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November 30, 2012

Arduino based Bike Turning Indicators

at 9:58 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


 If you are a bike rider you might want to pimp your ride with some custom features. Have a look at what Jenna has done for some inspiration. She has provided all of the code so you can also duplicate her work.

November 29, 2012

Detailed RC Truck Build

at 6:16 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks



 This RC truck build is very detailed. Most of the mechanical parts such as windows and steering are fully functional. There are many pictures that are hard to tell that the vehicle is not full scale. There is even a fully functioning winch on the front of the truck, I guess this will help you out when you crash it into a large stock of celery.

Via: Hack a Day


November 27, 2012

Maker Faire NYC 2012

at 10:04 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment


Sean wrote:

Hi all,
I went to Maker Faire in NYC last month and put together a video of the people I met (including Kelvin Doe, who is at the end of the video). There’s some pretty amazing stuff, though it is mostly overview and not so much a step-by-step guide
on how to create specific devices.  Anyway, I hope you check it out, and I hope you like it!


DIY Pick and Place Machine

at 2:00 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you have ever worked with SMD parts using tweezers gets old fast. Even the small vacuum pencils are not great. Vassilis Papanikolaou sent in the details of his solution. It uses a base that is similar to a CNC machine without the electronics. With this setup it is much easier to precisely align the parts, I am thinking that a version 2 could include mounting some motors to the system and giving it some automation.


November 24, 2012

Doorbell with Custom Ringtones

at 4:45 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


I bet you thought your cell phone was the only thing with custom ringtones. Jason Poel Smith wrote in with his Doorbell with Custom Ringtones that he built using a Radio Shack Recording Module.

“Most doorbells just make a simple generic tone. But I thought that it would be fun to modify a door bell so that it has a customizable ringtone. That way you can set it to play music or custom greetings. You could make it to scream on Halloween and play carols at Christmas.”


November 22, 2012

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe from Sierra Leone visits MIT

at 2:48 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment



Kelvin Doe who is also known as DJ Focus is a 15-Year-Old living in Sierra Leone. His community is not developed, for example the power only works one day a week.  He has built an ton of electronic projects, the incredible thing is that since there is no Radio Shack handy he has to find his parts in trash cans. He also takes things apart to see how they tick. Watch the video below to see how he reverse engineered a battery so he could make his own.  Thanks to David Sengeh for inspiring people like Kelvin and giving him a helping hand. I hope MIT is able to provide his a free education since he certainly deserves it. 

Crowdrise is a non-profit that is accepting donations to solve the problems of Sierra Leone by cultivating innovation among young people.

Thanks for sending this in Harrison



November 20, 2012

The Root Kit Movie

at 1:02 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks


If you want to help a great movie get made you might want to through a few dollars towards The Root Kit movie by Jonathan Schiefer. I just recently heard about this on Frame Rate (go to 3:10 to see the interview about the movie) and the plot sounds great. They are going to make it on a shoestring budget as far as movies are concerned but based on Jonathan’s background it sounds like he can make it happen. There are lots of interesting levels of sponsorship, for example $4 will get your name in the credits, $64 will allow you to have some of your code to get distributed with the movie.  


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