One of the simplest and most destructive running gags among tinkerers is the so-called killer. It’s a peripheral cable spliced with a power plug. The idea is to fry the circuits connected to the port – e.g.
There are different gadgets that can turn bodies, steering wheels or food into musical instruments. Now you can turn pretty much any rigid solid object into an instrument using just one device: Mogees.
Mogees consists of a very sensitive contact microphone and an iOS app.
The Dash Button was originally intended to make it easier for loyal customers to order products from Amazon, but we’ve seen how you can easily hack it for other purposes. It looks like the company took notice of the Dash’s potential, because it’s created a variant that connects to its new Amazon Web Services Internet of Things (AWS IoT) cloud platform.
Unlike the original Dash Button, the AWS IoT Button has three click types – single press, double press and long press – so it’s more versatile.
Last month we featured the Dobot, a precise robotic arm that can plot, laser engrave and pick and place objects. But if you’re looking for something even more versatile, the Makerarm might be for you. It can also draw, use a laser head and assemble objects, but you can also use it as a 3D printer, a PCB fabricator, a soldering station and even a screwdriver.
As you may have guessed the Makerarm has a modular tooling system that lets it transform from one type of machine to another.
Its arm can rotate up to 180º and its reach is 15.7″
One of the advantages of LED bulbs over incandescent ones is that they generate significantly less heat. Product designer David Graas capitalized on that benefit by creating lamps with 3D printed “bulbshades”, which are diffusers that sit directly on the LED bulb.
David’s newest bulbshade design features inverted Art Deco skyscrapers, hence their name Stalaclights.
While I appreciate the novelty of Stalaclights, I actually think that they’re more pleasing to look at when they’re upright.
Since launching in 2012, Burner has become a very popular app, and for good reason. It lets you purchase disposable phone numbers, handy for both business and pleasure. But a major update to its iOS app makes it go beyond protecting your privacy.
Burner Connections is a new free feature that links Burner numbers to other online services.
It’s been almost two years since I first saw Vizio’s incredibly impressive Reference Series displays. To be honest, when I saw the early prototypes, I thought they had the best picture I’ve ever seen on a display, ever.
Electronics maker Rohm Semiconductor entertained attendees of this year’s CEATEC with flying origami cranes. Rohm made the cranes to promote its new microcontroller, the Lazurite Fly.
Aside from its paper body and the Lazurite Fly, the Orizuru crane has a carbon tube skeleton, 3D printed nylon motors, a radio receiver and a battery that lasts up to five minutes per charge.
DSLRs and interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras take great pictures, but they’re still not very easy to tote around every day. So most of us who like to take photos on a regular basis end up resorting to our smartphones.
A couple of weeks ago we checked out ETH Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab’s walking robot that had a drone launching pad. That combos nicely with one of the Lab’s latest projects: a similar pair working together to navigate unknown terrain.
The hexacopter drone has a camera that lets it scout ahead, making an elevation map of its surroundings as well as noting landmarks.
Hack A Day member Hari Wiguna made a TV and set top box remote control for his dad, who finds it difficult to press the tiny buttons on the original remotes. You’d think it would be a simple matter to make such a ubiquitous device, especially since Hari put only the most used functions on the remote, but it turned out to be quite the challenge.
Hari mounted the ATMega 328 and the remote’s other components on a stripboard, which he then housed on an acrylic case that he made using a laser cutter.
Last August, the University of British Columbia (UBC) became the first location to have a semi-automated umbrella sharing service, thanks to a new company called UmbraCity. The photo below shows UmbraCity co-founders Amir Entezari (left) and Babak Asad beside one of their self-service kiosks.
Valve employee Chandler Murch used Valve and HTC’s Vive virtual reality system to propose to his now fiancé Kelly Tortorice, who shared photos of the proposal on her Facebook page. Kelly said Chandler asked her to test Steam VR demos at Valve’s headquarters, which she did initially, “then suddenly, a virtual engagement ring started floating [her] way.”
Nope, Chandler didn’t do it to save money.
Robo Wunderkind aims to do for robots what littleBits and other newbie-friendly electronic kits are doing for gadgets. Made by Robo Technologies Inc., the robot kit is made of modules that snap together with the help of a simple adapter.
Like the aforementioned electronics kits, Robo Wunderkind greatly simplifies the act of building a robot.
NuForce recently became part of the Optoma family of products, and is now offering the first of its new headphones, the BE6. These compact earphones offer Bluetooth connectivity, so they’re great for athletes and anyone else who doesn’t want to be bothered by a cord when listening to their tunes.
Despite their light weight, the BE6’s look very substantial, thanks to lightweight aluminum housing and a sleek, flat cable connecting the two drivers.
Dolby was kind enough to invite me into their brand new headquarters building in San Francisco. The 16-story, 300,000 square foot building brings together research, engineering, marketing, business and operations teams in a single location, and is packed top to bottom with scientific labs for creating the next generation of audio and video technologies.
Since Dolby sees their business sitting at the intersection of art and science, the space is also dripping with art.