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December 31, 2008

DIY Computer Monitor LED Backlight

at 1:22 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Thanks to Astia for sending in this LED backlight project, I think this is the perfect way to add a festive touch to your computer system.

"The whole project consists of architectural strip RGB controlled LED’s … After several meters of the strip LED’s were received as a gift, along with a 12v DC power supply, a colour changing solution was needed to control the strip. After some dabbling to figure out how the circuit on the strip was laid out, it was off to Jaycar electronics for bits and pieces… The strip itself is wired so the three colours (red, green and blue) share a common positive off the power supply, and the negative split across the three. The voltage that is applied to the negative controls how bright that particular LED will be, hence the colour mixing. And thus, a controller box was designed and built. The box consists of three toggle switches, which control each colour, or more specifically, the negative to each LED. As a result, colour mixing can be achieved by flicking combinations of various switches. The next thought was the practical application of the strips. During the testing phase, a strip of 8 LED’s had been stuck to the underside of an LCD monitor, thanks to the adhesive backing, to achieve a neon glow affect. This ended up being the final use, but with several meters of strip lighting the result was significantly more spectacular."


December 30, 2008

Webcam Remote Control

at 5:22 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Funny Hacks


Rube Goldberg devices are great, this method of remote control reminds me of one of those devices. There sure are better and simpler methods of sending commands from one computer to the next however none would be as crazy as this idea (I mean that in a good way). 🙂 There was a computer show years ago that transmitted data in the top corner of the screen during the show, a suction cup sensor on the screen was used to retrieve the data. Who remembers what that show was called?

"This system allows remote control (via the internet) of actuators (motors, etc) at your home. It works by sensing changes in brightness at particular locations on your home computer screen (locations at which the sensors are taped). These changes in brightness are remotely controlled by you via a yahoo messenger webcam video feed between your work computer and your home computer."

Via: Hack a Day

December 29, 2008

DIY Net Gun

at 5:01 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Insane Equipment


This DIY Net Gun project must be a blast to play with (pun intended). Not sure if these are used by any modern law enforcement but I think I remember seeing some footage of a commercial version years ago and it did seem to be a good non lethal weapon. I can imagine having some automated units in the back yard that deploy when an intruder is detected. 🙂 Video after the jump.

"This net gun is capable of firing a 90 square foot net 15 to 25 feet using 80-100 psi of compressed air. The net is reusable, assuming your prey doesn’t destroy or run off with it. The launcher section is modular and can be removed in case you want to modify it or use a different design. The net gun is similar to many pneumatic launchers, but instead of launching a single projectile, it launches four tractors that pull the net through the air. The tractors are based on the fact that the neck of a standard soda bottle fits very well over the outside of 1/2" PVC pipe."

Thanks Chris.


December 28, 2008

G-Dog Servo Robot Dog by G-Robots

at 11:31 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks


This tiny dog robot kit by G-Robots looks like it will be lots of fun. I can’t find a place in North America that sells it yet though. I have no idea how they got the servo motors to move so fast! Have a look at the first video that was shot by Robot Watch and notice how quickly the servos move to certain positions. The kits looks like it is easy to assemble (the last picture shows all the parts that come in the kit) and the software appears to be quite powerful.

"Nine small RS304MD servos (new command TTL/ PWM system) are used for the G-Dog. The G-Dog is a high performance and reasonably-priced four-leg robot coming with Processing Unit and Motion Editor. The G-Dog comes with 9 command-type robot servos and each servo has its own command ID. More servos can be added using a hub and no complex wiring is required. Command-type Control Servo contains a built-in CPU. Since servos receive commands for speed and directions for each movement and operate according to the commands, there is less load on Processer. Built-in Temperature Sensor turns off power when servo temperature becomes too high. Servo operation characteristics can be changed according to preferred speed and torque. All the servos are calibrated and have the same performance."



December 27, 2008

Planetary Gear Business Card

at 5:44 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you are looking to impress you can make a cool Planetary Gear Business Card. If that isn’t for you then have a look at this circuit board business card or this metal business card that belongs to the Woz.

"Cut from card or bristol and assemble like a sandwich. The middle layer needs to be appreciably thicker than the others; I cut it twice and glued the bits together, but I recommend using thicker paper board. To keep the planetary teeth gears from getting caught up in the window edges, bend the gear teeth down (towards the back layer) slightly before assembly. Glue down the middle (sun) gear only. You can put three or four planetary gears inside. It’s a bit tricky to assemble; a spare pair of hands helps."

December 26, 2008

Amazing CNC Robots at Work

at 5:50 am. Filed under Complex Hacks


I am thinking about purchasing a CNC machine in the near future, I thought I would share some of the interesting complex CNC machine videos that I stumbled across. I find it truly amazing the precision of work that these machines can perform! The one I am thinking of getting is of course nothing like the ones in the videos…

December 25, 2008

ASUS EEE PC Touchscreen Install

at 11:57 am. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


If you have a Asus EEE PC and wish it had a touchscreen you are in luck! For about $50 you can install one.

"what your going to need.

7" USB Plug-n-Play Touch Screen Digitizer for Asus Eee PC 701 UMPC Laptops $37.50usd
Super Mini Bluetooth 2.0 Adapter Dongle $4.50usd
Super Mini Retractable Metal Stylus with Strap$1.95usd
World Smallest Transflash TF / MicroSD USB 2.0 Card Reader Keychain$2.28usd
total: $46.24*
*all prices include wold shipping, and in USD

double sided tape ( to hold the circuit board to the motherboard of the EEE) ~$2aud ( coles / safeway)

duck/duct tape to hold wires and screen in place ~ $5aud ( coles/ safeway)

oh and you will need a ASUS EEE 701, ( i have seen these go on ebay for as low as $90AUD)

windows xp ( had it left over from a pc i started, but you can be creative how you get it) free to ~$150"

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