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February 29, 2012

A Virtual Weather Station for Minecraft Game

at 10:44 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks

 

If you know Minecraft you will get a kick out of this Virtual Weather Station for Minecraft Game. This is actually a weather station named “Minestation” which gets the weather data for Minecraft game using a shield to connect to an Arduino which is connected to a PC via USB while you are playing the game. The video is a must watch to review the details of this amazing weather station. 

Translated page.

“ As the project progressed Minestation decided that would be a shield for Arduino. In this way, based on a widely used platform among us like to tinker with electronics. Thanks to Arduino code we communicate with the “watcher” that analyzes the conditions and real-time data from the game and every 100 milliseconds, we updated data on the screen. After the first tests with prototypes fruitful shield that worked without problems it was decided to make a small run of boards manufactured in series”.

 

 

 

 


February 28, 2012

Implementing fully adjustable Rapid Fire Mode for Xbox 360

at 10:46 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Game Hacks

 

Shawn McCombs from thief dark has modified his Xbox 360 controller for rapid fire mode by making it fully adjustable. The video shows how the system works. It has a pot that mounts on the side which is used to make the adjustments to how the rapid fire works.

“Now I will have to explain this one to you. You must desolder the three trigger pins shown in the picture below and remove the trigger assembly. Then shorten and bend the middle pin to the outside of the controller and solder a wire to it. Run the wire through the hole displayed below. Then solder the trigger assembly back in, ignoring the middle pin. Then solder a wire to the middle pin pad on the circuit board”.

 


February 27, 2012

Recharge Phone Water

at 10:50 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets

 

You might think of the above picture as some kind of air freshener for your car. Well it is a really cool system designed by Signa Chemistry to recharge your phone with the help of teaspoon of water.

Via: Electronics Lab

“The company, working with partners, has developed a recharge system that requires just a tablespoon of water, a small metal tin the size of a snuff container and a plastic container about the size of an eyeglass case. Put all the pieces together and in about 15 seconds, you can start recharging your GPS device, phone or camera. The system produces about the same amount of power as 4 AA batteries and will give you about 10 hours of phone battery life.”

 


February 26, 2012

PIC 18F4450 based Line Following Robot

at 8:44 pm. Filed under Educational, Electronic Hacks

PyroElectro highlights this attention-grabbing PIC 18F4450 based Line Following Robot project by some university students. The main purpose of this embedded system is to follow a line. You can also refer with the description below if you want to pick the idea for your academic projects.

Via: PyroElectro

“This was a second-year Embedded Systems Application Project at university. We were given the hardware and after assembling the robot, had to write firmware for it. The PIC MCU programming was done in C. As it was the first time this course was run, objectives were not concrete and were updated as students progressed. Some of the objectives were: follow a line, go over a ramp and memorize a track.”

 

February 25, 2012

How to interface a MMA8453Q Accelerometer to an ATmega328 MCU

at 12:41 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks

 

Kerry Wong from kerrywong.com shows us how to interface to a MMA8453Q cheap accelerometer using an ATmega328 MCU. There are tons of cool projects out there that are just waiting to be designed using accelerometers!

“MMA8453Q uses the I2C protocol, so I assumed that I could use the default Arduino Wire library. Unfortunately, MMA8453Q uses repeated start condition for the read operations and the default Wire library cannot handle without any modifications. As a result of this, it does not matter which register you try to read from, the returned value is always the content of the status register (at address 0×00) when using the Wire library due to the reset between the write of the register address and the subsequent read. Fortunately, there are alternative I2C libraries available for Arduino that address this issue. And the I2C library I used below is from DSSCircuits”.

 


February 23, 2012

A 3D Printer with Dual Extrusion Option

at 10:10 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

 

The MakerBot Replicator is here! It’s an amazing 3D printer which lets you print 3D objects in different colors. It has dual extrusion now which facilitates printing objects in two different colors simultaneously. Check out what Bre Pettis from MakerBot Industries has said about the new model.

Via: MakerBot Industries

“The MakerBot Replicator™ creates anything you can imagine with the new MakerBot Stepstruder™ MK8, the extruder is the part of the machine that turns raw feedstock, like ABS (what Lego® is made of) or PLA (a biodegradable material made from corn), into the objects you desire. You can order your MakerBot Replicator™ with single or dual MakerBot Stepstruders on it. By choosing the dual extrusion option, you’ll print with two different colors at the same time. MakerBot Dualstrusion™ unlocks the ability to make beautiful combinations of colors and opens the door to experimenting with multi-material objects”.

 

February 22, 2012

Spray-on Antenna

at 2:50 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment

 

This Spray-on Antenna could revolutionize RF transmissions if their claims are true! Apparently nano capacitors are sprayed onto almost any surface to make it a powerful antenna.

Via: PHYSORG

 “The company is promoting it as a multi-purpose antenna, simple and quick to assemble, mountable on almost any surface, for use in any environment. “Any” bears quite a range of possible end uses.”

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