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September 30, 2015

DIY Motorized Combo Lock Cracking Device

at 10:24 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment

DIY Motorized Combo Lock Cracking Device


Have a master lock that you forgot the combination to? Samy Kamkar shows us how to get in with a nice little motorized combo lock cracking device

“Combo Breaker is a motorized, battery powered, 3D printed, Arduino-based combination lock cracking device. It is portable, open source, 3D models provided, and exploits a new technique I’ve discovered for cracking combination locks in 8 attempts or less, but in an even more exciting, automated fashion.”


September 29, 2015

ICON A5 Recreation Airplane

at 1:44 am. Filed under What Were They Thinking

ICON A5_2 


The ICON A5 costs about $200K which is cheap by plane standards and with only 20 hours of flight time to get a pilot license needed to fly this plane I can see this open up a great new hobby for some. Here is hoping this is just the first step into making these planes cheaper and more accessible to the average Joe.

Via: Wired

“ICON A5 Amphibious Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA)

Estimated Base Price: $189,000 USD + CPI-W

  • Specifications
  • Seats: Two
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1510 lbs (686.4 kg)
  • Useful Load: 430-550 lbs (195-249 kg)
  • Baggage (Maximum): 60 lbs (27.2 kg)
  • Fuel: 91 Octane Auto Gas or 100LL Aviation Gas
  • Maximum Speed (Vh): 95 KCAS (109 mph) (176 kph)
  • Range: 427nm (45 min reserve)
  • Takeoff Distance (Runway on Standard Day/Sea Level): 710 feet
  • Landing Distance (Runway on Standard Day/Sea Level): 530 feet
  • Takeoff Distance (Water on Standard Day/Sea Level): 920 feet
  • Landing Distance (Water on Standard Day/Sea Level): 840 feet
  • Engine: Rotax 912 (100 hp)
  • Dimensions
  • Interior Cockpit Width: 46 in (116.8 cm)
  • Wingspan: 34.8 ft (10.61 m)
  • Aircraft Length: 23 ft (7.01 m)
  • Aircraft Height: 8.1 ft (2.47 m)”



September 27, 2015

Raspberry PI 2 Weather Station

at 6:14 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks



Jeremy Morgan built a Raspberry PI 2 Weather Station. It collects all of the data from the sensors and saves to to the cloud using a Google Drive spreadsheet which is accessed using a JSON file.


Via: Electronic Lab

“For this project you will need:


September 26, 2015

A Look inside a Daisy Wheel Typewriter

at 11:20 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Teardown


This teardown that thegeekgroup did reminds me of technology gone by. There are lots of variations of this. The one I used had a different type of ink ribbon cartridge it was a ink impregnated cloth that would auto recycle so your text would just get fainter and fainter over time. If you want to change the font you just replace the font wheel. I am surprised that there is no sensor to prevent it from typing if there is no font wheel or ribbon cartridge. Interesting that there was no cover on the EPROM. I am thinking it must have been replaced by a field tech since I am sure it would have been covered out of the factory. One thing you can see is the construction and drive train was designed with serviceability and longevity in mind. I would like to see what it would look like if it were built today. It would weigh about 5 pounds and last about a year printing a few pages a day. With a bit of work 2 of these printers would make a nice small CNC machine. 



September 24, 2015

Acoustic Energizer by IPC Scam Product

at 4:33 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks, Scam

Acoustic Energizer by IPC


I love how some scam products put so much effort into creating documentation and claims that you think there must be some validity behind them. Have a look at the inside of the Acoustic Energizer by IPC. Nice looking case, documentation looks impressive. As long as you don’t take a screwdriver to it and peek inside I am sure your music will sound better than ever. 🙂

How does Acoustic Energizer works?
Once turned on, the Acoustic Energizer generates a PVA Field that aligns the particle motions of the atmosphere, mainly the air molecules. When the micro-phase alignment is achieved, sound transmission loss in the air will be minimized, enabling a clear sound projection over distance. This provides excellent acoustic conditions to retain richer harmonics and fuller nuances. The result will be an unparalleled audio experience like never before.


IPC’s proprietary Euphoria TechnologyTM is implemented in all IPC products to generate a prescribed and stable PVA Field (Proton Vibration Alignment Field).

An atom has three major particles, namely Protons, Electrons and Neutrons. The PVA Field created by Euphoria TechnologyTM aligns the vibration and movement of protons and electrons in all matter so that their physical properties are fundamentally enhanced.

Euphoria TechnologyTM is based on quantum mechanics operating on the scale of picometers, i.e., picotechnology. Picotechnology refers to the manipulation of matter on the scale of trillionths of a meter (10-12 m), and is much more advanced than traditional nanotechnology.

Euphoria TechnologyTM was invented by IPC and has been successfully applied to products in different industries.”


September 21, 2015

DIY Remote Bluetooth Firework Igniter

at 2:22 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

DIY Remote Bluetooth Firework Igniter


Great Scott used MIT App Inventor to get connected using Bluetooth from his phone to his project board. The board uses  some power mosfets to perform some extreme over heating of some low value resistors. These resistors then ignite some fuse cord which is used to light the fireworks!


September 19, 2015

Beer Lift Contest

at 8:36 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Funny Hacks


Hobby King is doing their Beer Lift contest again. There are lots if great fun entries to watch! Lots of great successes and some failures.

“It’s that time of the year again… it’s time to lift some beer! You’ve all seen this one before and it’s time to get your entries in. For those who haven’t experienced the HobbyKing Beer Lift it’s simple, the one who lifts the most beer wins. And by wins, we means there’s $2,500 worth of store credits up for grabs.”





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