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February 2, 2016

Nixie Alarm Clock With Time Updated via GPS

at 2:31 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Nixie Alarm Clock With Time Updated via GPS

 

This Nixie Alarm Clock project gets the Time Updated via GPS. Not only is there GPS to get an accurate time, this clock also has an SD card that is used to play audio files.

“The firmware for the clock is written in C using Eclipse C/C++ with the AVR Eclipse plugin with avr-gcc and avr-libc 1.8.1

Since the GPS module provides the time in UTC, I need to handle time zone and DST in software. This is actually quite easy since the standard time.h functionality has been implemented in avr-libc 1.8.1. But as I started the development on Linux using 1.8.0 it took me a while to discover the newer avr-libc since there are still no official binary packages for avr-libc 1.8.1 even though it was released more than a year ago.”


February 1, 2016

Fast Workers winding Coils

at 8:12 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, What Were They Thinking

 

There are some electronic components that you just assume are cranked out of a machine that has a hopper of raw materials on one end and finished goods coming out of the other. Check out the amazingly fast worker making coils at 1:03. I wonder how far off our robotic technology is till we can have a robot perform this job. A person can be trained to do it very fast but even just having a robot pick up and mount one of the cores from a pile on the table is a hard task.

I can see a small bit of automation going such a long way in lots of these videos. I can’t imagine having the bagel job at 1:49, I have seen a rolling machine at our local bagel shop that can just crank them out automatically. Hard to believe that with a slab of dough that big that any company would process it by hand.

I think 6:57 shows us one of the most dangerous jobs I have seen. Can a person do this job for a day without loosing a finger? Some chainmail gloves would surly be a good minimum requirement. I wonder if something like sawstop could be used in this application. If the operator had on some insulating rubber gloves over the protective chainmail I think it would be possible. Stop saw uses a one time destructive stop but I think a different mechanism could be used to disengage the motor and clamp the blade would work since the mass of the bandsaw blade if much less than the spinning blade of a table saw.

 

 


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