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July 27, 2015

Replica of Batman Returns Batmobile

at 12:19 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, What Were They Thinking

batman-returns-batmobile (1)

 

If you like movie cars have a look at this one. Not sure it would fit in the garage but it would be fun to drive around town!

Via: TechEBlog

“Special crime fighting gadgets include a fully operational flame thrower at the rear, hydraulic suspension enabling the car to be lifted a further nine inches off the ground, a smoke release mechanism, remote full releasing electronic canopy, remote ignition and full LED running lights, dashboard display and front and rear camera’s complete the specification. This vehicle is believed to be one of the best after-production, fully road-legal models ever made. The mileage is particularly low as it has mainly been transported from venue to venue and is described by the vendor as in excellent running order”

 


July 17, 2015

Opening Garage Doors in Seconds using the De Bruijn Sequence

at 10:53 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks

nyan

 

Many garage door openers are not very secure but there are still thousands of codes that need to be transmitted. If these codes were being entered manually it would take a long time to go through all the possibilities but of course we could just use a small processor to run through the combinations. Samy used a kids toy that had all the required hardware to do the task, this could have also been done with a dev board and a small display and a transmitter but it wouldn’t have looked as cool.

The really interesting thing that Samy discovered was how the garage openers look for valid codes, it isn’t a unique entry that is tested. For example if enter the wrong 4 digit code into your home alarm system you would need to wait till it timed out or press a clear key before you attempt a new code. This is not the case with these garage door systems. It just looks at the last X number of bit sequences. The De Bruijn Sequence (here is an online generator to play with) ensures that all sequences can be found within the stream of characters but not in order. This means that the actual amount of data that was needed to be transmitted was less than 5% of the entire regular bruit force test suite.

 

 


June 20, 2015

Vinyl LP under an Electron Microscope

at 9:53 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment

 

Have a look at the great video of this Vinyl LP under an Electron Microscope. Using an Electron Microscope isn’t as easy to use as a normal microscope, in this case the vinyl needed to be metal coated to be viewed. The scanned data was captured with a DSO and processed into a short video. It looks amazing, I didn’t realize how Vinyl Records LPs encoded the 2 stereo channels. The CD also looks very interesting up close.

 

 


May 28, 2015

Virtual Mouse

at 7:43 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks

 

This Virtual Mouse project by r5rejeet shows us how OpenCV can be used to interface the camera image and process it into a HMI device. You can move the mouse pointer around the screen by moving your open hand around, you can click by simply closing your hand. This allow for a surprisingly good looking gesture interface. 

May 27, 2015

Google’s Project Wing Delivery Drone Prototype

at 11:29 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

 

Can’t wait till this style of delivery method is available. Tested had a first hand look at the Google Project Wing Delivery Drone Prototype. Not that it will have a direct replacement for things such as pizza delivery since the payload needs to currently be quite small but the flight and delivery method is great. Scaling these up to handle larger packages would make it great for package delivery directly into your secure back yard in minutes. I guess the only concern people will have is what happens when something goes wrong and it falls from the sky and knocks someone in the head.

 

 


May 24, 2015

Gesture Control iphone Dock

at 11:11 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks

 Gesture Control iphone Dock

 

Zhiyuan Teo and Mohit Yogesh Modi made this iPhone Gesture Control for their ECE 5760 Final Project. Their system uses a camera to look for certain gestures to control the docked iPhone.  The current version uses a green square as the item that is being tracked and there are 4 video regions that are being watched. With a bit more work a hand could be tracked instead of the marker cap.

“A video camera captures gestures that are then translated into commands to be issued to the iPod/iPhone (which for simplicity we will subsequently refer to generically as ‘iPhone’). For our project, we used the Altera DE2 FPGA board to process the video and communicate with the iPhone. There are three principal components in our design: an iPhone controller module, a VGA controller and a camera input system. The iPhone controller is responsible for the I/O with the iPhone via a TTL serial interface. The VGA controller outputs a video containing a composite of the input camera image, iPhone metadata and gesture tracking information. “

 

May 21, 2015

Shrink Paper Money

at 11:51 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks

 

We have seen methods of shrinking coins before. In the video above Ben Krasnow shows us how to shrink paper money using liquid anhydrous ammonia. Ben dips the money into the ammonia, lets it dry and repeats the process. Each time this process is repeated the bill shrinks slightly. Sure makes for an interesting looking bill but be prepared to have a conversation piece that you won’t be able to spend.

 

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