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February 24, 2007

Different Colored Flamed Candles

at 3:46 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks, What Were They Thinking

Who says candle flames need to be yellow. The candles from More Than Light put a fun spin on an everyday item.

“The More than lights online store offers clear paraffin oil as well as a variety of colored oils designed for burning in clear (glass) containers, enhancing the natural beauty of the oil lamp and adding additional color to the lamp and room.

Our colored oils are available in four colors (red, green, blue, yellow) and are packed in a special container designed to enable an easy refill while the lamp is still burning
colored oils add a unique designer touch to every occasion and as simple as they are, usually leaves guests, friends and family breath taken. ”

Via: Coolest Gadgets

UV LED PCB Exposure Scanner

at 1:41 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Sapa responded to this article with an example of his creative PCB exposure system made from an old computer scanner.

“I have build UV LED lightbox using old flatbed scanner and 40 Kingbright L-7113UVC LEDs. These LEDs have narrow ray (+-10 degrees), it helps to get sharp shadow on photoresist even if photomask is not cling to the PCB very tight. LEDs mounted on carriage moved by stepper motor (scanner’s mechanics reused with my own controller based on PIC12F629), so 40 LEDs are enough to expose up to A4/Letter PCBs. LEDs mounted close to each other, so it provide well distributed light even with small deepness of box. Exposure adjusted by changing linear speed of the carriage.”


February 23, 2007

Monkey controls Robot Arm with Brain Power

at 5:34 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks, What Were They Thinking


Someone needs to make a diy version of this. I would totally drive my car using brain power. Or at least send it to this guy to add to his car.

“A monkey has a microchip in its brain which allows it to move a robotic arm as if it were its real arm.”

February 22, 2007

Move over Vista here comes Ubuntu 6.10 Linux with XGL and Kiba-Dock

at 9:05 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Crazy Hacks

Windows Vista is going to have to take a back seat to the amazing OS effects that Ubuntu 6.10 Linux with XGL Kiba-Dock can perform. Watch the video and be amazed. I think Microsoft might have to hire some of the open source developers of they want to keep up… Have a close look at the video, the creator must be a Diggnation fan!

Video after the jump.

Via: Slashdot Review


Cyclone Fireplace – Fire in a tube

at 5:52 am. Filed under Insane Equipment

When you grow tired of the boring old fashion fireplaces that are built into the wall, why not get a Cyclone fire place!

“The introduction of the CycloneTM marks a foray into an entirely new product category – perhaps better described as “Fire Art” than a conventional fireplace. The Cyclone is available in either a customizable version or as a system. Both models feature the same mesmerizing, show-stopping, spinning tower of fire available only from Heat & Glo. Only 15,000 BTUs, the Cyclone offers a comfortable level of heat for installation in smaller areas, such as foyers and hallways, or in public areas like a lobby, bar or showroom. The customizable version allows homeowners, architects and builders to create a work of art for their own unique installation. The customizable version is encased in a free-standing glass cylinder, offering a 360-degree view of the fire.”

Via: Stephen Schleicher at Coolness Roundup

February 21, 2007

Voltmeter + Ammeter LCD Panel

at 5:48 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

This power supply meter allows you to keep you eye on your load and voltage with a nice digital display without hooking up a bunch of separate meters. How many times have you hooked up a current meter to a project being constructed to see how much juice it’s pulling? Well with this display that second meter can be put to better use! Schematics and code is provided.

“This multimeter was designed to measure output voltage and current in a PSU, where the current sense shunt resistor is connected in series with load at the negative voltage rail. It needs only one supply voltage that can be acquired from main PSU. An additional function of the multimeter is that it can control (switch on and off) an electric fan used to cool the main heatsink. The power threshold at which the fan switches on can be adjusted using One Touch Button Setup.”


February 20, 2007

Funny Computer Gadgets

at 5:35 am. Filed under Funny Hacks

Here is a nice collection of funny computer items, see more here.


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