hackaday.com Archives - 04 October 2015, Sunday

  • Creating Video Trails In OpenCV

    Creating Video Trails In OpenCV | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 03 Oct '15, 5pm

    The video trail effect is nothing new: it was first used in music videos like “Blame it on the boogie” from the Jackson 5 in 1978. Now, [Antonio Ospite] has put together a nice article that shows the basics of using OpenCV to create this effect in live video. He used the open source v...

  • DIY Lego Slit-Scan 2001 Stargate | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 03 Oct '15, 2pm

    [Filmmaker IQ] has a bunch of great tutorials on the technical aspects of making movies, but this episode on copying the stargate Stanley Kubrick’s famous 2001: A Space Odyssey using Legos is a hacker’s delight. The stargate in 2001 is that long, trippy bit where our protagonist Dave ...

  • Tech Journos Link Samsung To Volkswagen, Somehow

    Tech Journos Link Samsung To Volkswagen, Somehow | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 03 Oct '15, 11am

    On Thursday The Guardian published information linking Samsung to the current Volkswagen emissions fiasco. Samsung is accused of installing a ‘defeat device’ on some televisions that uses less energy during official testing conditions than would be found during real-world use. “The ap...

  • Laser Etching Graphene Supercapacitors

    Laser Etching Graphene Supercapacitors | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 03 Oct '15, 8am

    The tech is nothing new, but did you know you can make your own graphene using your DVD burner? No seriously — all you need is a light-scribe compatible DVD burner and some graphite oxide. It’s pretty simple. By placing a thin film on top of a DVD (or any plastic CD shaped disc), and ...

  • The Square Inch Project Challenges Your Layout Skills

    The Square Inch Project Challenges Your Layout Skills | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 03 Oct '15, 5am

    [alpha_ninja ] proves that Hackaday.io is not just about great projects, but about an awesome community. Over this past week [alpha_ninja] has created The Square Inch Project , which is a grass-roots contest. The contest rules are pretty simple: The project PCB must fit in a 1″ x 1″ s...

  • Data Logger Powered by Linkit One Board

    Data Logger Powered by Linkit One Board | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 03 Oct '15, 2am

    [Jed Hodson ] put together a nice little data logger with a Linkit One board at its heart. It’s capable of logging two analog channels and one digital channel which also has PWM capabilities. A GPS is used to get the correct time and a Freetronics OLED display coupled with a shield le...

  • Party Balloon Crosses Atlantic, Tours Europe & Phones Home

    Party Balloon Crosses Atlantic, Tours Europe & Phones Home | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 11pm

    For the past few months, [David VE3KL] has been launching balloons from his Canadian home fitted with radio transmitters . Nothing unusual there: quite a few people do this, including schools, hackerspaces, and individuals. What is remarkable is how far he has gotten. His S-4 flight i...

  • A White Hat Virus for the Internet of Things | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 9pm

    The Internet of Things is going gangbusters, despite no one knowing exactly what it will be used for. There’s more marketing money being thrown at IoT paraphernalia than a new soda from Pepsi. It’s a new technology, and with that comes a few problems: these devices are incredibly inse...

  • Embed with Elliot: Interrupts, the Ugly | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 8pm

    Welcome to part three of “Interrupts: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. We’ve already professed our love for interrupts , showing how they are useful for solving multiple common microcontroller tasks with aplomb. That was surely Good. And then we dipped into some of the scheduling and...

  • No Sex Please, We’re Robots | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 5pm

    There was a time when technology would advance and launch debates over ethical concerns raised by the technology. Lately, however, it seems ethical debate is (I hope) in advance of the actual technology. Maybe that’s a good thing. Case in point: A paper at Ethicomp 2015 from De Montfo...

  • Numato Opsis: FPGA-based open video platform

    Numato Opsis: FPGA-based open video platform | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 3pm

    Imagine that you’re running a conference and you want to do a professional job recording the speakers and their decks. You’ll need to record one video stream from the presenter’s laptop, and it’d be nice to have another of the presenter taken with a camera. But you also need to have t...

  • Why Aren’t We Arguing More about Mr Robot? | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 2pm

    Editor’s note: Thar be spoilers below. Showing any sort of ‘hacking’ on either the big screen or the small often ends in complete, abject failure. You only need to look at Hackers with its rollerblading PowerBooks, Independance Day where the aliens are also inexplicably using PowerBoo...

  • A Third Scale Mini PowerMac

    A Third Scale Mini PowerMac | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 11am

    We’re surrounded by tiny ARM boards running Linux, and one of the most popular things to do with these tiny yet powerful computers is case modding. We’ve seen Raspberry Pis in Game Boys, old Ataris, and even in books. [Aaron] decided it was time to fit a tiny computer inside an offici...

  • Computer Learns to Hack Chess | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 8am

    A lot of computers can play chess. [Matthew Lui’s] Giraffe is a chess playing computer , but unlike other common chess programs, Giraffe taught itself to play. It apparently learned pretty well, too, since it is rated as an International Master on the FIDE scale (putting it in the top...

  • "Raspberry Pi 2 Game Boy Brings Sexy Back From 1989" #diy #raspberrypi #gameboy

    Raspberry Pi 2 Game Boy Brings Sexy Back From 1989 | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 6am

    When the ever-versatile Raspberry Pi was released, the potential for cheap video game emulation was immediately obvious. Some of the very first Raspi projects to hit the internet were arcade cabinets, and it wasn’t long until people were making them portable. A purpose-build Linux dis...

  • Arduino’s Long-Awaited Improved WiFi Shield | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 5am

    Announced at the 2014 Maker Faire in New York, the latest Arduino WiFi shield is finally available . This shield replaces the old Arduino WiFi shield, while providing a few neat features that will come in very handy for the yet-to-be-developed Internet of Things. While the WiFi Shield...

  • Open Source ESC Developed for Longboard Commute

    Open Source ESC Developed for Longboard Commute | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 02 Oct '15, 2am

    For electric and remote control vehicles – from quadcopters to electric longboards – the brains of the outfit is the Electronic Speed Controller (ESC). The ESC is just a device that drives a brushless motor in response to a servo signal, but in that simplicity is a lot of technology. ...

  • 2015 RedBull Creation Ends with Flaming Tire Swing of Death | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 01 Oct '15, 11pm

    Holy *#$&. That just about sums up the 2015 RedBull Creation Competition. It was fantastic. Where else could you ride a gasoline engine powered tire-swing-of-death, complete with fireball launcher? Well… maybe Burning Man… Anyway, was it a hackathon? No, this was a build-a-thon . A fe...

  • The HEXXX Gaming Console

    The HEXXX Gaming Console | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 01 Oct '15, 3pm

    Worried about bringing a project to demo at CCC15 (The Chaos Communication Camp), [Anthony Liekens] had to act fast. He would have brought his giant Flying Spaghetti-Monster Display (FSM for short) , but unfortunately it wouldn’t fit in his car. So, looking around his garage he realiz...

  • Arduino Development; There’s a Makefile for That | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 01 Oct '15, 2pm

    For many beginners, writing (or even editting) a Makefile can cause some serious confusion with most Makefile authors’ shameless shortcut use. Make no mistake, the cryptic syntax of many Makefiles forms a concise list of instructions for compiling and linking your executable, but this...

  • Because Burning Man Needed More LEDs | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 01 Oct '15, 11am

    There are a lot of blinky glowy things at Burning Man every year, and [Mark] decided he would literally throw his hat into the ring. He built a high visibility top hat studded with more RGB LEDs than common sense would dictate. It’s a flashy hat, and a very good example of the fashion...

  • This PCB Business Card is Logically Different | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 01 Oct '15, 8am

    Having seen a number of PCB business cards [Will] decided to go against the more popular choice of a micro-controller based design and show some character with a logic based finite state machine . [Will] uses a single 7-segment display to scroll through the letters of his name with a ...

  • World Maker Faire 2015: Prometheus and The New Air Quality Egg

    World Maker Faire 2015: Prometheus and The New Air Quality Egg | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 01 Oct '15, 5am

    There were plenty of projects and products to be seen at the 2015 World Maker Faire. In the maker pavilion, we found [Rocco Tuccio] showing off Prometheus, his PCB CNC router . Machines like this make prototyping circuits easy. Just place a blank piece of copper clad in the machine, l...

  • 3D Popup Cards from 3D Photos

    3D Popup Cards from 3D Photos | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 01 Oct '15, 2am

    The world of 3D printing is growing rapidly. Some might say it’s growing layer by layer. But there was one aspect that [Ken] wanted to improve upon, and that was in the area of 3D photos. Specifically, printing a 3D pop-up-style photograph that collapses to save space so you can easil...

  • Robot Dances on the Icy Ceiling

    Robot Dances on the Icy Ceiling | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 30 Sep '15, 11pm

    NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is working on a robot for the exploration of Europa’s oceans. A big problem is the oceans are under a permanent ice ceiling. JPL is making that ceiling a feature with a robot that dances, okay wheels, on the ceiling . The Buoyant Rover for Under-...

  • New Part Day: Tiny, Tiny Bluetooth Chips | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 30 Sep '15, 8pm

    The future of tiny electronics is wearables, it seems, with companies coming out with tiny devices that are able to check your pulse, blood pressure, and temperature while relaying this data back to your phone over a Bluetooth connection. Intel has the Curie module, a small System on ...

  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    Can You Hear Me Now? | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 30 Sep '15, 5pm

    It’s great to build projects just to do something neat, to learn; to impress friends and other hackers. It’s even better to address a real need. I’ve worn hearing aids for 40 some years. My response to the question “Can you hear me now?” is still all too often, “No.” Because of this I...

  • Novation Launchpad MIDI Controller Moves Toward Open Source

    Novation Launchpad MIDI Controller Moves Toward Open Source | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 30 Sep '15, 4pm

    The Novation Launchpad is a MIDI controller, most commonly used with the Ableton Live digital audio workstation. It’s an eight by eight grid of buttons with RGB LED backlights that sends MIDI commands to your PC over USB. It’s often used to trigger clips, which is demonstrated by the ...

  • Hackaday Prize Worldwide: Berlin, Germany

    Hackaday Prize Worldwide: Berlin, Germany | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 30 Sep '15, 3pm

    Join the Hackaday Crew in Berlin this Saturday for a meetup ! This weekend in Berlin, Germany, there are at least two events happening and [Sophi ], [Elliot ] and [Bilke ] are going to check them all out. The Vintage Computing Festival is one of the big events, and it looks like there...

  • Teeny Tiny Very Small – Atomic Resolution and the Home Hobbyist

    Teeny Tiny Very Small – Atomic Resolution and the Home Hobbyist | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 30 Sep '15, 2pm

    Atoms are small. Really small. You just won’t believe how minusculely microscopically mindbogglingly small they are. I mean you may think it’s a short way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to atoms. Atoms really are small. The atomic radius of a carbon atom is on...