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HTC One M9 Gets Dropped And Burned

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Ubergizmo

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhmdMhAvPLw] Now these are a couple of torture tests that all smartphones should never have to go through in their lifetime – being dropped on purpose just to see if anything will break or crack, as well as to have a torch pointed at its direction. Show More Summary

FUBAR Labs Gets A New Space

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

FUBAR Labs in New Jersey is one of the finest and most productive hackerspaces in the US. They have homebrew rocket engines, the eternal gratitude of semiconductor companies, and a broken Makerbot nailed to the wall: everything a hackerspace should have. Show More Summary

[Sophi Kravitz] on Ask an Engineer Tomorrow

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Whew, your Wednesday night entertainment is all sorted out. Mark it in your calendar, [Sophi Kravitz] will be appearing on Adafruit’s Ask an Engineer at 8pm EST. Of course she’ll be talking about The Hackaday Prize with all of the incredible entries so far and the amazing opportunities waiting for you as THP continues through the summer. Show More Summary

Crowdfunding toys for zoo-rhinos

Bethany writes, "San Francisco Zoo is partnering with an engineering team and a San Francisco startup to crowdfund the building of novel high-tech enrichments for the zoo's male rhinos." They need $15K to build a giant food-dispensing ball (a "foobler") that will stimulate and maintain the rhinos' foraging instincts.

Retrotechtacular: Firepower For Freedom

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

As the United States were settled, its leaders found that they needed firepower to preserve freedom. This became especially apparent during the military engagements of the era, so a number of specialized facilities were founded to manage...Show More Summary

Tin Spider is 13-foot Rideable Strandbeest

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Arguably our best find at Bay Area Maker Faire this year was the Tin Spider built by [Scott Parenteau]. He constructed the 13-foot tall vehicle to take with him on his very first trip to Burning Man back in 2012. There’s very littleShow More Summary

Adafruit And The Arduinos At Maker Faire

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

The apparent lull on the Arduino front the last few weeks was just the calm before the storm that is the Bay Area Maker Faire (BAMF). Both companies claiming the Arduino name were there over the weekend, with news and new products in tow. Show More Summary

Do Not Try this At Home: A Jet Powered Go Kart

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

[Colin Furze] is at it again. This time he’s built a freaking jet-engine powered go kart. In case you’re not familiar with [Mr. Furze], he’s no stranger to building high-speed vehicles, like the fastest baby stroller in the world. And he’s also got a bit of an obsession with pulse jet engines. Show More Summary

Cracking A Combo Lock In Under 30 Seconds

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Forget the combination to your combo lock? Well if you’ve got a 3D printer, an Arduino, a servo and a stepper motor handy — you can build your own Combo Breaker pretty easily. It’s capable of solving any Master combination lock in 8Show More Summary

Automated Master Combination Lock Cracker: Combo Breaker

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : technabob

It’s long been known that you can manually figure out the combination that unlocks any given 40-digit Master combination lock. But hacker Samy Kamkar discovered that the three numbers that open such locks are related to…

Articulated Computer Lamp Lights up your life

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

[Samimy] raided his parts bin to build this articulated lamp (YouTube link) for his computer workstation. Two pieces of aluminum angle form the main body of the lamp. Several brackets are used to form two hinges which allow the lamp to be positioned above [Samimy’s] monitor. Show More Summary

SmartChutes Automatic Parachute for Multicopters

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : technabob

Zwier Spanjer became Internet famous back in January when he uploaded a video of himself saving his brand new and expensive quadcopter from falling into a ditch after its battery died. It’s hilarious to watch, but…

Smarter-than-wood Saw Blade Makes Perfect Foldable Joints

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

[Andrew Klein] knows the pain of building drawers from plywood. It can be a pain to get all of the pieces measured and cut just right. Then you have to line them up, glue them together, and clamp them perfectly. It’s time-consuming and frustrating. Show More Summary

Planes Get Struck By Lightning Once a Year on Average

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

There’s a moment in the Truman Show, when Jim Carrey tries to travel to Fiji (and escape his creep-o TV show island) and this poster pops up at a travel agency. It’s funny because lightning strikes are such rare occurrences it couldn’t happen that often. Surely, not often enough to necessitate a poster. Read more...

Reading Resistors With OpenCV

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Here’s a tip from a wizened engineer I’ve heard several times. If you’re poking around a circuit that has failed, look at the resistor color codes. Sometimes, if a resistor overheats, the color code bands will change color – orange to brown, blue to black, and so forth. Show More Summary

Real-Virtual 3rd Person Skiing — Your Broken Bones are the Video Game

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Disappointed in the lack of proper VR games and the current technology, [Jonas Hjohlman] and some friends set out to make their own. They decided to go big or go home — and  built a device to let them ski in the third person. We’ve seen...Show More Summary

DIY R/C Millenium Falcon Mk. II: Return of the Smuggler

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : technabob

A few months ago, we checked out Redditor Olivier-FR’s Millenium Falcon and TIE Interceptor quadcopters. Since then’s he’s made a few more Star Wars-themed skins for his quadcopters, including an Imperial Star Destroyer, a Snowspeeder and…

Jar Jar Binks in Every Scene of New Star Wars Trailer: Meesa Ruina Yousa Trailera

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : technabob

If all of the Star Wars geeks out there had to get together and choose the character they hate most, I’d wager Jar Jar Binks would win by a landslide. The annoying and accident-prone character is…

Roswell Eat Your Heart Out

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

When [Ian Wood] accidentally broke the camera on his fancy-pants FPV quadrotor he was a little bit upset. But out of all things we break, we hack something new. [Ian] decided to strap on some RGB LEDs to the drone and turn it into aShow More Summary

How To Make Hardware, With Examples And An Electric Pickle

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Right now we’re throwing a two-day hackathon in Pasadena. As with all hackathons, people are going to build something, but that’s only going to happen today. Yesterday was an incredible Zero to Product talk that goes over PCB layout techniques, manufacturing, and schematic capture. Show More Summary

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