hackaday.com Archives - 04 May 2013, Saturday

  • The meaning of being a hard-core hacker from a 1985 recollection

    The meaning of being a hard-core hacker from a 1985 recollection

    hackaday.com 04 May '13, 9pm

    The machine in question was a label application tool for a production line. You know, product goes in bottle, label gets slapped on the side. But the slapping needed to be perfect because consumers shy away from packaging that looks shoddy. Computer control would end up being far supe...

  • Laptop backlight converted from CCFL to LED

    Laptop backlight converted from CCFL to LED

    hackaday.com 04 May '13, 7pm

    He tore into the LED display and found the driver board. Unfortunately he didn’t locate the datasheet for the exact LED driver, but he found one that was similar and was able to trace out the support circuitry on the PCB. This let him cut away the unneeded parts of the board without d...

  • Quadruped walks of four legs, rolls on four treads

    Quadruped walks of four legs, rolls on four treads

    hackaday.com 04 May '13, 1pm

    This robot doesn’t know if it’s a walker or a tank. It’s the brain-child of [Marc Hamende] who works as a mechanical engineer by day and mad roboticist at night. The best place to find full details is by digging into the long thread he’s been posting to for about six weeks. It will gi...

  • Hot plate stirrer dissolves support material in 3D printed objects

    Hot plate stirrer dissolves support material in 3D printed objects

    hackaday.com 03 May '13, 9pm

    When you want to print a 3D object you run into problems if there is a part that has nothing below it. The hot, soft filament coming out of the extruder will droop with gravity if not given something to rest on while it hardens. The solution is to use a second material as a support. B...

  • Atari Combo Controller has what you need for any cartridge

    Atari Combo Controller has what you need for any cartridge

    hackaday.com 03 May '13, 7pm

    Retro gaming enthusiasts take note: this joystick is what you need to play any Atari game on the original console. It plugs right into the original console hardware and removes the need to choose the joystick, paddle, or keypad controller separately. You just leave this puppy hooked u...

  • Microsoft IllumiRoom breaks your video game out of its television prison

    Microsoft IllumiRoom breaks your video game out of its television prison

    hackaday.com 03 May '13, 2pm

    We see a lot of video game tech coming out of the three console giants (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo). With one look we can usually predict what is going to be a flop. Case and point is the Wii U whose sales have been less than extraordinary and Sony Move which is motion control dire...

  • Pebble watch hack makes it a home automation controller

    Pebble watch hack makes it a home automation controller

    hackaday.com 03 May '13, 1pm

    So far the two bits of hardware used in his experiments are shown in the image above. The watch itself serves as the controller, interacting with the Ethernet relay board seen in the background. The watch communicates via Bluetooth but you don’t have to know much about that thanks to ...

  • Using a screwdriver to start your car

    Using a screwdriver to start your car

    hackaday.com 02 May '13, 9pm

    I’ve seen this around before as it’s been in the Import/Drift scene for quite some time. You can make a more aesthetically pleasing version by using an open flame such as a butane burner or gas stove. You use pliers to hold the screwdriver over the flame till it gets soft enough that ...

  • High voltage Thor’s Hammer: Mjolnir at 80,000 volts

    hackaday.com 02 May '13, 8pm

    She had built this big flat head on it, with the initial plan being that it would be the front “face” of the hammer. It didn’t really work out that way though. I ended up having to increase the size of the head a bit and change the orientation of the coil. I experimented with differen...

  • AM tube radio restored and given MP3 playback too

    AM tube radio restored and given MP3 playback too

    hackaday.com 02 May '13, 1pm

    Awesome job, craftsmanship, and respect for the aesthetics and preservation of vintage gear. This project was a pleasure to look at. A++ A couple of warnings of a general nature: I didn’t see a power transformer on this radio chassis. If not, that means that the chassis has a very goo...

  • DIY laser cutter built to make stencils

    DIY laser cutter built to make stencils

    hackaday.com 01 May '13, 9pm

    The first thing we thought when looking at the cutter is where’s the tube? [Andreas] didn’t use a CO2 laser, so this ends up being rather low-powered. The cutting head is a 1W blue laser diode which manages to slice the three-ring binder separator pages he’s using for the stencils. Th...

  • Life meter gives a real life measure of video game health

    Life meter gives a real life measure of video game health

    hackaday.com 01 May '13, 7pm

    This hack makes the virtual real by displaying your video game character’s health meter as a column of illuminated water . The build video, which you’ll find embedded after the break, is really quite remarkable. The column is a clear piece of pipe anchored at one end by hand-tightened...

  • Bluetooth stepper motor driver

    Bluetooth stepper motor driver

    hackaday.com 01 May '13, 1pm

    The motor can’t be driven directly, but with a simple motor driver like the L293 chip [Dan] used it’s not hard to interface them with your control hardware of choice. From there he added an ATtiny85 which will take care of the stepping protocol necessary to move the motor. The Bluetoo...

  • Retrotechtacular: History of the U.S. Antiballistic Missile Systems

    Retrotechtacular: History of the U.S. Antiballistic Missile Systems

    hackaday.com 30 Apr '13, 9pm

    On this installment of Retrotechtacular we’re taking a look at the history of the United States Antiballistic Missile System . The cold war was a huge driver of technological development, and this missile defense is a good example. At its most basic this is a radar system capable of t...

  • Sump pump alarm sends text message as water rises

    hackaday.com 30 Apr '13, 7pm

    We’ve got some friends who have two sump pumps. One is a backup and sounds an alarm when it is switched on. But this only works as long as they’re home to hear it. [Felix Rusu] came up with a solution what will text him if the sump pump fails . This way he can head home, or call someo...

  • Scratch-built 3D printer shows rock-solid performance

    hackaday.com 30 Apr '13, 1pm

    A pile of salvaged parts were found in a scanner and four different printers. He’s also powering the thing with an old PC PSU. The hot bed and extruder are brand new, which is a wise investment. We’re not sure about the threaded rod and bearings but we’d bet those are new as well. Whe...

  • Sega controller houses auto-launch emulator

    Sega controller houses auto-launch emulator

    hackaday.com 29 Apr '13, 9pm

    We’ve seen this type of thing a few times before (even with XBMC in a SNES controller ) but there is one thing we hadn’t thought of lately. Newer versions of Windows have auto-launch disabled for USB drives. But [Joe] knew that there were still some USB sticks that manage to auto-laun...

  • Wifi Pineapple project uses updated hardware for man-in-the-middle attacks

    Wifi Pineapple project uses updated hardware for man-in-the-middle attacks

    hackaday.com 29 Apr '13, 7pm

    We’ve seen this small, cheap, and powerful WiFi router before. But this time it’s up to no good. [Andy] used a TP-Link WR703N to build an upgraded WiFi Pineapple hacking tool. A WiFi Pineapple is a device spawned years ago by the Hak5 team (here’s a clip showing off the device ). It u...

  • Chromebook hack controls your television

    Chromebook hack controls your television

    hackaday.com 29 Apr '13, 1pm

    [Michael Kohn] only accomplished about half of what he set out to, but we still think his TV channel switcher from a Chromebook turned out nicely . When starting the project he wanted to include a grid of listing so that he could choose a specific program, but decided that scraping th...

  • Hackaday Links: Sunday, April 28th, 2013

    hackaday.com 28 Apr '13, 9pm

    Another week has gone by and we hope you’ve been happily hacking away in your underground lairs. If not, here’s some inspiration that didn’t quite make it to the front page this week: [Razr] used a CFL ballast to replace the mechanical one in his fluorescent tube light fixture. To mak...

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  • Wristwatch made of sandwiched PCBs

    Wristwatch made of sandwiched PCBs

    hackaday.com 28 Apr '13, 7pm

    Here’s a wristwatch concept we haven’t seen before. Instead of trying to sandwich everything inside of a case it uses a stack of PCBs as the body of the watch . [Mats Engstrom] wrote in to tip us off about his build. The design goes with LEDs which is nothing new. But unlike previous ...

  • ODB-II hacking using an Android tablet

    hackaday.com 28 Apr '13, 1pm

    Nice job, I always wanted to do this exact thing. Unfortunately, the car I had with steering wheel controls for the radio was totalled in an accident. I’m not sure you can actually reprogram the odometer through the OBD-II/CAN interface. I know that in some cars the mileage is stored ...

  • MIDI out for a Korg CX-3 organ

    MIDI out for a Korg CX-3 organ

    hackaday.com 27 Apr '13, 9pm

    [Michael] loves this old organ of his, but recently he wondered if it would be possible to add MIDI out without altering its original functionality . With a bit of research and more than a bit of hard work he accomplished his goal. The nice thing about working on a quality piece of ha...

  • Video player built from Stellaris Launchpad

    hackaday.com 27 Apr '13, 8pm

    He’s using a 320×240 display which we ourselves have tried out with this board. It’s plenty fast enough to push image data in parallel, but if you’re looking for full motion video and audio we would have told you tough luck. [Vinod's] math shows that it is possible with a bit of file ...

  • Video player built from Stellaris Launchpad

    hackaday.com 27 Apr '13, 7pm

    He’s using a 320×240 display which we ourselves have tried out with this board. It’s plenty fast enough to push image data in parallel, but if you’re looking for full motion video and audio we would have told you tough luck. [Vinod's] math shows that it is possible with a bit of file ...

  • Hand placing flash die to make USB drives

    Hand placing flash die to make USB drives

    hackaday.com 27 Apr '13, 1pm

    The image above shows a worker populating a set of boards with the flash memory dies. The waffle-grid to the right holds the dies. Each is a tiny glint of a component. The worker is not in a clean room, and is using a bamboo tool to pick up the pieces. [Bunnie] explains that he’s seen...

  • The 10 best hacking videos

    hackaday.com 27 Apr '13, 10am

    The Secret Life of Machines episodes are available to download, but “The Car” has a long section of bad video. Doesn’t matter where you download it, it’s a bad copy. :-( Why it’s bad is because the online ones were made from the DVD set which was made from tape transfers from the orig...

  • Old LED marquee turned embedded video player

    hackaday.com 26 Apr '13, 9pm

    [Sprite_TM] is was sent an old LED Marquee by an anonymous fan of his hacking projects. The display isn’t full color, but it’s large — 224 by 48 pixels — and he figured he could render some okay images with the bi-color diodes. In the end, he replaced the controller and turned it into...

  • Mood lamp/notifier uses neat modular PCB design

    hackaday.com 26 Apr '13, 8pm

    Not only does this mood lamp which [J. Sutton] built look great, but we love the modular design he adopted when building the circuit boards. If you’re building something that is going to sit on your desk for some time it just has to look good. We think that he achieved that, using a s...

  • Cube 3D printer hack lets you use bulk filament

    Cube 3D printer hack lets you use bulk filament

    hackaday.com 26 Apr '13, 7pm

    [Chris Nafis] crunched the numbers and found out he could get filament for his 3D printer in bulk for about one-fifth the cost of the cartridges the company sells. This led him to print a feeder for his Cube 3D printer . We’re skeptical about the Cube 3D printer’s cartridges. They con...