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 2018-01-24 06:00 

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An ADS-B Antenna Built From Actual Garbage...

With the advent of low-cost software defined radio (SDR), anyone who's interested can surf the airwaves from the FM band all the way up to the gigahertz frequencies used by geosynchronous satellites f......

 2018-01-24 03:00 

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Making Prints More Resilient With Fibre-Filled Filament...

For all that we love 3D printers, sometimes the final print doesn't turn out as durable as we might want it to be.Aiming to mimic the properties of natural structures such as wood, bone, and shell......

 2018-01-24 00:00 

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Retro Flip Clock Gets A Retrofit...

Retro tech is almost always ripe for the hacking -- be it nostalgia, an educational teardown, or acknowledging and preserving the shoulders upon which we stand. Coming across an old West-German built ......

 2018-01-23 21:00 

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DIY Graphene Putty Makes Super Sensitive Sensor...

It is sort of an electronics rule 34 that if something occurs, someone needs to sense it. [Bblorgggg], for reasons that aren't immediately obvious, needs to sense ants moving over trees. No kidding. H......

 2018-01-23 19:30 

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3D Printed Desk Harnesses the Power of Fusion 360 and McMaster-Carr...

Black pipe furniture is all the rage now, and for good reason -- it has a nice industrial aesthetic, it's sturdy, and the threaded fittings make it a snap to put together. But if you've priced out th......

 2018-01-23 18:01 

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Build an Excellent Coffee Roaster With a Satisfyingly Low Price Tag...

There's a lot of mysticism around coffee roasting, but in the end it couldn't be simpler. Take a bunch of beans, heat them up evenly, and stop before they get burned. The rest is details.And the s......

 2018-01-23 16:30 

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Building a Better Kerbal Space Program Controller...

If you have even the most passing interest in space and what it takes to get there, you've probably already played Kerbal Space Program (KSP). If you haven't, then you should set aside about ten hours......

 2018-01-23 15:01 

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The Precision Upon Which Civilizations Are Built...

If you're interested in making things (particularly metal things), you're on a road that eventually leads to machine tools. Machine tools have a special place in history, because they are basicall......

 2018-01-23 12:00 

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Easier End-User Setup for ESP32 Projects...

As hackers, we occasionally forget that not everyone is enamored with the same nerdy minutia that we are. Configuring hardware by changing some lines in the code and compiling a new firmware doesn't s......

 2018-01-23 09:00 

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Shmoocon: Delightful Doppler Direction Finding With Software Defined Radio...

When it comes to finding what direction a radio signal is coming from, the best and cheapest way to accomplish the task is usually a Yagi and getting dizzy. There are other methods, and at Shmoocon th......

 2018-01-23 06:00 

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Stepper Motor Robot Arm Has Smooth Moves...

[Tobias Kuhn] had watched a YouTube video about a robot arm which used servo motors, and wanted to try making one himself. But he found it hard to get slow or smooth movements out of the servos. Even ......

 2018-01-23 03:00 

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Running Programs On Paper...

It's a simple fact that most programs created for the personal computer involve the same methods of interaction, almost regardless of purpose. Word processors, graphics utilities, even games - the vas......

 2018-01-23 00:00 

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Tiny Programming Langauge in 25 Lines of Code...

There are certain kinds of programs that fascinate certain kinds of software hackers. Maybe you are into number crunching, chess programs, operating systems, or artificial intelligence. However, on an......

 2018-01-22 21:00 

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Reverse Engineering the TEC-06 Battery Tester...

[Syonyk] read that you could solder a few wires to a TEC-06 battery capacity tester, connect it to a TTL serial adapter, and it would interface with some Windows software via a serial port. You can bu......

 2018-01-22 19:31 

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Shah Selbe: Science in the World's Wildest Places...

When we think of building research hardware, lab coats and pristine workbenches come to mind. Shah Selbe used to do something kind of like that when he was engineering satellite propulsion systems. Bu......

 2018-01-22 18:01 

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Teardown: What's Inside a Christmas Laser Projector?...

In the world of big-box retail, December 26th is a very special day. The Christmas music playing on the overhead speakers switches back to the family friendly Top 40, the store's decorations get tosse......

 2018-01-22 17:00 

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Seek and Exploit Security Vulnerabilities in an Infusion Pump...

Infusion pumps and other medical devices are not your typical everyday, off-the-shelf embedded system. Best case scenario, you will rarely, if ever, come across one in your life. So for wide-spread ex......

 2018-01-22 16:01 

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Hackaday Belgrade Call For Proposals Now Open!...

Prepare yourself for the return of Hackaday Belgrade! Our premier European conference -- Hackaday Belgrade -- is on 26 May and we want to hear what you've been working on. The Call for Proposals is ......

 2018-01-22 15:00 

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Quantum Computing Hardware Teardown...

Although quantum computing is still in its infancy, enough progress is being made for it to look a little more promising than other...

 2018-01-22 12:00 

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How Low Can an ESP8266 Go?...

We've been tuned into coin cell designs lately given the coin cell challenge, so we were interested in [CNLohr]'s latest video about pushing the ESP8266 into the lowest-possible battery drain with coi......

 2018-01-22 09:00 

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We Couldn't Afford An Oculus, So We Built One...

Like a lot of 16-year-olds, [Maxime Coute] wanted an Oculus Rift. Unlike a lot of 16-year-olds, [Maxime] and friends [Gabriel] and [Jonas] built one themselves for about a hundred bucks and posted i......

 2018-01-22 06:00 

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Someone's Made The Laptop Clive Sinclair Never Built...

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was one of the big players in the 8-bit home computing scene of the 1980s, and decades later is sports one of the most active of all the retrocomputing communities. There is a......

 2018-01-22 03:00 

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Weaving With Light: An OLED Fibre Fabric Display...

If you think of wearable electronic projects, in many cases what may come to mind are the use of addressable LEDs, perhaps on strips or on sewable PCBs like the Neopixel and similar products. They mak......

 2018-01-22 00:00 

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Hackaday Links: January 21, 2018...

You know what next week is? Sparklecon! What is it? Everybody hangs out at the 23b Hackerspace in Fullerton, California. Last year, people were transmuting the elements, playing Hammer Jenga, roasting......

 2018-01-21 21:00 

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Interactive LED Table...

Some hackers make functional things that you can't allow to be seen in polite company. Others make beautiful things that could come from a high-end store. [Marija] falls into the second category and h......

 2018-01-21 18:00 

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Quick and Dirty Driver Tips for Surplus VFDs...

Sometimes it seems like eBay is the world's junk bin, and we mean that in the best possible way. The variety of parts available for a pittance boggles the mind sometimes, especially when the parts wer......

 2018-01-21 15:00 

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ESP8266 Beacon Announces Your Arrival...

It used to be people were happy enough to just have to push a button in their car and have the garage door open. But pushing a button means you have to use your hands, like it's a baby toy or somethin......

 2018-01-21 12:00 

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The SD-11 Sphericular Display: Pixels that Aren't Pixels...

Ever heard of a sphericular display? [AnubisTTP] laid hands on a (damaged) Burroughs SD-11 Sphericular Display and tore down the unusual device to see what was inside. It's a type of projection disp......

 2018-01-21 09:00 

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Ancient Insect Scales Analyzed With Help Of Nose Hair...

Scientists working to advance the frontier of knowledge frequently also need to invent their tools along the way. Sometimes these are interesting little hacks to get a job done. Recently some research......

 2018-01-21 06:00 

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Trio of Tips for a Cetus Printer...

Thanks to the holiday gifting cycle, many homes are newly adorned with 3D printers. Some noobs are clearly in the...

 2018-01-21 03:00 

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Color Organ Dress, A Wearable With Audio Feedback...

There is a huge amount of interest among our community in wearable electronics, but it is fair to say that it is a technology that has a way to go at our level in terms of its application. Some twinkl......

 2018-01-21 00:00 

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Tomu: A Microcontroller for Your USB Port...

Looking for a ultra tiny development board? Tomu is an ARM Cortex M0+ device that fits inside your USB port. We've seen these in person, and they're tiny.There's a few commercial devices in this f......

 2018-01-20 21:00 

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Vacuum Tubes: Shipping Through EBay Now Challenging?...

There is disquiet in the world of vacuum electronics, that something as simple as shipping a vacuum tube could now be very difficult to achieve. It's a concern expressed among other places in a video ......

 2018-01-20 18:00 

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The (Unnecessary?) Art of Connector Crimping...

The...

 2018-01-20 15:00 

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Nintendo Switch Gets Making with Labo...

Over the years, Nintendo has had little trouble printing money with their various gaming systems. While they've had the odd misstep here and there since the original Nintendo Entertainment System was ......

 2018-01-20 12:00 

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Tricked-out Barbecue Will Make You Do a Spit Take...

[Strn] and his friends love to barbecue no matter what it's like outside. But something always seems to interrupt the fun: either it's time to get up and turn the meat, or the music stops because some......

 2018-01-20 09:00 

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Microsoft Gets Hacker Friendly...

You don't often hear hackers say a lot of good things about Microsoft. Sure, you might use Windows, especially if you have one of those embarrassing day jobs. But at night in a hacker's secret lab, yo......

 2018-01-20 06:00 

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Roll Your Own Raspberry Pi OS...

Writing an operating system is no small task, but like everything else it is easier than it used to be. [JSandler] has a tutorial on how to create a simple operating system for the Raspberry Pi. One t......

 2018-01-20 03:00 

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Getting to Know an 18th Century Hacker...

Here at Hackaday we tend to stay pretty close to the bleeding edge in tech, not by any conscious effort, but simply because that's what most hackers are interested in. Sure we see the occasional vinta......

 2018-01-20 00:00 

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A Modern Take on the Crystal Radio...

We'll admit that [3DSage] has a pretty standard design for a crystal radio. What we liked, though, was the 3D printed chassis with solderless connections. Of course, the working pieces aren't 3D print......

 2018-01-19 21:00 

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Build a Sandblasting Rig for $6...

Let's get something out of the way: yes, this assumes you already own or have access to a compressor. So if you do, and know what you're getting into, why not build a cheap sandblasting rig? That's wh......

 2018-01-19 19:30 

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A Keyboard To Stomp On...

Macros are useful things. They allow one to execute a series of commands with a single keypress. There exists a wide variety of hardware and software solutions to create and use macros to improve your......

 2018-01-19 18:01 

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Space Escape: Flying A Chair To Lunar Orbit...

In the coming decades, mankind will walk on the moon once again. Right now, plans are being formulated for space stations orbiting around Lagrange points, surveys of lava tubes are being conducted, an......

 2018-01-19 16:30 

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Make A Better, Spring-Loaded SMT Tape Strip Holder...

Every so often, a project is worth some extra work to see if the idea can go any further. [JohnSL] has been busy doing exactly that with his spring-loaded SMT tape holder project. Having done the ori......

 2018-01-19 15:01 

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Linux Fu: Custom Bash Command Completion...

If you aren't a Linux user and you watch someone who knows what they are doing use Bash -- the popular command line interpreter -- you might get the impression they type much faster than they actually......

 2018-01-19 12:55 

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Long-Range RFID Leaflets...

Pick a card, any card. [Andrew Quitmeyer] and [Madeline Schwartzman] make sure that any card you pick will match their NYC art installation....

 2018-01-19 12:00 

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This USB Drive Will Self-Destruct After Ruining Your Computer...

Who would have thought that you could light up pyrotechnics on USB power? This USB keystroke injector that blows up after it's used proves the concept.Fully aware that this is one of those...

 2018-01-19 09:00 

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DIY Spray Booth is Both Light and Lit...

Industrial designer [Eric Strebel] has access to big, walk-in spray booths, but bigger isn't always better. For small jobs, it's overkill, and he wanted his own spray booth anyway. If you're ready to ......

 2018-01-19 06:00 

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Reading out an EPROM with DIP switches...

We're all too spoiled nowadays with our comfortable ways to erase and write data to persistent memory, whether it's our microcontroller's internal flash or some external EEPROM. Admittedly, those memo......

 2018-01-19 03:00 

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MicroPython learns a new trick ISP for AVRs...

One of the reasons why the Arduino became so popular was the ability to program it with ease. It meant the end of big parallel programmers that would cost an arm and a leg. The latest installment of C......

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