hackaday.com Archives - 02 March 2013, Saturday

  • VFD tube clock built using protoboard and free-formed PSU

    VFD tube clock built using protoboard and free-formed PSU

    hackaday.com 02 Mar '13, 9pm

    [James Glanville] wrote in to show of his latest tube project. It’s a clock using six IV-3 VFD tubes . In addition to the tube displays the project prominently features a blue 3D printed case which hides away all the guts of the build including the Stellaris Launchpad which drives the...

  • Virtual Archery game makes practicing convenient, safe, and inexpensive

    hackaday.com 02 Mar '13, 9pm

    Inspired by playing The Legend of Zelda video game series, Cornell University students [Mohamed Abdellatif] and [Michael Ross] created a Virtual Archery game as their ECE 4760 Final Project . The game consists of a bow equipped with virtual arrows and a target placed about 20 ft away....

  • More acetone-vapor polishing experiments

    hackaday.com 02 Mar '13, 7pm

    This is 100% true. I can’t be completely sure that this is what caused the problems (personally, I think the fact that he used polish remover instead of pure acetone is probably the real problem) but I can vouch for the accuracy of this comment. My previous jobs was working for a majo...

  • 24-port GPIO on a PCI card

    24-port GPIO on a PCI card

    hackaday.com 02 Mar '13, 5pm

    So you’ve got a project running on an x86 board and you’d like some GPIO pins. Whether you want to read a few buttons, light up a few LEDs, put an accelerometer in your computer or whatever, you’ve got a problem. Luckily there’s an easy way to get 24 GPIO pins on an x86 board using a ...

  • Building a touchscreen XBMC setup with the Raspberry Pi

    Building a touchscreen XBMC setup with the Raspberry Pi

    hackaday.com 02 Mar '13, 3pm

    The screen is an eGalaxy 7″ touch sensitive module he picked up on eBay. It sounds like it was meant for a backup camera in the dashboard of a car. He compiled his own Linux kernel to add support for the screen. It uses HDMI for the video interface with the driver board, and the touch...

  • Laser Etching an iPhone 5

    Laser Etching an iPhone 5

    hackaday.com 02 Mar '13, 1pm

    CrashBangLabs in Regina recently got their hands on a laser cutter. The Full Spectrum cutter was donated by a local company, who were upgrading to a larger machine. With no laser cutting experience, [Brett] decided that his first project would be laser engraving his iPhone 5 . This is...

  • Cool new hardware spectacular

    hackaday.com 02 Mar '13, 3am

    It should come as no surprise the Hackaday tip line is regularly flooded with press releases. Everything from an infographic comparing Call of Duty 3 to Battlefield 3 (yes, totally serious), announcements that a company we’ve never heard of is getting a new CFO, to the business propos...

  • PwnPad, the pentesting tablet

    PwnPad, the pentesting tablet

    hackaday.com 02 Mar '13, 1am

    Over the last few months, we’ve seen our fair share of pentesting appliances. Whether they’re in the form of a Raspberry Pi with a custom distro, or an innocuous looking Internet-connected wall wart, they’re all great tools for investigating potential security vulnerabilites at home, ...

  • Tymkrs’ Deconstruction for the zombie apocalypse

    hackaday.com 01 Mar '13, 11pm

    We’ve seen a few of the projects from The Deconstruction, a 48-hour build-a-thon for hackerspaces and other groups around the globe. Of course Tymkrs, a pair of geeky vloggers famous for their building prowess, were part of The Deconstruction, and in the process they came up with a fe...

  • High powered rocket engines made from PVC pipe

    hackaday.com 01 Mar '13, 9pm

    For as much as we enjoy rockets, explosives, and other dangerous things, we haven’t said a word about the works of [Richard Nakka] . He’s the original hacker rocketeer with thousands of words dedicated to the craft of making things move straight up really fast. One of his more interes...

  • Hacking a PAL SNES to output 50Hz or 60Hz with a single switch

    Hacking a PAL SNES to output 50Hz or 60Hz with a single switch

    hackaday.com 01 Mar '13, 7pm

    Take a look at the image above to see his alterations to the mainboard. The jumpers soldered to the two chips at the top are by far the trickiest part of the project. Each of the pins he soldered to needed to first be lifted from the PCB pad so that they no longer make contact with th...

  • Oreo-creme hater builds Rube Goldberg CNC router to remove the Stuf

    Oreo-creme hater builds Rube Goldberg CNC router to remove the Stuf

    hackaday.com 01 Mar '13, 5pm

    Look, we understand the need to find a project to occupy your time and interest. So we’re not going to ask the wrong question (why?) for this one. This guy hates the creme that connects the chocolate cookies to make an Oreo. So he built a complicated system to separate the cookies and...

  • Soluble support structure can be used with any extruder-based 3D printer

    Soluble support structure can be used with any extruder-based 3D printer

    hackaday.com 01 Mar '13, 3pm

    One of the issues with extruder-based 3D printing is that it can be very difficult to print objects that have voids in them. You simply must have something to deposit the soft material on until it has a chance to harden. [Matt] found a solution which should work for any extruder-based...

  • Mexican law enforcement seizes a hacked together Weed Cannon

    Mexican law enforcement seizes a hacked together Weed Cannon

    hackaday.com 01 Mar '13, 1pm

    Here’s an interesting hack. It’s a small pick-up truck with a Dope Cannon attached to it . Sure, it looks more like something you’d see in Syria , but this item was actually seized in Mexico where it was being used to fire 30 pound slugs of Marijuana over the border fence with the US....

  • Revolving camera mount helps to capture 3D video-game assests

    Revolving camera mount helps to capture 3D video-game assests

    hackaday.com 01 Mar '13, 11am

    Here’s a camera rig that makes it a snap to produce photorealistic 3D models of an object. It was put together rather inexpensively by an indie game company called Skull Theatre. They published a couple of posts which show off how the rig was built and how it’s used to capture the mod...

  • A solar powered cattle crossing gate

    hackaday.com 01 Mar '13, 3am

    Well here in the States we have the same thing, call them cattle guards, why they became to be call that I don’t know. I’m not that sure you would want to use two cattle guards here. They get in a hurry one might get jostled into a cattle guard, and break a leg. Aldo some use swing ga...

  • Hackaday Links: February 28th, 2013

    hackaday.com 01 Mar '13, 1am

    Xbox 360 control for a toy heli [Jason] leveraged the IR control libraries for Arduino to use an Xbox 360 controller to fly his Syma S107G helicopter . Windows 7 running on Raspberry Pi Why, oh god why? Well, the guys at Shackspace got their hands on a laser cutter that can only be dr...

  • Optical data transfer project at local school’s family science night

    Optical data transfer project at local school’s family science night

    hackaday.com 28 Feb '13, 11pm

    [Dave] wanted to show off a project at his 4th-grade son’s school during their family science night. We haven’t heard of an event like this before but it sounds like a fabulous idea! He had a new laser he wanted to include in the project, and noticed that his son was learning about ho...

  • Bending materials with a simple hot wire forming tool

    Bending materials with a simple hot wire forming tool

    hackaday.com 28 Feb '13, 9pm

    The business end of the bending tool is the red-hot Nichrome wire running through the aluminum channel. That channel is used to protect the MDF and act as a spacer so that the wire doesn’t touch the acrylic. On the near side the wire is anchored with a screw, but on the far end it is ...

  • Hacking a Ham Radio

    hackaday.com 28 Feb '13, 7pm

    Perhaps type acceptance would be an issue. As hams the FCC does allow us to build or modify our own devices but we aren’t allowed to market them without type acceptance. I’m thinking you would have to take a two-micro approach. One controls the transmit vfo/power while the other is th...

  • Uzebox Coding Challenge

    Uzebox Coding Challenge

    hackaday.com 28 Feb '13, 5pm

    The 2013 Uzebox Coding Challenge is currently underway. This competition runs until June 1st, with registration open until April 1st. The Uzebox is an open source, 8 bit game console that uses only two chips: an ATmega644 microcontroller and a AD725 RGB to NTSC converter. We’ve featur...

  • Adding a home theater without ruining a Victorian home

    Adding a home theater without ruining a Victorian home

    hackaday.com 28 Feb '13, 3pm

    We understand where [John Clarke Mills] is coming from when he says he wants a home theater but not at the expense of dedicating a room to it. His situation is a bit more sticky than most folks in that he has a beautifully kept Victorian era home. Recently he was removing a renovation...

  • LCD-based QR clock

    hackaday.com 28 Feb '13, 1pm

    Why do many people think everything posted to hack a day has to be a market ready product, ready for shipping with a defined ROI and small business plan for people to enjoy it or that they need to step in and validate the usefulness based of a project based on a narrow world view to b...

  • 3D printed HOG drive: Here’s a 3D printed Hemispherical Omnidirectional Gimballed Drive system which you can ...

    3D printed HOG drive

    hackaday.com 28 Feb '13, 11am

    a 3D printed Hemispherical Omnidirectional Gimballed Drive system which you can make at home . That’s a mouthful which is why it is commonly referred to as a HOG drive. Never heard of one? Well you need to keep up with your Hackaday because about 20 months ago we featured this amazing...

  • Add some animated bling to your GQ duds

    Add some animated bling to your GQ duds

    hackaday.com 28 Feb '13, 1am

    This tie turned VU meter has us asking: Will anyone be able to look you in the eye during a conversation? It uses an integrated microphone and microcontroller to make a single-column display made of RGB LEDs move to ambient sound. It shouldn’t be hard to guess that this project is ano...

  • Acrylic enclosures use integrated clips to do away with fasteners

    hackaday.com 27 Feb '13, 11pm

    Here’s a design that lets you make acrylic enclosures without using fasteners . The red outline in the diagram above is a bit hard to make out. But look closely and you’ll realize that there is very little material which has been removed to form the clip. This uses the rigidity/flexib...

  • Interpreting Brainf*#k on an AVR

    hackaday.com 27 Feb '13, 9pm

    As for why [Dan] would want an AVR to build an interpreter for a language that is nearly unreadable by humans, we honestly have no idea other than the common, ‘because it’s there’ sentiment. There are some pretty cool projects out there that use brainfuck, including this genetic algor...

  • Hacking a radio controlled spy device for overly attached girlfriend.

    Hacking a radio controlled spy device for overly attached girlfriend.

    hackaday.com 27 Feb '13, 5pm

    I ultimately decided I would get a very fast and small radio controlled car to use as a platform, and I would use the guts of the Intruder as the spy portion. This worked very well. Then, I took a trip to one of the nicer hobby stores in town, Hobby Town . I explained my project and t...

  • Making a violin mold with a 3D printer

    Making a violin mold with a 3D printer

    hackaday.com 27 Feb '13, 3pm

    Some people see 3D printers as expensive and slow devices for replicating bracelets, whistles, and Yoda heads. Until the world transitions to a plastic octopus-based economy, those of us with 3D printers will have to find something useful for these tools. Bayesian Empiritheurgy out of...

  • The coolest homebrew computer gets its own case

    The coolest homebrew computer gets its own case

    hackaday.com 27 Feb '13, 1pm

    Thank you for your comments! Well, Kiwi isn’t about building the coolest homebrew computer. Kiwi is about having fun tinkering around and fulfilling a dream I had as a child in the 1980ies (as agtrier said). I hope we have passed the system-war-times. “Amiga is cooler than Atari or vi...