2014
04.23
learning-computer-skills

The 21st Century workplace isn’t any different from the amphitheaters of ancient Rome. You are fighting someone brandishing a tech skill in demand, or running to barely stay ahead of the corporate lion going cutting edge. There is no war here – it’s a battle every day. The great thing is that you will not end up as vulture feed. The Roman arena was a prison. The 21st Century workplace sets you free with multiple gates of learning. Online learning is a disruptive technology whose time has come. Even though, there are genuine criticisms against the effectiveness of massive online…

Read the full article: Get Tech Skills You Need At These Top 7 Online Course Sites

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2014
04.23

spiderman grapple hook rail gun

As technology continues to advance, make-believe props and technology from movies are coming closer and closer to reality. [Patrick Priebe] has managed to put together a working Spiderman Webshooter with the help of electromagnets!

He’s built a tiny rail gun that puts out 100 Joules of energy using a 350V capacitor bank, which straps cleanly to his wrist over top of a Spiderman costume glove. It makes the classic high-pitched hum as it charges, and launches a small barbed brass arrow capable of skewering Styrofoam.

He didn’t stop there though! He’s created a handy little winch using a small high-powered brushless motor with an ESC. A weighted disk acts as a flywheel to increase the pulling power of the fishing line, and he’s built it on a pivot so when you launch it, the fishing line just slips off the end without resistance. To engage, you flip it back perpendicular to the line and turn on the motor.

This isn’t his first ridiculously cool gadget either — remember his 1kW Laser Pulse pistol?  Or how about the 1W Iron Man Repulsor beam?

[Thanks Tom!]

Filed under: laser hacks, weapons hacks
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2014
04.23
cwt_no-logo

Datalove – Collect and explore your daily data. You can track how far you run, how much you study, sleep or spend, whatever you want. Then turn your device and explore your stats. You can export all your data, too. Nobody is gonna lock you in. Record time, distances and numbers, uses automatic location and weather data. B1 File Manager – is a full featured Android file manager from the creators of B1 Free Archiver. Provides fast and easy navigation through your files on the device and networks with a smart interface. Main features include a full set of file…

Read the full article: Cool Websites & Tools – Android File Manager, Wedding Planning, & Explore Your Daily Data

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2014
04.23
rethink boarding pass feat

Airline boarding passes have barely evolved in the last twenty years. I’m referring to paper boarding passes here. Aside from switching over to the newer 2D barcode, boarding passes have remained pretty much the same. I concede that you can now print your boarding passes at home, or even scan your mobile phone to hop on board the plane, but the ones issued over the counter still look dated, fit oddly in your passport, and display information in the weirdest, most incomprehensible fashion. Enter Peter Smart’s clever redesign. What do you reckon? Should airlines begin to adopt Peter’s boarding pass?…

Read the full article: It’s Time To Redesign The Airline Boarding Pass, This Is The Answer

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2014
04.23

 

Humming

The Raspberry Pi has been around for a while now, and while many boards that hope to take the Pi’s place at the top of the single board ARM Linux food chain, not one has yet succeeded. Finally, there may be a true contender to the throne. It’s called the HummingBoard, and packs a surprising amount of power and connectivity into the same size and shape as the venerable Raspberry Pi.

The HummingBoard uses a Freescale i.MX6 quad core processor running at 1GHz with a Vivante GC2000 GPU. There’s 2GB of RAM, microSD card slot, mSATA connector, Gigabit Ethernet, a BCM4329 WiFi and Bluetooth module, a real-time clock, and IR receiver. There’s also all the usual Raspberry Pi flair, with a 26 pin GPIO connector, CSI camera connector, DSI LCD connector,  stereo out, as well as the usual HDMI and analog video.

The company behind the HummingBoard, SolidRun, hasn’t put a retail price on the board, nor have they set a launch date. You can, however, enter a contest to win a HummingBoard with the deadline this Friday. Winners will be announced in early May, so maybe the HummingBoard will be officially launched sometime around then.

It’s an amazing board with more than enough power to rival the extremely powerful BeagleBone Black, with the added bonus of being compatible with so many of those Raspberry Pi accessories we all love dearly.

Filed under: hardware, Raspberry Pi
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2014
04.23
we-ask-you-logo

Creating and remembering passwords for every website you interact with is a real pain in the ass. Unfortunately, it’s also an essential part of a life spent at least partially online. We sought to find out your strategy when it comes to passwords, and the informative results are detailed below. Password Managers FTW! We asked you, How Do You Manage Your Passwords? It turns out that most of you don’t manage your passwords, or at least not alone. Instead, the majority of people participating in the discussion let a password manager do the hard work of creating and/or storing passwords…

Read the full article: 9 Password Managers To Make Use Of [We Ask You Results]

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2014
04.23

What Are Your ABCs of Making?

origamiMaker’s Alphabet is a wonderful new book being written by a talented pair of makers in New York.

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2014
04.22
facebook-tips

Do you have any idea what your kids do on Facebook? Are you certain they are safe? Find out now. There are plenty of things to keep in mind as a parent. Starting with teaching kids to use Facebook responsibly and setting time limits for Internet use. But there is so much more to know and deal with. Ask Your Kid To Demonstrate Rather than laying down the law to begin with, ask your kid to demonstrate what they do on Facebook (and elsewhere) and how they do it. If it helps, maybe act clueless and ask them to show…

Read the full article: Parents, This Is How You Can Protect Your Kids On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips]

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2014
04.22

doctor-who-logo

What’s a Sci-Fi contest without entries from the longest running sci-fi TV show, Doctor Who?

Sonic Screwdriver Door Lock

Sonic Screwdriver Lock

Ah yes, the iconic Sonic Screwdriver, able to get the Doctor out of almost any jam — with style.

Started this project over a year ago, [Daniel] figured a Sci-Fi contest was a good enough excuse to get around to finishing it.

Using a Raspberry Pi and a microphone, the lock unlocks when the python script detects a sound signature that matches previously recorded Sonic Screwdriver’s hums — meaning friends with novelty Sonic Screwdrivers can join in the fun too — if he lets them.

When the correct sound sample FFT is detected, the door is unlocked using a transistor that is connected to an electronic door strike. When completed you’ll be able to show off your true Whovian nature, and impress your friends!

Head Tracking Augmented Reality Police Box

Head Tracking TardisInspired by the augmented reality TARDIS that is actually bigger on the inside, [Mike] and his wife are working on creating one that doesn’t need a smart phone to enjoy.

Instead it uses head tracking and an LCD inside the door to create the illusion of a cavernous inside! A head tracking Tardis!

A webcam tracks your head’s position, which then changes the perspective of the interior of the TARDIS on the LCD — we’re getting giddy just thinking about it!

EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE!!!

Dalek

While there isn’t too much information on this project, [th3c4rd] is planning on creating a Doctor Who Voice Modulator which will allow you to sound like your favorite villains with the press of a button!

Using a ring modulator for the effect, [th3c4rd] plans on making his own, since commercial ones will run you upwards of $200!

He’s still looking for a team-mate for the project so if you’re interested in helping out, get in touch!

Still haven’t entered the contest? Don’t worry — there’s still time for you to put an awesome Sci-Fi project together to win some crazy cool prizes!

 

 

 

Filed under: contests
, Sci-Fi Contest Roundup: Doctor Who,
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2014
04.22

New Project: Piezo Contact Mic

123_piezo_jw_03_featSalvage the piezo from an old toy and use it to build a small contact microphone that can be used to amplify acoustic instruments.

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