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April 19, 2015

BB-8 Robot

at 12:13 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment

BB-8 Robot


 The BB8 Robot looks amazing, there is a lot of discussion how it is done. My bet is that there is a heavy drive mechanism in the marge sphere with an arm that can turn and tilt, This is them magnetically coupled to the top piece which simply sits on wheels.


BB-8 Robot_2



April 14, 2015

Thin Film Resistor Networks

at 10:34 am. Filed under Insane Equipment


Dave take a close look at Thin Film Resistor Networks. These are used in various precision electronic gear where extreme precision is needed. This one is from a Keithley DMM7510 7.5 Digit Multimeter and is stamped Fluke, I didn’t now that both companies were owned by Danaher. You may have seen a similar resistor trimming design on a large scale if you have ever purchased a high current monitor shunt except they use a hack saw to cut through the metal strap before painting to dial it into spec.

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

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