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April 19, 2015

BB-8 Robot

at 12:13 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment

BB-8 Robot


 The BB8 Robot looks amazing, there is a lot of discussion how it is done. My bet is that there is a heavy drive mechanism in the marge sphere with an arm that can turn and tilt, This is them magnetically coupled to the top piece which simply sits on wheels.


BB-8 Robot_2



April 12, 2015

Cruise Ship Robotic Entertainment System

at 5:20 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks


These days projection displays are gaining in popularity and are very impressive. If you are working on a very large scale projection is the way to go but for smaller displays have a look at this complex system that uses 100 inch screens that are animated with ABB arms and have a video system that is in sync with the robotic movements to make some interesting visuals. 

“A RoboScreen is a graphical screen mounted to the arm of an ABB articulated arm robot, which creates a unique viewer experience by bringing virtually unlimited, 6-axis movement to the video media. Available in various sizes, the Two70° RoboScreens feature six ABB IRB 6620 robots, each holding a 100” diagonal Daktronics LED screen. Housed in the ceiling while not in use, during shows in Two70° the RoboScreens will extend down on the gantry to a position above the stage, displaying unique video and imagery while performing choreographed movements, all custom produced for the specific performance.

Developed by Andy Flessas (aka andyRobot) in conjunction with ABB, RoboScreens first gained prominence in 2010 when five large models travelled the globe as main stage props for the Bon Jovi Circle Tour. They have since added visual intrigue to a concert tour by Kis-My-Ft2, a Japanese Pop band; the Las Vegas house show for deadmau5, world famous music producer and performer; and the Ultra-Music Festival in Miami. The RoboScreens being installed on the Quantum Class ships will be the first on any sort of moving vessel.”

March 30, 2015

Making and Hacking the Nissan GTR

at 8:53 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

Making of the Nissan GTR


 Interesting how Nissan has gone through some massive ups and downs over the years. In the end it took a non Japanese to pull the car manufacturer out of the red. They are now mass producing an incredible super car. The car is beautiful but the hackable tech under the hood is what makes it stand out. The Nissan GTR has been designed for high performance for people with normal driving skill. The car computer can allow you to launch with amazing control and precision allowing this car to compete with very skilled drivers. The guys over at EcuTek International build on the incredible platform and enhance the options available (seen in the video below).





March 20, 2015

Raspberry Pi Minecraft Blocks with NFC

at 4:47 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Game Hacks


If you are into minecraft you will soon be able to use some technology to interact with the game using physical objects. Adafruit is making this possible with an NFC reader that they will be releasing soon.


“Coming soon to the Adafruit Learning System, a project to make paper Minecraft blocks that interact with the game on a Raspberry Pi using NFC (near field communication)! Swiping a block on the Adafruit PN532 NFC reader causes it to be created in a Minecraft world running on a Raspberry Pi.”


March 10, 2015

Crocs Drone Delivery system

at 9:24 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment

Crocs Drone Delivery system 


Crocs are comfy shoes but picking them out in the store might be a bit challenging. First you might have to walk through some aisles, then you might need to speak to a customer representative for your size. Until we can have Amazon drop your new pair of Crocs on your doorstep we can have a drone pick and drop your favorite selection to you. Of course this is not practical but does show some interesting concepts that will be common when this technology drops in price. 

Via: Engadget and IEEE Spectrum




February 15, 2015

Apple Lightning Connector Hacked

at 10:37 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks

Apple Lightning Connector Hacked


Apple keeps lots of design details secret. You can see some of the previous charging mysteries revealed here. The current Apple devices use the new Lightning Connector. The details behind this connector was unknown until recently.  Here is some info on the chip that is inside. Ramtin Amin has recently taken reverse engineering to the next level by first making a breakout board. It was made to inspect the main WLCSP chip which has 36 BGAs spaced at 0.35mm. The board needed to be a 4 layer PCB with laser drilled blind vias! There is a lot more to be explored but we are a lot closer to knowing the secrets now.


Via: Hack a Day


February 9, 2015

ESP8266 – Low Power Sleeping

at 8:50 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks



The ESP8266 is quickly becoming a very popular chip, I am sure this is mostly due to the dirt cheap price point. If you are adding this to a battery operated application you might want to drop the power consumption as low as possible. There are many things that can be done to do this, removing the indication LED is the first obvious step. Jagenberg.info has done some work in this area and has achieved some great results. 78 micro Amps is what can be expected with a flash of new firmware and a small hardware hack.

“manually soldering a single wire of a stranded cable between the reset pin of the module and the XPD_DCDC (8) pin of the MCU, I also removed the red power LED by simply prying it off with a tiny screw driver. With these two modifications, the module is able to make use of the deep-sleep mode and successfully resets and restarts after waking.”

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