Month: December 2019

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Foam Board, Old Electronics, And Imagination Make Movie Magic

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When it comes to building sets and props for movies and TV, it’s so easy to get science fiction wrong – particularly with low-budget productions. It …

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A Soft Robotic Insect That Survives The Fly Swatter

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Swarms of robotic insects incapable of being swatted away may no longer be the product of science fiction and Black Mirror episodes. A team from EPFL’s …

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Fail Of The Week: Ambitious Vector Network Analyzer Fails To Deliver

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If you’re going to fail, you might as well fail ambitiously. A complex project with a lot of subsystems has a greater chance of at least …

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Reverse Engineer PCBs With SprintLayout

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Bwack had some scanned pictures of an old Commodore card and wanted to recreate PC boards from it. It’s true that he could have just manually …

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Your TS80 – Music Player

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By now most readers will be familiar with the Miniware TS100 and TS80 soldering irons, compact and lightweight temperature controlled soldering tools that have set a …

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36C3: Build Your Own Quantum Computer At Home

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In any normal situation, if you’d read an article that about building your own quantum computer, a fully understandable and natural reaction would be to call …

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Cat Diner Now Under New Management

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Most of these stories start with a cat standing on someone’s chest, begging for food at some obscene hour of the morning. But not this one. …

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36C3: SIM Card Technology From A To Z

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SIM cards are all around us, and with the continuing growth of the Internet of Things, spawning technologies like NB-IoT, this might as well be very …

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Focus Stacking For Tiny Subjects

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Focus stacking is a photographic technique in which multiple exposures are taken of a subject, with the focus distance set to different lengths. These images are …

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Jeremy Cook Is Living His Strandbeest Dream

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The first thing Jeremy Cook thought when he saw a video of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest walking across the beach was how incredible the machine looked. His …