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Many articles about hacking gadgets. Examples of extreme technology. DIY projects describing how to build electronic projects. Fun top 5 and top 10 lists.



Last Build Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:03:27 +0000

 



Heavy Lift MOT Magnet

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:03:01 +0000

  There are lots of uses for MOTs (microwave Oven Transformers).  The guys from Make it Extreme have come up with a great new use. Convert them to a Heavy Lift Magnet. They take a number of transformers, chop the top off the laminated core and weld them to a heavy base plate. They are then wired […]



Gesture Controlled Lamp powered by Raspberry Pi

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:06:38 +0000

    This Gesture Controlled Lamp is powered by Raspberry Pi. An infrared camera is connected to the Raspberry Pi allowing the system to monitor for wand movements since the wand has an IR LED build into it. OpenCV is used to decipher the wand movements. There are a few simple gestures that are recognized […]



Paper Airplane Gun version 2

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 02:29:20 +0000

    We have seen Paper Airplane making systems in the past, this one is super fast. Taking a stack of paper and jamming it through a set of rollers bending and folding as it goes makes for a very fast plane machine. The use is great, stack it full of flyers and fly them […]



MK2 VR Experience

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 04:01:38 +0000

  Instead of going out climbing wall or the movies this virtual experience system can provide you a variety of experiences in one facility. The user uses VR for the immersive visual experience and physical objects for the tactile environment.      



Cardboard Computer Build

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 04:28:55 +0000

  Mark Nesselhaus is building a computer the hard way, by using handfuls of transistors and cardboard.   “Attempt to build a computer using cardboard and brass paper fasteners as the base material for all of the logic circuits. Why? Well, the cardboard is free as my workplace puts it in the dumpster and I do […]



Interactive Alexa Raspberry Pi Christmas Tree

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:13:47 +0000

  This Interactive Alexa Raspberry Pi Christmas Tree was built using an Amazon Alexa Dot, Raspberry Pi Zero, and a Neo Pixel LED strip. “I’ve programmed my custom Alexa Skill to recognize three seasonal phrases and then send a message over MQTT to the Pi. These are defined in speechAssets – part of the Alexa […]



Cracking the Sega Saturn CD

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 03:34:51 +0000

    Debuglive takes a look how Dr Abrasive’s cracked the Sega Saturn CD system. The original copy protection of the system uses a physical wobble in the outer edge of the official game CDs. This makes copying the disks impossible since blank disks have this portion pressed into it when you get it. After a lot […]



Raspberry Pi Zero Ambient Lighting using Hyperion

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 04:29:14 +0000

  If you want to jazz up your tv with an Ambilight system now might be the time. We have seen other systems in the past that were impressive but not as good as this system. This new system is still a bit kludgy but seems to work very well and is nice and flexible to work with […]



Robotic EV Charger by PowerHydrant

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 04:52:41 +0000

  In the near future when autonomous vehicles are buzzing around they will need to have some method of charging themselves. ARMdevices.net interviewed Kevin Leary from Power Hydrant who has a solution to this issue. With this system an electric vehicle will be able to have this system detect the vehicle type and have the robot charging arm connect […]



Super Secure 4 Factor Lock Box Project

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 04:08:08 +0000

      Adarsh Jayakumar, Timon Amirani and Cameron Boroumand developed a Super Secure 4 Factor Lock Box Project for their Cornell University ECE 4760 final project. It uses a typed code, 3 pots set to a specific value, a knock sensor and a finger printer sensor. All they need now is a iris scan! Of course this box […]