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January 31, 2006

World’s First “Bionic Man”

at 10:54 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Human Hacks


Jesse Sullivan lost both of his arms in a work related accident. He is now the worlds first real bionic man.

How does it work? “NECAL uses nerve-muscle grafts in amputees to gain added control signals for an artificial arm. Doctors take nerves that used to go to the arm and move those nerves onto chest muscles. The nerves grow into the chest muscles, so when the patient thinks “close hand,” a portion of his chest muscle contracts and electrodes that detect this muscle activity tell the computerized arm when to close the hand. Thus, the patient thinks “close hand” and his artificial hand closes. ”

Take a look at a picture gallery and a video of the arm working.


Hacked Fiber Optic Display

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


Big Clive has taken a dollar store fiber optic display and converted it to run off of LEDs. He has built an interesting circuit that allows the low voltage LEDs to operate from 220VAC (yes Clive is not from North America). He demonstrates his circuit board fabrication process and provides a schematic drawing so you can build your own.


RobaNova-1. Good Hacking Platform?

at 9:30 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

RoboNova-1 could be the next big hackable toy. It comes with 16 Hitec servos, the structural portions are made of steel and the exoskeleton is made of durable plastic.

The robot also comes with a simple programming language. “Beginners to robot programming technology will be pleased to use the supplied RoboScript programming software. Without knowing any programming language at all users can create operational subroutines with the click of a mouse.
Use the RoboRemocon software to control your ROBONOVA-1 with the operational data created with RoboScript.”

There is one drawback however, that is price. The RoboNova-1 is $999.00 and requires assembly. Looks like a well constructed machine so it could be worth it.

Video of the robot in action 1.
Video of the robot in action 2.

January 30, 2006

Optical Mouse Hack

at 3:04 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Mac Cody wanted to use the optical sensor of a standard optical mouse. He basically removed the built in processor from the system allowing him to interface directly to the Agilent (Avago) HDNS-2200 Solid State Optical Mouse LED Assembly Chip. He has plans to interface this in his robot designs.

“The animated GIF image to the right shows a sequence of three images taken with the mouse sensor sitting on top of the “Group 3” lines of a USAF Lens Test Chart. Please forgive the quality of the test chart, as it was created with a laser printer. It is not a high-quality photographic film or a metal stencil.”

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January 29, 2006

$200,000 Cabestan Watch

at 11:36 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment


Interesting watch, if it wasn’t $220,000.00 I would consider buying one…

“The Cabestan is an exclusive timepiece not only due to its innovative architecture but also thanks to the choice of an edition strictly limited to 135 pieces, to be delivered from end of 2006 up to the beginning of 2008.
Hour, minutes, secondes, tourbillon and power reserve will take place inside this time vessel, selling for around 220,000 dollars.
The totality of the collection will be made in gold and platinum, and all will be water-resistant to 30 metres.”


Talus Watch Tells Approximate Time

at 2:26 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets


What time is it? It is a bit past 5. That is about as acurate as you will get with this watch. The watchmaker Talus responsible for this cool creation. This watch is meant for those of us that don’t need to know exactly what time it is. Other phrases include “nearly 3 thirty”. I only have one thing to say about this watch… I need one!

Radio Controlled Steam Powered Tank

at 2:15 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment

When you think of an RC vehicle you think electric motors right? Well that is about to change! Here are a few specs. of a Steam Powered Tank

Engine: Wilesco D49 Marine Double Piston Steam Engine
Boiler: Mamod SE3
Fuel: Alcohol or Solid Fuel Tablets
Chassis & Gearbox: Tamiya 1/16 (Clutch drive, aluminum chassis with metal tracks)
RC: 2 Channel Futaba
Running Time: 10-15 min per full tank of water, pressure at about .75 – 1.5 Bars

Check out a video of the tank in action!

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