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June 30, 2014

Pixel Shades – LED Glasses

at 9:07 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

Pixel Shades - LED Glasses


You might remember the Rave Shades that were featured here last year, good news there is a new Kickstarter for a new and improved model, you only have 10 days to jump in though so act fast. For £100 you can get your very own in with blue or green LEDs. The new version is still PCB based but used bright SMD LEDs parts this time around. The display is a 24 x 8 LED matrix of LEDs that can be custom programmed using a simple to use graphical program. The new style looks more comfortable and is splash resistant so if you are caught in an all night outside party and you get a bit of rain you can still keep your Pixel Shades cranked.



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June 29, 2014

Google’s Cardboard VR Headset

at 7:32 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

Google's Cardboard VR Headset


If you are looking to do some VR on a budget the Google’s Cardboard VR Headset is sure to fit. Google gave them out to attendees of Google I/O. If you don’t have a ready to go cardboard kit from I/O you can make your own from the plans that Google has posted here. This free app allows you to experience the activities listed below.

“• Earth: Fly where your fancy takes you on Google Earth.
Tour Guide: Visit Versailles with a local guide.
YouTube: Watch popular YouTube videos on a massive screen.
Exhibit: Examine cultural artifacts from every angle.
Photo Sphere: Look around the photo spheres you’ve captured.
Street Vue: Drive through Paris on a summer day.
Windy Day: Follow the story (and the hat) in this interactive animated short from Spotlight Stories.”


June 27, 2014

MakiBox 3D Printer Dead?

at 7:36 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets



Looks like Makible (creator of the MakiBox 3D printer) is going through some hard times. About 6 months ago we saw that they were ramping up production capacity due to the high demand for their $200 3D printer. It is hard to see a company that had such good intentions go through this struggle but people, materials and office space all add up and if there isn’t enough profit on each unit at the end of the day you will run into trouble no matter the volume, unless you are Amazon and have an ulterior motive and can afford to spend boat loads of money on a marketing idea.

Thanks to Theone for mentioning this news.

“The Makible team have been working very hard to restart production of orders and get shipping again. As shown in March, we are able to ship around 800 boxes a month when everything is in full production. We ran into a classic issue of startup hardware companies of cash flow not matching up, leaving us short of funds to complete shipments.

We did see this event coming and worked hard to line up additional funding to keep things running smoothly, but nothing has been finalized and so we have been building consensus amongst our investors to implement a recovery plan.

We have put in place a more robust operations team, and will be appointing a new board and focusing on getting the outstanding orders shipped before moving on to other things. We are currently working on the fundraising to make this happen.

June 26, 2014


at 11:30 pm. Filed under Educational


Pyroelectro has just started a course to teach you how to use FPGA and CPLD devices. If you are currently using microcontrollers this course will give you the skills to move to the next level. There are 10 lessons in the course which will start you at hello world and quickly progress into some very usable topics. The video above is from the first of 10 course videos, the other 9 courses will be released one per week.

If FPGA and CPLD devices are a bit over you head you can start with basic electronics and digital electronics first.

Thanks for the tip Chris.

“Here’s a short overview of the course:

This course is meant to create a pathway into learning about FPGA and CPLD electronics, for people who are scared of the code, tools and general trickery that usually comes with it. A hands-on approach is taken in this course through a combination of lecture and experimentation to teach you about the different features of both the development tools and languages used in the world of FPGA.

Additionally, visuals are used throughout lectures like step-by-step schematic building and line-by-line code explanations so that everything gets explained.

Signups @ Ureddit: http://ureddit.com/class/106959/ Course Page: http://www.pyroelectro.com/edu/fpga/



June 25, 2014

Sparkfun’s 6th Annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition

at 7:48 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks


Sparkfun organized a day of Autonomous Vehicle fun at their Annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition.

Via: Hackaday

Ground Vehicle Classes

Each entrant will be classified by the judges as one of the following robot classes for their ground vehicle:

  • Micro/PBR – Less than $350 total spent, or small enough to fit into box that’s 10″x6″x4″
  • Doping Class – Bring the biggest, baddest and most expensive vehicle you can make ($1k+ or 25lbs+)
  • Non-Traditional Locomotion – Have a walker? A modified autonomous self-balancing pogostick, motorized hamster ball? This designation is for you.
  • Peloton – All remaining vehicles that don’t fit into any other class


Aerial Vehicle Classes

Your entry will fall into one of two categories for the aerial portion of the competition:

  • Fixed Wing – All traditional airplanes, or any vehicle with a fixed wing setup.
  • Rotating Wing – Quadcopters, helicopters, and other contraptions with rotating wings.”


June 24, 2014

Bipedal Walking Sentinel Project

at 11:03 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks

Bipedal Walking Sentinel Project


This is a work in progress by Ye Guan, his Bipedal Walking Sentinel Project is a work in progress but the goal is challenging and Ye is making good strides towards a functional walking robot so far. What he is going for is a robot that looks something like the sentinel walker from Warhammer 40k and the two legged walker from Star Wars.

” The robot will have a complete compliment of sensors to help it understand its surrounding and its own condition. The current design uses a total of seven sensors.  For external obstacle avoidance there is a sonar sensor to detect long range surroundings, and an inferred distance sensor pointed down to detect the surface conditions for the robot’s next step. The sonar will allow the robot to detect and walk around large obstacles while the inferred sensor allows the robot to accommodate for changing road conditions, such as stairs. Two pressure sensors will be built into each foot to detect when the foot is on the ground. A gyroscope/accelerometer will be mounted in the head of the robot to inform the robot changes in its orientation and balance so it can adjust itself before falling. A photo detectors will tell the robot to turn on its head lights when there is a lack of ambient lighting. Finally temperature sensors will be added to make sure the system do not overheat, especially with the batteries and microcontrollers in such close proximity due to the space constraints. The entire system will be controlled through a Arduino Mega 2560 microcontroller mounted in the robot’s head.”



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June 22, 2014

Google 3D SketchUp to 3D Printer

at 3:41 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


Google SketchUp is a free 3D modeling software. Using the steps outlined by Eric William you will easily be able to convert your SketchUp design to something that can be 3D printed. Eric used a Solidoodle printer but this will work on any 3D printer. First step is to export from SketchUp in an STL file format. The STL file is imported into NetFabb where it is repaired if needed. You can now print this direct to your 3D printer or send it out to be printed.

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