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June 30, 2012

NeuroDreamer Sleep Mask – Open Hardware Project

at 11:51 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


Thanks to Bill Alessi for sending in the details of the NeuroDreamer Sleep Mask that he and Mitch Altman are working on. It is an open hardware project that currently has almost $15K of the $66K of funding needed. The mask has RGB LEDs inside that are controlled by a microcontroller to give you a pleasant sleep experience.  If you are wanting to make your own or a variation of this project have a look at the documentation that they have provided.

June 28, 2012

Droidalyzer – Android Phone Alcohol Detector Accessory

at 11:37 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


If you have ever wanted to try out a breathalyzer without being pulled over by the cops the Droidalyzer is the device for you. It connects to your Android phone using bluetooth and  gives you an idea if you should be taking a cab even if you feel fine to drive. It also gives you some quick launch buttons based on the results such as call a cab or call a friend who is close. You can see the full technical details here including all of the details that you would need to make your very own (or a cool variation of the device).



June 26, 2012

80 Talking Teddy Ruxpin Doll Exhibit

at 11:20 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks, Toy Hacks, What Were They Thinking


Check out this 80 Talking Teddy Ruxpin Doll Exhibit, it grabs emotional sayings from the net and says them using a synthesized voice. One of the Teddy Ruxpin dolls speaks the phrase and a spot light illuminates the doll talking. Inside each doll is a custom made board which animates the eyes, mouth and lips.



June 24, 2012

DIY Parts Tumbler

at 5:58 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you use your CNC machine to make metal parts you will most likely need a way to soften the edges a bit before you use the pieces. Neo7cnc built this quick and dirty DIY Parts Tumbler using a plastic coffee can filled with BB pellets, a small motor slowly turns the can and after a few hours your parts have rounded edges and have a nice polished finish. 



June 23, 2012

DIY CNC iPad Stand

at 4:16 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you have an iPad you know that there will come a time when you need to have it stand on it’s own. Watching a video, reading a recipe, following some online steps for your next project are all times when you will want a stand. The next issue is that you will want a different viewing angle for each situation. There are some iPad covers that have some built in stands but they are not usually very sturdy and not that adjustable.

A fantastic solution is this DIY CNC iPad stand by Planetdaz68 which looks great, have multiple viewing angles and is very sturdy. If there is anything that looks like it could be improved would be the size, it appears that the 4 pieces are permanently glued together. Instead of being glued together it would be nice to see it using a slot together construction which is solid when assembled but can be taken apart when transporting it.

June 22, 2012

CircuitLab on the iPad – Circuit Design on the go

at 5:13 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


When you have a circuit idea in your head you used to reach for a napkin and a pen. More recently you probably launched a browser on whatever computer is closest but what if you could simply grab an iPad. Well that day has come. Now you can design your next circuit design on your iPad which is probably closer to you than your computer. It might not be ideal for large designs since a mouse and keyboard looks to be more efficient for speedy designs but that is a small price to pay for the convenience.

Try CircuitLab Here.

“The CircuitLab web-app is now supported on the iPad! All of the CircuitLab schematic capture and simulation functionality is available on the supported mobile browsers. While we don’t expect most folks to want to design complex circuits on an iPad, we do think CircuitLab on touch-based tablets can be a great addition to a student reviewing or taking notes, editing and testing out a circuit someone else sent you, or sketching out a quick idea when inspiration strikes.”

June 20, 2012

Make Silicon Metal using a Thermite including Sand

at 4:56 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks


shows us how to Make Silicon Metal using a Thermite including Sand. If you haven’t seen the destructive power of thermite before have a look at this video where some is used to kill a hard drive. If you intend to play with the stuff be very careful and only use it in an environment where there isn’t much around that can’t burn, a kitchen sink would be a bad choice. 🙂 You can see the nice looking  silicon metal at the end of the video which is the result of this burn. Good thing Youtube doesn’t have smell-o-vision since this substance would not smell good!

“The ideal ratio for this type of thermite is 1.67:1 SiO2:Al, but here I use a 9:10:12 mix of SiO2:Al:S (by weight). The ideal composition of just sand and aluminum is very difficult to ignite, so the sulfur is needed for a side reaction with the extra aluminum that provides the heat to drive the real reaction.”

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