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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.”


November 24, 2014

Color Tracking Hexapod

at 1:38 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

Check out this Color Tracking Hexapod by in the Robot Shop Forum. The thing is a bit creepy! Not sure if there is a difference in programming but to me the first video looks like something trying to corner some prey and the second is more like a dog excited and ready to go running for a thrown ball. Nice job David.

“I am using the Pixy Cam to detect a pink object, in this case a pen cap, and move the body accordingly. All the PS2 controller functions work exactly as you’d expect; to enter tracking mode I press the triangle button. I am using a micro atmega 328 to connect and calculate the pan/tilt error of the object we are interested in. The height of the object is also obtained and used to determine how far away the object is.”

 

November 23, 2014

MagneBike – Magnetic Wheeled Robot

at 10:19 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

MagneBike - Magnetic Wheeled Robot

 

The MagneBike is an interesting magnetic robot that is surprisingly flexible and can maneuver some crazy metal geometries.

“Locomotion Concept and Robot Design

  • Two wheels in a motorbike arrangement: better adaptation to the surface (flat or curved).
  • Magnetic wheel unit including lateral lifter/stabilizer arms. The lifter functionality helps to pass over step obstacles. The stabilizer functionality allows to drive sideway.
  • Five active DoF: front/rear wheel, front/rear lifter, steering unit.”

 


November 18, 2014

Self-Balancing Raleigh Chopper

at 3:36 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

 Self-balancing Raleigh Chopper

 

It isn’t a simply task to make a self balancing anything. But if you are thinking of taking on the challenge has documented his design details for this Self-Balancing Raleigh Chopper that could give you a head start.

 

“Data from the IMU is read by the Arduino Mega 1280. I use a Mega 1280 because they are a lot cheaper online than the 2560, and about the same price as an Uno. They have several hard wired serial outputs which means I can conveniently use one of these to send motor control data to the Sabertooth 2 x 25 Amp power controller, and another to send data to the serial-LCD screen. The Deadman switch and steering buttons (actually brake levers from children’s e-scooters) when pressed will connect their respective Mega pins to ground. The deadman is for safety, if you let go of it all power to the motors will stop after half a second. Digital Pin 12 is connected to an LED. This LED stays lit on startup and goes out after a few seconds when the machine is ready to be brought “level” at which point it will start to balance itself. The potentiometer in the diagram is actually on the left handlebar and is a Magura 5K potentiometer “twist-grip” throttle handle designed for electric vehicles. Turning it makes the machine lean forwards a little, and so it starts to roll forwards. Let it spring back and machine will lean backwards a little and slow down. It makes a very effective method of controlling speed (as well as simply leaning like you would on a Segway).”

 

November 15, 2014

Shoulder Mounted Arduino Controlled Skull

at 10:34 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Shoulder Mounted Arduino Controlled Skull

 

Steven from Rimstar.org built an interesting spooky Halloween skull to scare anyone who walks by. The video below goes through the construction details.

“Two heads on a body are scarier than one so for halloween I mounted an Arduino controlled skull on my shoulder with the electronics in a backpack and a hand controller hidden in my hand with the cable running down my sleeve. The jaw opens, the eyes light up and it makes a scary sound.

The biggest issue I ran into was getting a sound synthesis that could be done by the Arduino while still using a servo. Most sound libraries I found either conflicted with the servo library or required use of an abstraction layer.

Luckily the Arduino comes with a tone() function that uses simple PWM to make an 8-bit type sound that did the job while not conflicting the the servo library.”

 

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