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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!

 

March 10, 2015

Crocs Drone Delivery system

at 9:24 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment

Crocs Drone Delivery system 

 

Crocs are comfy shoes but picking them out in the store might be a bit challenging. First you might have to walk through some aisles, then you might need to speak to a customer representative for your size. Until we can have Amazon drop your new pair of Crocs on your doorstep we can have a drone pick and drop your favorite selection to you. Of course this is not practical but does show some interesting concepts that will be common when this technology drops in price. 

Via: Engadget and IEEE Spectrum

 

 

 


February 3, 2015

Water Drops and Acoustic Vibration

at 2:17 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

 

Check out this video that demonstrates what you can get when you add some Water Drops and Acoustic Vibration. The results are very eye catching, reminds me a bit of the non-newtonian fluid experiments we saw in the past. To ramp up the fun this could be connected to a microcontroller and the frequency could be adjusted by the controller instead of a computer.

“In this video I ran the speaker at 285 Hz and varied the volume to produce the different effects. There is nothing particularly special about 285 Hz, the drops will stay suspended at other frequencies as well. Any dish soap will also work just as well as another to lower surface tension which increases the stability of the drops.

The 4 inch speaker and 90mm petri dish were both purchased online. Often 90mm petri dishes are labeled and sold as 100mm, which are more common to find. The ones I purchased were also being sold as 100mm, but the actual size could be determined by the reviews. Blunt tip syringes were also purchased online to create the drops.”

January 27, 2015

FPV Quadcopter Shooting Roman Candles

at 5:29 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks, What Were They Thinking

 

Fellow Canadian PIEROGRAM had some experimental fun when he was at the cottage this summer. If you have a quadcopter and want to live on the edge, strapping some roman candles to the quad might be a bit of dangerous fun. Of course don’t blame me if you burn down your house, start a forest fire or blind someone! 

 

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