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March 30, 2015

Making and Hacking the Nissan GTR

at 8:53 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

Making of the Nissan GTR


 Interesting how Nissan has gone through some massive ups and downs over the years. In the end it took a non Japanese to pull the car manufacturer out of the red. They are now mass producing an incredible super car. The car is beautiful but the hackable tech under the hood is what makes it stand out. The Nissan GTR has been designed for high performance for people with normal driving skill. The car computer can allow you to launch with amazing control and precision allowing this car to compete with very skilled drivers. The guys over at EcuTek International build on the incredible platform and enhance the options available (seen in the video below).





March 24, 2015

Super Fast 3D Printer – Carbon 3D

at 3:16 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment


3D printing technology has come a long way over the past few years. The speed and strength of the prints is what has made me think twice about purchasing one. The speed and strength issues has changed with the introduction of the Carbon 3D system.

 “UV light triggers photopolymerization and oxygen inhibits it. By carefully balancing the interaction of light and oxygen, CLIP continuously grows objects from a pool of resin.

CLIP moves beyond the limitations of 3D printing to offer unprecedented speed, quality, and choice.”




March 10, 2015

Crocs Drone Delivery system

at 9:24 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment

Crocs Drone Delivery system 


Crocs are comfy shoes but picking them out in the store might be a bit challenging. First you might have to walk through some aisles, then you might need to speak to a customer representative for your size. Until we can have Amazon drop your new pair of Crocs on your doorstep we can have a drone pick and drop your favorite selection to you. Of course this is not practical but does show some interesting concepts that will be common when this technology drops in price. 

Via: Engadget and IEEE Spectrum




February 28, 2015

Insane Fast Food

at 2:45 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment


These videos are cool, too bad is isn’t real food being made. Reminds me of how the Chrome browser really works. I would like to see the setup of the equipment before the take.


January 18, 2015

GIANT Flip-Dot Display

at 7:54 am. Filed under Insane Equipment


Check out this GIANT Flip-Dot Display that is certainly not coming to a store near you. The ooVoo isn’t selling displays, rather they wanted something in their booth to set them apart from the other high pixel count displays. Sometimes going mono color and low res pays off! The resolution is only 588×126 but when you consider that these are 74,088 mechanical pixels that make up the display that is pretty amazing.

“Each module has a built-in controller which are commanded via serial. To gang 189 of them into a single display, [Pat] sourced some serial to Ethernet hardware from Grid Connect. These adapters report back to a single computer via 64 Ethernet cables. That box plays back a video file, adapting it on the fly using Adobe Air to send packets to the IP addresses of the Ethernet controllers.

All of this is supplied by a trio of 56A, 24V power supplies. At a refresh rate of 30fps, when flipping all the dots at once this is a max current draw of 189 panels * 0.680 Amps = 128.52A @ 24VDC (Same power as 28 Amps @ 110VAC = 3085W).”


GIANT Flip-Dot Display

January 7, 2015

Beer Pong Robot

at 6:36 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment


When you have a look at this Beer Pong Robot video by Empire Robotics you can see that some cool engineering went into making this robot very accurate (or a ton of takes were taken). The green thing on the end of the arm is what Empire makes, it is an ingenious mechanism for gripping items.

Via: Geeks are Sexy and Gizmodo

“The core principle behind VERSABALL is the jamming phase transition of granular materials. The green ball is filled with a sand like material. When air is pumped into the ball, the ball softens. The ball is then pushed against the target object. Pulling air out of the ball jams the sand like material together, causing the ball to harden. This transition from soft to hard creates the gripping forces.”

January 3, 2015

ABB Robotic Barista

at 4:51 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment


We have seen how impressive the ABB Robotic systems are, have a look at the latest example. Here we have a ABB Robotic Barista from Automatica 2014 Munich. The robot opens the coffee brewer, selects and inserts the coffee grounds container, positions the coffee cup, places a plate and puts the coffee cup on the plate. Finally a conveyor brings the coffee out of the protective robot enclosure to the customer. What a great demonstration.



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