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 2020-10-29 23:00 

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Nightmare Robot Only Moves When You Look Away...

What could be more terrifying than ghosts, goblins, or clowns? How about a shapeless pile of fright on your bedroom floor that only moves when you're not looking at it? That's the idea behind [Scienci......

 2020-10-29 20:00 

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A Clock From An Electricity Meter...

Electric utilities across the world have been transitioning their meters from the induction analog style with a distinctive spinning disc to digital...

 2020-10-29 18:30 

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Five-Axis Pumpkin Carving...

The day of carved pumpkins is near, and instead of doing manually like a mere mortal, [Shane] of [Stuff Made Here] built a five-axis CNC machine to take over carving duties. (Video, embedded below.)......

 2020-10-29 17:00 

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Tracking Satellites with a Commodore PET...

A recent writeup by Tom Nardi about using the 6502-based NES to track satellites brought back memories of my senior project at Georgia Tech back in the early 80s. At our club station W4AQL, I had be......

 2020-10-29 16:01 

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Alfred Jones and Kipp Bradford to Deliver Keynotes at Remoticon Next Week...

There's just one week left until Hackaday Remoticon, our online gathering in place of our traditional in-person conference during this time of social distancing. Joining the more than 20 hands-on work......

 2020-10-29 15:00 

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Rockin' Out in LTSpice: Simulating Classic Guitar Pedals...

Musicians have a fantastic language to describe signals. A sound can be fat, dark, crunchy, punchy -- the list goes on. These aren't very technical terms, but they get the job done. After all, it's mu......

 2020-10-29 14:01 

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DSL is Barely Hanging on the Line as Telcos Stop Selling New Service...

Are you reading this over AT&T DSL right now? If so, you might have to upgrade or go shopping for a new ISP soon. AT&T quietly stopped selling new traditional DSLs on October 1st, though they ......

 2020-10-29 11:00 

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Massive Battle Bot Needs Equally Chunky Custom-Molded Wheels...

We've all run into situations where the right part for the job isn't something that you can just buy off the shelf. In a lot of cases, 3D-printing is the cure for that problem, but sometimes you need ......

 2020-10-29 08:00 

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DIY Regular Expressions...

In the Star Wars universe, not everyone uses a lightsabe, and those who do wield them had to build them themselves. There's something to be said about that strategy. Building a car or a radio is a gre......

 2020-10-29 05:00 

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This Z80 Computer Bootstraps Itself...

[Plasmode] has created several Z80-compatible board designs, at least four of them using the oddball Z280. The Z280 was a special variant of a Z80 that could bootstrap itself with no external PROM, ma......

 2020-10-29 02:00 

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Projecting Halloween Peril...

Every holiday has a few, dedicated individuals committed to...

 2020-10-28 23:01 

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PyGame Celebrates 20 Years by Releasing PyGame 2.0...

Python is an absolutely fantastic language for tossing bits of data around and gluing different software components together. But eventually you may find yourself looking to make a program with an out......

 2020-10-28 20:00 

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Making a 3D Printed DSLR Camera Mount Even Better...

We'd love to say that all of our projects worked perfectly on the first try, but the average Hackaday reader is a bit to experienced to buy a fib like that. The reality is, DIY projects rarely get eve......

 2020-10-28 18:30 

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An Automatic Label Dispenser for Quicker Stickers...

If you have any kind of business, chances are it involves stickers at some point in the process. More accurately it involves you peeling the backs off of sticker after sticker, slowly wasting time and......

 2020-10-28 17:01 

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Linux Fu: Troubleshooting Incron...

You probably know about cron, a program that lets you schedule programs to run at various times. We've also talked about incron, which is very similar but instead of time, it reacts to changes in the ......

 2020-10-28 15:30 

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Replace Your IR Remote with a Web Browser...

While more and more consumer products are rushing to include WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, the simplicity and reliability of infrared has kept it in the game in the game far longer than many might ......

 2020-10-28 14:00 

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Bringing High Temperature 3D Printing to the Masses...

Despite the impressive variety of thermoplastics that can be printed on consumer-level desktop 3D printers, the most commonly used filament is polylactic acid (PLA). That's because it's not only the c......

 2020-10-28 11:00 

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The 10,000 Pixel Per Inch Display is Now Possible...

A good smartphone now will have about 500 pixels per inch (PPI) on its screen. Even the best phones we could find clock in at just over 800 PPI. But Stanford researchers have a way to make displays wi......

 2020-10-28 08:00 

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A VGA Retro Console With Everything Generated From A Single ARM Cortex M0...

The later game consoles of the 8-bit era such as Nintendo's NES or Sega's Master System produced graphics that went beyond what owners of early 1980s home computers had come to expect from machines wi......

 2020-10-28 05:00 

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Circuit Sculpture Breathes Life into Discrete Components...

We've probably all given a lot of thought to breathing this year in various contexts. Though breathing is something we all must do, this simple act has become quite the troublemaker in 2020. They say ......

 2020-10-28 02:00 

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Quantum Inspired Algorithm Going Back To The Source...

Recently, [Jabrils] set out to accomplish a difficult task: porting a quantum-inspired algorithm to run on a (simulated) quantum computer. Algorithms are often inspired by all sorts of natural phenome......

 2020-10-27 23:05 

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Community Rallies Behind youtube-dl After DMCA Takedown...

At this point, you've likely heard that the GitHub repository for youtube-dl was recently removed in response to a DMCA takedown notice filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). A......

 2020-10-27 20:00 

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What's In A USB-C Connector?...

Anyone who's ever put together a bill-of-materials for an electronic device will be familiar with the process of scouring supplier catalogs and data sheets for the best choice of components. The trick......

 2020-10-27 19:00 

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The Ground Beneath Your Feet: SuperAdobe Construction...

Homes in different parts of the world used to look different from each other out of necessity, built to optimize for the challenges and benefits of local climate. When residential climate control syst......

 2020-10-27 18:30 

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AMD Acquires Xilinx for $35 Billion...

News this morning that AMD has reached an agreement to acquire Xilinx for $35 Billion in stock. The move to gobble up the leading company in the FPGA industry should come as no surprise for many reaso......

 2020-10-27 17:00 

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Ode To An AVO 8 Multimeter...

I'm moving, and in the process of packing all of my belongings into storage boxes to disappear into a darkened room for the next year. Perhaps I could become one of those digital nomads I hear so much......

 2020-10-27 15:30 

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Take This 3D-Print Post-Processing Method with a Grain of Salt...

There's a lot of folklore around post-processing of prints from FDM printers. Proponents swear by their methods, which are generally intended to either strengthen the part or to improve its appearance......

 2020-10-27 14:01 

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Engine Trouble Delays SpaceX's Return to the ISS...

A crewed mission to the International Space Station that was set to depart from Kennedy Space Center on Halloween has been pushed back at least several weeks as NASA and SpaceX investigate an issue wi......

 2020-10-27 11:00 

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Going For The Home Run Record With Explosive Help...

The baseball home run distance challenge for crazy engineers is really heating up, with the two main (only?) competitors joining forces. [Shane] of [Stuff Made Here] and [Destin] of [Smarter Every Day......

 2020-10-27 08:00 

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Low-Tech Fix Saves Expensive, High-Tech TV From Junk Pile...

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 2020-10-27 05:00 

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Inside the Top Secret Doughnut: a Visit to GCHQ...

There's an old joke that the world's greatest secret agent was Beethoven. Didn't know Beethoven was a secret agent? That's why he was the greatest one! While most people have some idea about the CIA, ......

 2020-10-27 02:00 

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Jetson Emulator Gives Students a Free AI Lesson...

With the Jetson Nano, NVIDIA has done a fantastic job of bringing GPU-accelerated machine learning to the masses. For less than the cost of a used graphics card, you get a turn-key Linux computer that......

 2020-10-26 23:00 

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World's Smallest Benchy Shows off What 3D-Printing Can Do for "Microswimmers"...

We've said it before, but we cast a wary eye at any superlative claims that come our way....

 2020-10-26 20:00 

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Simple Induction Heater Helps with Homebrew Shrink-Fitting...

Machinists have a lot of neat shop tricks, but one especially interesting one is shrink-fitting tools. Shrink-fitting achieves an interference fit between tool and holder by creating a temperature dif......

 2020-10-26 18:00 

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Plastic Strips Protect Ball Screws on This Homebrew CNC Router...

It's a fact of life for CNC router owners -- swarf. Whether it's the fine dust from a sheet of MDF or nice fat chips from a piece of aluminum, the debris your tool creates gets everywhere. You can try......

 2020-10-26 17:01 

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The Game Boy Camera, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Pixels...

Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. In an age when there are more megapixels stuffed in the sensor of a smartphone camera than the average computer display can even represent, why would jagged......

 2020-10-26 16:00 

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The Art of Nixies Hack Chat...

Join us on Wednesday, October 28th at noon Pacific for The Art of Nixies Hack Chat with Dalibor Farn!When they were invented in the 1950s, Nixie tubes were a huge leap forward in display technol......

 2020-10-26 15:00 

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Improved Flexible Build Plate for SLA is Ready to Rock...

The Elegoo Mars is an affordable SLA (resin-based) 3D printer, and there are probably few that have seen more mods and experimentation than [Jan Mrzek]'s machine. The final design of his DIY flexibl......

 2020-10-26 14:00 

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Console Identity in the Age of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series...

Consoles are obsolete the minute they are released. The onward march of silicon innovation ensures that consoles never are able to keep up with the times, but technical superiority rarely results in b......

 2020-10-26 11:00 

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A Teleprompter For The Rest Of Us...

Sometimes it's so easy to become tied up in a world of microcontrollers and complex mechanical linkages that we forget the simplest of hacks can be the most elegant. [Lex Kravitz]'s teleprompter is a ......

 2020-10-26 08:00 

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Complete Flight Sim Controller Set With 3D Printing And Hall-Effect Sensors....

[Tom Stanton] has been playing Microsoft Flight Simulator a lot recently, and decided his old desktop joystick needed an upgrade. Instead of just replacing it with a newer commercial model, he built a......

 2020-10-26 05:00 

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A Unique Display Makes An Unusual Clock...

Do you know the clock speed of the computer you're reading this article on? Maybe Hackaday readers are more likely to reply...

 2020-10-26 02:00 

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STM32 Gets Up Close and Personal with Mandelbrot...

The Mandelbrot set is a curious mathematical oddity that, while interesting in its own right, is also a useful tool for benchmarking various types of computers. Its constant computing requirement when......

 2020-10-25 23:00 

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Hackaday Links: October 25, 2020...

Siglent has been making pretty big inroads into the mid-range test equipment market, with the manufacturers instruments popping up on benches all over the place. Saulius Lukse, of Kurokesu fame, found......

 2020-10-25 20:01 

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Iconic Yugoslavian Galaksija Computer Reborn, With a Documentary Too...

One of the humbling things about writing for Hackaday is the breadth of experience among our colleagues, despite one's own skills or achievements there is probably for all of us a level of impostor sy......

 2020-10-25 17:00 

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Smoothing Big Fonts on Graphic LCDs...

Here's a neat little trick: take the jaggies out of scaled fonts on the fly! This technique is for use on graphic displays where you might want to scale your fonts up. Normally you'd just write a 2x2 ......

 2020-10-25 14:00 

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POV LED Staff Takes Art for a Spin...

The human body does plenty of cool tricks, but one of the easiest to take advantage of is persistence of vision (POV). Our eyes continue to see light for a fraction of a second after the light goes of......

 2020-10-25 11:00 

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The Clock Under the Dome...

In what can only be described as a work of art, [suedbunker] has created a clock under a glass dome. Sporting Nixie tubes, a DS3223, BCD encoders, and MPSA43 transistors driven by an MCP23008 I/O expa......

 2020-10-25 08:00 

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When Only The Tiniest Of Violins Will Do...

Playing the tiniest of violins may be a phrase to encapsulate the complete lack of sympathy as someone unpleasant receives their just deserts, but have any of you ever considered how such a feat might......

 2020-10-25 05:00 

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Flash is Dead, but Its Culture Should Live On...

Flash is all but gone already, but as we approach the official Adobe end-of-life date on December 31st, it's picking up traction one last time as people reminisce about the days of Internet past. Back......

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