hackaday.com Archives - 26 July 2016, Tuesday

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • VertiGo Robot Drives Up Walls

    VertiGo Robot Drives Up Walls | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 11am

    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 robot has four wheels with one steerable set, but its secret sauce is the two propellers gimbaled on its back. ...

  • 3D Printed Electric Unicycle

    3D Printed Electric Unicycle | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 8am

    Actually riding around at 30 km/h on a 3D printed means of transportation is pretty gnarly, if not foolhardy. So we were actually pleased when we dug deeper and discovered that [E-Mat]’s unicycle build is actually just a very nice cover and battery holder. We say “just”, but a 3D-prin...

  • Hackaday Prize Entry: Let Your Muscles Do The Work

    Hackaday Prize Entry: Let Your Muscles Do The Work | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 5am

    Electromyography is a technique used to study and record the electrical signals generated when a muscle contracts. It’s used for medical diagnosis, rehab, kinesiological studies, and is the preferred method of control for robotic prosthetics and exoskeletons. There are a few companies...

  • Encrypted USB Bootloader for AVRs

    Encrypted USB Bootloader for AVRs | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 2am

    It probably doesn’t matter much for the hacker who sleeps with a bag of various microcontroller flash programmers under the pillow, but for an end-user to apply a firmware upgrade, convenience is king. These days that means using USB, and there are a few good AVR USB bootloaders out t...

  • Fail Of The Week: How Not To Build Your Own Motorcycle – Hackaday

    hackaday.com 24 Jul '16, 12am

    Fail Of The Week: How Not To Build Your Own Motorcycle Jenny List 2 weeks ago Categories: Fail of the Week , transportation hacks Tags: fail of the week , motorcycle , motorcycle frame There’s a saying among writers that goes something like “Everyone has a novel in them, but in most c...

  • Retrotechtacular: The Modern Telephone | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 11pm

    We take recorded telephone messages for granted in these days of smartphones and VOIP. Our voicemail lives on an anonymous server in a data centre in the cloud somewhere, in a flash memory chip on our DECT base station, or if we’re of a retro persuasion, on a micro-cassette. Wherever ...

  • BitCluster Brings a New Way to Snoop Through BitCoin Transactions - Hackaday

    BitCluster Brings a New Way to Snoop Through BitCoin Transactions | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 8pm

    Mining the wealth of information in the BitCoin blockchain is nothing new, but BitCluster goes a long way to make sense of the information you’ll find there. The tool was released by Mathieu Lavoie and David Decarty-Hetu, PH.D. on Friday following their talk at HOPE XI . I greatly enj...

  • Hacklet 117 – NFC Projects | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 5pm

    Near Field Communication (NFC) is something we take for granted these days. Nearly all smartphones have it. We even have NFC interfaces for all our favorite development boards. NFC’s history goes back all the way to 1997, when an early version was used in Star Wars special edition toy...

  • Hacklet 117 – NFC Projects | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 5pm

    Near Field Communication (NFC) is something we take for granted these days. Nearly all smartphones have it. We even have NFC interfaces for all our favorite development boards. NFC’s history goes back all the way to 1997, when an early version was used in Star Wars special edition toy...

  • Semisolid Lithium Ion Batteries Promise Better Cars, Solar | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 3pm

    Lithium-ion batteries make possible smaller and lighter electronics. Unfortunately, they are also costly to produce. In a conventional lithium-ion battery, many thin layers create the finished product much like filo dough in baklava. A startup company called 24M thinks they have the a...

  • Manipulators get a 1000x FPGA-based speed bump – Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 3pm

    Manipulators get a 1000x FPGA-based speed bump Joshua Vasquez 11 hours ago Categories: FPGA , robots hacks Tags: fpga , motion planning , robot , robotics For humans, moving our arms and hands onto an object to pick it up is pretty easy; but for manipulators, it’s a different story. O...

  • Manipulators get a 1000x FPGA-based speed bump

    Manipulators get a 1000x FPGA-based speed bump | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 2pm

    For humans, moving our arms and hands onto an object to pick it up is pretty easy; but for manipulators, it’s a different story. Once we’ve found the object we want our robot to pick up, we still need to plan a path from our robot hand to the object all the while lugging the remaining...

  • Liddiard Omnidirectional Wheels | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 11am

    Omnidirectional wheels are one of the hardy perennials of the world of invention. There seems to be something about the prospect of effortless parallel parking that sets the creative juices of backyard inventors flowing, and the result over the years have been a succession of impressi...

  • Bluetooth and Arduino Vaporizer Upends Stoner Stereotypes

    Bluetooth and Arduino Vaporizer Upends Stoner Stereotypes | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 8am

    Back in the day, stoners were content to sit around, toke on a joint, mellow out, and listen to the Grateful Dead or something. Nowadays, they practically need a degree in electrical engineering just to get high. [Beiherhund] sent us his VapeBox build. Like so many projects on Hackada...

  • Hackaday Prize Entry: Piezo Gait Analysis | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 5am

    Go into a fancy drug store, and you might just find one of the most amazing sales demonstrations you’ll ever see. Step right up, take your shoes off, and place your feet onto the magical Dr. Scholl’s machine, and you’ll get a customized readout of how your feet touch the ground. As an...

  • Quad Serial Adapter | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '16, 2am

    Despite concerted efforts to kill them, serial ports are alive and well, especially in embedded system. True, most of them end in a USB port, these days, but there’s still a lot of gear with a DE-9 (it isn’t a DB-9, despite the common use of the word) or a TTL-serial port lurking arou...