found behind this short demo of robot-based physical feedback for VR , but the video (embedded below) demonstrates things well. It’s an experiment in generating force feedback for virtual objects using a Baxter robot and the HTC Vive. When the user pr...

  • VertiGo Robot Drives Up Walls – Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 1pm

    Gerrit Coetzee 14 hours ago Categories: robots hacks Tags: disney , propellor , rc , robot , vertigo , wheels This collaboration between ETH and the Disney empire’s research arm is a ultra-light robot that can roll across horizontal surfaces and also transition and climb walls . The r...