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February 1, 2016

Fast Workers winding Coils

at 8:12 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, What Were They Thinking


There are some electronic components that you just assume are cranked out of a machine that has a hopper of raw materials on one end and finished goods coming out of the other. Check out the amazingly fast worker making coils at 1:03. I wonder how far off our robotic technology is till we can have a robot perform this job. A person can be trained to do it very fast but even just having a robot pick up and mount one of the cores from a pile on the table is a hard task.

I can see a small bit of automation going such a long way in lots of these videos. I can’t imagine having the bagel job at 1:49, I have seen a rolling machine at our local bagel shop that can just crank them out automatically. Hard to believe that with a slab of dough that big that any company would process it by hand.

I think 6:57 shows us one of the most dangerous jobs I have seen. Can a person do this job for a day without loosing a finger? Some chainmail gloves would surly be a good minimum requirement. I wonder if something like sawstop could be used in this application. If the operator had on some insulating rubber gloves over the protective chainmail I think it would be possible. Stop saw uses a one time destructive stop but I think a different mechanism could be used to disengage the motor and clamp the blade would work since the mass of the bandsaw blade if much less than the spinning blade of a table saw.



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 10, 2016

Fake Eggs

at 10:13 pm. Filed under What Were They Thinking


There are lots of companies faking electronics. Look like the next trend is faking food like eggs! There is already enough additives in modern food from the grocery store. Just imagine if the eggs in the carton didn’t come from chickens. Thankfully in Canada the only thing I need to be cautious about are free range eggs being mislabeled.






November 21, 2015

Underground Bunker in Backyard

at 12:55 am. Filed under What Were They Thinking


If you are running out of room in your house most people would build an addition, build a room in the basement, re-purpose the garage or move. Colin Furze is not following the normal thinking here. He dug up the backyard of the house tossed in a ton of concrete and steel to make an underground bunker which is hidden from view from pesky neighbors. Watch the video above to get the tour of the bunker. The links below will take you though the build process.

Ep 1 https://youtu.be/8UKNajCgpEs
Ep 2 https://youtu.be/z8yiuJ9yFic
Ep 3 https://youtu.be/p1t7r3SKT2o
Ep 4 https://youtu.be/pR493Pee6Xo

September 29, 2015

ICON A5 Recreation Airplane

at 1:44 am. Filed under What Were They Thinking

ICON A5_2 


The ICON A5 costs about $200K which is cheap by plane standards and with only 20 hours of flight time to get a pilot license needed to fly this plane I can see this open up a great new hobby for some. Here is hoping this is just the first step into making these planes cheaper and more accessible to the average Joe.

Via: Wired

“ICON A5 Amphibious Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA)

Estimated Base Price: $189,000 USD + CPI-W

  • Specifications
  • Seats: Two
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1510 lbs (686.4 kg)
  • Useful Load: 430-550 lbs (195-249 kg)
  • Baggage (Maximum): 60 lbs (27.2 kg)
  • Fuel: 91 Octane Auto Gas or 100LL Aviation Gas
  • Maximum Speed (Vh): 95 KCAS (109 mph) (176 kph)
  • Range: 427nm (45 min reserve)
  • Takeoff Distance (Runway on Standard Day/Sea Level): 710 feet
  • Landing Distance (Runway on Standard Day/Sea Level): 530 feet
  • Takeoff Distance (Water on Standard Day/Sea Level): 920 feet
  • Landing Distance (Water on Standard Day/Sea Level): 840 feet
  • Engine: Rotax 912 (100 hp)
  • Dimensions
  • Interior Cockpit Width: 46 in (116.8 cm)
  • Wingspan: 34.8 ft (10.61 m)
  • Aircraft Length: 23 ft (7.01 m)
  • Aircraft Height: 8.1 ft (2.47 m)”



July 27, 2015

Replica of Batman Returns Batmobile

at 12:19 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, What Were They Thinking

batman-returns-batmobile (1)


If you like movie cars have a look at this one. Not sure it would fit in the garage but it would be fun to drive around town!

Via: TechEBlog

“Special crime fighting gadgets include a fully operational flame thrower at the rear, hydraulic suspension enabling the car to be lifted a further nine inches off the ground, a smoke release mechanism, remote full releasing electronic canopy, remote ignition and full LED running lights, dashboard display and front and rear camera’s complete the specification. This vehicle is believed to be one of the best after-production, fully road-legal models ever made. The mileage is particularly low as it has mainly been transported from venue to venue and is described by the vendor as in excellent running order”


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.







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