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January 18, 2016

Screen Printing Electroluminescent Lights On Clothing

at 1:11 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks




AMBRO Labs is playing with Screen Printing Electroluminescent Lights On Clothing. I think in the near future this will be common place to see clothing that adds a bit of light to the design. We have seen lots of sew on items from the maker side of things but if would be nice to see some things that has been silk screened directly onto the fabric.

“We’ve screen printed our first successful prototype today.  This proof of concept shows that our EL screen printing technology works for fabric and garments.  Our next steps will be to integrate the EL screen printed fabric with sewable electronics including conductive thread and popular wearable platforms.”


December 25, 2015

China Smart Phone Assembly Line

at 7:11 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


Saga is a Chinese smart phone manufacturer, their process of phone construction looks quite impressive. There is a ton of testing done all along the way. Saga makes phones for lots of companies. After seeing all of the work that goes into making these phones it is hard to believe the price point they can sell them for.



December 23, 2015

LED Inset Tile Floor

at 3:13 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks


If you are laying some floor tile and want to jazz up the look. Some inset LED strips might be just what you are looking for. Elektric-junkys.com has the items you need for this design. It is a lot of work but the end result is quite spectacular. Since the channels have the press in plastic strip maintenance is also easy since you can just pull out the plastic channel to access everything.

December 22, 2015

Z6 Riot Control Baton

at 7:12 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

CALEB KRAFT from Make shows us the Z6 Riot Control Baton that he built. The build cost would be low since most of the construction is out of PVC piping. The result is a great looking weapon. It has actually been enhanced with a bit of high voltage danger for some extra fun. An internal spring allows the unit to spring into action.
Z6 Riot Control Baton

December 20, 2015

Flaming Lightsaber

at 3:19 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets



Allen Pan built this great looking Flaming Lightsaber. He got the inspiration from Tesla Down Under. By igniting some spraying methylated spirit the effect is a great looking flame.


December 18, 2015

11kV Lightning Arrester

at 4:53 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Teardown



Bigclivedotcom takes a look at how a 11kV Lightning Arrester works. When high voltage lines take a lightening hit they attempt to short it to ground to prevent passing the huge spike in voltage on down the line. The technique used is similar to what is done in a power bar on a big scale. When a high enough voltage is present in the line side a stack of MOV’s conduct the voltage to ground.

“This is a lightning arrester from an 11kV power distribution line with an interesting feature to clear itself electrically when sustained current flows through it.
Inside a robust fibreglass insulated core is a stack of MOV’s (Metal Oxide Varistors) which have a combined voltage to handle the regular peak voltage of the 11kV supply (presumably 15.5kV peak) plus a safety margin. However, when a higher voltage transient occurs on the line the MOV voltage is exceeded and they temporarily develop a lower resistance which shunts the transient to ground to protect other components on the line.
If an excessive over-voltage occurs or the MOVs start to break down after passing a modest amount of transients then there is a disconnecter attached to the bottom of the unit that will literally detonate and blow the ground cable off the end of the unit for safety. The primary function of this is to prevent the lightning arrester from passing significant current from the normal 11kV supply when it fails.”



December 8, 2015

DIY 3D Light Box

at 12:50 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets



If you are looking for a cool looking wall hanging that could be created with a knife, or better yet a laser cutter check out this project ides. Various layers of craft board are used to create a depth design that has an interesting effect when it is lit in layers. A nice small microcontroller and some LEDs is all you need on the electronic side of things. watch at 4:25 to see the light effect.

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