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February 28, 2011

Fresh Baked Bread Vending Machine

at 9:43 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment



There is nothing better than fresh baked bread (well almost nothing). Only problem is that bakeries only make it once or twice a day so the warm and soft fresh out of the oven taste is hard to come by. That has now changed with this innovative  Fresh Baked Bread Vending Machine, pop in some cash and wait a few minutes and out comes some freshly baked french bread. The video only shows off the interface to the machine, I would like to see the guts of the unit since this would not be a trivial task to automate.

Via: Zedomax (http://zedomax.com/blog/2011/02/25/french-bread-vending-machine/)


February 26, 2011

Spinning LED Activity Indicator

at 4:33 am. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Viktor has made a Spinning LED Activity Indicator. Just connect it to your hard drive LED output and watch the ring of LEDs speed up and slow down based on hard drive activity. The original Spindicator can be found here, and this was indeed the inspiration for this version that Viktor built.


February 24, 2011

Arduino based Drumming MIDI Glove

at 6:42 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Do you have one of those Michael Jackson gloves and looking for a new electronics project? Why not build this Arduino based Drumming MIDI Glove that you can use to get your beat on.

Thanks Bruno

Parts List:
1x Arduino board with at least 4 analog inputs.
4x Small LDR Light Resistor (it costs $ cents and are very precise)
4x 1K Resistor (or any other by changing thresholds and triggers on the CODE)
5x meters of thin and flexible solid core wire. (thin wire from old phone cord cords may do well)
1x Glove. I’ve chose cotton working gloves with rubber dots; ( $1/pair )
1x Protoboard and a bunch Jumper cables;
1x USB or Serial cable to connect Arduino -> PC.”

February 23, 2011

Phantom of the Floppera – Floppy Drive Music

at 5:44 am. Filed under Computer Hacks, Funny Hacks

Dig out the old 386 and 486 desktop computers out of the garage we now have a use for them! Youtube user Fun to the Head has stuffed two 3.5 inch floppy drives and two 5.25 inch floppy drives into a vintage computer case, with the magic of a modern PIC microcontroller the system is able to come to life and play the drives as if they were instruments.

Via: Dangerous Prototypes

“Features two 3 1/2″ drives and two 5 1/4″ drives connected to a PIC18f14k50 microcontroller. It interfaces to any MIDI source via MIDI over USB. Straight MIDI would also be possible with an additional small circuit and some minor firmware changes. This initial version can respond to all 128 MIDI notes, and pitch bends +/- 2 semitones.”

February 22, 2011

Gauss Weapons – Cannon and Rifle

at 1:52 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Educational

Gauss Weapons are lots of fun because there is some cool science making them work. At first glance it doesn’t look like anything special would happen with the typical Gauss Gun setup. As each magnet/ball bearing chain is reached the energy and speed increases. The effect is stunning because there is no explosives or electrical energy being used, just some normal magnets and the Gauss Gun setup is all you need. The ideal material to make your Gauss Cannon from would be a material that does not induce friction which would prevent the gun from attaining maximum speed.

February 21, 2011

Using Wax to give High Contrast on Engraved Plastics

at 7:50 am. Filed under Educational


When you are laser etching some stuff there isn’t much contrast in the end result. There are rub on products that you simply buff off the excess. Only issue is you have a short working time before it is on everywhere for good. I am all about using products that you already own and didn’t know it could be used in a new and creative way. That is exactly what James Williamson has done with the crayon. Who would be looking for a black crayon right after they had laser etched some plastic? Well after you see the results you might be that person. You simply rub the crayon onto the plastic piece letting it fill in all the grooves that are etched, wipe off the excess with some alcohol and heat to melt and level the remaining wax. If you the clock gear looks familiar you are right, James looks to be building one of my gear clocks!



February 20, 2011

Binary Clock inside Power Supply Brick

at 4:51 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Finding a case for your latest project is often a challenge. I am always on the lookout for a non standard case that could be re purposed into an electronic project case. I think my fish tank lights is about the best example I have of what I have done when there wasn’t a proper project case available. For another great example of using what is available for a project box have a look at this Binary Clock that was designed to fit inside a Power Supply Brick. It is based on the popular PIC 16F628A microcontroller, row / column addressing was done to allow the microcontroller to control all of the LEDs. If you are interested in building your own just ask for the code here and it will be emailed to you.


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