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November 6, 2015

Emirates A380 and Jetman Dubai Formation Flight

at 4:40 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks


Watching the Jetman suit flying in formation with the Emirates A380 plane is a heck of a feat. But with enough planning it is possible.

“While the formation flight looked effortless on film, painstaking planning and meticulous collaboration with an intense focus on safety drove all efforts. Click here to watch what went into making the Emirates A380 and Jetman Dubai team formation happen.

The carefully choreographed aerial showcase involved the world’s largest passenger aircraft flying at 4,000 feet in two holding patterns. The A380 aircraft was then joined by the Jetmen Dubai duo, experienced pilots and operators of the smallest jet propelled wing, who were deployed from a helicopter that hovered above the aircraft at 5,500 feet. The duo conducted formations on both sides of the aircraft and joined to one side thereafter before breaking away.”


October 22, 2015

Electric Mobility Scooter Hacked for More Speed

at 11:57 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks


When pumping 60 volts into this Electric Mobility Scooter it turns into tons of fun. Their is no soft start on this thing so as soon as the launch button is pressed the motor springs to life. Interestingly enough this scooter has some drag bars that prevent the thing from flipping over backwards. Not sure how long the motor would last with this voltage but it sure looks like fun while it lasts. They even tested it with a few runs at 72 volts! Doesn’t take long to get up to speed with that voltage. The electronics were slightly modified, a nice large contactor was added to allow a small horn button to control the large load. In the end 72 volts was more than the motor could take and it burnt up.

September 8, 2015

Fun with ESP8266 and WS2812B LEDs

at 3:54 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks


CNLohr has been playing with the popular addressable WS2812B LED lights and the powerful (and cheap) ESP8266.



August 22, 2015

Fun with ESP8266 and WS2812B LEDs

at 12:58 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks


CNLohr has been playing with the popular addressable WS2812B LED lights and the powerful (and cheap) ESP8266. In these videos he discusses how to optimize their usage together and provides full source code to get a foot hold on your own experiments.


August 19, 2015

Elev-8 Quadcopter Controlled With An Ardupilot Mega Autopilot Build

at 3:42 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

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GlassKNees takes us through the build and what was needed to get this quadcopter working. Upgrading the quad to the APM controller required a few modification such as prop rotation to work, this is just since this is not standardized.

“The GPS/magnetometer are inside the white dome, the telemetry transceiver is the little green circuit board on the left with the antenna pointing down – the board has a clear plastic sheath for protection. I’m using a Spektrum 6 channel receiver mounted to the right of the APM. Power comes from an APM power module that I spliced into the power distribution harness.”


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August 15, 2015

Newport Transporter Bridge

at 11:45 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

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We drive across bridges all the time and take them for granted. Have a look at this 100 year old Newport Transporter Bridge. The design is absolutely fantastic. Not practical for high volume traffic but for the time this was a very novel solution and it is still operating today.

“The height of the towers is 73.6 metres (241.5 ft), and the height to the underside of the main girder truss above the road level is 49.97 m (163.9 ft). The span between the centres of the towers is 196.56 m (644.9 ft), and the clearance between the towers is quoted as being 180.44 m (592.0 ft); however, including the cantilevered sections, the main girder truss gives the bridge an overall length of 236 m (774.3 ft). The distance between the centres of the anchorage caissons is 471.06 m (1,545.5 ft). Power to propel the transporter platform or gondola is provided by two 35 hp (26.1 kW) electric motors, which in turn drive a large winch, situated in an elevated winding house at the eastern end of the bridge. This winch is sufficient to drive the gondola through its 196.56 m (644.9 ft) total travel at a speed of 3 metres per second.”





Newport Transporter Bridge Car Gondola


August 13, 2015

Hackers Remotely Hack into Vehicle

at 10:23 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks


 Turns out there is a hole in the UConnect entertainment system that can be found in many cars on the road today. This can allow hackers to take control over things like the vehicle systems like acceleration and braking

“Two hackers have developed a tool that can hijack a Jeep over the internet. WIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg takes the SUV for a spin on the highway while the hackers attack it from miles away.”


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