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January 14, 2016

Deadly Cup Water Heater

at 6:19 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

 

We have testing agencies that will happily test your mains connected electrical devices and allow you to use the agency symbol if your device passes their battery of tests and determines that it is safe for consumers to use. Bigclive.com shows us that there is a company that is making a device that works well but is dangerous as hell. The device he found basically connects mains voltage directly to exposed electrodes that can be dunked into a cup of water. Might as well just strip the wires from an extension cord and dunk it into your coffee cup! A safe version of this product can be seen at the beginning of the video that shows a heating element that operates just like a heating element on your stove where the live electrode is run in the center of a metal sleeve which is also often grounded. Interesting thing is that the plug is a North American standard type which is 110VAC and he is plugging it into a plug converter that is connecting it to 220VAC.  He has it connected to a power meter and it is consuming the rated power. A look at the data sheet does confirm that the device is rated for 220VAC. Strange since it has a 11VAC plug…

If you operate the device as it says, never in a metal cup, never stick your fingers in the water when operating etc then chances are you would never have a bad day with this item but of course shit happens and this is bound to happen which is the same reason desk fans have guards around the blades instead of a warning not to stick your fingers into the blades when operating.

 

Deadly Cup Water Heater

 


January 7, 2016

EHANG 184 Flying Vehicle

at 11:55 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment

EHANG 184 Flying Vehicle_4

 
Quadcopters are exploding in popularity. The EHANG 184 kicks it up a notch by building a craft that will be smart enough to automatically fly the passenger to the desired location with some simple interaction with the touch screen navigation system. The 4 prop arms fold up to lessen the overall footprint when not in flight. Each of the arms has 2 props with high power custom motors. The system will have a flight time of 23 minutes and can fly at 100km/h. With a charge time of 2 to 4 hours this would allow for a nice short commuter vehicle.

Via: The Verge

 

 

 

 


December 23, 2015

China Factory Tour VEGER Power Bank

at 8:46 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment

 

 

ARMdevices.net takes a look at the Veger Power Bank Factory. Looks like a nice factory that can produce 10,000 battery banks per day.They have a nice assembly line but at each step I seemed to be thinking slow down. Speed is the name of the game here. I can see where those dodgy China solder joints come from by watching this video. Is the step at 5:07 the extent of the operational test? I would have expected something a bit longer. But I guess when you are building a product with a price of $3.90 you need to be fast.


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

Omni Hoverboard_3


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.”

 

 

 

Omni Hoverboard_2

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.”

 

 

 

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