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September 30, 2013

2013 Huntsville Hamfest

at 1:43 am. Filed under Educational

 

The guys from Amateur Logic head down to Huntsville Hamfest. Looks like an interesting show, quite the line up when the doors opened.

 


September 28, 2013

Name the Thing Contest – 240

at 6:35 pm. Filed under Contests

guess_this_240

 

The prize this week is an 6V 0.6W Solar Cell. This contest will run for one week (September 28 – October 4, 2013). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for. Please note the image above is a side view of the thing.

Please do not give the answer in the comments.

Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with “Name the Thing Contest” as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

  • The name of the item in the above picture
  • An example of what the item pictured above can be used for

The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries.

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Added November 3, 2013

The item to guess was a Klipsch-k-77-tweeter.

The winner is Chris B. (there were 172 entries)

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Below is a picture of the prize.

 

solar_panel


Fairchild 1967 Briefing on Integrated Circuits

at 6:17 pm. Filed under Educational

 

Funny how they look at the circuitry from the 60s and call it old fashioned. Interesting how we work with these little pieces of magic every day without having to know the complexity that goes into creating them. Other than automation I don’t think much has changed over the years. I wonder if someone sent them a letter at the address shown at 19:08 if they would get anything in return?

Via: Electronics Lab

“Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation was one of the most influential early high-tech companies. Founded in Palo Alto California in 1957 by eight scientists and engineers from Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory, Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation was funded by Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation of Syossett, New York. Rapidly establishing itself as a technology innovator based on its invention of the planar manufacturing process in 1959, the company developed the first monolithic integrated circuit, the first CMOS device, and numerous other technical and business innovations. French oil field services company Schlumberger Limited purchased Fairchild in 1979 and sold a much weakened business to National Semiconductor in 1987. In 1997 National divested a group, formed as the present Fairchild Semiconductor, in a leveraged buy-out. The company re-emerged as a public entity based in South Portland, Maine in 1999 under the corporate name Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.”


September 27, 2013

Nanoscope built with Lego, Makeblock and Arduino

at 3:58 am. Filed under Insane Equipment

Nanoscope built with Lego, Makeblock and Arduino

 

This Nanoscope was built during a 5 day LEGO workshop, LEGO and Makeblock allowed for some rapid building but some custom 3D printed parts were also needed. It can sense very small structures and scan them in.

Via: Make and Wired

“The microscope they constructed is built upon a metal base, with housings built from Lego and the various component holders 3D-printed to ensure a perfect fit between  the Lego to the component. The scanning stage is inspired by research from Bristol University and is also 3D-printed. Piezo actuators, components that move when an electric field is applied (or vice versa), were the most expensive part, taking up about half of the entire microscope’s cost. When 10V is applied, the Arduino-controlled actuators move the scanning stage by just a single micron, allowing for incredible scanning resolution.”

September 26, 2013

Double Useless Machine

at 1:08 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks

  Double Useless Machine_2

 

So we have all seen a useless machine before and what could be more fun that one of those? How about a Double Useless Machine, this is the machine for us who might be a bit too lazy to interact with the machine. With this design you simply need to take the switch off the center mode and watch the machine in action.

 

 

Double Useless Machine


September 24, 2013

RGB LED Infinity Mirror

at 10:38 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

RGB LED Infinity Mirror

 

This RGB LED Infinity Mirror uses an Arduino controlled RGB strip that allows some control over what color and pattern are displayed on your mirror. When off this type of mirror looks like a normal mirror but when the LEDs are on it gets reflected onto the normal mirror at the back from the one way mirror on the front. This makes for a great looking effect!

“It’s an RGB LED infinity mirror that lets you toggle between an adjustable-speed color-fade mode and a direct-control mode where you individually set the red, green, and blue LED brightness levels. The primary inspiration for this particular project comes from this infinity mirror Instructable and Adafruit’s RGB LED Strip tutorial, but there are many more quality resources out there on both projects.”

 

September 22, 2013

Name the Thing Contest – 239

at 2:34 pm. Filed under Contests

 guess_this_239

 

The prize this week is an 6V 0.6W Solar Cell. This contest will run for one week (September 22 – October 4, 2013). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for. Please note the image above is a side view of the thing.

Please do not give the answer in the comments.

Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with “Name the Thing Contest” as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

  • The name of the item in the above picture
  • An example of what the item pictured above can be used for

The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries.

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Added November 3, 2013

The item to guess was a tap.

The winner is Seth D. (there were 293 entries)

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Below is a picture of the prize.

 

solar_panel

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