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May 19, 2017

Cost to Manufacturing Your Hardware Product

at 7:45 pm. Filed under Educational

 

 

Make has a great article that goes over what things to consider when wanting to manufacturer your hardware product. They bring up that the case often one of the largest costs of the product due to needing to make molds. There is the area between low and high volume manufacturing where using an off the shelf case would be cheapest but at some point getting a custom case manufactured for your product would make more sense.

“When bringing your product to market, scaling costs will likely be one of your biggest obstacles. Failing to plan for these costs will make it impossible for your product to succeed. For most products, the cost to transition from making a few prototypes to manufacturing thousands or millions of units is the most expensive obstacle.”

 


May 10, 2017

3D POV Display

at 10:45 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

 

There are lots of POV displays out there, lots have multi color LEDs that can display some impressive images. has built this  3D POV Display that has lots of tech going on. The addressable LEDs are setup in strips of varying heights. When spun this allows the display to create 3D images in color. A Parallax Propeller microcontroller powers the main display while an Arduino Pro Mini works with the ESC to keep things turning properly. To get power to the spinning portion of the board a wireless power module is used, this module can get about 10 watts of power through the air gap which is plenty for the LEDs.

 

 


 
 

 


May 6, 2017

Antenna filled with Acorns

at 9:08 pm. Filed under Funny Hacks

 

 

This Antenna filled with Acorns certainly would not be operating properly. Looks like a squirrel had found the best hiding spot ever. I wonder how long it took for 300 pounds of acorns to be jammed into the antenna? I bet if you had a look at the efficiency of the antenna it was taking a gradual nose dive as more and more nuts were stored inside.

 

 


May 2, 2017

Guy Makes his own iPhone

at 10:47 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

 

Instead of purchasing a new or reconditioned iPhone Scotty from Strange Parts decided to build his own. If he was in any other country this would have been near impossible but he was in China. There are lots of repair and recycling facilities that were able to sell him the bits and pieces that he needed. At 6:15 you can see Scotty purchase the display and digitizer from a repair facility. The parts used are probably not genuine Apple parts but rather the common aftermarket parts that are used to repair the phones if they get damaged and are repaired by a 3rd party vendor. The small shop has some impressive machines including a vacuum chamber that I am thinking a local repair shop would not have. The iPhone logic board is the main control board of the phone and since this is a phone the components are extremely small. He was thinking of purchasing a bare logic PCB and then purchase all of components separately. This would be a crazy undertaking. I think he went the better route which was to purchase a repaired one. With a huge bag of screws in hand and a ton of tiny parts he actually completed the build and now has a working iPhone!

April 29, 2017

Automated Outdoor Lighting

at 10:49 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

 

Steve Marriott wanted to have some automated outdoor lights. They will be controlled by an Arduino that will monitor some PIR sensors to see what is going on and turn lights on based on activity. A few tictac boxes were used to mount the outdoor electronics in. The project changed over time based on community help. The end result is a a completely automated lighting system that looks great and provides a ton of light.


April 25, 2017

Macbook Backlight Repair

at 11:41 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

Louis Rossmann shows how he walks through a Macbook Backlight Repair. As usual the scale of the repair is tiny and work under the microscope is needed. Some tiny jumpers and a steady soldering hand come to the rescue.

 

April 22, 2017

Power Supply Decoupling and Filtering

at 11:50 pm. Filed under Educational, Electronic Hacks

 

w2aew demonstrates the use of decoupling and filter cap usage. We have all seen large electrolytic caps and tons of small capacitors near chips on most circuit boards. Why are they used and without them what does the circuit look like. The live demonstration on the scope with the test PCB does a great job in demonstrating the difference with capacitor placement and operating without capacitors.

 

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