hackaday.com Archives - 24 July 2014, Thursday

  • Hacked e-cigarette vaporizer can send smells…in space!

    Hacked e-cigarette vaporizer can send smells…in space!

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '14, 11pm

    This 3D printed scent distributor was put together by eight people from three states during the 2014 NYC NASA Space Apps Challenge. The team went on to take 1st place in the competition. The project is called Senti8 and uses a FLORA Arduino micro-controller and a Neopixel LED strip pu...

  • Flight For Your Right (And Do It By Friday)

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '14, 5pm

    If you leave comments, post your tracking number/ comment text. Who knows when they will get around to “approving’ your comments.. 1jy-8ddt-8c2z It is now more important than ever that the FAA work closely with model aircraft hobbyists to nurture the industry rather than hinder it. Wi...

  • DIY Conductive Paint For All Your Wearable Needs

    DIY Conductive Paint For All Your Wearable Needs

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '14, 2pm

    I’ve been using model aircraft dope and graphite as grain filler for years, it gives a much nicer finish than talc, enamel “sticks” quite well. As a bonus it seems to be good for shielding. If you want some flexibility add some glycerine, a lot of texts say “a few drops”, but I’ve fou...

  • HOPE X: Wireless Tor Proxies And Sharing TrueCrypt Volumes

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '14, 11am

    When you’re at HOPE, of course you’re going to see a few Tor proxies, but [Jose]‘s is top-notch. It’s a completely portable Tor proxy (.br, Google translation ), battery-powered, with a connection for 4G networks. [Jose]‘s OnionPi setup is based on the Adafruit version , but adds a fe...

  • Talking BeagleBoard with [Jason Kridner]

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '14, 5am

    [Jason Kridner] is a member of the i3 Detroit hackerspace and during the Hackaday meet-up we were able to spend a few minutes talking about what’s going on with BeagleBoard right now. For those of you that don’t know, BeagleBoard is a non-profit foundation which guides the open hardwa...

  • Smart Hat Puts Your Head in the Game

    Smart Hat Puts Your Head in the Game

    hackaday.com 23 Jul '14, 12am

    An aspheric loupe magnifier lens lets him see the display even though it sits around 5cm from his eye. No outside light is allowed in. Only the guts of the webcam were used to give him the video and microphone. We’ve seen other head mounted displays before, and this one adds to the gr...

  • HOPE X: Creating Smart Spaces With ReelyActive

    hackaday.com 22 Jul '14, 11pm

    When we hear about the Internet of Things, we’re thinking it’s a portable device with a sensor of some kind, a radio module, and the ability to push data up to the Internet. There’s nothing that says a device that puts data on the Internet has to be portable, though, as [Jeff] from Re...

  • USB Rotary Phone: A Lync to the Past

    USB Rotary Phone: A Lync to the Past

    hackaday.com 22 Jul '14, 8pm

    The rotary phone’s dial works using two switches, one that’s open and one that’s closed when no one is dialing. Once dialing is detected, the open switch closes and the closed switch clicks according to the dialed digit (ten clicks for 0). [Ivan] also reads the switch hook state and h...

  • Judge Spotlight: Andrew “Bunnie” Huang

    Judge Spotlight: Andrew “Bunnie” Huang

    hackaday.com 22 Jul '14, 5pm

    This week’s Judge Spotlight focuses on [Andrew "Bunnie" Huang]. If you haven’t heard of him you need to pay more attention. His hacker cred goes way back to the original Xbox, which he reverse engineered and laid bare its security flaws. Maintaining his hacker spirit he went on to des...

  • Cold War Clock is all Tubes

    Cold War Clock is all Tubes

    hackaday.com 22 Jul '14, 11am

    Clocks are great projects to build. They serve a real purpose, and there’s a wide variety of ways to implement a unique timepiece. [Hank]‘s Cold War Clock only uses parts and technologies that were available in 1959. It contains no semiconductors, but has an audible alarm and reasonab...

  • Hey There Little Plant. Let’s Be Friends!

    Hey There Little Plant. Let’s Be Friends!

    hackaday.com 22 Jul '14, 8am

    Perhaps, you’re circle of friends is getting too small. Or maybe, you just want to communicate with the leafy, green beings that have rooted themselves in the soil inside your house. If so, this environmental monitoring system will be perfect for you! Created by [Dickson], this projec...

  • Monster 100W LED Flashlight Produces a Whopping 8500lm!

    Monster 100W LED Flashlight Produces a Whopping 8500lm!

    hackaday.com 22 Jul '14, 5am

    The tricky thing about these diodes is that they need a high amount of DC voltage, anywhere from 32-48V typically. [Yannick's] using a 12V sealed lead acid battery coupled with a 600W constant current boost converter which ups it to 32V at around 3.2A. He also managed to find a giant ...

  • What Could You Do With 7 Fingers?

    What Could You Do With 7 Fingers?

    hackaday.com 22 Jul '14, 2am

    A strange thought yes, but MIT researchers think an extra two digits could really make a difference in many people’s lives. And as it turns out, having an extra robotic grasp allows you to do quite a few things single handed . The extra two fingers provide three degrees of freedom eac...

  • EFF Launches Open Router Firmware

    hackaday.com 21 Jul '14, 11pm

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation have released an alpha of their own Open Wireless Router Firmware as part of the Open Wireless Movement . This project aims to make it easier to share your wireless network with others, while maintaining security and prioritization of traffic. We’ve ...

  • HOPE X: Citizens Band Microwave Spectrum And Free Internet For All

    hackaday.com 21 Jul '14, 8pm

    So if people want to follow this, find out what’s going on, there’s two things to know. One is the name of it. That is the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, if you want to Google that. The other is the FCC proceeding number, the docket number, and it’s 12-354. That’s the number of the...

  • Right Now: Your Chance of Winning a Prize is 66% or Better

    hackaday.com 21 Jul '14, 7pm

    I’ve been thinking about the grander goal of open hardware and how it relates to the mythical ‘Maker’ of sci-fi. Perhaps the first iteration of the maker isn’t a desktop-sized device but instead an entire room, just like early computers? If we had a website, or a catalog, of open comp...

  • Reverse Engineering Unobtanium

    hackaday.com 21 Jul '14, 5pm

    If you listen to [Bil Herd] and the rest of the Commodore crew, you’ll quickly realize the folks behind Commodore were about 20 years ahead of their time, with their own chip foundries and vertical integration that would make the modern-day Apple jealous. One of the cool chips that ca...

  • Spot Welder; Don’t Buy It, Build It

    hackaday.com 21 Jul '14, 2pm

    Agree with most of your explanation, but as far as I know, muscle lockup should not occur as you described. Nerves and muscles react to AC. When DC is first applied, you get a brief initial muscle activation, because the sudden rise in voltage/current is seen as AC. After that, as lon...

  • PIC Up a NeoPixel Ring and C What You Can Do Using This Tutorial

    PIC Up a NeoPixel Ring and C What You Can Do Using This Tutorial

    hackaday.com 21 Jul '14, 11am

    He’s written a simple header file that pulls in the 18F4550 library, sets the fuses, and defines some constants specific to the ring size. As he explains in the video, the PIC can create a 48MHz internal clock from a 20Mhz crystal and he sets up this delay in the header as well. The m...

  • Cutting Ribbons with Robots and a Oculus Rift

    Cutting Ribbons with Robots and a Oculus Rift

    hackaday.com 21 Jul '14, 8am

    On June 26th, 2014, Clearpath Robotics opened up the doors to their brand new 12,000 square foot robot lair by bringing out a PR2 to cut the ceremonial ribbon and welcome everyone inside. And instead of just programming the ‘locate and destroy’ ribbon sequence, the co-founders opted t...

  • Hackaday Links: July 20, 2014

    hackaday.com 21 Jul '14, 5am

    We have a love-hate relationship with this particular crowd-funding campaign. First this hate: It’s basically a 100% clip-art video presentation with an $800,000 ask. Yeah… good luck buddy. On the other hand, this is the type of stuff we actually want to see as crowd funding. The idea...

  • MARCH attends HOPE X in July

    MARCH attends HOPE X in July

    hackaday.com 21 Jul '14, 2am

    The Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyist (MARCH ) group is at HOPE X displaying a chronology of Apple computers, everything from an accurate Apple 1 reproduction all the way way up to an Apple Macintosh, and of course including all the II’s in between. Although they are only displayi...

  • I’m Sorry Dave, I’m Afraid I can’t Do That

    I’m Sorry Dave, I’m Afraid I can’t Do That

    hackaday.com 20 Jul '14, 11pm

    During the week after christmas in 2000 I changed all my bosses windows 98 error alerts to “I’m sorry I can’t do that Dave” – he was on holiday until the new year, and his name was Dave…. (And I didn’t loose my Job)

  • Kenyan Teen’s Invention Protects Cattle and Lions

    Kenyan Teen’s Invention Protects Cattle and Lions

    hackaday.com 20 Jul '14, 8pm

    [Richard's] community in Kenya had a problem. The people depended on local livestock for survival, but the local lion population had started consuming that very same food source. The result was that people suffered from loss of the livestock, but the lions also suffered when the peopl...

  • 800+ LED Wall With Diffuser Panel is a Work of Art

    800+ LED Wall With Diffuser Panel is a Work of Art

    hackaday.com 20 Jul '14, 5pm

    The cool thing about this wall is that it can take any video input, it can be controlled by sound or music, an iPad, or even generate random imagery by itself. The 800 LEDs are controlled by a Teensy 3.0 using the OctoWS2811 library from Paul Stoffregen which is capable of driving ove...

  • Printing Text with a Chart Recorder

    Printing Text with a Chart Recorder

    hackaday.com 20 Jul '14, 2pm

    Chart recorders are vintage devices that were used to plot analog values on paper. They’re similar to old seismometers which plot seismic waves from earthquakes. The device has a heated pen which moves across a piece of thermally sensitive paper. This paper is fed through the machine ...

  • The CryptoCape For BeagleBone

    The CryptoCape For BeagleBone

    hackaday.com 20 Jul '14, 11am

    [Josh Datko] was wandering around HOPE X showing off some of his wares and was kind enough to show off his CryptoCape to us . It’s an add on board for the BeagleBone that breaks out some common crypto hardware to an easily interfaced package. On board the CryptoCape is an Atmel Truste...

  • The Radius T-T Velomobile

    The Radius T-T Velomobile

    hackaday.com 20 Jul '14, 8am

    Over the past year, [Dave] has been hard at work on his human powered vehicle. One year and six hundred hours of build time later, the Radius T-T Velomobile is complete. This 80 lb. vehicle features a custom body, mirrors, and integrated lights. The Radius T-T started out as a TerraTr...

  • Is Your Wearable Tech Too Subtle?

    Is Your Wearable Tech Too Subtle?

    hackaday.com 20 Jul '14, 5am

    With any con, you’re going to have people walking around with things they’ve built. It’s the perfect venue for wearable tech, and the cream of the crop for HOPE X is [Zach]‘s SmarTwatCh . Billed as a 3D printed big ass smart watch, it’s anything but subtle and has enough gadgets and g...

  • Long Range Wireless Sensors for the Home-Area-Network

    Long Range Wireless Sensors for the Home-Area-Network

    hackaday.com 20 Jul '14, 2am

    In the near future, we will all reside in households that contain hundreds of little devices intertwingled together with an easily connectable and controllable network of sensors. For years, projects have been appearing all around the world, like this wireless sensor system that anyon...