Month: May 2019

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The Motor Synth Is What You Get When You Forget Hammond Organs Exist

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There’s nothing new, ever. It’s all been done. But that doesn’t mean you can’t invent something interesting. A case in point is the Motor Synth, a …

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Sonic Screwdriver Shuts Off Mains

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In the world of Doctor Who, the sonic screwdriver is a versatile tool with a wide range of capabilities. Hartley wanted some of that action for …

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Keeping Birds At Bay With An Automated Spinning Owl

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There’s nothing wrong with building something just to build it, but there’s something especially satisfying about being able to solve a real-world problem with a piece …

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Linear CCDs Make For Better Cameras

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Digital cameras have been around for forty years or so, and the first ones were built around CCDs. These were two-dimensional CCDs, and if you’ve ever …

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Hackaday Superconference: Pushing The Boundaries Of PCB Artwork With Brian Benchoff

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The artistic elite exists in a stratum above we hoi polloi, a world of achingly trendy galleries, well-heeled collectors, and art critics who act as gatekeepers …

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Tiny Forklift Makes Unusable Space Usable

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Houses with crawlspaces are fairly common in some geographic regions. The crawlspace can make it easier to access things like plumbing and electrical wiring, and can …

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The Fascinating World Of Solder Alloys And Metallurgy

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Solder is the conductive metal glue that one uses to stick components together. If you get the component and the PCB hot enough, and melt a …

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Fail of the Week: How Not to do IoT Security

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There are a lot of bad days at work. Often it’s the last day, especially when it’s unexpected. For the particularly unlucky, the first day on …

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SerialPlot Does Exactly What You Think It Does

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The serial port remains a hacker staple, being one of the easiest ways to move a little bit of data from one machine to another. All …

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Visualizing How Signals Travel In A PCB

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If you play with high speed design for long enough, eventually you’re going to run into clock skew and other weird effects. Robert Feranec recently ran …