hackaday.com Archives - 06 March 2013, Wednesday

  • Beautiful replica Team Fortress 2 weapons

    Beautiful replica Team Fortress 2 weapons

    hackaday.com 06 Mar '13, 11pm

    We’ve seen our share of replica props, but [Nathan]‘s replica of the spy’s sidearm from Team Fortress 2 is the bee’s knees. The build began as an off-the-shelf Airsoft gun. After removing the barrel and cylinder, [Nathan] used Apoxie Sculpt and a whole lot of sanding to turn a stock p...

  • New post: Dynamic bicycle headlight uses the open road as a display

    Dynamic bicycle headlight uses the open road as a display

    hackaday.com 06 Mar '13, 9pm

    This thing is so cool it almost looks fake. But [Matt Richardson] isn’t a hoaxster. He actually built what might be called a heads-down display for your bicycle . He refers to it as a headlight because it borrows a similar function. It mounts on the handlebars and shoots light off the...

  • New post: Print your own adjustable lenses

    Print your own adjustable lenses

    hackaday.com 06 Mar '13, 5pm

    [Christopher] is really going the distance with his liquid-filled 3D printed lens project . The idea is to create a bladder out of two pieces of clear plastic. It can then be filled with liquid at a variable level of pressure to curve the plastic and create an adjustable lens. He was ...

  • Everything you need to build a light-cured resin 3D printer

    Everything you need to build a light-cured resin 3D printer

    hackaday.com 06 Mar '13, 3pm

    The rig pulls a printed object up from the ooze on the build platform. They’re using resin that is cured with visible light. That’s why you see the level in the foreground; the bath needs to be a uniformed thickness so that it solidifies correctly when the light hits it from the under...

  • Scratch-built bottle cap coffee table pulses to the music

    Scratch-built bottle cap coffee table pulses to the music

    hackaday.com 06 Mar '13, 1pm

    This isn’t a thrift-store coffee table modified as a craft project. [Dandujmich] built it from the ground-up using framing lumber, bottle caps, plastic resin, and some electronics for bling. The first step was to see if he had enough caps on hand for the project. It’s hard to grasp ho...

  • DRM Chair only works 8 times

    hackaday.com 06 Mar '13, 11am

    I hate when people refer to the lightbulb conspiracy. Because there’s two sides to the story. The other side is, that tungsten filament lightbulbs last longer at the expense of energy efficiency and brightness, so companies that boasted longer life bulbs did it by cheating elsewhere –...

  • Time-lapse dolly uses some stock parts and a bit of machining work

    Time-lapse dolly uses some stock parts and a bit of machining work

    hackaday.com 06 Mar '13, 11am

    . It gives a lot of details about the drive electronics and code used, but there are some gaps in the instructions for building the track itself. [Ben] forged ahead, purchasing linear bearings and a double-guide rail from IGUS. He didn’t mention the price on that item but we found 100...

  • Quick and easy rocket stove

    Quick and easy rocket stove

    hackaday.com 06 Mar '13, 3am

    [Simon], a gardener in the United Kingdom, created this super cheap and easy to build rocket stove . The great thing about this little guy is that the methods and materials used to create it are so basic, anyone should be able to quickly make their own for just a few bucks. If nothing...

  • Oreo separators Episode 2 chucks food at your face

    Oreo separators Episode 2 chucks food at your face

    hackaday.com 05 Mar '13, 11pm

    Unlike the hatchet-based system shown off in the first episode this machine has a hopper into which several Oreos may be loaded. The demo cookie is like none we’ve seen before because the top portion is pushed off as if it took no effort at all. The creme is then softened with a strea...

  • Viscerally pleasing electromechanical doorbell

    Viscerally pleasing electromechanical doorbell

    hackaday.com 05 Mar '13, 7pm

    Sure, we could just slap the steam-punk label on this doorbell hack, but we think that cheapens it. The rig uses a combination of mercury switch and creative mechanics to form a doorbell . And we think it goes beyond aesthetics to a statement of who you are starting with the front doo...

  • SparkFun takes their educational show on the road

    SparkFun takes their educational show on the road

    hackaday.com 05 Mar '13, 5pm

    They’ve bought an RV and are headed for your state with buckets full of hobby electronic hardware. It’s SparkFun’s National Education tour and if you want them to host a workshop for kids in your area now’s the time to sign up! It’s no stretch to say that our everyday lives are tightl...

  • Digging deep into how the 8085 processor’s registers were designed

    Digging deep into how the 8085 processor’s registers were designed

    hackaday.com 05 Mar '13, 3pm

    Hardware design enthusiasts should already be salivating just looking at this image. But [Ken Shirriff's] write-up on how the 8085 processor’s registers were designed will put you in silicon reverse-engineering heaven. He manages to get to the bottom of the tricks the designers used t...

  • Turning the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 into a proper Linux box

    Turning the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 into a proper Linux box

    hackaday.com 05 Mar '13, 1pm

    Over on the xda developers forum, [exception13] shows us the work he’s put into geting Debian running on his Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 , allowing him to dual boot Android and Linux on a single device. The project is still in a fairly early state, but so far [exception13] has most of th...

  • Finally, a machine that makes cheap 3D printer filament.

    Finally, a machine that makes cheap 3D printer filament.

    hackaday.com 05 Mar '13, 12pm

    If there’s one problem with the RepRap, it’s the cost of filament. Sure, there’s also the computationally difficult problem of slicing 3D models, but a 5 to 10 times markup on turning plastic pellets into filament is the biggest problem. It’s even a bigger problem than the problems of...

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    1. ready-for-battle brainspl.at 14 Mar '13, 3pm
  • Programmable computer built from a humble ATtiny84

    Programmable computer built from a humble ATtiny84

    hackaday.com 05 Mar '13, 11am

    Here’s a way to play around with simple computing concepts without going too crazy with the hardware side of things. [John Eisenmann] calls it the DUO tiny. It’s a programmable computer based around the ATtiny84 . He wrote the operating system himself, building in a set of commands th...

  • Audiobook player used only NFC tags for control

    Audiobook player used only NFC tags for control

    hackaday.com 05 Mar '13, 3am

    [Martynas Mickevičius] has a Grandmother who is visually impaired. She enjoys listening to audiobooks and has been doing so using a DVD player for quite some time. The problem is that there is no way for her to save her position in between listening session. He set out to help by buil...

  • [Fran's] PCB etching techniques

    [Fran's] PCB etching techniques

    hackaday.com 05 Mar '13, 1am

    We think that anyone who’s done at-home PCB fabrication will appreciate the tidiness that [Fran] maintains throughout her etching process. She recently posted a three-part video tutorial which showcases her techniques. As you can see in the screenshot above, her habits reek of top-not...

  • Wireless pinball controller for tablet gaming

    Wireless pinball controller for tablet gaming

    hackaday.com 04 Mar '13, 11pm

    This wooden box is a wireless pinball controller and tablet stand . The idea is to set it on a workbench to give you some of the thrill of standing and playing the real thing. [Jeff] has been rather addicted to playing a pinball app on Android lately, and started the journey because h...

  • A longboard speed and distance computer

    A longboard speed and distance computer

    hackaday.com 04 Mar '13, 9pm

    Why should cyclists have all of the fancy toys? Bicycle computers are very common these days but you won’t find similar hardware for skateboards and longboards. [KobraX22] isn’t taking it lying down. He built this speed and distance computer for his longboard . It doesn’t use very man...

  • Retrotechtacular: Donner 3500 portable analog computer

    Retrotechtacular: Donner 3500 portable analog computer

    hackaday.com 04 Mar '13, 7pm

    What if we told you we had a computer you can take with you? What if it only weighed 28 pounds? This is a pretty hard sell when today you can get a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor packing computer to carry in your pocket which weighs less than 5 ounces. But back in the day the Donner 3500...

  • Preserving locomotives with 3D laser scanning and 3D printing

    hackaday.com 04 Mar '13, 5pm

    [Chris Thorpe] is a model railroading aficionado, and from his earliest memories he was infatuated with the narrow gauge locomotives that plied their odd steel tracks in northern Wales. Of course [Chris] went on to create model railroads, but kit manufacturers such as Airfix and Hornb...

  • Using OpenCV with the Raspberry Pi

    hackaday.com 04 Mar '13, 3pm

    When we first heard of the Raspberry Pi we were elated that projects that once required a full-blown computer could now be done on a tiny, and cheap board running Linux. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much in the way of using computer vision algorithms on the Raspi, but thanks to [Len...

  • Warming seeds in an outdoor garden

    hackaday.com 04 Mar '13, 1pm

    Spring is almost here and with that the green thumbs out there are preparing for their summer gardens. It’s usually a good idea to get a jump on all your gardening activities by starting seeds indoors, but with this comes the problem of making sure juvenile plants get enough sunlight....

  • DRM Chair only works 8 times

    hackaday.com 04 Mar '13, 12pm

    I hate when people refer to the lightbulb conspiracy. Because there’s two sides to the story. The other side is, that tungsten filament lightbulbs last longer at the expense of energy efficiency and brightness, so companies that boasted longer life bulbs did it by cheating elsewhere –...

  • DRM

    DRM Chair only works 8 times

    hackaday.com 04 Mar '13, 11am

    Download a song from iTunes, and you can only add that song to the music library of five other computers. Grab a copy of the latest Microsoft Office, and you’d better hope you won’t be upgrading your computer any time soon. Obviously DRM is a great tool for companies to make sure we o...

  • Street Art Bot

    Street Art Bot

    hackaday.com 03 Mar '13, 11pm

    For the Deconstruction decentralized hackathon, “The FABricators” from Fab Lab Tulsa built a Street Art Bot . The robot drives around and dispenses liquid chalk in a pattern to make sidewalk art. The FABricators’ robot is based on an electric wheelchair platform. Attached to the base ...

  • For @buzzert

    Hardsync – DDR Reimagined for the C64

    hackaday.com 03 Mar '13, 10pm

    Ironically, a lot of the nicer dance pads (hard mats) are actually built for multiple systems with breakout ports (DB-9′s, usually) that just short pins to a common ground when a panel is stepped on; they’re made this way so that you can buy a small box that will adapt it to a differe...

  • RPi Printer Server for your 3D Printer

    RPi Printer Server for your 3D Printer

    hackaday.com 03 Mar '13, 9pm

    Want to run your 3D printer without your laptop attached? Looking to make your hackerspace printer network accessable? OctoPrint aims to make a 3D print server for the Raspberry Pi. The open source Python project allows you to upload and manage GCODE files on the RPi. You can then sel...

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  • Building a remote control for a cable release camera

    Building a remote control for a cable release camera

    hackaday.com 03 Mar '13, 7pm

    The solution for “remote” triggering is that black cable which physically attaches to the shutter button. Just depress the plunger at the opposite end and a picture will be snapped. This process is automated with the use of a hobby servo hidden inside the box. It’s driven by an Arduin...

  • Hackerspace Intro: Workshop 88

    Hackerspace Intro: Workshop 88

    hackaday.com 03 Mar '13, 3pm

    If you find yourself in the West suburbs of Chicago, IL with nothing to do you should head over to Workshop 88 . [Andrew Morrison] shot some video at the last public meeting which includes a tour of the facilities. We’ve embedded it after the jump for your convenience. The clip isn’t ...