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July 23, 2013

Fireworks Shot at RC Plane creates some Stunning Video

at 6:56 pm. Filed under What Were They Thinking

 

Not sure how many people would shoot fireworks at their expensive RC plane but the video it creates is great. The guys from Louisiana Hog Control do this every year as part of their 4th of July festivities. Thanks to Cy Brown for sending this in.

“It has become somewhat of a family tradition to try and shoot down Uncle Cy’s expensive little toy every 4th of July and New Years.

The airframe is a Skywalker 168cm, video is over a 2.4Ghz link using Range Video equipment.  The main camera is a HoryzonHD from Foxtech FPV.  It records in HD and feeds an SD signal to the video transmitter.”


July 21, 2013

Google Glass QR Code Hack

at 7:30 am. Filed under Complex Hacks

 

Seems like anything that is web connectable is hackable. Google Glass now gets added to the list. Many functions on glass are activated by reading in QR codes, it turns out that a malicious QR code can be used to perform some undesirable things!


July 20, 2013

Game Controller for the Physically Disabled

at 7:24 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

Nice to see this Game Controller for the Physically Disabled. It is sure to help out many people. Caleb Kraft has made a new site for this project, check out  The Controller Project. If you want to help out please get in tough with them!

“Custom gaming controllers can mean a lot of things. They could be big easy buttons for someone with muscle control issues or they could be a fancy cockpit for someones favorite flight sim. Either way, off-the-shelf systems are disgustingly expensive and are often not quite what is needed for the job.”

 


July 19, 2013

Ken Gracey Quadcopter Build

at 7:21 am. Filed under DIY Hacks

 Ken Gracey Quadcopter Build

 

Ken Gracey, the President of Parallax is building a huge quadcopter.  In the picture above it might not look that big but when you realize that the propellers are 14 inches that might put things into perspective! There are 2 X 4 amp hour 18 volt batteries feeding the 770 KV motors. You can see the first flight below, after getting some kinks worked out it seems to fly very well.

 

July 18, 2013

DIY HDTV Antenna

at 6:47 am. Filed under DIY Hacks

DIY HDTV Antenna

 

Holly Mann shows us how to build a DIY HDTV Antenna. You probably have most of the things around the house already so it shouldn’t cost more than about $5. Holly designed a good looking antenna that actually works after purchasing a few off the shelf HDTV antennas that didn’t work. I might need to give this a try since just like Holly I am getting tired of my ever increasing cable TV bill.

Materials:

  • A few feet of cardboard
  • Cardboard cutting Materials – scissors and boxcutter work well
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Glue (I used wood glue – it’s super strong)
  • Drill
  • two screws with nuts and washers
  •  75 to 300 Ohm UHF/VHF Matching Transformer (about $3-5 online or $6 at Radio Shack)
  • 6 foot coaxial cable 
  • *Optional: paint, markers or special paper to decorate the front of it”

 


July 17, 2013

Hackaday For Sale

at 3:15 pm. Filed under Other

Hackaday For Sale

 

Hackaday is for sale. Jason Calacanis currently owns the site and wants $500,000 for it. In his post about the sale he talks about how he removed it from the Weblogs Inc sale which is why he still owns it. It currently makes about $14k per month in revenue so if you have some extra cash in your pocket this might be a good investment. If you would like to help Hackaday purchase Hackaday check this out.

Worms with Heads Cut Off grow New Head and Remember the Past

at 3:08 am. Filed under What Were They Thinking

 Worms with Heads Cut Off grow New Head and Remember the Past

 

There are lots of crazy things in nature that are unbelievable. You have probably read about starfish being able to regenerate lost arms or how frogs can freeze solid for months with no heart beat and thaw out and be good as new in the summer. Many species of worms also have the ability to regrow chopped off sections of their body including internal organs, see the video below for some information on that. It turns out that when the brain regrows it also retains the memories of the brain that was chopped off. This was tested by training flatworms to travel across a rough surface to access food prior to chopping their heads off, when the new head grew back the work remembered how to get to it’s food.

In the 50s a scientist also demonstrated that you could teach these worms to travel through a maze just by feeding untrained worms the ground up bodies of worms that were trained in the maze. Just imagine what our world would be like if the human body also operated in the same way?

 

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