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March 29, 2016

DIY Articulating LED Task Lamp

at 6:07 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks


This Articulating LED Task Lamp is full of features such as magnetically replaceable lighting heads. Everything from the LEDs to the panel clip style can be customized or simplified to match your needs.

“For the light part, I decided to use LED strips, because they’re so easy to use. Plus they’re powered with a remote and it’s always nice to be able to dim. So I cut up a bunch of Baltic Birch plywood for the arms, the connecting parts, and the panel for the lights. I also made some octagon knobs out of plywood which connected the arms together.”

March 25, 2016

DIY Nitrocellulose Cannon

at 2:58 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

This is a neat desktop project that will help you get rid of some stress by firing you own mini canon. The design is well thought out and the video goes over the build in great detail. The system is quite simple, an electrical current creates some heat and fires some Nitrocellulose. The end result looks fantastic and would fit well on the edge of your desk ready for battle with your office mate.

March 24, 2016

Mooltipass – Offline Password Keeper

at 4:21 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets

Mooltipass - Offline Password Keeper


Worried that a site hack will compromise your passwords? This unit stores your passwords on the Mooltipass using AES-256.

“The concept behind this product is to minimize the number of ways your passwords can be compromised, while generating and storing long and complex random passwords for the different websites you use daily. It is designed to be as small as possible so it can fit in your pocket. Simply visit a website and the device will ask for confirmation to enter your credentials when you need to login. The mooltipass main components are: a smart card connector, an Arduino compatible microcontroller, a FLASH memory, an OLED screen and its touchscreen panel. The OLED screen provides good contrast and good visibility.”

March 21, 2016

Apple Recycling Robot

at 2:54 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Apple produces a lot of electronics, unlike a pop can something like an iPhone is not the easiest thing to melt down and turn into something new. Apple wants to go green by allowing the recycling of your devices when you are done with them.

“Introduced onstage in a peppy video, “Liam” the robot — more specifically a robotic arm — was specifically developed by Apple engineers to pick apart iPhone and other gadgets, tearing the devices down into discreet modules. These parts, like an iPhone screen or logic board, can then be broken down further to recover materials for reintroduction into the global supply. ”


March 11, 2016

Inside Amazon Dash Button

at 10:02 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Teardown

Amazon Dash Button_tide

Brian Dipert has taken a look Inside the Amazon Dash Button. If you haven’t seen these before it is a little IOT device that is connected to your Amazon account and will order you some new products with the touch of a button. The design is battery operated and is small enough to be stuck where it could be pressed as soon as you realize you are out of something. Gone are the grocery lists or the notes on the fridge. Just check your mailbox in a few days and your daily staples that you ordered with your finger will be there. The device is basically free but there is actually quite a bit of tech inside.

Via: Electronics Lab

“The Amazon Dash appears to be based on a Broadcom WICED (Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices) reference design module. Combine the Wi-Fi IC and the microcontroller into one packaged device, by the way, and you end up with the USI (Universal Scientific Industrial) WM-N-BM-09 WICED module, which forms the foundation of the $19 Spark Photon development kit.”

Amazon Dash Button_inside

Amazon Dash Button

March 10, 2016

Laser Scanning Spectral Confocal Microscope Teardown

at 10:30 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Teardown


Mike has purchased a huge piece of electro-mechanical gear. Looks like this Laser Scanning Spectral Microscope would have cost the same as a small house at one time. Interesting to see how much in in this box of goodies. In the first video Mike goes over the internals of the system, in the 2nd video he gets the argon laser to fire! It takes a killowatt of power so this is no joke. If you want to know more Confocal Microscopes the last video gives a great overview.




March 8, 2016

Exoskeleton Spine Brace for Scoliosis

at 5:19 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks


We have seen Robotic Exoskeletons before, they are normally devices that make people have extra ordinary powers. Want to lift heavy items with ease? A Robotic Exoskeleton can probably help. This Exoskeleton Spine Brace for Scoliosis allows for the system to auto correct using a mechanical system. Scoliosis is a condition that causes an abnormal curve in the spine, traditional treatment is a rigid plastic brace. The brace has sensors that allows it to use force feedback to move to the correct position.


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