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December 31, 2005

Computer controlled RC helicopter

at 9:23 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Toy Hacks

Eliot Phillips of Hackaday writes: “RC helicopters have become so cheap that they’re now a really attractive robotics platform. This guide gives a jumping off point for starting your own project. It covers how to integrate a Gumstix embedded linux system into the helicopter. Code is provided so that you can hook up a usb controller to your laptop and control the helicopter over Bluetooth. All you need to do after that is build some cool controls, hook up a speaker and start streaming Ride of the Valkyries.”


Pascal Brisset has detailed instructions including parts lists, software and hardware setup. Here is what Pascal says about his helicopter: “RC model helicopter prices have reached a point where all sorts of challenging (i.e. crash-prone) robotics projects become affordable. This document explains how to build a 300 g, 3D-capable helicopter with embedded Linux and Bluetooth datalink for less than 500 EUR.

As a proof of concept, we provide software which allows the helicopter to be remotely controlled over Bluetooth with a PC joystick. Future work will focus on the integration of sensors (IMU, altitude, magnetic compas, GPS, camera) and flight control software (either third-party or dedicated).”

Nissan’s New Gaming Platform

at 12:28 am. Filed under Insane Equipment

It wouldn’t be unheard of for a large manufacturer to venture into new territory but no Nissan isn’t developing a game console they have integrated it into a concept car. I guess gamers of the future will be spending more time in their cars 🙂 . The game system uses the cars steering wheel and pedals as input devices for the game unit which is a coveted XBox-360.

Geek Zone writes: ” Conceived by Nissan Design America Inc. (NDA) and equipped with the Xbox 360 next-generation video game and entertainment system, the Nissan URGE concept car allows drivers (while parked) to play Project Gotham Racing 3 using the car’s own steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal while viewing the game on a flip-down seven-inch LCD screen. The LCD screen also doubles as a rear-view mirror when the car is being used for real driving. ”

Microsoft has anounced that “The URGE, which will make its world debut at the 2006 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 9, offers a glimpse of how echo boomers are influencing the next generation of vehicle design.”

More pictures in the article.

December 30, 2005

Animated Singing Santa Hack

at 4:39 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Toy Hacks

Josh McCormick took a regular WalMart singing santa and hacked it! It is now a santa that has had a bit too much to drink. Watch the videos, they are great.

“If you’ve ever gone to Wal*Mart during the Christmas season, you’ve seen it. I figure that at least a quarter of the US population has been exposed to it by now. A 5 foot tall Santa Claus that sings and dances to holiday music. Head moves left and right. Mouth opens and closes. Body sways from side to side. They’ve got white Santas and black Santas. Around here, they even have Spanish speaking white Santas. But do they have… hackable Santas? It took me $49.84 to find out.”

If you want to make your own check out the details.

Photos of Quad G5 Processor Disassembled

at 3:41 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Digg, Insane Equipment

“Note the dual cooling pumps and massive heat exchanger. Even the cache has a huge heatsink. Here is the new Quad processor from the PowerMac G5. Note the dual cooling pumps and massive heat exchanger. Even the Voltage regulator has a huge heatsink. Keeps my room warm at night. “

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Stanley’s dual-purpose construction watches

at 3:11 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets

We’re pretty sure it won’t take much to convince you that these Stanley wristwatches are about the greatest thing evar, so let’s just run through the loot, shall we? From left to right we have the measuring watch (with calculator), flashlight watch, vice watch (yes, a vice watch), and the relatively pedestrian screw driver watch. The watches are $56 each, but look on the face of the large-wristed handyman you gift these to will be priceless.

From Engadget.

World’s Largest Heatsink

at 1:55 am. Filed under Digg, Insane Equipment

Pumping an impressive 25 cubic metres of air per second Zalman are confident that the Big Boy Turbo Mega Fan 2 will be able to keep any Intel CPU, up to and including the Pentium 4 670 3.8GHz, running cool in even the warmest conditions.

Drawing an impressive 1400Watts of power, Zalman include a full instruction booklet on how to daisy chain 5 300W PSU’s together to power the fan, and you get 50 starter cartridges free to get it spinning in the first place. Of course, you’ll need a serious case upgrade too, and we would recommend the CoolerMaster 821 Garage, which comes with a tasteful variety of electronic doors and leaves enough room for even the largest GFX cards in SLI and a Nissan Micra too.

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