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December 18, 2014

WS2812B LED Driver Project

at 1:53 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

WS2812B LED Driver Project

 

JEELABS did a nice WS2812B LED Driver Project that uses an ARM LPC810 running at 30 MHz to get things done.

“Sending 12 bits @ 2.4 MHz takes 5 microseconds. If we were to set the LPC810 to run at its maximum 30 MHz clock, we could probably drive the SPI hardware entirely via interrupts, but for a simple timed example this is not really necessary. Instead, we can let the SysTick timer interrupt the polling loop used to drive the SPI bus – without losing track of time.”


December 13, 2014

Internet Controlled Robots

at 2:34 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

 Internet Controlled Robots_2

 

These Internet Controlled Robots are not available to play with all the time but if you keep an eye on the Twitter channel you will have a chance to have a look and give them a try when they are online next.

“I only put together one robot kit previously, then these two robots both started as Activity Bots.
I hooked up a Raspberry Pi with an HD camera, went through a few wifi options, and got the robot to stream video to twitch.tv and take commands from users via their chat. Later i added the Aruduino for using neopixels and some other future features. We’ve also been making dungeons around the house, made out of cardboard, making quests, and other things for people to do and explore.”

 

Internet Controlled Robots


December 11, 2014

Numechron Digital Clock

at 2:43 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

 Numechron Digital Clock_1

 

built a very interesting clock called Numechron Digital Clock which is based around a very old clock. It uses an AC motor to keep time which keeps time based on the 60 Hz in the AC line.

“I really liked the Art Deco style of the Model 1364 case and chose to emulate it, although my clock is considerably larger than the prototype. While mimicking the original style, I employed considerable open space in the case design so that the clock’s internals would be visible. A Pennwood employee, F. Greenewalt, patented the mechanism for this type of clock in 1935. He developed an ingenious set of wheels, cams, and levers to flip the numerals and operate the clock. I consulted the original patent to design the mechanism for this clock.”

 

 

Numechron Digital Clock


December 2, 2014

Talking Autonomous Robot

at 12:30 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

 

 

DonEduardo built a Talking Autonomous Robot that has some personality. It wonders around looking around with his ultrasonic sensors, it can look to see if it is enclosed where it can take a nap. Every now and then he speaks. Very cute robot! The brains of the robot is Parallax based, the locomotion comes from a Roomba.

 

November 27, 2014

Syma X5C-1 Quadcopter Review and Teardown

at 5:27 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Reviews

 Syma X5C Remote Quadcopter Teardown_8736

 

Thanks to Gear Best for sending in a Syma X5C Remote Quadcopter for us to take apart and review. Use the coupon code below to get a special Hacked Gadgets price for this unit. This is the first quadcopter I have looked at so I am no expert. Unfortunately the weather conditions in Winnipeg are not the best for doing any outdoor flying so the most we could do is a basic buzz around the livingroom. This thing can get some great altitude and seems to take some good video when in daylight. The few pictures I took were in the livingroom in a low light conditions.

The first video goes over what is in the box and a short indoor flight. The second video shows us what makes the magic happen. If you want to see what it can do outdoors (can’t wait till summer) have a look at the video that Quadcopter 101 made here.

 

Get the Syma X5C-1  6 Axis Gyro Quadcopter now for $49.99 using the code below.

Coupon Code: GBX5CCN

 

You can see the full sized images here.

The three main chips on the control board are:

Processor : NUVOTON MINI 54ZAN

Wireless : BEKEN BK2423

Stability : INVENSENSE MPU 6050C

 

 

 

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November 26, 2014

DJI’s New Inspire One Transforming Drone

at 11:28 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

  DJI’s New Inspire One Transforming Drone

 

Make has a look at the DJI Inspire One Transforming Drone. Looks like a crazy machine.

“The drone is quite a step up from the ubiquitous DJI Phantom — most notably in its physical design, with an ominous white fuselage and glowing red lights mounted to an articulating carbon fiber frame. The booms are angled down as landing gear during takeoff and landing, but pull upwards into a V-shape during flight to move them out of view and lower the rig’s center of gravity.”

 

November 25, 2014

Sunshine Alarm Clock

at 10:42 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

Sunshine Alarm Clock

 

Martin built this Sunshine Alarm Clock in short time out of need. It is for his child but I think a brighter version of this slowly waking me up in the morning would be a nice change to the loud buzz from the alarm clock. All of the code and build details are here so you can make one for yourself.

“After I left our childs alarm clock at the grandparents one weekend I had to scrape together the parts to recreate the clock before he would go to sleep that evening. Thankfully I had a Neopixel ring and an RTC chip nearby so with an Arduino to patch it all together I managed to improvise a child’s sunshine alarm clock.”

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