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July 24, 2015

Embroidered Zoetropes Animated Using Turntables

at 12:19 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

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A well timed strobe light can do some amazing things. Artist Elliot Schultz placed these embroidered patterns on a record player (which naturally spins at a known stable speed). The resulting images are fun to look at. 

Via: Make and Laughing Squid

“This project encourages viewers to watch and engage with animation physically.

Discs were created with animated sequences embroidered onto their surface. They have been designed to be played on standard turntables and their shape and size is inherited from 10″ vinyl records. The animation is activated when a strobe light illuminates the discs in sync with the embroidered frames of animation.

This work was completed for my degree project at the ANU School of Art in 2013.

For more information on the project including process shots, check it out on my website:
http://elliotschultz.com/work/embroidered-zoetrope/”

 

 


July 23, 2015

Aviation Equipment Teardown

at 11:44 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

 

The Geek Group does an interesting Aviation Equipment Teardown. It is interesting that when something isn’t built as cheap as possible so that it can compete on a shelf at Walmart you see some really robust well built equipment. This chunk of gear is meant to last and take a beating without failure. No skimping on the mechanical design, electronic design and component selection.


July 21, 2015

Inside the EDSAC Computer

at 6:05 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

 

A look Inside the EDSAC Computer shows us how much we take for granted these days. Funny how when there are no concepts to work with the methods of storing and executing information you get things like mercury delay systems.


July 20, 2015

A look inside a 10GHz Microwave Link

at 12:38 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

 

Mike takes apart a 10GHz Microwave Link. You can see that this is a really precision piece of equipment, the wave guide piece is very interesting. Not sure what the cost of this is but I can guarantee it would not be cheap. There is quite a lot of electronics on the transmitter which as you would expect is very nicely laid out, there is obviously a lot of things that have been taken into account here, the via stitching at 8:35 is interesting since there are different size holes used and there are also strange snake like patterns. This type of high frequency stuff is sure exotic when comparing it to what I would consider the basic electronics that I see on a daily basis. 

 

 

July 8, 2015

Molson Canadian Smart Beer Fridges

at 1:47 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

Molson Canadian Smart Beer Fridges

 

Molson Canadian knows how to make an interesting Beer Fridge. While most would simply give the high tech illusion Molson Canadian has actually went to great lengths to allow the tech in the fridge to actually work the magic. In all cases the goal is to unlock the fridge to enjoy some cold beer. The methods to open the fridge has changed from version to version. There is one that looks for an inserted passport and opens the fridge when a Canadian passport has been inserted, one that opens when you sing a correct version of O-Canada and one that opens after 6 people say I am Canadian in 6 different languages. Nice thing is that Molson has made some behind the scenes videos that show us how the tech works behind the scenes. Of course all the tech could be tossed out if they went the simple route by having a remote human in the loop monitoring the interaction but it is nice that they stayed true to the concept in each case.

 

 

 

 

 

 


July 6, 2015

DIY Hot Wire Foam Cutter Machine

at 3:21 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

DIY Hot Wire Foam Cutter Machine

 

If you are into foam cutting this DIY product is sure to give you some inspiration to make your own.  The system takes an image which is processed so that it can be cut with this PVC built system. The tolerances are not very good at 0.5 to 1mm but for foam cutouts that is probably all you need. If you would like to purchase one instead of building one you can see the Ebay auction here

 

 

July 2, 2015

3D Printed Latte Art

at 11:46 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

Ripples combines hardware and software to deliver any image of message onto lattes, cappuccinos, or any foam-topped drink. www.coffeeripples.com (PRNewsFoto/Steam CC)

 

If you are looking for an extra boost in the morning, how does a custom message just for you printed on your coffee sound? That is exactly what this 3D Printed Latte Art Machine does!

“The Ripple Maker employs 3D printing and inkjet technology to adorn the top of your hot beverage with complex designs that could take the form of someone’s name, their face, or even a personalized message to the attractive customer behind you. The machine itself is small, measuring just 8.5” by 10.5,” and connects via Wi-Fi to a library of designs. Users have the option to choose from a menu of themes and messages to stamp onto the milky foam canvas using natural coffee extract, also known as Ripple Pods.

Even suitable for the morning rush, the machine takes all of 10 seconds to produce a selected design on top of any cup up to 7″ high and 4.5″ wide. In addition, the Ripple Maker comes with a mobile app that enables baristas and companies to create custom designs, or upload and edit images straight from their smartphone camera roll. This makes sending a personal image as simple as devising a social media post.”

 

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