This video is called Playing with Power by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Ava Benjamin. It’s about Dillon Markey, a stop-motion animator for the Adult Swim stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken. It focuses on an unusual aspect of…
One of the things I always wondered about Star Wars is exactly what was R2-D2 saying when he was beeping away excitedly. He spoke some sort of beepy robot language that only C-3P0 seemed to fully…
Kids are weird. They run around screaming at nothing, haphazardly waving sticks at things, and have emotional responses to doorknobs and pavement. They’re like tiny lunatics with poor hand-eye coordination. What’s going on with the ...
Who knew that modern versions of Windows have nixed the option to auto-launch when a USB drive is inserted? Not a big deal unless, like [Joe], you have a handcrafted hack based on the behavior. He did find a workaround and recently updated...Show More Summary
Two turntables and a microphone? Try two oscilloscopes and a couple of photodiodes. [dfiction] reinterpreted Steve Reich’s classic feedback piece for more modern electronics. The video is embedded after the break. The original Pendulum Music is a conceptual musical composition from the heady year of 1968. Show More Summary
We’ve seen capacitive touch organs manifest in pumpkin form. Though they are a neat idea, there’s something about groping a bunch of gourds that stirs a feeling of mild discomfort every time I play one. [mcreed] probably felt the same...Show More Summary
It’s the night your hair and face have been waiting for! Start 2015 as you mean to go on – coiffed and glittered, or just slumped in front of YouTube… The post 10 hair and makeup tutorials for New Year’s Eve appeared first on Shiny Shiny.
During the summers [Doug] has been building a 75 foot sailing junk to be launched from America’s most inland port. When Oklahoma’s winter hits he heads indoors to work on an ROV that will prowl 3,000 feet below the surface. Originally...Show More Summary
It's officially coming, but Toy Story 4 isn't hitting theaters until 2017—in fandom years that's like an eternity away. So to make the wait more bearable, Pixar has been churning out some equally enjoyable Toy Story short films, and the latest one, Toy Story That Time Forgot, premieres tonight. Read more...
Hackaday’s Trinket Everyday Carry Contest is heating up. In just one week we’ve already got over 30 entries! Many of the contenders are completely new open source projects based on the Pro Trinket. Our first drawing will be tonight, at 9pm EST. Show More Summary
This gem from the AT&T Archive does a good job of explaining the first-generation cellular technology that AT&T called Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS). The hexagon-cellular network design was first conceived at Bell Labs in 1947. After a couple of decades spent pestering the FCC, AT&T was awarded the 850MHz band in the late 1970s. Show More Summary
Willow Garage's PR2 robot is designed to work in factories performing repetitive tasks, but unlike other manufacturing bots it's not purpose built for a single job. Instead, it can be easily taught to perform almost any task—and that now includes almost handling every step required to do a load of laundry. Rosie from The Jetsons might finally be here. Read more...
When we’re not busy writing up features on Hack a Day, some of the writers here have some pretty impressive projects on the go. One of our own, [Will Sweatman], just put the finishing touches on this amazing (and functional!) Pipboy 3000! The funny thing is, [Will] here isn’t actually a very big gamer. Show More Summary
A 24-hour hackathon at Mount Holyoke College in the U.S has inspired one of the most specific wearables yet, but one that could also be one of the most useful for this time of year: Hashtag Gloves. Using them, its inventors sent the first ever tweet via glove. Show More Summary
As cool as robotic vacuum cleaners can be, they’re not usually particularly good at actually vacuuming. Weedy vacuum motors and ineffective sensors often make for autonomous cleaners that don’t really do a very good job. We’re finally...Show More Summary
Tired of wiring up the power rails and serial adapter every time you build something on a breadboard? [Jason] has you covered. He put his Breadboard Buddy Pro up on Indiegogo, and it does everything you’d expect it to: power rails, USB to UART bridge, and a 3.3 V regulator. Show More Summary
In the early days of transistors, RCA and GE were battling against silicon with ever smaller vacuum tubes. These tubes – Nuvistors, Compactrons, and some extremely small JAN triodes were some of the tiniest tubes to ever be created.Show More Summary
Here's a weird little corner of the internet for you to devour. YouTube user Crysknife007 is well-known for hours-long sci-fi marathons of idling starship engines or the silent ambience of Rick Deckard's apartment. But this time, we get our favorite numbers-addicted Muppet counting Pi up to 10,000 decimal places. Read more...
In its native form, [Clint]’s K-441 is a caulking gun, able to apply silicones, resins, and liquid rubber from a reservoir with compressed air. It’s accurate, powerful, has a huge capacity, and looks strangely steampunk, even for caulking gun standards. Show More Summary
A word clock – a clock that tells time with words, not dials or numbers – is one of those builds that’s on every Arduino neophyte’s ‘To Build’ list. It’s a bit more complex than blinking a LED, but an easily attainable goal that’s really...Show More Summary