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September 18, 2015

Ahmed Mohamed Arrested for a DIY Clock

at 2:17 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks


This is really sad that when a student like 14 year old Ahmed Mohamed shows off his passion for building electronic projects results in him getting arrested. He was resourceful and put his creation in a $5 box from target but apparently it made the project look like a suitcase bomb! He wants to leave the school and I don’t blame him. At least his electronic passion isn’t squashed, he wants to attend MIT after high school. All I can say is way to go Ahmed! Keep building!




September 15, 2015

Pinhole DSLR Camera

at 11:51 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you are into photography and already have a DSLR camera you could turn it into a pinhole camera to get the tiny cheap camera effect. Your pictures will look like the ones taken with toy film cameras when you were a kid.

“For pinhole lens for your DSLR camera you will need a piece of aluminum can (beverage can), black electrical tape, a pin and (for the second option of pinhole lens) needless body cap. How to put it all together – watch in our video tutorial. We need to warn you, that the pictures made with a pinhole camera lens will not be sharp. But that smoothness and blur make them interesting and unique. By the way, you should set your shutter speed according to the light intensity (most likely you will need a tripod).”


September 14, 2015

Power Driver for DVD Burning Laser

at 11:44 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


If you have a few dead DVD players sitting on the shelf collecting dust you could rig up a quick and dirty power supply to make it into a burning laser. There are laser drivers available but what is the fun in that.


September 11, 2015

Battery Charger/Analyzer Project using the Microchip TC4426A Power Management IC

at 9:03 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

Battery ChargerAnalyzer Project


If you are in need of a great battery charger or want to learn some more about how a dedicated power management controller gets configured this project by K.C. Lee is worth a look. It uses the Microchip TC4426A Power Management IC to manage the charging and analyzing of two batteries.

“This is a useful tool for determining the charge/discharge characteristics of batteries which help you reuse or for fixing/maintaining batteries. With your own firmware, this could be used as a programmable dual electronic load/current source/power supply.

* Dual channels. Each channel can operate independently. (Scalable to higher number of channels and/or power)
* Efficient switch mode power supply for charging/discharging reduces cooling requirements
* High frequency (~200kHz) PWM – smaller L&C and less ripple current
* Battery parameters are user programmable for different battery types
* Stand alone or operate from a Windows PC
* Flexible power source – USB or external power supply
* Battery voltage is not limited by external supply voltage
* Reverse polarity protection “


September 9, 2015

DIY Shake Flashlight

at 6:53 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

DIY Shake Flashlight


When the power fails and you are stumbling around the house your flashlight batteries will inevitably be dead. A simple solution to this issue is to use a flashlight that doesn’t need batteries. With low current LEDs you can dynamically generate the power you need to light your path by just a few shakes. Of course you can purchase one but building one is much more fun!

“Materials needed: Small cut of PVC pipe, magnet wire, neodymium magnet, LED’s, 4 diodes or 1 diode bridge, capacitor, resistor, wire, breadboard, and electrical tape.”


Free Steadycam

at 12:05 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


When you are shooting handheld video you will usually get lots of camera shake. The solution is closer than you think, Matthias Wandel demonstrates how some common things that you already have laying around can dramatically improve the video quality without spending thousands on something like a steady cam rig


September 8, 2015

Fun with ESP8266 and WS2812B LEDs

at 3:54 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks


CNLohr has been playing with the popular addressable WS2812B LED lights and the powerful (and cheap) ESP8266.



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