2014
04.20

 

Scrolling LED on soda can

Wearable, lightweight hacks have long been dominated by the Lilypad. This will probably change with the introduction of the Printoo. Using printable circuit technology, the Printoo takes a modular approach to enable hackers, makers, and engineers alike to construct flexible circuits that can be put on almost anything, including paper!

Powered by the all too familiar ATmega328, the Printoo core module is fully compatible with the Ardunio IDE. The modular design enables functionality with several other printed devices including displays, batteries, sensors and even LED strips to make many different projects possible. One of the most interesting modules is the 1.5 volt, 500 micron thick electrochromic display.

Be sure to check out their Kickstarter, which has a nice video that demonstrates the project. If funded, they will be available in October in case you want to get your hands on one. Or feel free to make your own. Just be sure to let us know if you do!

Filed under: Arduino Hacks, wearable hacks
, Flexible Arduino Sure to Be A Hit,
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2014
04.20
cwt_no-logo

JobKaster – is the easiest way to find local jobs. By finding a job closer to home, you can spend more time doing the things you love. Spend more time with your family, actually find time to get to the gym, or drink some beer and catch the game with your buddies. Google Cultural Institute – discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. Create your own galleries and share favorite finds with friends. Clipix – is a useful tool that solves the problem we…

Read the full article: Cool Websites & Tools – Work Locally, Help With Math, & Erase Your Online Tracks

, Cool Websites & Tools – Work Locally, Help With Math, & Erase Your Online Tracks,
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2014
04.20
sitcom-houses-feat

Realistically, do you think Monica and Rachel could afford to pay rent for their 1,125 square-foot apartment in Manhattan? What about Fraser Krane’s lovely 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths, 2,000 square-foot loft in Seattle? According to real estate website Movoto, when rent or mortgage exceeds 30% of your monthly income, it’s classified as unaffordable. How much are you paying for rent – and is it affordable?

Read the full article: Can These Sitcom Characters Actually Afford Their Houses?

, Can These Sitcom Characters Actually Afford Their Houses?,
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2014
04.20

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[Baldor] prototypes electronic circuits all the time, but unfortunately he doesn’t really have a dedicated work space to do this! Annoyed at having to get all his tools ready and then put them away again after every project, he’s come up with his very own electronics prototyping briefcase.

He started with a very old hand-made wooden tool briefcase and added some fun stuff. His case features four breadboards, all with individual positives, and each pair with common grounds. Banana clips allow for various setups with different wiring. He has 5 integrated volt meters, along with 5 buck-boost DC-DC voltage regulators, each set for 3V, 5V, 9V, 12V, and 18V. It’s an ingenuous setup and would make prototyping a breeze compared to most work benches!

In addition to the basic prototyping tools, he’s also got a development board and a place for his Pickit2. Underneath the main prototyping area he stores the power supply, and a veritable army of jumpers. We’re impressed.

Now all he needs is a portable electronics lab in a box once his prototypes are proven!

[Thanks Xavier!]

Filed under: tool hacks
, Prototyping Brief Case Would Be Fun To Take Through Customs,
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2014
04.20
google-trends-search

Google Trends is a pretty fair indicator of topical winds across the Web. It helps us understand the hot searches and also allows us to look into the past and see historical trends. Google recently made it a little bit more convenient to stay in the know with email notifications for Google Trends. You can now subscribe to your favorite search topics, “hot trends” for any country, and the U.S. monthly top charts. Email notifications are about being on top of the right information at the right time. Google Trends is real time but you have to go to the site…

Read the full article: Catch The Buzz: Google Trends Offers Email Notifications

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2014
04.20
wikipedia-keyring

Wikipedia is one of the absolutely essential elements of the Internet, but, as with everything else that has ever existed, it’s far from flawless. Bad writing, factual errors, and overly verbose descriptions of banal topics are all in plentiful supply. Which is where these three websites are entertainingly invaluable in helping us all keep an eye on Wikipedia and the content it’s throwing out into the ether. All of them are funny, all are useful, and all are definitely worth bookmarking for future reference. Citation Needed The phrase “Citation Needed” has well and truly broken free of its moorings and…

Read the full article: 3 Wicked Wikipedia Websites [Weird & Wonderful Web]

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2014
04.19

gun

[Noe] over at Adafruit has a really great build that combines the Internet’s love of blinkey LEDs and rayguns with the awesome technology behind extraordinarily expensive thermal imaging cameras. It’s a light painting infrared heat gun, used for taking long exposure photographs and ‘painting’ a scene red or blue, depending on the temperature of an object.

While this isn’t a proper FLIR camera, with a DSLR and a wide open shutter, it is possible to take pseudo-thermal images by simply ‘painting’ a scene with the light gun. This is an absurdly clever technique we’ve seen before and has the potential to be a useful tool if you’re looking for leaks around your windows, or just want to have a useful cosplay prop.

The circuit inside this raygun is based on a contactless infrared sensor connected to an Adafruit Gemma, with the LEDs provided by a NeoPixel ring. There are two 3D printable cases – your traditional raygun/blaster, and a more pragmatic wand enclosure. With either enclosure, it’s possible to take some pretty heat map pictures, as seen in the video below.

Filed under: digital cameras hacks, led hacks
, A Light Painting Infrared Ray Gun,
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2014
04.19
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Is there anything more interesting on than statistics? Not the school type, the Internet type. Following your own activity is fascinating, so it’s no wonder that tools that track your Gmail statistics, blog statistics and even Facebook statistics are so popular. But what about “you” statistics? Or shall we say, a stats selfie? No, I’m not talking about your height, weight and eye-color. I’m sure you can figure those out on your own. I’m talking about the way you surf the Web every day, the websites you visit and your surfing habits. This is not about a specific website or…

Read the full article: This Beautiful Browser Add-On Gives You Interesting Stats About Your Browsing

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2014
04.19

BackyardBellagioFountainSpectacular display from kiddie pools, open source software, low-cost parts.

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2014
04.19

Desk Holds Computer Internally

Computers and Desks go together like peanut butter and jelly. After many years of modding computer cases with windows, lights and the like, [Cameron] decided it was time to try something new and combine his next custom case with a desk.

The main desk is from Ikea. The computer case portion is made from wood. No one wants to lose leg room, this case was made to be shallow and wide so it would be out of the way when bolted underneath the desk’s work surface. If any serious maintenance has to be done the case can be easily unbolted and lowered for easy access. Speaker grill cloth is used on the front of the case for 2 reasons; hide the case and keep out the dust.

Computer Desk CAD Design

This project wasn’t just slapped together, many hours went into the concept and design. There are 3 specially designed compartments to keep components separate and optimize the airflow. [Cameron] measured the pre- and post-build processor temperatures and found that the design of the new case resulted in a 15°C reduction from his previous tower case. Not too shabby!

If you like custom computer desks, check out the Heavy Metal, the 3 Monitor Corner or this Sit/Stand Conversion desk.

Filed under: computer hacks
, Genetic Engineering Produces Desk/Computer Hybrid,
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