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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. :)

 


July 8, 2015

Molson Canadian Smart Beer Fridges

at 1:47 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

Molson Canadian Smart Beer Fridges

 

Molson Canadian knows how to make an interesting Beer Fridge. While most would simply give the high tech illusion Molson Canadian has actually went to great lengths to allow the tech in the fridge to actually work the magic. In all cases the goal is to unlock the fridge to enjoy some cold beer. The methods to open the fridge has changed from version to version. There is one that looks for an inserted passport and opens the fridge when a Canadian passport has been inserted, one that opens when you sing a correct version of O-Canada and one that opens after 6 people say I am Canadian in 6 different languages. Nice thing is that Molson has made some behind the scenes videos that show us how the tech works behind the scenes. Of course all the tech could be tossed out if they went the simple route by having a remote human in the loop monitoring the interaction but it is nice that they stayed true to the concept in each case.

 

 

 

 

 

 


July 2, 2015

3D Printed Latte Art

at 11:46 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

Ripples combines hardware and software to deliver any image of message onto lattes, cappuccinos, or any foam-topped drink. www.coffeeripples.com (PRNewsFoto/Steam CC)

 

If you are looking for an extra boost in the morning, how does a custom message just for you printed on your coffee sound? That is exactly what this 3D Printed Latte Art Machine does!

“The Ripple Maker employs 3D printing and inkjet technology to adorn the top of your hot beverage with complex designs that could take the form of someone’s name, their face, or even a personalized message to the attractive customer behind you. The machine itself is small, measuring just 8.5” by 10.5,” and connects via Wi-Fi to a library of designs. Users have the option to choose from a menu of themes and messages to stamp onto the milky foam canvas using natural coffee extract, also known as Ripple Pods.

Even suitable for the morning rush, the machine takes all of 10 seconds to produce a selected design on top of any cup up to 7″ high and 4.5″ wide. In addition, the Ripple Maker comes with a mobile app that enables baristas and companies to create custom designs, or upload and edit images straight from their smartphone camera roll. This makes sending a personal image as simple as devising a social media post.”

 

June 22, 2015

Nd YAG Laser Taken Apart

at 4:14 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

 

Photoinduction has taken apart his Nd YAG Laser. This is a complex beast of a system, I wonder what this thing cost new! He goes over some of the theory behind how the system works and demonstrates some of the parts from his huge laser system. There is some damage to this system, looks like there was probably a water cooling issue or just a loose electrical connection that allowed for some heat buildup.


June 20, 2015

Vinyl LP under an Electron Microscope

at 9:53 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment

 

Have a look at the great video of this Vinyl LP under an Electron Microscope. Using an Electron Microscope isn’t as easy to use as a normal microscope, in this case the vinyl needed to be metal coated to be viewed. The scanned data was captured with a DSO and processed into a short video. It looks amazing, I didn’t realize how Vinyl Records LPs encoded the 2 stereo channels. The CD also looks very interesting up close.

 

 

June 7, 2015

Flamethrower Ukulele

at 10:19 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

Flamethrower Ukulele

 

Have a look at the Flamethrower Ukulele that  from Make built. Might not be the project that you want to use indoors or around anything flammable that you care about. But if you have a fire extinguisher by your side this sure would be fun to build, if you are an outdoor performer this would double as good crowd control. The system uses a modified calking gun to squeeze a small butane cylinder allowing the gas to flow down a hose to the end of the ukulele neck. A spark ignites the gas and starts the flaming fun.

 

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