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April 28, 2016

Table Tennis Trainer Project

at 9:35 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks, Insane Equipment

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If you enjoy table tennis this trainer might be a great next project. Thomas Mayer created this as his bachelor thesis project. Two Playstation CL-eye cameras are used to view the play area and track the ball. A project is then used to display game elements that the players can interact with to play many game scenarios. The game was created using VVVV which is a visual/textual live-programming environment for easy prototyping and development.

Via: Technabob and Gizmodo

“The basic idea of my bachelor thesis was to track the ping pong ball in realtime to create data visualisations for trainers and players. After a few weeks of working I started developing a projected mapped interface for the ping pong table to show the collected data. By projecting game obstacles on the surface I figured out that I can change the game play totally.”

 


 


April 14, 2016

Huge Hydraulic Press Folds Paper

at 4:46 pm. Filed under Funny Hacks, Insane Equipment

 

There is a theory that you can’t fold paper more then 7 times. There was even a Mythbuster Episode about it. By pressing the paper between folds it is easier to work with but even with the power of this press the experiment fails when the paper basically explodes out of the press.


February 29, 2016

Howe & Howe RS-1 Gremlin – Mini Unmanned Tank

at 12:21 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment

 

The Howe & Howe RS-1 Gremlin – Mini Unmanned Tank is an flexible system that allows the user to scope out areas that would be dangerous to walk into with a human. Since this can be controlled remotely the human operator can be situated in a safe location while only the robot it put in harms way. All we need now are some autonomous quadcopters mounted to the frame which could also provide live aerial video of the scene.

Via: TechEblog
“Based on the RS‐1™ modular platform, the Gremlin ™ is a system designed to meet today’s needs and tomorrow’s safety. Howe and Howe Tech has designed this platform by addressing the dangers the first responders, military, and civilian clients encounter, and keeping them from dangerous environments. With a remotely controlled platform, remotely controlled payload the Gremlin package is perfect for active shooter neutralization, sniper applications, riot control, or for use as a hostage resolution tool. With the ability for a lethal or non-lethal payload this package is truly a versatile problem solving tool. The RS1‐G3 “Gremlin” ™ was developed for the U.S. Military and is not for private sector purchase.”


February 9, 2016

Soft Robots

at 10:08 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

 

When most people think of a robot it contains hard fixed parts that move with certainty and could cause some damage to things around it if there was a collision. These soft robots are the opposite of the type we featured in the past that humans could ride on, and if there was a bug in code have a bad day on. A soft robot has compliant pieces that can interact with people without danger of damage to the robot or person. At 2:40 you can see some promising applications in the medical field.

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

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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.

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