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August 3, 2015

Electric Vehicle Kit That Can Be Built in a Week

at 10:04 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Electric Vehicle Kit That Can Be Built in a Week

 

This The Switch Lab electric vehicle kit is designed for students to build it in a classroom. It comes with everything you need to build a sporty electric vehicle in about one week. The kit starts at around $20K and is designed to be built by one class and then stripped back down for the next class to build. The basic model comes with lead acid batteries, the higher models some with lithium ion batteries. The open chassis design is perfect for learning since there are no body panels to work around and obstruct the important bits that make the vehicle work.

Via: Make 

“The SWITCH Lab was designed to allow the instructor complete flexibility in the classroom. We provide over 30 hours of lecture material and 40 plus hours of lab projects, including the assembly of The SWITCH electric vehicle. Instructors can include our lectures as presented, skip some, augment others, or create their own. The class can be taught as an intense two week summer program or 17 week semester program or anything in between.”

 

 

 


August 1, 2015

DIY WiFi Smoke Detector

at 10:06 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

 

Proto G sent in his latest project. It is a DIY WiFi Smoke Detector that he built to monitor his battery storage area. The system uses IFTTT (If this then that) to send out the messages. A full walk through of the device will be coming soon.

 


July 29, 2015

Circle Plane

at 11:34 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

circle-plane

 

I remember making a hand launched flyer using a straw and 2 circular hoops of paper. This Circle Plane when scaled up is very impressive. It doesn’t look all that controllable but the other planes had a blast flying through the large moving target. It was nice that the body and hoop were made out of cheap materials so a bit of destruction was not a big deal.

 


July 24, 2015

Embroidered Zoetropes Animated Using Turntables

at 12:19 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

embroidered-zoetrope-1

 

A well timed strobe light can do some amazing things. Artist Elliot Schultz placed these embroidered patterns on a record player (which naturally spins at a known stable speed). The resulting images are fun to look at. 

Via: Make and Laughing Squid

“This project encourages viewers to watch and engage with animation physically.

Discs were created with animated sequences embroidered onto their surface. They have been designed to be played on standard turntables and their shape and size is inherited from 10″ vinyl records. The animation is activated when a strobe light illuminates the discs in sync with the embroidered frames of animation.

This work was completed for my degree project at the ANU School of Art in 2013.

For more information on the project including process shots, check it out on my website:
http://elliotschultz.com/work/embroidered-zoetrope/”

 

 

July 22, 2015

Ultra-Strong Adhesive called Water Glass also known as Sodium Silicate

at 12:52 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks

 

Water, Lye and Silica Gel are used to make a product called water glass (also called Sodium Silicate). Mixing the Lye with the water and then adding the crushed desiccant packets will create a mixture that can be used as a high temperature adhesive. 

Sodium silicate is the common name for compounds with the formula Na2(SiO2)nO. A well-known member of this series is sodium metasilicate, Na2SiO3. Also known as waterglass or liquid glass, these materials are available in aqueous solution and in solid form. The pure compositions are colourless or white, but commercial samples are often greenish or blue owing to the presence of iron-containing impurities.

They are used in cements, passive fire protection, textile and lumber processing, refractories, and automobiles. Sodium carbonate and silicon dioxide react when molten to form sodium silicate and carbon dioxide:[1]

Na2CO3 + SiO2 → Na2SiO3 + CO2

 


July 11, 2015

HVAC Blown Control Board Repair

at 12:37 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks

 

Todd takes a look at a blown HVAC control board. His sister’s HVAC stopped working and Todd being the nice guy he is decided to have a look to see if it can be fixed. Turns out the control board is controlled by a PIC microcontroller, there was also a blown darlington transistor DIP package. After replacing the transistor package it was determined that the PIC was also defective. At this point there is not much you can do other than replace the entire board since the code on the microcontroller is probably read protected, might have been worthwhile having a quick look to see if the code was actually write protected though.

July 4, 2015

Portable Solar Power Supply

at 11:26 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks

Portable Solar Power Supply

 

This is camping season, a Portable Solar Power Supply would come in handy this time of year. This one is small enough you can lug it around and it is simply to charge with the exterior solar panel. Leaving this out on your picnic table during the day will ensure you can charge all of your gadgets when you need to. Everything that is used are off the shelf parts mounted in a nice compact portable plastic case. Total build price is around $150.

 

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