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The Feds Are Investigating a Teen Who Weaponized a Quadcopter

Earlier this month, a 14-second video entitled “Flying Gun” was posted on YouTube. It shows a flying quadcopter outfitted with a handgun firing four shots. Now, it’s become a Federal Aviation Administration investigation. Read more....

Dynamic Drum Trigger Knows Where and How You Hit the Drums: Sensory Percussion

A drum trigger is a device that converts hits on an acoustic drum into electronic signals that activate digital sounds. You can use them to achieve a cleaner sound in live performances or use sound effects…

Police LiDAR Tear Down

Most police departments made a big switch from RADAR to LiDAR after consumers starting buying RADAR detectors. A lot of those LiDAR units are now out there on the surplus market. If you don’t have $500 or so to buy a LiDAR gun just to see what makes it tick, you are in luck. Show More Summary

Hackaday Links: July 19, 2015

Everybody needs an external USB drive at some time or another. If you’re looking for something with the nerd cred you so desperately need, build a 5 1/4? half height external drive. That’s a mod to an old Quantum Bigfoot drive, and also...Show More Summary

Home Brew Supercapacitor Whipped Up In The Kitchen

[Taavi] has a problem – a wonky alarm clock is causing him to repeatedly miss his chemistry class. His solution? Outfit his clock radio with a supercapacitor, of course! But not just any supercapacitor – a home-brew 400 Farad supercap...Show More Summary

Forgotten Rock Band Drum Controller as a MIDI Instrument

Happen to have an old Rock Band drum controller collecting dust in your living room? If you also have a spare Arduino and don’t mind parting with that plastic college memento then you’ve got the bulk of what could potentially be your new percussive MIDI instrument. Show More Summary

A Day In The Life Of An Airport

Video: Here’s a timelapse and tilt shift video of a day in Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. It’s a wonderful look into the puzzle of how a big time airport works but is also totally beautiful to see the lights of aeroplanes land and fly out of the runway. It’s like man made moving stars skimming across the sky. Just beautiful. More »      

Nixie Tube Speedometer In Motorcycle Handlebars

The handlebars of this Honda CL175 ended up being perfect for holding two Nixie tubes which serve as the speedometer. There are two circular cavities on the front fork tree which are the same size as the Nixies. Wrapping the tubes in...Show More Summary

Awesome GoPro video shows the first person view of a Jedi

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This is so much fun. Bill Parker imagined what it would look like if a Jedi wore a GoPro and came up with this kick ass first person footage of the Jedi swinging his light saber around to fight Stormtroopers and blow up AT-ATs. LikeShow More Summary

Beautifully Simulated 3D Trip Through Space Is What Dreams Are Made Of

Video: I woke up today and had already seen this stunning video of space before I even saw it in real life because I’m 100 per cent sure it was created in my dreams. It wasn’t; it was rendered in the 3D simulation program Space Engine. Show More Summary

Retrotechtacular: The J-57 Afterburner Engine

The J-57 afterburner engine appeared in many airplanes of notable make, including the F-101, -102, and -103. This USAF training film shows the parts of the J-57, explains the complex process by which the engine produces thrust, and describes some maintenance and troubleshooting procedures. The name of this game is high performance. Show More Summary

Vintage Vinyl Laser-Etched on a Tortilla

[UpgradeTech] had a proof-of-concept itch they needed to scratch: making a playable record out of a tortilla using a laser cutter. The idea was spawned from the goofy “tortilla vinyl” YouTube video. Uncooked flour tortillas were used. Show More Summary

HamShield Puts Your Arduino On The Radio

Anybody can grab a USB TV tuner card and start monitoring the airwaves, but to get into the real meat of radio you’ll need your amateur radio license. Once you have that, the bandwidth really opens up… if you can afford the equipment. Show More Summary

A modern over-the-counter pregnancy test is a tiny engineering marvel, combining a sensitive antibod

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

A modern over-the-counter pregnancy test is a tiny engineering marvel, combining a sensitive antibody-based detection system with enzyme-activated dyes to pick up minute amounts of hormone from the developing placenta. Check out the new video that describes how it works at Ted-Ed! Read more...

Safe Cracking With Signal Analysis

[Dave Jones] over at EEVblog got his hands on a small safe with an electronic lock and decided to try his hand at safe cracking. But rather than breaking out the thermal drill or shaped charge, he hooked up his Rigol scope and attempted...Show More Summary

Metal Gear Solid 2 Raiden Nendoroid: Small Boy Unit

Jack? Jaaaack!!! Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid Raiden is ready to follow in the footsteps of his buddy Solid Snake. This collectible features Raiden as he appears in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, before he…

Hackaday Links: July 12, 2015

Adafruit is working on a series of videos that’s basically Sesame Street for electronics. G is for Ground is out, where [Adabot] discovers pipes and lightning rods are connected to ground. Oh, the rhyming. Here’s the rest of the videos so far. Show More Summary

Making Mario Kart Real

If you’ve ever had a casual go-kart experience, you might be able to relate to [HowToLou]. He noticed that whenever he tried to race, the same situation inevitably always happened. One racer would end up in front of the pack, and no one else would be able to pass them. Show More Summary

Natural Materials For Nature’s Call

When it comes to picking out high-end fixtures and appointments for your bathroom remodel, there are tons of choices out there these days. Sure, that double-slipper tub or  $2500 stainless steel toilet can make a statement, and even the local Big Box Home Store has some pretty unique stuff. Show More Summary

Video explains why bees are dying and how that seriously screws humans

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Bees are extremely important to the way we live. One out of every 3 meals we eat is made possible because of bees and if they died out, plants would die, some foods will stop existing and millions of humans would starve. Seriously! Kurz Gesagt tries to explain why honey bees are dying and what it means for humanity. Read more...

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