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November 12, 2015

Teardown of an Arduino based Industrial PLC

at 9:05 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, Teardown


Peter Oakes goes over a Arduino based Industrial PLC system called Industrial Shields. If you are an Arduino programmer and are looking to incorporate your design into something that is a bit more robust this might be for you. I was thinking the system would just use some of the standard Atmel chips that are common in Arduino systems and just use the IDE for programming but it actually incorporates the real Arduino boards. Of course there is not much protection on the normal Arduino boards since that would add a lot of expense and for a quick and dirty project would not normally be needed.

The system comes with a modular DIN rail system which allows for module replacement and addition flexibility. The parts that are used in the system is high quality and looks to be built very robustly. Looks like everything is opto isolated to prevent an external fault from taking out your entire control system. Much of the terminal blocks are pluggable which also aids in fast module replacements. Only thing that looks a bit janky is the wiring harness that can be seen at 41:30 which seems like it could have been better designed.

“The brand is “Industrial Shield” and they are from a company in Barcelona, Spain called “Boot and Work S.L.”
One of the really cool things about these PLCs is that they are based on Open Source Hardware in the form of an Arduino Leonardo or the Arduino MEGA2560… yes the real thing, no modifications aside from providing an industrial strength interfacing circuits around them, wrapped up in a nice industrial DIN rail mountable package including full 24V operation, 0-10V analog in and out as well as isolated relay outputs and OPTO isolated digital inputs and outputs”


October 31, 2015

Wiimote Autofocus Laser Cutter Hack

at 12:26 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment

Wiimote Autofocus Laser Cutter Hack


If you have a laser cutter focusing the laser on your work can be tedious if your system doesn’t have a way to adjust the distance from your work to the laser automatically. Now as much of a pain this is for a flat item it is impossible to generally do with an item that varies in height. Martin Raynsford has solved this issue by bolting a Wiimote to the laser head and uses it to watch the red dot laser and adjusts the bed height to dynamically ensure the laser focus is always where it needs to be. Watch the impressive video for a great demonstration.

October 17, 2015

Omni Hoverboard

at 7:49 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment

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If you are looking for the latest in personal mobility have a look at the Omni Hoverboard. At first I was thinking this video was faked, but in fact this board is real and has recently won a Guinness World Record. Looks very tricky to fly around and as we can see the trials are being done over water for safety. I would have thought plunging into water would not be good for the motors, I wonder if after a plunge much of the parts need to be replaced?

Via: International Business Times

“The Omni Hoverboard features eight propellers and a frame made from carbon fibre. The motors controlling the propellers are powered by 12 lithium polymer batteries, which generate around 40 horsepower, but sadly, this currently generates a combined flying time of only 1.5 minutes.

Acceleration is achieved by squeezing a joystick made from a pair of pliers which makes the hoverboard go higher or lower, and speed up or slow down. The user is securely anchored to the hoverboard using snowboard binding straps, steering the board by physically turning in the air to change its direction.”




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Omni Hoverboard

October 5, 2015

Eyedrivomatic – Drive Wheelchair using Eye Tracking Technology

at 9:23 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

Eyedrivomatic - Drive Wheelchair using Eye Tracking Technology


The Eyedrivomatic is a system that lets you Drive a Wheelchair using Eye Tracking Technology.

 “Eyedrivomatic’s software is in two parts, firmware for the arduino in the brain box, and a pc application which I have written in processing. Many eyegaze users will have software on their computer for communication and computer control. Our intention is that the pc software will be accessible through the users own computer control software, or directly, using the eyegaze equipment’s mouse emulation capibilities. At the moment, it only works with one computer control package – Grid2. Grid2 has allowed for rapid development of the pc software, and I intend to perfect it before writing the stand alone pc application.”






September 30, 2015

DIY Motorized Combo Lock Cracking Device

at 10:24 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment

DIY Motorized Combo Lock Cracking Device


Have a master lock that you forgot the combination to? Samy Kamkar shows us how to get in with a nice little motorized combo lock cracking device

“Combo Breaker is a motorized, battery powered, 3D printed, Arduino-based combination lock cracking device. It is portable, open source, 3D models provided, and exploits a new technique I’ve discovered for cracking combination locks in 8 attempts or less, but in an even more exciting, automated fashion.”


August 11, 2015

DIY X-Ray Inspector Looks Inside Chips

at 11:51 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Insane Equipment

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If you have ever wanted an X-Ray machine in the lab to assist in tracing out the PCB traces that run under components? John McMaster built just that. He used a dental X-Ray machine which has a very small image size. A controller moves the system to allow for multiple images to be taken and stitched together later. The result is demystified reverse engineering. Via: Make


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DIY X-Ray Inspector Looks Inside Chips


July 30, 2015

High Voltage Ejector Bed

at 2:17 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment


Do you need some help getting out of bed in the morning? This High Voltage Ejector Bed doesn’t give you gradual wake up music, a slow simulates sun rise, sun from motorized blinds or any other pleasant method of starting your day.  This system rings warning bells, flashes warning lights and blasts you our of bed with pneumatics. I think this would be very effective and would be used faithfully until you get your first black eye from smashing into your dresser. :)


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