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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

last monthTechnology / 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

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Ubergizmo

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

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

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

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

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

2 months 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

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

[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

2 months 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...

A Revolutionary Input Device, 30 Years Too Late

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Way before you kids had touch screens and mice, we had to walk uphill both ways to tell a computer where we were pointing at on the screen. I speak, of course, of light pens. When these photodiodes in a pen were pointed at a CRT, the display driver would tell the computer where the pen was pointing. Show More Summary

Hackaday Links: June 14, 2015

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

You know we’re running this gigantic contest to build hardware and send someone to space, right? We’re doing community voting right now. If you’re on, head over there and pick the best project. We’re giving away t-shirts and $1000 gift cards to people who vote. Show More Summary

Touchjet Pond Projector Turns Any Surface into a Touchscreen: Tablet Overdose

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : technabob

Earlier this year we checked out the Nabi Big Tabs, which are high end kid-friendly Android monitors that can have up to a 65? 4K display. If you’re looking for a more affordable, portable or versatile…

Neural Networks And MarI/O

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Minecraft wizard, and record holder for the Super Mario World speedrun [SethBling] is experimenting with machine learning. He built a program that will get Mario through an entire level of Super Mario World – Donut Plains 1 – using neural...Show More Summary

A Different Kind of Plastic Shredder for 3D Filament Making

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Haven’t you heard? You can make your own 3D filament nowadays from plastic granules (10X cheaper than filament), or even by recycling old plastic! Except if you’re recycling plastic you will have to shred it first… [David Watkins] came up with a different way of shredding plastic. Show More Summary

The reason to start investing in a 4K screen just became much more convincing—NASA is now uploading

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The reason to start investing in a 4K screen just became much more convincing—NASA is now uploading 4K content at 60 frames-per-second via YouTube. The videos will mostly be of breathtaking views and scientific experiments aboard the International Space Station. So yeah, you’ll want to subscribe right here. Read more...

Hanging Onto the World’s Greatest Piggyback Ride.

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

We were really sad to see NASA retire the Space Shuttle. Even though it’s being replaced with some new and exciting hardware, we have fond memories of the Shuttle program. The good news is that a lot of the old hardware can now be seen up close and personal. Show More Summary

Who Wouldn't Want This Smart Snowboard For Winter?

YouTube channel Network A is a lover of all things X Games — snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX, you name it. For their video series Every Third Thursday, Signal Snowboards, known for cool and atypical board designs, created the first open source programmable snowboard that can change music depending on the snowboarder’s orientation. More »      

Quadrotor Control Systems And Kerbal Harriers

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Kerbal Space Program, the game that teaches engineers at JPL and SpaceX the basics of rocket design and orbital mechanics, recently had a giant update. There are now science contracts that require you to fly Kerbals all over their tiny globe, collect data, and transmit it back to the Kerbal Space Center. Show More Summary

Kids Electric Mini Goes Brushless, pops wheelies

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

[ThatHpiGuy] had a problem. He wasn’t impressed with the performance from his kids’ electric-powered Mini. The 6 volt system was anemic at best, and was just begging for an upgrade. Pulling off the seat and checking the undercarriage,...Show More Summary

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