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Retrotechtacular: Automatic For The People

Throughout their long history, American Machine and Foundry (AMF) have made forays into many areas of automation. And as the American cultural landscape of the 1950s and ’60s shifted toward fast, cheap, and convenient foodstuffs available...Show More Summary

Clever Video Bends Reality By Flattening San Francisco's Hilly Streets

Video: Walking around in San Francisco can get tough because the city is just so damn hilly. Up and down and up and more up and you start to wish you could just flatten the streets. Karen Cheng and Ross Ching tweaked reality a bit by...Show More Summary

Awesome Dad Upgrades a Power Wheels With High-Speed Brushless Motors

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Fisher-Price’s Power Wheels toys promise kids all the thrills of driving, without the need for a license. But in reality the battery-powered vehicles are usually disappointingly slow, unless your dad is Richard Whelan who upgraded his daughter’s tiny pink Mini Cooper Power Wheels with brushless electric motors giving it a lot more get up and go. Read more...

Watching Robots Falling Down Is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

We have some very good reasons to fear our future robot overlords, but this video is proof that we still have plenty of time until we are all enslaved. IEEE Spectrum put together this video compilation…

Create a YouTube Playlist as a Modern-Day Mixtape

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The art of mixtape making has sadly been lost in our transition to a digital era of on-demand music, but there are still places where you can practice this lost skill, and one of them is YouTube. Here are the steps to assemble your group of songs and share them with a special someone or the world at large. Read more...

Hackaday Links: June 7, 2015

I’ve said over and over again that Apple’s MagSafe port is the greatest advancement in laptop tech in the last 15 years. Those charger connectors break, though, so how do you fix it? With Lego, of course (Google translatrix). Use a light-colored...Show More Summary

Better VGA On The STM32F4

[Cliff] is pushing VGA video out of a microcontroller at 800×600 resolution and 60 frames per second. This microcontroller has no video hardware. Before we get to the technical overview, here’s the very impressive demo. The microcontroller...Show More Summary

Crowdfunding Follies: Debunking The Batteriser

It’s not on Kickstarter yet, but this product is already making its media debut, with features in all the tech blogs, an astonishing amount of print outlets, and spouted from the gaping maws of easily impressed rubes the world over.Show More Summary

Robot arm beats a master swordsman at slicing things

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

It’s a totally unfair fight since this Yaskawa Bushido industrial robot arm basically stole all of master swordsman Isao Machii’s moves and is not human, so it can be programmed and won’t get tired, but it’s really fun to see man vs machine swinging swords to see who can slice things best with diagonal cuts, rising cuts, horizontal cuts and a thousand cuts. Read more...

Embed with Elliot: Multiplexing SPI Uses Few Pins

[Ralph Doncaster], aka Nerdralph, seems to be absolutely driven to see how few resources he can use on a microcontroller to get the job done. In this post on his blog, [Ralph] writes some custom bit-banged SPI code to cut the number of SPI lines necessary to drive an nRF24L01+ radio module from four down to two. Show More Summary

A Red Hot Knife That Toasts Bread As It Cuts Is Real And It Works

There’s a scene in the 2005 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie where a lightsaber-like bread knife is not only able to slice a loaf, it toasts it at the same time. That was done with special effects, but mad Brit inventor Colin Furze has gone and built a similar contraption in real-life, and his creation works. More »      

Video: MIT’s robotic cheetah is the scariest thing you’ll see all day

The stuff that’s going on in the robotics world these days is absolutely mind blowing. Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible work being done by Boston Dynamics (now owned by Google), what with their impressive...Show More Summary

A Red Hot Knife That Toasts Bread As It Cuts Is Real and It Works

4 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

There’s a scene in the 2005 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie where a lightsaber-like bread knife is not only able to slice a loaf, it toasts it at the same time. That was done with special effects, but mad Brit inventor Colin Furze has gone and built a similar contraption in real-life, and his creation works. Read more...

Learn About This Endangered Baby Penguin In A Google Hangout With Him

Love that classic video of polar bear cub learning to walk? Baby bat eating banana? Dog dressed as mutant spider?!? Brace yourselves, netizens. On Friday, you can chat with a month-old African penguin in a Google Hangout. It’s like you’re in the viral video. More »      

I know you’re excited about Fallout 4, but you still shouldn’t preorder it

Look, I know how you feel. Bethesda just announced Fallout 4, a game we’ve all been anxiously anticipating for the past 7 years, but no matter how excited you are, no matter how many times you’ve watched that awesome three-minute trailer — you still shouldn’t preorder Fallout 4. Show More Summary

Standalone Showtime Is Coming In July For $11

4 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Following the triumphant launch of HBO Now over the last few months, Showtime is rolling out a standalone offering of its own. Starting July 12th you’ll be able to watch Showtime for $11 per month without cable. Read more...

Hang Out With This Baby Penguin to Learn About His Endangered Species

4 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Love that classic video of polar bear cub learning to walk? Baby bat eating banana? Dog dressed as mutant spider?!? Brace yourselves, netizens. On Thursday, you can chat with a month-old African penguin in a Google Hangout. It’s like you’re in the viral video. Read more...

The Sneaky Clever Way Jurassic Park Filmed That Scary Water Ripple Scene

The glass of water rippling because of T-Rex in Jurassic Park is a classic scene in movie history. The visualisation is so simple that you’d think it was easy to achieve. It actually wasn’t! CineFix explains how in a movie filled with special effects and dinosaur animatronics, making the water ripple was also a cinematic achievement. More »      

IoT Enabled Thomas The Tank Engine

This month the popular “Thomas the Tank Engine” toy celebrated its 70 anniversary. As a fun project, [tinkermax] wanted to bring this traditional toy into the age of IoT, while preserving its physical appearance and simple charm. HeShow More Summary

Fail Of The Week: The Deadliest Multimeter

Need a good multimeter? The Fluke 17B is an excellent basic meter that will last your entire career. It’s also $100 USD. Need something cheaper? Allow me to introduce the AIMOmeter MS8217. On the outside, it’s a direct copy of the Fluke 17b, right down to the screen printing but understandably lacking the yellow enclosure. Show More Summary

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