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February 6, 2009

DIY Fiber Optic Camera Flash Ring

at 5:25 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks


For about $5 you can build your own DIY Fiber Optic Camera Flash Ring. It allows you to extend the camera flash using fiber optic to illuminate your subject from many tiny points of light all around the camera lens.

"This is a fibre-optic flash extension for your DSLR’s popup flash. Totally easy! Works great! Durable! Designed specifically for K20D with 100 2.8 DFA lens but adaptable to other lenses (see Tamron Adaptall 90 2.5 example at the end.) Build your own!"

February 5, 2009

Gadget Gangster Contest Winners

at 11:23 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks


The winners have been announced over at Gadget Gangster. This project uses the Picaxe microcontroller at its heart. Make sure you have a look at the other cool winners.

"The NoiseAxe is an easy to build Picaxe based mini-synth that plays a range of crazy sounds using only a stylus and photoresistor."

Isophone – Future of Phone Calling

at 5:25 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks, What Were They Thinking


Have you ever had a phone call and you got so distracted that you lost a few sentences of what the other person was saying? Yes it has happened to all of us, with TVs, Internet, IM, text messages… Well this Isophone will take care of that, just jump into the pool and slip on the stylish hat and dial away. I think those distractions will be a thing of the past real soon. 🙂

"The Isophone is essentially a telecommunications device providing a service that can be described simply as a meeting of the telephone and the floatation tank. The user wears a helmet that blocks out all peripheral sensory distraction whilst keeping the head above the surface of the water. The water is heated to body temperature blurring the physical boundaries of the users body. Floating in this manner frees up to 90% of the brains workload normally engaged with calculating the lie of gravity. In combination, a space is created for providing a pure, distraction free environment for making a telephone call."

February 4, 2009

Mission One 150 MPH EV Sport Bike

at 6:05 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks


Nice to see another company following the path that Tesla Motors did when making the Tesla Roadster. This new electric sport bike is a high performance electric vehicle made by Mission Motors. I am looking forward to see what other innovative vehicles come out in 2009.

"It is the first production electric sportbike that features uncompromised performance and an iconic new design created by world-renowned designers Yves Béhar and fuseproject. With a top speed of 150 MPH and an estimated range of 150 miles, the Mission One rivals gasoline sportbikes while dwarfing the performance of any other electric motorcycle on the market. The electric drivetrain creates a riding experience unlike anything currently available on a production vehicle. The electric motor’s linear torque curve provides peak torque at zero rpm, a feature gasoline engines cannot match. The motor delivers faster acceleration than most gasoline sportbikes without ever having to shift gears."

Via: Auto Blog Green

Interesting Verizon Math

at 5:49 pm. Filed under Funny Hacks


Not really related here but I know how frustrating this can be. What is so obvious to some of us can fly right over the heads of people who are "there to help". At least us who are working with electronics find it easy to slide decimals around since we need to do this for most calculations. I love when the support person says that they have a difference in opinion. 🙂

Full audio version here.

Laser Pup – Internet Enabled Dog Toy

at 5:32 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Electronic Hacks


This is a cool way to remotely drive your pet crazy! Turn on the lights and fly a laser dot around the room making your pet run around from across the world (or at least from the office). That is what is possible with Laser Pup.

Thanks Lynn.

"So what is LaserPup? It is not a dog with a laser beam attached to his head, as cool as that would be. In its simplest form it is an internet enabled dog toy. I have created a small device that mounts in the ceiling of my basement where my dog likes to play. It is comprised of two servos, a buzzer, and a laser pointer. The servos move the laser pointer around on the floor, alleviating the need for my arms to do it myself. Because really, there is nothing more exhausting than sitting on the couch watching TV while your dog chases the laser around the floor. The buzzer is used to notify the dog that it is time to play, and also that play time is over."

February 3, 2009

Wooden Clock based on atmega168

at 5:42 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


Clocks are great, it is a nice way of making an electronic project that has natural changes in state. I have seen some wooden clocks before but this Wooden Clock project is a nice DIY version with full instructions so that you can make your own. 🙂

"The anodes of the LEDs are attached to a cluster of 3 transistors. This is so the 1st transistor has the power directly from the adapter attached to its collector pin, the corresponding anode pin(from the microcontroller) is attached to the gate. It also has the emitter going directly to the gate of the 2nd transistor, and using a 1kOhm resistor it is connected to the gate of the 3rd transistor. The 2nd transistor has its collector attached to the green pin (pin 1 on the arduino) and its emitter attached to the green(or your highest draw LED) row. The 3rd transistor then has its collector attached to the red pin (pin 0 on arduino) and its emitter attached to the corresponding LED row. It should be noted that I ordered the LED rows from 0 at the top to 4 at the bottom."


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