Ever wonder why SD cards are dirt cheap? At the 2013 Chaos Computer Congress, a hacker going by the moniker Bunnie recently revealed part of the reason: “In reality, all flash memory is riddled with defects — without exception.”
Arduino microcontrollers are beloved by students and hobbyists because they’re affordable, small and versatile. Those are the same exact traits that the RFduino microcontroller possesses. In addition, it has one thing that other Arduino boards don’t have: built-in Bluetooth connectivity.
If you’re the sort of DIY tinkerer that likes to fiddle about with Arduino-based projects, you’ll be glad to hear that the Arduino project has officially launched a new version of the powerful little microcontroller. The new product is called the Arduino Micro board, and it is based on the technology behind the Leonardo board.
Arduino microcontrollers can do so many things and can be found in robots, video game hacks, you name it. The small size and programmability of these boards makes almost anything possible. But what if you want a huge Arduino… for reasons unknown and unfathomable?
Android fans that want to really get their geek on and develop their own accessories and physical devices to work with their smartphone might want to check this out. It’s from a company called SparkFun and the product is dubbed Electric Sheep.
What is it with floppy disks and the Imperial March? I’m sure many of you have seen this video of a floppy disk and a floppy drive playing Darth Vader’s theme. And if there are two of them on YouTube, there must be more out there.
We’ve heard floppy drive music hacks before, but never on this grand of a scale. By wiring a few floppy drives to a microcontroller, YouTuber FunToTheHead cranked out this beautifully musical floppy drive hack.
My aunt once dated a nutbag that collected all sorts of weapons from a Howitzer to a fully automatic assault rifle. I got to fire that assault rifle once, and the volume of noise coupled with the recoil from the thing made it impossible to tell how many rounds came out each time I pulled the trigger.
I’ve certainly seen our share of low-cost computers, but I can honestly say that this is the least expensive computer system I’ve seen yet.
The Humane Reader is designed to provide computer technology to homes or schools without internet access or the budget for traditional PCs or Macs.
The guys over at MAKE recently showed visitors how to make a “Brain Machine”, a trippy looking device which reaches into your mind and helps you to chill out. Now, thanks to the miracle of modern science, you can buy one in kit form and try it on for yourself.
The Brain Machine Kit comes from the mind of Mitch Altman, the same guy responsible for the deliciously devious TV-B-Gone remote control.
Just slip on the Brain Machine’s meditation glasses and headphones, close your eyelids, tune in, turn on and drop out.