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October 18, 2013

Flirtey – Autonomous Hexacopter Delivery Platform

at 1:49 am. Filed under Complex Hacks

 Flirtey - Autonomous Hexacopter Delivery Platform_2


If you are in Australia don’t look to the street for your package delivery, look to the sky! A company called Flirtey is developing a  robust hexacopter drone that will be able to fly autonomously from warehouse to your current location in minutes carrying your purchases. To start they will be delivering books from Zookal, a textbook rental service. To use the service you would select the book you desire on your smart phone and a Flirtey will be dispatched to your location based on the GPS  of your phone. You grab your package and the Flirtey returns to base. This idea sounds possible but I think it still has a long way to go. What happens when the Flirtey doesn’t return home because some hacker wanted it to make a copter of his own? It sounds like they are building a ton of redundancy into the platform to allow for flight with a missing prop and one failed battery but eventually it will come crashing to earth and hit someone on the head. What is going to happen then?

Here is hoping we see lots of these things flying around all everywhere but I think it will be a challenge.

Via: OhGizmo and TechCrunch



October 16, 2013

3D Printed Jet Engine

at 5:18 am. Filed under DIY Hacks

3D Printed Jet Engine


We have seen cut away models of things like conventional gasoline engines but this 3D Printed Jet Engine is amazing because it was 3D printed! In fact you can print your own copy since the creator has shared the design on Thingiverse. I guess the next logical step is to print it from metal and run it on jet fuel instead of compressed air!


October 15, 2013

6 Axis 3D Printer

at 5:10 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


One common theme amongst 3D printers is that most of them print layer by layer. The printing is normally started on a flat build platform and grows from there. This is limiting though since with this limitation you would not be able to do things such as build a design around a curved platform or on an irregular surface. This 6 Axis prototype 3D printer changed that by giving the depositing head freedom to move in 6 axis of motion. Of course this would increase the complexity of the printer and the end cost but could this be where all 3D printers are in 5 years? I have heard that some of the basic 3D printers with the standard flat stage and XY print movement can be a pain to calibrate, I wonder how much more dificult it would be to calibrate a 6 axis system?

Via: Hackaday

Build a Minecraft Halloween Costume and Props

at 2:53 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you are looking for a costume for Halloween why not do a Minecraft theme? There are quite easy to make because of the 8 bit theme. A color printer, some cardboard or foamboard and some glue will get you  along way to constructing something that will look cool and be recognized by many. 




October 13, 2013

LED Face Makeup

at 2:14 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

 LED Face Makeup


If you are looking to jazz up your look this Halloween why not add some lighting effects to your face! Adafruit has a great tutorial on how to use their GEMMA microcontroller to make it happen. The tiny GEMMA is using a Attiny85 and is programmed using Arduino, it looks to be a great platform when you don’t need much power and only a few IO pins.



October 12, 2013

Halloween Moving Skull Project

at 4:32 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


ISeeAll has been working on a Halloween Moving Skull Project which used an Arduino that is monitoring 5 photo cells so that it can watch shadows of people walking by so that it can look at them. move to predetermined positions based on which sensor is shaded. I think a room with even one entrance can be made very spooky with something similar, just have an IR beam on the entrance so the head can move from a default looking away position to a direct stare at the doorway as soon as someone enters.



October 10, 2013

BMW LED Angel Eye Install

at 11:55 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks

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The headlights of some BMWs have some cool looking daytime running lights, they have acrylic light pipes that produce a ring of light. A cool looking upgrade is adding LED rings which are brighter and really make the lights look cool! Since the headlight units are sealed this mod isn’t that easy, but the results are worth it. 


I highly recommend anyone else considering this just let a shop do it. In the end, I’m extremely happy with the way my lights look with both clear corners and LED rings. It was a serious pain in the ass, but actually worth it. While I was doing all these upgrades I went ahead and did LED front turn signals and side markers. Well worth it – chrome coated turn signal bulbs just don’t hold up against the LED angel eyes. The LED signals are bright, crisp and look great with LED rings. I love the way the front of my car looks now.”


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