hackaday.com Archives - 12 December 2017, Tuesday

  • A Remote Controlled Air-Plane

    A Remote Controlled Air-Plane | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 11 Dec '17, 9pm

    The Air Hogs Sky Shark was a free-flying model airplane powered by compressed air. When it was released in the late ’90s, it was a fairly innovative toy featuring a strikingly novel compressed air engine made entirely out of injection molded plastic. Sales of these model planes took o...

  • Mike Harrison at the Superconference: Flying LCD Pixels

    Mike Harrison at the Superconference: Flying LCD Pixels | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 11 Dec '17, 7pm

    Mike Harrison, perhaps better known to us as the titular Mike of YouTube channel mikeselectricstuff, is a hardware hacking genius. He’s the man behind this year’s Superconference badge , and his hacks and teardowns have graced our pages many times. The best thing about Mike is that hi...

  • What You Need To Know About The Intel Management Engine

    What You Need To Know About The Intel Management Engine | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 11 Dec '17, 6pm

    Over the last decade, Intel has been including a tiny little microcontroller inside their CPUs. This microcontroller is connected to everything, and can shuttle data between your hard drive and your network adapter. It’s always on, even when the rest of your computer is off, and with ...

  • Smart Station Runs Entertainment, Is Entertainment

    Smart Station Runs Entertainment, Is Entertainment | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 11 Dec '17, 4pm

    It’s that special time of year—time for the parade of student projects from [Bruce Land]’s embedded microcontroller design course at Cornell. [Timothy], [Dhruv], and [Shaurya] are all into remote sensing and control applications, so they built a smart station that combines audiovisual...

  • The IBM PC That Broke IBM

    The IBM PC That Broke IBM | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 11 Dec '17, 3pm

    Drawing from personal experience, I was a TRS-80 Color Computer owner in 1981. When taking a break from University, I could be found at Radio Shack with other CoCo enthusiasts showing off software we’d written, and examining the latest games and hardware. But invariably I’d head a few...

  • A Bluetooth Speaker For Babies | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 11 Dec '17, 12pm

    [Mike Clifford] of [Modustrial Maker] had not one, not two, but five friends call him to announce that their first children were on the way, and he was inspired to build them a Bluetooth speaker with a unique LED matrix display as a fitting gift. Meant to not only entertain guests, bu...

  • OpenCV Never Forgets a Face | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 11 Dec '17, 9am

    All the cool phones now are doing facial recognition. While that sounds like a big job, you can add face detection and recognition easily to your projects if you can support the OpenCV library. [LinuxHint] has a great tutorial that steps you from the basics of OpenCV to actually acqui...

  • Roller Coaster Tycoon IRL | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 11 Dec '17, 6am

    Some people build model railroads, but [Matt Schmotzer] has always had a thing for roller coasters. Not content with RollerCoaster Tycoon , [Matt] decided to build an accurate and working model of Invertigo , a boomerang coaster at King’s Park, the coaster nirvana in Cincinnati, Ohio....

  • Light Switch For The Lazy | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 11 Dec '17, 3am

    [Will Donaldson] has whipped up a quick hack for anyone thinking of dipping their toe into home automation — or otherwise detest flicking off the bedroom light before navigating their way to their bed: a remote control light switch ! This remote switch uses a sg90 servo, an Arduino Un...

  • Hackaday Links: December 10, 2017 | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 11 Dec '17, 12am

    We have a contest going on right now challenging you to do the most with a coin cell . There are already quite a few interesting entries, and a few Hackaday writers are getting into the action by asking the question, ‘how do you open up a coin cell?’. The first thoughts were to open a...

  • Fully-functional Oscilloscope on a PIC | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 10 Dec '17, 9pm

    When troubleshooting circuits it’s handy to have an oscilloscope around, but often we aren’t in a lab setting with all of our fancy, expensive tools at our disposal. Luckily the price of some basic oscilloscopes has dropped considerably in the past several years, but if you want to ro...

  • Making Rubber Stamps with OpenSCAD | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 10 Dec '17, 6pm

    There’s an old saying that goes “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”, but around these parts a better version might be “If you can’t buy ’em, make ’em”. A rather large portion of the projects that have graced these pages have been the product of a hacker or maker not being able to find a...

  • Tapping into a Ham Radio’s Potential with SDRPlay | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 10 Dec '17, 3pm

    With both a rugged and reliable Yaesu FT-450D and the versatile SDRPlay in his shack, UK ham [Dave (G7IYK)] looked for the best way to link the two devices. Using two separate antennas was possible but inelegant, and switching the RF path between the two devices seemed clumsy. So he s...

  • Rock Out With The Nod Bang | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 10 Dec '17, 12pm

    In our years here on Hackaday, we’ve seen our fair share of musical hacks. They even have their own category! (Pro Tip – you can find it under the drop down menu in the Categories section). But this one takes the cake. [Andrew Lee] is a student at New York University who had a task of...

  • Spice up your dice with Bluetooth | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 10 Dec '17, 9am

    There’s no shortage of projects that replace your regular board game dice with an electronic version of them, bringing digital features into the real world. [Jean] however goes the other way around and brings the real world into the digital one with his Bluetooth equipped electronic d...

  • FrankenKorg; or, The Modern Remote Keyboard | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 10 Dec '17, 6am

    On a dreary night in November, [Smecher] collected the instruments of electronic life around him to infuse a musical spark into FrankenKorg — a resurrected keytar. This hack is a “re-braining” of a RK-100 Korg Keytar, replacing the original circuits with an ATMega32 — the original fun...

  • Camping In A…. Corolla? | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 10 Dec '17, 3am

    A weekend away camping in the wilds can do wonders for one’s sanity, and the joy of spending it in a recently converted camping vehicle adds to the delight. In a twist on the conventional camper, redditor [Gongfucius] and his wife have converted their 2005 Toyota Corolla into the perf...

  • MIT Is Building a Better 3D Printer | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 10 Dec '17, 12am

    Traditional desktop 3D printing technology has effectively hit a wall. The line between a $200 and a $1000 printer is blurrier now than ever before, and there’s a fairly prevalent argument in the community that you’d be better off upgrading two cheap printers and pocketing the change ...

  • Pogo Pins Make Light Work Of IoT Switches | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Dec '17, 10pm

    Living in a condo with inadequate opportunity for fresh light wiring presented a problem for [Raphael Luckom], which he solved by taking a few off-the-shelf ESP8266-based IoT mains switches. That in itself is nothing particularly new these days, but what makes his switches special is ...

  • Finished Dryer Will Text You

    Finished Dryer Will Text You | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Dec '17, 9pm

    Here’s a slightly different way to check on the status of your laundry. Instead of checking if the machine is vibrating, or listening for sound, or pulling everything apart and hacking an ESP8266 into it, check the power that the machine is drawing. This is what [Scrand] did in his Io...

  • Pogo Pins Make Light Work Of IoT Switches | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Dec '17, 6pm

    Living in a condo with inadequate opportunity for fresh light wiring presented a problem for [Raphael Luckom], which he solved by taking a few off-the-shelf ESP8266-based IoT mains switches. That in itself is nothing particularly new these days, but what makes his switches special is ...

  • Ask Hackaday: Prove Santa Exists | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Dec '17, 3pm

    There is no question, that Santa Claus exists. He’s real, with the sleigh, the beard, and the reindeer and everything. He distributes gifts to billions of children in an evening, squeezes down a billion chimneys without getting that stylish red outfit dirty, and gets back home to the ...

  • Feed Your Cat The Modern Way | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Dec '17, 12pm

    Feeding the cat should be a moment of magic, in which you bond with your adorable pet as she rubs seductively against your ankles. As you place the saucer of tender and moist meaty chunks on the floor, she bounds the length of your kitchen, excited expression on her little kitty face,...

  • Never Let Your Christmas Tree Run Dry, With Added Ultrasound | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Dec '17, 9am

    Winter in the parts of the Northern Hemisphere for which observing Christmas includes bringing half a forest into the house should really be divided into two seasons. No-spruce-needles-in-the-carpet season, and spruce-needles-doggedly-clinging-to-the-carpet season. Evergreen trees wer...

  • Bluetooth Speaker In A Bag | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Dec '17, 6am

    [VanTourist] — irked by what he sees as complicated project videos — has demonstrated that you can build a high quality, multi-function Bluetooth speaker inside three hours . Using simple hand tools — primarily a crimper, wire stripper, razor cutter and some glue — he’s packed this re...

  • A Wireless Webcam Without A Cumbersome Cloud Service | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Dec '17, 3am

    After a friend bought a nannycam that required the use of a cloud service to make the device useful, [Martin Caarels] thought to himself — as he puts it — ”I can probably do this with a Raspberry Pi! ” Altogether, [Caarels] gathered together a 4000mAh battery, a Raspberry Pi 3 with a ...

  • Restoring a piece of Musical History | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Dec '17, 12am

    Every restoration project involves various levels of grit, determination, gumption and doggedness. But [Darren Glen]’s restoration of a Jupiter-8 is an absolute labor of love. The Jupiter-8 , launched by Roland in 1981, was their flagship “polyphonic analog subtractive” synthesizer an...

  • Driver Board Makes Nixie Projects Easier than Ever | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Dec '17, 9pm

    We know, we know — yet another Nixie clock. But really, this one has a neat trick: an easy to use, feature packed driver for Nixies that makes good-looking projects a snap. As cool as Nixies are — we’ll admit that to a certain degree, familiarity breeds contempt — they can be tricky t...

  • Danielle Applestone: Building the Workforce of 2030 | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Dec '17, 7pm

    You wake up one morning with The Idea — the one new thing that the world can’t do without. You slave away at it night and day, locked in a garage expending the perspiration that Edison said was 99 percent of your job. You Kickstart, you succeed, you get your prototypes out the door. O...

  • Radiosondes: Getting Data from Upstairs | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Dec '17, 6pm

    Ever since I first learned about radiosondes as a kid, I’ve been fascinated by them. To my young mind, the idea that weather bureaus around the world would routinely loft instrument-laden packages high into the atmosphere to measure temperature, pressure, and winds aloft seemed extrav...