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February 9, 2016

Soft Robots

at 10:08 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment


When most people think of a robot it contains hard fixed parts that move with certainty and could cause some damage to things around it if there was a collision. These soft robots are the opposite of the type we featured in the past that humans could ride on, and if there was a bug in code have a bad day on. A soft robot has compliant pieces that can interact with people without danger of damage to the robot or person. At 2:40 you can see some promising applications in the medical field.

February 8, 2016

Lego Paper Airplane Maker

at 10:45 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


You can build some really cool stuff with LEGO. With enough gears and bendy bits you can make this Lego Paper Airplane Maker which can take some paper in one end and shoot our a paper airplane out of the other end. Arthur Sacek spent some quality time building this creation for Arrow.

Via: Gizmodo


February 6, 2016

Air Hockey Robot

at 4:54 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks


This project uses a vision system that looks for puck and determines the best location to move the mallet. The processor power is coming from a Intel MinnowBoard Max. Details and code can be found here if you would like to build your own.

“The goal of the this project was to prove out the real time properties of the IoT Core OS. We chose the air hockey table due to the requirements involved in tracking a moving object across a plane and responding appropriately. The robot uses a color blob tracking camera to detect the location of the puck on a table surface, and uses stepper motors to move a striker mallet to intercept the puck. Additional sensors help detect goals and the XY mallet position. All of these devices hook into a MinnowBoard Max, which is responsible for taking in puck position data and calculating motor movements in response.”



February 2, 2016

Nixie Alarm Clock With Time Updated via GPS

at 2:31 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Nixie Alarm Clock With Time Updated via GPS


This Nixie Alarm Clock project gets the Time Updated via GPS. Not only is there GPS to get an accurate time, this clock also has an SD card that is used to play audio files.

“The firmware for the clock is written in C using Eclipse C/C++ with the AVR Eclipse plugin with avr-gcc and avr-libc 1.8.1

Since the GPS module provides the time in UTC, I need to handle time zone and DST in software. This is actually quite easy since the standard time.h functionality has been implemented in avr-libc 1.8.1. But as I started the development on Linux using 1.8.0 it took me a while to discover the newer avr-libc since there are still no official binary packages for avr-libc 1.8.1 even though it was released more than a year ago.”

January 31, 2016

ESP8266 Brodcasting Analog TV while running a Web Server

at 7:13 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks



CNLohr has been playing with the inexpensive IOT device for quite a while. Check out the ESP8266 Brodcasting Analog TV while running a Web Server. Hard to believe that this small chip is only a few dollars in small quantities. If this chip is in a IOT light bulb or doorbell this thing would be seriously be underused. That would be just like using your brand new android phone to just make phone calls. I look forward in seeing what projects this device finds itself into since it has power and price making it very appealing.

January 27, 2016

High Voltage Person Made from Electronic Components

at 10:22 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


Proto G made a nice soldered together figurine out of electronic components. I thought the design ended there with an interesting piece of art, but there is more. You will notice that Anthony is wearing some rubber gloves at the start of the video. The gloves are not a fashion statement but rather a safety measure (although in the video comments indicate that the gloves are not for safety). The fitting copper clad box base hold a high voltage power supply that jumps to life with a flip of the switch. The high voltage is then free to arc across either the wires in the hands or through the arms and through the chip depending on the path of least resistance. I have erased lots of the EPROMs with the exposed windows before but would have never though of jumping some arcs behind the window for this effect.



High Voltage Person Made from Electronic Components

January 21, 2016

Fluidik Glass Scale

at 9:08 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets

Fluidik Glass Scale_4



Fluidik is a glass scale that shows a user’s weight using fluid flowing through a graduated tube. When weight is applied on the scale surface increased weight will squish the fluid further in the tube.

Via: Laughing Squid

“There is a compression port and bleed valve in the front edge of the scale for calibration. The user can adjust the scale by turning the silver dial located on its face which makes micro height adjustments to the platform. Doing so zeros in the fluid to compensate for fluid expansion/contraction based on the user’s climate and ambient temperature.”



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