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September 18, 2017

Adafruit PCB Manufacturing Line

at 6:22 pm. Filed under Educational, Electronic Hacks

 

The Adafruit PCB Manufacturing Line is quite impressive. Ladyada (Limore Fried) goes through the entire process start to finish describing what each piece in the line does. Questions from the MIT students at the end are interesting also.

“Ladyada is the hacker @ Adafruit, founded in 2005 by MIT hacker & engineer Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit has grown to over 100+ employees in the heart of NYC with a 50,000+ sq ft. factory. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store.”


September 12, 2017

iPhone Headphone Jack Hacked back into an iPhone 7

at 6:04 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

Scotty from Strange Parts known for building his own iPhone has been busy with another iPhone project. As most people know the Apple iPhone got rid of the headphone jack and even though many people hate that decision it looks like Apple will not be bringing it back. After 4 months of designing and Scotty was finally able to replicate the functionality of the normal headphone jack functionality. Of course this would be possible to be done anywhere but being in the heart of the electronic marketplace in China sure helps. For example he was able to get things like flex PCBs made by walking over to the local PCB sales booth. See the video below for an interview Serpentza did with Scotty.

 

 


September 5, 2017

PID Controller Theory

at 11:07 pm. Filed under Educational


 
 

Dave 2 over at the EEVBlog explains how PID works. Wikipedia also has some great info.

 
 

“A proportional–integral–derivative controller (PID controller or three term controller) is a control loop feedback mechanism widely used in industrial control systems and a variety of other applications requiring continuously modulated control. A PID controller continuously calculates an error value {\displaystyle e(t)} e(t) as the difference between a desired setpoint and a measured process variable and applies a correction based on proportional, integral, and derivative terms (denoted P, I, and D respectively) which give their name to the controller.

In practical terms it automatically applies accurate and responsive correction to a control function. An everyday example is the cruise control on a road vehicle; where external influences such as gradients would cause speed changes, and the driver has the ability to alter the desired set speed. The PID algorithm restores the actual speed to the desired speed in the optimum way, without delay or overshoot, by controlling the power output of the vehicle’s engine.

The first theoretical analysis and practical application was in the field of automatic steering systems for ships, developed from the early 1920s onwards. It was then utilised for automatic process control in manufacturing industry, where it was widely implemented in pneumatic, and then electronic, controllers. Today there is universal use of the PID concept in applications requiring accurate and optimised automatic control.”


August 28, 2017

DIY LIPO Battery Spot Welding

at 11:19 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks

 

WeAreTheWatt is building a DIY LIPO Battery Spot Welding project. The construction is very nice. The PCB is very well laid out but of course even with a very heavy copper clad board it would not be able to handle the amount of current he needs. Heavy bus bars are used to pass the current through the fuse and across the switching transistors. There is a foot pedal activation method or a neat self detection method which watches for the leads being pressed against the thing to be welded and then passes the desired amount of energy.

 

 

 

August 19, 2017

Laptop Hacked into a Cool Desktop PC

at 11:11 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks

 

 

DIY Perks hacked an old damaged laptop into a great looking desktop PC. The PC used has a damaged screen and was purchased for just $15. The guts were removed from the plastic laptop case but when exposed the tiny existing processor fan and heatsink was very loud. Replacing the fan and heatsink with a larger unit the system is now silent. The end result is a great looking veneered piece of art that also functions as a PC.


August 8, 2017

Naomi ‘SexyCyborg’ Wu Electronic Clothing Designer

at 10:48 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

 

Naomi ‘SexyCyborg’ Wu is a Maker and hardware enthusiast from China. She uses a 3D printer to make clothing such as bras and custom electronic skirts. She has a Patreon if you would like to support her. Looks like open hardware and Hack a Day shirts are in regular rotation!

“I build FashionTech Wearables and other cool things then share the Open Source plans online, I write about life in Shenzhen and the local hardware community, I’m a 3D printing enthusiast, I try to encourage local women to become more technically proficient. I’ve done these things without any sort of compensation, just as a hobby for over two years- because I’m passionate about tech, making things and letting people know what life is like here. ”

 

 

 

August 1, 2017

Safe Cracking Robot

at 10:34 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

 

We have seen safe cracking robots before but they never get old. The guys at Spark Fun made a great one. It would be funny to  see a CCTV video of a vault heist that uses some technology like this. The safe cracker could setup his rig and read a magazine while the technology did the hard work.

Via: Adafruit

 
“Nathan Seidle’s wife gave him this already locked safe as a gift with no combination. Weird present, but he loves a good challenge. So he built a safecracking robot.”
 

 

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