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April 23, 2006

Tank Chair, not your average Wheelchair

at 8:27 pm. Filed under Digg, Insane Equipment

Seems like everything is getting bigger and better. Why buy a truck when you can get a Hummer. Well the same can now be said for wheelchairs! Who will want a normal wheelchair when they could own a Tank Chair? Check out the videos, this chair is quite impressive.

“Tank Chair is a Custom off-road wheelchair that can go anywhere outdoors. Conquers Streams, Mud, Snow, Sand, and Gravel, allowing you to get back to nature, and can also climb up and down stairs.”

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April 22, 2006

Hacked Robosapien Video

at 6:12 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Funny Hacks, Toy Hacks

Over at Robosapien.tk they have added some new information about hacking the Robosapien, most of their information is meant for the person who is not content with a stock Robosapien. You might remember a previous Robosapien article where Robosapien.tk was mentioned. Be sure to have a look at the PC IR interface, it shows you how to use a computer serial port and some VB software to communicate via infrared to the Robosapien. The video below is also a new creation!


April 21, 2006

PowerGlove Mouse – Version 2

at 4:47 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks

This is an updated version of the Power Glove mouse we saw a few months ago.
What is a Power Glove? Click here to find out.

“I had the 4 wires coming from the glove bundled together, as the ones from the mouse. Then I skrewed the base of the mouse into the glove, and drilled another hole that the wires from the batteries come up from under the glove. The circuit on the left is held on by a single wire going around the base of the glove into the top 2 holes of the breadboard. This allows it to be sturdy as well as flexible. Also I used telephone wires from a telephone cable, they are small and sturdy (easy to solder) took out the mouse wheel and strung them all out of there.”


High Energy Pulse Discharge Machine

at 11:05 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment

Warning this project is dangerous, extreem caution must be used.

Penguin’s Lab has made a simple pulse discharge machine that can produce some amaizing results. There is a schematic and many pictures of discharges in action on his sight. The coil gun is another interesting project that sounds like fun to build.

“For safety’s sake, the whole setup was enclosed in a tough industrial plastic case, just in case the capacitors decided to blow on me. Theres the important features of the circuit labelled on the pic to the right.
I decided to test a few different metals; aluminium, copper, and steel. Strips of these were secured to the discharge terminals, then the capacitors were discharged straight into the poor little strips.

Results? Some very nice explosion photos…”

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April 20, 2006

Infrared (IR) Detector

at 11:00 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Chris at The Keeser has constructed a simple circuit to detect infrared light. You can make the project using only 7 parts. A schematic and analysis of operation is also provided.

Parts Needed:
* 1K ohm
* 330 Ohm
* LED
* IR transistor
* 2N3904 NPN transistor (any NPN will do)
* Battery Snap
* Perf Board

“Test the circuit by holding it close to an IR remote control and pressing any button. If everything is working (including the remote control) then the LED should light up.”


Dragon Runner and the AGCV

at 8:07 am. Filed under Insane Equipment

The National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) is coming up with some robot designs that are quite amazing! Dragon Runner is a rugged robot that is used for reconnaissance among other uses. Have a look at the video, it is quite impressive.

“The four-wheeled device is small and light enough to be carried in a soldier’s backpack and rugged enough to be tossed over fences and up or down stairwells. Its low weight and compact size produce little to no impact on the warfighter’s pace, fighting ability and load-carrying needs (food, water, ammo). These attributes are the key differentiators to other robot systems which are heavier, bulkier, slower, and take longer to deploy.”

On a larger scale the Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle (UGCV) by NREC is an autonomous vehicle that can survive almost anything. For example if it flips over, it reconfigures itself to operate upside down and moves on. There is an interesting video that demonstrates its capability.

“Spinner takes maximal advantage of the uncrewed UGCV aspect through its inverting design as well as the unique hull configuration that accommodates its large continuous payload bay, which rotates to position payloads upright or downward. In addition to rollover crash survivability, the hull, suspension and wheels have been designed for extreme frontal impacts from striking a tree, rock or unseen ditch at speed. Despite its large size, Spinner is very stealthy due to its low profile and quiet hybrid operation.”

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April 19, 2006

LED Tubes

at 8:16 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Looking for another LED project? Have a look at this one that makes some tubes shine.

“I’ve had a thing for tubes (aka valves) since I was a kid. They made me thing of mini futuristic alien cities under a dome. I got some on ebay and mounted them on a plinth to make some mysterious object. Then I thought “Wouldn’t it be cool if they GLOWED?”… The LEDs shine up through the holes in the project box and make the tubes glow.”

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