hackaday.com Archives - 09 February 2016, Tuesday

  • BBQ Thermometers Get Serious | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Feb '16, 6am

    You can write with a fifty cent disposable pen. Or you can write with a $350 Montblanc. The words are the same, but many people will tell you there is something different about the Montblanc. Maybe that’s how [armin] feels about meat thermometers . His version uses a Raspberry Pi and ...

  • Upgrading Old Synths To OLED | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Feb '16, 3am

    Roland’s Alpha Juno 2 is an analog, polyphonic synth made in the mid-80s. While it isn’t as capable as the massive synths made around that time, it was very influential synth for the techno scenes of the late 80s and early 90s. [Jeroen] is lucky enough to have one of these synths, but...

  • Solder Stencils with a 3D Printer | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 09 Feb '16, 12am

    If you are soldering with paste, a stencil makes life a lot easier. Sure, you can apply paste by hand with a syringe, but a modern PCB might have hundreds or even thousands of pads. Like a lot of us, [Robert Kirberich] doesn’t like paying to have stencils made and he wondered if he co...

  • Local Hacker Discovers Card Edge Connectors | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Feb '16, 9pm

    When [turingbirds] was looking around for the absolute minimum connector for a JTAG adapter, he wanted something small, that didn’t require expensive adapters, and that could easily and reliably connect a few JTAG pins to a programmer. This, unsurprisingly, is a problem that’s been so...

  • Adafruit Interviews The CEO Of FTDI | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Feb '16, 7pm

    When it comes to electronic hobbyists and EEs, there is no company that deserves a few raised eyebrows than FTDI. They made their name with USB converter chips, namely USB to serial chips that are still very popular today. So popular, in fact, that clones of these chips are frequently...

  • The Internet of Broken Things (or, Why am I so Cold?)

    The Internet of Broken Things (or, Why am I so Cold?) | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Feb '16, 6pm

    Although the Internet of Things (IoT) is a reasonably new term, the idea isn’t really all that new. Many engineers and hackers have created networked embedded systems for many years. So what’s different? Two things: the Internet is everywhere and the use of connected embedded systems ...

  • Get Your Hackaday Belgrade Tickets Now

    Get Your Hackaday Belgrade Tickets Now | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Feb '16, 4pm

    We have just opened up registration for Hackaday | Belgrade — a hardware conference on April 9th . Get your ticket now and make arrangements to visit Belgrade this Spring. Tickets are inexpensive, travel costs from other parts of Europe are very reasonable, the weather will be beautif...

  • The Coming Age of 3D Integrated Circuits

    The Coming Age of 3D Integrated Circuits | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Feb '16, 3pm

    The pedagogical model of the integrated circuit goes something like this: take a silicone wafer, etch out a few wells, dope some of the silicon with phosphorous, mask some of the chip off, dope some more silicon with boron, and lay down some metal in between everything. That’s an extr...

  • A Wireless Wood Stove Monitor

    A Wireless Wood Stove Monitor | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Feb '16, 12pm

    [Michel] has a wood stove in his basement for extra heat in the winter. While this is a nice secondary heat source, he has creosote buildup in the chimney to worry about. [Michel] knows that by carefully monitoring the temperature of the gases in the chimney, he can hit the sweet spot...

  • Hackaday Thermaltake Gets On The 3D Printing Bandwagon Hackaday We're interested by a move…

    Thermaltake Gets On The 3D Printing Bandwagon | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Feb '16, 9am

    We’re interested by a move from Thermaltake , a manufacturer of computer cases, fans, and power supplies. Thermaltake has released a computer case designed to be modded by those with a 3D printer. They released a set of models that fits the new case. These are all hosted on a service ...

  • Greased Lightning Shows 360 Degrees | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Feb '16, 6am

    A lot of people got drones for Christmas this year (and many Hackaday readers already had one, anyway). A lot of these drones have cameras on them. The expensive ones beam back live video via RF. The cheaper ones just record to an SD card that you can download later. If you are NASA, ...

  • Robo Car Via 3G | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Feb '16, 3am

    [Emil Kalstø] has a pretty solid remote control car . We don’t mean a little car with a handheld remote you can drive around the neighborhood. [Emil’s] car has a camera and a cell phone so that it can go anywhere there’s 3G or 4G networking available. The video (see below) shows the r...

  • Hackaday Links: January 7, 2016

    Hackaday Links: February 7, 2016 | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 08 Feb '16, 12am

    For a very long time, the original, 11 foot-long on-screen model of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek the original series – “NCC one seven O one. No bloody A, B, C, or D. ” – was housed in the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Recent visitors may have noticed the E...

  • Another Use for Old Hard Drive Parts: Anemometer

    Another Use for Old Hard Drive Parts: Anemometer | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 07 Feb '16, 9pm

    So you’ve just taken apart a hard drive, and you’re looking at all the pieces on your desktop. You’re somehow compelled to use them all in different projects. Why not pull out that very high quality bearing that keeps the platters spinning at high RPMs and build this simple anemometer...

  • Repairing Vintage Clock Movements

    Repairing Vintage Clock Movements | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 07 Feb '16, 6pm

    It’s obvious that [Matthew] cares a great deal for vintage electric clocks. He is especially fond of the bedside alarm variety, which in our experience cast a warm orange glow on the numbers and emitted a faint, gentle hum. [Matthew] has written up a thorough treatment of Sunbeam move...

  • Graphene Batteries Appear, Results Questionable

    Graphene Batteries Appear, Results Questionable | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 07 Feb '16, 3pm

    If you listen to the zeitgeist, graphene is the next big thing. It’s the end of the oil industry, the solution to global warming, will feed and clothe millions, cure disease, is the foundation of a space elevator that will allow humanity to venture forth into the galaxy. Graphene make...

  • A Home CNC Built By Someone Who Knows Their Stuff

    A Home CNC Built By Someone Who Knows Their Stuff | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 07 Feb '16, 12pm

    [thisoldtony] has a nice shop in need of a CNC . We’re not certain what he does exactly, but we think he might be a machinist or an engineer. Regardless, he sure does build a nice CNC. Many home-built CNCs are neat, but lacking. Even popular kits ignore fundamental machine design prin...

  • Bunnie’s Guide to Shenzhen Electronics https://t.co/ycMvm6OzGP

    Bunnie’s Guide to Shenzhen Electronics | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 07 Feb '16, 9am

    The books is meant as a travel companion. Hackaday was in China last June and toured the markets of Hua Qiang Bei. They are incredibly overwhelming, but people are very nice, willing to help, and none of them speak English. [Bunnie’s] approach is pages with squares you can point to in...

  • Cheap WiFi Outlets Reflashed; Found to Use ESP8266

    Cheap WiFi Outlets Reflashed; Found to Use ESP8266 | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 07 Feb '16, 6am

    There’s a bunch of simple WiFi-enabled outlets on the market today, and all of these blister-pack goodies seem to have something in common – crappy software. At least from the hacker’s point of view; there always seems to be something that you want to do that the app just doesn’t supp...

  • Ancient Fonts are Fontastic!

    Ancient Fonts are Fontastic! | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 07 Feb '16, 12am

    Doing some 8-bit ASCII art, but can’t remember where you left your copy of MicroKnight for the Amiga? Or maybe you just need some low-res-but-high-style bitmap fonts to go with your LED pixel array. No fear! Maze.io is cataloguing old text-mode fonts for you . Textmode.es has a slew o...

  • Reverse Engineering a WiFi Security Camera | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 06 Feb '16, 9pm

    The Internet of Things is slowly turning into the world’s largest crappy robot, with devices seemingly designed to be insecure, all waiting to be rooted and exploited by anyone with the right know-how. The latest Internet-enabled device to fall is a Motorola Focus 73 outdoor security ...

  • Build Yourself an Awesome Modular Power Supply

    Build Yourself an Awesome Modular Power Supply | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 06 Feb '16, 6pm

    You may think you’ve built a power supply for your bench. Heck, we all do. But until you check out [Denis]’s bench power supply build , you may not even know what you’re missing. [Denis]’s design is nearly entirely modular and targeted to the intermediate builder. It’s built on easily...

  • Hacklet 94 – Pi Zero Contest Entries https://t.co/1E9H6BOg2V

    Hacklet 94 – Pi Zero Contest Entries | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 06 Feb '16, 3pm

    Hackaday and Adafruit have joined forces to present the Raspberry Pi Zero Contest . A great contest is nothing without entries though. This is where the Hackaday.io community is proving once again that they’re the best in the world. The contest is less than a week old, yet as of this ...

  • Learn Bluetooth or Die Tryin

    Learn Bluetooth or Die Tryin | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 06 Feb '16, 12pm

    Implementing a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device from scratch can be a daunting task. If you’re looking for an incredibly detailed walkthrough of developing a BLE project from essentially the ground up, you’ve now got a lot of reading to do: [Jocelyn Masserot] takes you through all th...

  • New Angle on Raspberry Pi Zero Hub | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 06 Feb '16, 9am

    This project nicely triangulates the issues of adding a hub to the Zero. The physical connection is solid with the boards connecting via the USB connectors. Power is supplied through the hub the way the Pi expects, which means all the protections the Pi Foundation built into the onboa...

  • A DOS Education in Your Browser | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 06 Feb '16, 6am

    In the 1970s and 1980s, a lot of us learned to program using good old-fashioned BASIC on machines ranging from Altairs, Commodores, Apple IIs, and the like. Sometime in the 80’s the IBM PC running MSDOS because the de facto standard, but it was still easy enough to launch BASIC and wr...

  • Very, Very Low Power Consumption

    Very, Very Low Power Consumption | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 06 Feb '16, 3am

    We’re pretty far away from a world full of wall-warts at this point, and the default power supply for your consumer electronics is either a microUSB cable or lithium batteries. USB ports are ubiquitous enough, and lithium cells hold enough power that these devices can work for a very ...

  • A Geek’s Revenge For Loud Neighbors | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 06 Feb '16, 12am

    Nothing Better than a little GEEK REVENGE! Published Jan 29, 2016 Okay, so this might be my favorite story of all time… saddle up and make sure you read this one with a little rage in your heart. Let me start out with some background. When I got my first place, it was incredible! Ever...

  • A Geek's Revenge For Loud Neighbors | Hackaday

    A Geek’s Revenge For Loud Neighbors | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 06 Feb '16, 12am

    It seems [Kevin] has particularly bad luck with neighbors. His first apartment had upstairs neighbors who were apparently a dance troupe specializing in tap. His second apartment was a town house, which had a TV mounted on the opposite wall blaring American Idol with someone singing a...

  • Bubble Free Resin Casting With A Modified Paint Tank

    Bubble Free Resin Casting With A Modified Paint Tank | Hackaday

    hackaday.com 05 Feb '16, 9pm

    [thelostspore] was experimenting with resin casting, and discovered that he needed a pressure casting chamber in order to get clear casts. There are commercial solutions for sale, and they are really nice. However, many hackers are on a budget, and if you’re only casting every now and...