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September 30, 2012

Maker Faire New York Nerdy Derby

at 3:33 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks


This weekend is the New York Maker Faire, check out this great  Nerdy Derby which is inspired by the boy scout race tracks. Looks like they have just enough wood glue to keep the track together and build a few cars.

“The Nerdy Derby is a no-rules* miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby. With a larger, more undulating track and no restrictions on the size of the cars or materials participants can use, the Nerdy Derby rewards creativity, cleverness and ingenuity.”

Via: Make



LED Heart Project

at 2:09 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks



If you have someone special who you want to make a nice electronic project for have a look at this LED Heart Project over at PyroElecto. Chris made it for his Grandmothers 91st birthday! Just think of the technology that his Grandmother has seen in her time, I am sure she will get a kick out of it. A PIC 18F252 controls the 16 LEDs that are arranged in a heart shape. Nice thing about this LED project is the schematic is simple to look at, this is because each LED can be driven by a dedicated microcontroller pin, no need to use external serial to parallel chips or to charlieplex.There is a bunch of different patterns to keep you entertained. If you want to make your own the schematic and code are available.


September 27, 2012

Logitech Scroll Wheel Upgrade to Titanium

at 4:54 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks


When you have a quick look at the mouse above you might not see anything special but with a closer look you will notice that the scroll wheel is not stock. Rhett sent in some pictures of his Logitech Scroll Wheel that he Upgrade to Titanium, he made the upgrade after the original wheel changed color and the internal rubber parts started to fall apart.

“Rather than running out and buying a new mouse, I stripped it down and removed the wheel to give it a clean. The rubber basically fell apart, so I thought screw it I’m going to change it to titanium. One of the many perks of being in the ring business is access to offcuts of titanium rings. I happened to have an offcut that was the perfect width to fit the wheel, and a slim 1mm in thickness. I ground the existing wheel down enough for the titanium piece to fit snugly over it. “

Make your own Solder Flux from Tree Resin

at 1:47 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


Next time you are out of flux you can make your own if you have a pine tree in your back yard. All you need is some of the tree resin and some IPA. Check out the full process on how to Make your own Solder Flux from Tree Resin over at the Magic Smoke blog.


September 25, 2012

Mechanical Donkey Kong

at 10:45 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Game Hacks

Martin Raynsford has been working hard on his 365 thing blog and has just completed this Mechanical Donkey Kong game. It looks like a lot of fun and looks to be a great platform to build on.

“Two servos handle the motion of Mario. One turns mario left and right and the other controls the jump. An arduino reads input from the NES and decides what to do with the servos. Left and right are mapped directly from the pad and the jump mechanism goes up when the ‘A’ button is pushed and 0.5 seconds later Mario is lowered again. This gives it lots of time to jump cleanly over the barrels.”



September 22, 2012

Pulse Jet Kettle

at 8:05 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Funny Hacks, Insane Equipment


We have seen some pulse jet builds before but this Pulse Jet Kettle has to be once of the funniest builds I have ever seen. You can see the kettle in operation at the 3:20 mark of the first video. It has an added bonus of waking up everyone in the house to get ready to have a cup of tea. 

Via: Hackaday





September 21, 2012

Ruler Tattoo

at 11:49 pm. Filed under Human Hacks


Having a ruler on hand is a handy thing. I can’t think of the number of times I was in the home store and wish I had a tape measure on me. I do know that from the tip of my index finger to my knuckle is about 4 inches but it is hard to measure anything with any type of accuracy. This is where having something permaent with graduation marks on it would be handy. I would be thinking more along the lines of a thin ruler in my wallet or something but Greg Flanagan who is the director of operations at The Mill took it a step further. He got a ruler tattooed to his forearm so that measuring something is no longer a challenge no matter what you have in your pockets.

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