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RickMote Controller Hacks Chromecasts, Can Never Give It Up

In case you’re not familiar with Google’s Chromecast, it’s a small device that plugs into any display with an HDMI and a USB port to let you stream videos, apps and more from your laptop or …

PIC Up a NeoPixel Ring and C What You Can Do Using This Tutorial

As [Shahriar] points out in the introductory matter to his latest video at The Signal Path, Arduinos are a great way for a beginner to dig into all kinds of electronic excitement, but they do so at the cost of isolating that beginner...Show More Summary

Light my fire! A Bluetooth speaker that’s powered by candles

Your music collection need never burn out with this new Bluetooth speaker from Pelty that’s powered by the heat of a candle. Designed by Gianluca Gamba and partners, the aesthetic invention converts the thermal energy from a candle flame to usable power via a thermoelectric generator. Show More Summary

Star Wars filmed entirely in Minecraft

Kids and adults across the globe are fans of George Lucas’  Star Wars and Mojang’s Minecraft, and in this trailer  the two have been added to give you a minute and a half look into the world of StarWarsCraft? (StarCraft has been taken.) I am sure a lot of people can relate and know that a lot of effort goes into building... Show More Summary

The iPhone 6?s Sapphire glass may not be scratch-proof

With the iPhone 6, we are likely to see a lot of new hardware, as well as the eagerly awaited iOS8, and, according to leaked information, we can most likely expect an upgraded A8 processor, a fresh new design and ‘Sapphire glass’. Recently, a few people around the world have received  what appears to be the new iPhone 6 screens,... Show More Summary

iPhone’s Sapphire glass not scratch proof

With the iPhone 6 we are likely to see a lot of new hardware and of course the eagerly awaited iOS8, we can most likely expect an upgraded A8 processor, a fresh new design and according to a lot of leaked information ‘Sapphire glass’. Show More Summary

Hackaday Links: July 20, 2014

Etch-a-Sketch spray-painted silver with electronics bolted onto the side? Sign us up! This art installation adds one thing that we don’t often see in these types of hacks, eerie audio. If you’re still mining bitcoin you need to do it faster than anyone else… that’s pretty much how the whole thing works. Show More Summary

The Phones on Air Force One Look Like Iron Man Accessories

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Despite Harrison Ford's best attempts to enlighten us, Air Force One remains a mysterious place. Pretty much the only time you get to see the inside of the president's awesome airplane is when the White House photographer offers a peek. Ever notice how weird the phones look? Read more...

Does The Original RickRoll'D Video Still Play For You?

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

A wave of sadness tore through the internet this evening, as news spread that the original RickRoll'D video was being blocked to YouTube viewers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Fearing the end of an era, I went to the YouTube link and, somehow, it worked for me. Does this video play for you? Read more...

Work Is Super Awkward After Your Boss Nearly Force-Chokes You Out

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Poor Conan Antonio Motti. The guy speaks up at a work meeting, and all of a sudden Lord Vader is trying to put his lights out from across the room. But the worst part isn't the force-strangling or lack of faith. It's having to work alongside the jerk and pretend like nothing ever happened. Read more...

How NASA Would Have Handled a Failed Apollo 11

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This weekend marks the 45 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing the first men on the moon. Like all missions, NASA had a contingency plan. Space historian Amy Shira Teitel explains the astronauts' grim orders if a lunar lander malfunction had left Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stranded on the moon. Read more...

Roboceratops: A Robot Dinosaur That Defies Extinction

Inspired by a childhood love of dinosaurs, [Robert] set out to build a robotic dinosaur from the Ceratopsian family. After about a year of design, building, and coding, he has sent us a video of Roboceratops moving around gracefully,...Show More Summary

Three different accidents in 30 seconds in one intersection in Russia

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

So if I'm counting right, three different car accidents happen in a matter of seconds because driving in Russia is flirting with death. First, the grey van violently rams itself into the car in front of it. The red car cuts off the dash cam and skids by. And then the original grey van zooms into the intersection and gets smashed sideways by a bus and an SUV. Read more...

Flying man flies so close to the cliff that he can high five someone

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Scotty Bob, the crazy guy zipping the air in the wingsuit, is flying so fast you might miss it but he comes so impossibly close to scraping the mountain on some of his turns that he can pretty much high five the photographer taking a picture of him. Read more...

Projectors Could Turn Your Tiny Apartment Into a Goggle-Less Oculus Rift

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The Oculus Rift promises to make Star Trek TNG's holodeck a reality, but only in your head. You can't spend every moment of your life with a goofy visor strapped to your face, and that's why this alternate approach to the holodeck—using projectors to make a tiny non-descript room appear massive—seems far more plausible. Read more...

Amazon’s first Fire Phone TV ad is all about the Prime, not the device

Smartphone makers choose to advertise their devices in different ways. Some focus on a phone’s main features, others take hits at competitors, and some choose a different path. Amazon is such an example, with the company’s first Fire Phone ad being more about one of Amazon’s core products rather than the device itself. Show More Summary

Wearable robotic fingers are now a reality

You know how people joke about needing an extra set of hands to get everything done? Well, that’s not on the horizon quite yet, but researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have just invented a pair of wearable robotic fingers. Show More Summary

Homemade Bazooka Has Earned Its Stripes

Many of us dream of launching rockets from our shoulders, but [John] here actually did something about it. This bazooka build started with a 6? diameter PVC pipe. He mounted a length of 80/20 T-slotted aluminum extrusion to the pipe through a couple of wood blocks. Show More Summary

Flying race car narrowly avoids hitting a driver in the head

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The best part about the video—other than that ridiculously close call of the flying race car launching right pass the driver—is how the driver who almost got crashed into, calmly fixes his side view mirror and keeps driving. Read more...

Microsoft is paying dearly for Ballmer’s final huge mistake

One big takeaway from Thursday’s terrible news that Microsoft is laying off 18,000 employees is that the company now sees former CEO Steve Ballmer’s decision to buy Nokia as a Gob Bluth-style huge mistake. 12,500 of the affected employees...Show More Summary

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