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November 3, 2015

Full Spectrum Light Therapy Build

at 10:24 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

DIY Sunlight Simulator Light Therapy Light wide


Lots of people feel a bit down when we get less natural light in the winter months. SAD lights have been around for awhile and can be purchased from a few places but Luke Skaff decided to build one from scratch. His design allows for a light output that is closer to what you get in real sun.

“I made two full spectrum ceramic metal halide light therapy lights for my mom who has Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). They have a much higher color rendering index (CRI) and produce a more full spectrum output of visible light than fluorescent ‘SAD’ light boxes on the market. This allows it to be much more closely matched to the sun’s emission spectra than fluorescent and the vast majority of LEDs. Each light outputs 12,000 lumens and can hit the 10,000 Lux requirement.”


Cermaic metal halide bulb cool down

October 11, 2015

Water Shut Off Valve Project

at 4:31 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


This project allows you to automate the filling of water containers. In this case the need was to stop filling a horse water tank and automatically stop when it has been filled. A few stainless steel clamps are used to sense the water by conduction. The circuit is running off a 9 volt battery, it is powerful enough to activate the 12 volt relay and a voltage divider is used to make the 5 volts that the microcontroller needs.

“This is a very simple project that only uses a few electrical components and some PVC pipe. This is the first project that I have built using an ATTiny 85. It is a very powerful little chip and I will probably have many more projects that use it. An Arduino can be used in place of the ATTiny85 and the same code should work.”


October 5, 2015

Eyedrivomatic – Drive Wheelchair using Eye Tracking Technology

at 9:23 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

Eyedrivomatic - Drive Wheelchair using Eye Tracking Technology


The Eyedrivomatic is a system that lets you Drive a Wheelchair using Eye Tracking Technology.

 “Eyedrivomatic’s software is in two parts, firmware for the arduino in the brain box, and a pc application which I have written in processing. Many eyegaze users will have software on their computer for communication and computer control. Our intention is that the pc software will be accessible through the users own computer control software, or directly, using the eyegaze equipment’s mouse emulation capibilities. At the moment, it only works with one computer control package – Grid2. Grid2 has allowed for rapid development of the pc software, and I intend to perfect it before writing the stand alone pc application.”






October 3, 2015

T400 Temperature Datalogger Prototype Walkthrough

at 3:23 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


September 30, 2015

DIY Motorized Combo Lock Cracking Device

at 10:24 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment

DIY Motorized Combo Lock Cracking Device


Have a master lock that you forgot the combination to? Samy Kamkar shows us how to get in with a nice little motorized combo lock cracking device

“Combo Breaker is a motorized, battery powered, 3D printed, Arduino-based combination lock cracking device. It is portable, open source, 3D models provided, and exploits a new technique I’ve discovered for cracking combination locks in 8 attempts or less, but in an even more exciting, automated fashion.”


September 27, 2015

Raspberry PI 2 Weather Station

at 6:14 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks



Jeremy Morgan built a Raspberry PI 2 Weather Station. It collects all of the data from the sensors and saves to to the cloud using a Google Drive spreadsheet which is accessed using a JSON file.


Via: Electronic Lab

“For this project you will need:


September 26, 2015

A Look inside a Daisy Wheel Typewriter

at 11:20 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Teardown


This teardown that thegeekgroup did reminds me of technology gone by. There are lots of variations of this. The one I used had a different type of ink ribbon cartridge it was a ink impregnated cloth that would auto recycle so your text would just get fainter and fainter over time. If you want to change the font you just replace the font wheel. I am surprised that there is no sensor to prevent it from typing if there is no font wheel or ribbon cartridge. Interesting that there was no cover on the EPROM. I am thinking it must have been replaced by a field tech since I am sure it would have been covered out of the factory. One thing you can see is the construction and drive train was designed with serviceability and longevity in mind. I would like to see what it would look like if it were built today. It would weigh about 5 pounds and last about a year printing a few pages a day. With a bit of work 2 of these printers would make a nice small CNC machine. 



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