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July 18, 2015

Old Computer Hardware Instrument Ochestra

at 12:16 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

Old Computer Hardware Instrument Ochestra

 

There are lots of mechanical computer parts that you can bring to life to make some music. Computer are full of parts that can get this done. This Old Computer Hardware Instrument Ochestra shows us what is possible with some effort.

“This project uses old floppy drives, hard drives, and my 3D printer and uses them to do something they were never designed to do: play in one of the weirdest orchestras ever made.

While there’s currently only 3 types of instruments, the system supports pretty much anything with steppers, or anything that makes a noise on a signal pulse as percussion. An old doorbell, noisy fans, etc. can be used. machines that accept G-code through the standard Serial protocol can be used as well. “

 


July 17, 2015

Opening Garage Doors in Seconds using the De Bruijn Sequence

at 10:53 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks

nyan

 

Many garage door openers are not very secure but there are still thousands of codes that need to be transmitted. If these codes were being entered manually it would take a long time to go through all the possibilities but of course we could just use a small processor to run through the combinations. Samy used a kids toy that had all the required hardware to do the task, this could have also been done with a dev board and a small display and a transmitter but it wouldn’t have looked as cool.

The really interesting thing that Samy discovered was how the garage openers look for valid codes, it isn’t a unique entry that is tested. For example if enter the wrong 4 digit code into your home alarm system you would need to wait till it timed out or press a clear key before you attempt a new code. This is not the case with these garage door systems. It just looks at the last X number of bit sequences. The De Bruijn Sequence (here is an online generator to play with) ensures that all sequences can be found within the stream of characters but not in order. This means that the actual amount of data that was needed to be transmitted was less than 5% of the entire regular bruit force test suite.

 

 


July 13, 2015

Laser Cut Tortilla Record

at 6:53 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

Laser Cut Tortilla Record

 

Don’t play with your food. Ok, lets make an exception if you can make your food playable on a record player it is ok.  Check out this interesting Laser Cut Tortilla Record by . A laser machine actually cuts playable audio tracks into this tortilla.

Via: Adafruit

 


June 30, 2015

120VAC Car Alternator Hack

at 11:19 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

 

If you like to see some real backyard hacking have a look at this video by kurtscottage. He is spinning an old car alternator with a gas motor and with a bit of rewiring and connecting through some home made transformers he is able to generate 120 VAC. Now the frequency is not always 60 HZ so I am not sure I would connect my laptop charger the the make shift power source but some resistive lights won’t be bothered by the non standard frequency.

 

April 12, 2015

Cruise Ship Robotic Entertainment System

at 5:20 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks

 

These days projection displays are gaining in popularity and are very impressive. If you are working on a very large scale projection is the way to go but for smaller displays have a look at this complex system that uses 100 inch screens that are animated with ABB arms and have a video system that is in sync with the robotic movements to make some interesting visuals. 

“A RoboScreen is a graphical screen mounted to the arm of an ABB articulated arm robot, which creates a unique viewer experience by bringing virtually unlimited, 6-axis movement to the video media. Available in various sizes, the Two70° RoboScreens feature six ABB IRB 6620 robots, each holding a 100” diagonal Daktronics LED screen. Housed in the ceiling while not in use, during shows in Two70° the RoboScreens will extend down on the gantry to a position above the stage, displaying unique video and imagery while performing choreographed movements, all custom produced for the specific performance.

Developed by Andy Flessas (aka andyRobot) in conjunction with ABB, RoboScreens first gained prominence in 2010 when five large models travelled the globe as main stage props for the Bon Jovi Circle Tour. They have since added visual intrigue to a concert tour by Kis-My-Ft2, a Japanese Pop band; the Las Vegas house show for deadmau5, world famous music producer and performer; and the Ultra-Music Festival in Miami. The RoboScreens being installed on the Quantum Class ships will be the first on any sort of moving vessel.”


March 30, 2015

Making and Hacking the Nissan GTR

at 8:53 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

Making of the Nissan GTR

 

 Interesting how Nissan has gone through some massive ups and downs over the years. In the end it took a non Japanese to pull the car manufacturer out of the red. They are now mass producing an incredible super car. The car is beautiful but the hackable tech under the hood is what makes it stand out. The Nissan GTR has been designed for high performance for people with normal driving skill. The car computer can allow you to launch with amazing control and precision allowing this car to compete with very skilled drivers. The guys over at EcuTek International build on the incredible platform and enhance the options available (seen in the video below).

 

 

 

 

March 18, 2015

Eagle Films Flight From World’s Tallest Building

at 1:09 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

 

Birds are amazing. We have recently seen quadcopters that are allowing us to take virtual flight but nothing can compare to what birds do naturally. Check out the world record flight of this eagle from the tallest building in the world. The short video is above and the full length one is below. When the eagle sees the handler and starts the dive he sure gets up some impressive speed!

 

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