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Samsung hopes to improve road safety with ‘transparent’ truck

We saw how Samsung unveiled their very first Mirror and Transparent OLED dislpay panels not too long ago, which were certainly technological marvels in their very own right. Well, it looks like the folks over at Samsung are pretty serious...Show More Summary

Retrotechtacular: Don’t Balk at Pitch-Up in the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo

The McDonnell aircraft corporation’s F-101 Voodoo was a lean, mean, supersonic machine capable of going from tarmac to 40,000 feet in about two minutes. But for all its innovation and engineering, the Voodoo had a common problem of pitch-up. Show More Summary

Sonic the Hedgehog in Real Life

Watch as an actual hedgehog navigates a “high-budget replica” of a Sonic the Hedgehog stage. He may not have the speed of the real Sonic, but he has the heart and the drive. He will eventually…

Making a stone axe without any tools is really impressive

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Get a giant stick. Shape a big stone. Put the stone in the stick and you have a celt stone axe made without any tools other than what nature gave you. Watch as Primitive Technology uses rocks to sharpen rocks and then fire to burn a hole into a large stick and then put it altogether so that it’s strong enough to chop down a tree. Sticks and stones break bones. Read more...

A Thermometer Probe For A Hotplate, Plugging Stuff Into Random Holes

[NurdRage], YouTube’s most famous chemist with a pitch-shifted voice, is back with one of our favorite pastimes: buying cheap equipment and tools, reading poorly translated manuals, and figuring out how to do something with no instructions at all. [NurdRage] recently picked up a magnetic stirrer and hotplate. Show More Summary

New Round Of Astronaut or Not: Most Likely To Save The Planet

Last Friday we closed the first round of Astronaut or Astronot, the first round of community voting for the Hackaday Prize. We tried to give away a $1000 gift card for the Hackaday Store to a random person on Hackaday.io if they have voted. Show More Summary

Hackaday Links: Summer, 2015

[Elia] was experimenting with LNAs and RTL-SDR dongles. If you’re receiving very weak signals with one of these software defined radio dongles, you generally need an LNA to boost the signal. You can power an LNA though one of these dongles. Show More Summary

Hand Drill To Band Saw Conversion

Need a band saw but only have a drill kicking around? That may not be a common problem but if you ever run into it, [Izzy] has got you covered. He’s on a mission to make a drill-powered workshop and in his YouTube video, he shows a small...Show More Summary

Hilarious 1996 News Clip Warns About the Dangers of Virtual Reality

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Are you excited for our virtual reality future? Well, don’t get too excited just yet. Because there are hidden dangers! Or at least that was the message from this hilariously alarmist NBC News segment from 1996. Read more...

Neopixel Ring Compass Takes Things in a New Direction

A couple of years ago, [philo mech] came across [David Ratliff]’s NeoPixel compass project. Ever since then, he’s wanted to make his own. To his delight, [philo mech] was able to find time to do just that. An Arduino Pro Mini drives an LSM303DLHC compass/accelerometer breakout board and a 12-LED NeoPixel ring. Show More Summary

The Trials Of Quadcopter Graffiti

Last April, graffiti artist [KATSU] strapped a can of red spray paint to a Phantom quadcopter, flew it up against one of the largest billboards in New York City, and pressed a button. Now, [KATSU], [Dan Moore], and Adafruit’s [BeckyShow More Summary

An Introduction To Zener Diodes

[Afroman] is back again with another great tutorial video on the basics of electronics. This time it’s zener diodes. Page three or four of every ‘beginners guide to electronics’ covers a diode as, “a component that only allows current to flow in one direction.” This is true; a diode only allows current to flow in one direction. Show More Summary

The Portal gameplay in Lego Dimensions has those mind-melting puzzles

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Besides an excuse to buy more building sets, the most exciting thing about the upcoming Lego Dimensions game is the gameplay caters to whichever characters you’ve chosen. Yesterday, at E3, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released...Show More Summary

Mini Arc Furnace Melts Its Way Into Our Hearts

[Grant Thompson], aka “The King of Random,” threw caution to the wind when it came to his latest awesome project – a mini electric arc furnace (EAF) (YouTube link). [Grant] uses a refractory brick as a furnace and crucible for the molten...Show More Summary

Adobe Creative Cloud Update and Adobe Stock Launch

Today, Adobe released its Creative Cloud update across all its applications. 15 Creative Cloud applications have been updated, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Lightroom CC, and more. the second major announcement...Show More Summary

Retrotechtacular: Making Porcelain Insulators

Here is a silent film produced by General Electric that depicts the making of many kinds of porcelain insulators for power lines. Skilled craftsmen molded, shaped, and carved these vital components of the electrical grid by hand before...Show More Summary

Phonographs Through The Eye Of An Electron Microscope

Hackaday Prize judge [Ben Krasnow] has been busy lately. He’s put his scanning electron microscope (SEM) to work creating an animation of a phonograph needle playing a record. (YouTube link) This is the same 80’s SEM [Ben] hacked back in November. Show More Summary

A Dinosaur Expert Reviews Terribly Inaccurate Dinosaur Toys

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Is it any surprise that those cheap plastic dinosaur toys are far from being scientifically accurate? Not at all. But it’s still fun to watch a dinosaur expert like University of Columbia professor Paul Olsen point out their appalling inaccuracies. Read more...

Gunpowder From Urine, Fighting A Gorn

[Cody] has a nice little ranch in the middle of nowhere, a rifle, and a supply of ammunition. That’s just fine for the zombie apocalypse, but he doesn’t have an infinite supply of ammo. Twenty years after Z-day, he may find himself without any way to defend himself. Show More Summary

Watch This Software Learn to Play Super Mario World Better Than You Can

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

A quick YouTube search reveals countless Super Mario World speedruns by some of the game’s most skilled players. And MarI/O can keep up with the best of them, even though it’s actually just a piece of advanced learning software made up of virtual neural networks. Read more...

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