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October 16, 2017

Making of a New Nixie Tube

at 8:46 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks


A Nixie Tube is an old piece of technology, Dalibor Farný has resurrected the old technology by working through the techniques to build new tubes by hand. The video shows the tedious process of the low volume creation of them. Lots of complex mechanical steps are needed from spot welding to glass blowing is needed.

“The nixie tube is a vintage display device which had been used until 70s when it was replaced with LED displays. The complex knowledge of manufacture of nixie tubes literally died with tube factory’s engineers, glassblowers and machine operators.
I discovered nixie tubes in 2011 and since then, I’ve devoted all my time to studies of nixie tubes and its manufacturing processes. After years of intensive work, with help of many people, I eventually succeeded and have revived the knowledge and equipment for production of nixie tubes.”


October 11, 2017

Food Robots

at 7:16 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks

 

We have seen some food robots before. Looks like we might be on the verge where the robots are going to be used for what they are good for such as show in the video where the robot spreads pizza sauce perfectly or can finally pick apples as good as a human. Just as in any industry when simple tasks such as flipping a burger is automated some of these jobs will be replaced. However fewer high tech jobs will replace the simple jobs since the robotic systems will now need to be installed, repaired and monitored. How long will it be before gas stations and fast food restaurant have no onsite employees. I think it could be soon!

 

 


September 18, 2017

Adafruit PCB Manufacturing Line

at 6:22 pm. Filed under Educational, Electronic Hacks

 

The Adafruit PCB Manufacturing Line is quite impressive. Ladyada (Limore Fried) goes through the entire process start to finish describing what each piece in the line does. Questions from the MIT students at the end are interesting also.

“Ladyada is the hacker @ Adafruit, founded in 2005 by MIT hacker & engineer Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit has grown to over 100+ employees in the heart of NYC with a 50,000+ sq ft. factory. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store.”


September 12, 2017

iPhone Headphone Jack Hacked back into an iPhone 7

at 6:04 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

Scotty from Strange Parts known for building his own iPhone has been busy with another iPhone project. As most people know the Apple iPhone got rid of the headphone jack and even though many people hate that decision it looks like Apple will not be bringing it back. After 4 months of designing and Scotty was finally able to replicate the functionality of the normal headphone jack functionality. Of course this would be possible to be done anywhere but being in the heart of the electronic marketplace in China sure helps. For example he was able to get things like flex PCBs made by walking over to the local PCB sales booth. See the video below for an interview Serpentza did with Scotty.

 

 

August 28, 2017

DIY LIPO Battery Spot Welding

at 11:19 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks

 

WeAreTheWatt is building a DIY LIPO Battery Spot Welding project. The construction is very nice. The PCB is very well laid out but of course even with a very heavy copper clad board it would not be able to handle the amount of current he needs. Heavy bus bars are used to pass the current through the fuse and across the switching transistors. There is a foot pedal activation method or a neat self detection method which watches for the leads being pressed against the thing to be welded and then passes the desired amount of energy.

 

 

 


August 19, 2017

Laptop Hacked into a Cool Desktop PC

at 11:11 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks

 

 

DIY Perks hacked an old damaged laptop into a great looking desktop PC. The PC used has a damaged screen and was purchased for just $15. The guts were removed from the plastic laptop case but when exposed the tiny existing processor fan and heatsink was very loud. Replacing the fan and heatsink with a larger unit the system is now silent. The end result is a great looking veneered piece of art that also functions as a PC.

August 8, 2017

Naomi ‘SexyCyborg’ Wu Electronic Clothing Designer

at 10:48 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

 

Naomi ‘SexyCyborg’ Wu is a Maker and hardware enthusiast from China. She uses a 3D printer to make clothing such as bras and custom electronic skirts. She has a Patreon if you would like to support her. Looks like open hardware and Hack a Day shirts are in regular rotation!

“I build FashionTech Wearables and other cool things then share the Open Source plans online, I write about life in Shenzhen and the local hardware community, I’m a 3D printing enthusiast, I try to encourage local women to become more technically proficient. I’ve done these things without any sort of compensation, just as a hobby for over two years- because I’m passionate about tech, making things and letting people know what life is like here. ”

 

 

 

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