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SDI-12 USB + Analog prototype

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Liudr has designed and built a SDI-12 + Analog USB adapter. Project info at Liudr's blog.

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Valve’s “Lighthouse” optical tracking system

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Travis stumbled across an interesting project at Bay Area Maker Faire, the Lighthouse Optical Position Tracking by Alan Yates of Valve. He writes: While walking around the Bay Area Maker Faire this weekend, I stumbled across an amazing piece of technology: Valve's "Lighthouse" tracking system. Valve's demos were (supposedly) a...

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Arduino time lapse – camera pan device

Monday, May 25th, 2015

An Arduino camera pan device project from Bajdi Electronics: I own one of these small action cameras (SJcam SJ4000). I bought it because it’s small, and easy to take with you wherever you go. To make nice stable videos I mount it on a mini tripod. This got me thinking that it...

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Samsung Galaxy S-Pen waveform capture

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Kerry Wong writes: I was quite intrigued by the S-Pen that came with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4. According to the specifications listed on Samsung’s site, the S-Pen supplied with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 he S-Pen supports 11 bits (2048 levels) of pressure levels and can be detected at a...

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Simple 3D gesture control IC by Microchip

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Microchip simplifies 3D gesture IC: Housed in an easy-to-manufacture SSOP28 package, the MGC3030 expands the use of highly sought after 3D gesture control features to high-volume cost-sensitive applications such as toys, audio and lighting. The simplicity of gesture-detection integration offered by the MGC3030 is also achieved through the company’s free,...

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Blueprintf – a bluetooth serial monitor

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Bob Alexander of Galactic Studios made this bluetooth serial monitor for embedded microcontroller projects, the Blueprintf: One way of debugging microcontroller-based projects is to send messages out the UART serial port. Then, a UART-to-USB interface can feed the messages into your PC for display. But I wanted a small, portable device...

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MIDI Christmas tree

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

  A MIDI Christmas tree by Peter Marchant: Using an Arduino and a SparkFun MIDI Shield to control Christmas Lights with a MIDI keyboard. The lights cycle colour (green, red, blue, orange) for each note or chord. Imrpovisation based on the minor blues scale on D. Via Hacked Gadgets.

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Review: GoPro hero budget camera vs the SJ4000

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Mat from Techmoan writes: In this review we'll find out exactly what you get for your money and whether this stripped down GoPro is worth the price premium over the SJ4000. I'll run a few head to head video quality tests and list what features each device has in its...

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WiFi globalCALCnet with the Spark Core

Friday, October 24th, 2014

A wireless calculator networking with WiFi gCn using the Spark Core.  KermMartian of Cemetech writes: This current project achieves all the goals of that project, and more: it provides a computer-free way to connect calculators to the internet, and lets the calculators independently configure the bridge device as well. The two...

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Acoustic impulse marker

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Adam Wrobel and Michael Grisanti of Cornell University built this device that tracks sound impluses: The core of our system is hardware based analog circuit, which filters, amplifies, and processes the sounds obtained from the microphones. By utilizing hardware for this, we are able to high frequency signal processing without taxing...

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Wearable quadrocopter

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Nixie, a tiny wearable quadrocopter camera on a wrist band: Team Nixie is developing the first wearable drone camera, which can be worn around your wrist. The team will be presenting their prototype for the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge Finale on November 3, 2014 in San Francisco Via Embedded Day.

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HP 8642B backlight Mod

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Kerry Wong writes:  If you take a look at the picture below, you may recognize immediately that it is a picture of an HP 8642B synthesized signal generator. But if you take a closer look, you probably will notice something different if you have ever used an HP 8642B before....

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Wearable pupillometer could detect dangerous diabetic condition earlier

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Mang Ou-Yang and his team at National Chiao-Tung University have developed a wearable pupillometer. It could detect dangerous diabetic condition earlier: Compared to the existing diagnostic techniques, the pupillometer is a more reliable, effective, portable and inexpensive solution for diagnosing diabetic autonomic neuropathy in its early stages," said project leader...

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OTTO – The hackable GIF camera

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Gustavo Huber and his friends announced that OTTO - the hackable GIF camera is now being offered on Kickstarter! OTTO lets YOU decide how it takes pictures. Besides being the only camera that makes animated GIFs, OTTO’s an image making machine that can transform into hundreds of different cameras with a quick...

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Lens flare creating filter, with 3D printed parts

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Jan Henrik wrote this Instructable detailing the build of his DIY lens flare creating filter, with 3D printed parts: In this project i want to show you how you can build yourself a "Lens-Flare-Filter" for your DSLR or Digitalcamera! With the filter you can easy create a cinnematic look on your pictures and Videos,...

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NOT-A-CAMERA, the 2D camera that shoots JPGs and HD video

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Olivia Barr writes about her latest project, the NOT-A-CAMERA: Introducing my latest creation, the NOT-A-CAMERA! It’s a REAL camera designed to look like a fake 2D camera etched into wood that shoots HD video and 3.5mb jpgs. Yep, it’s a functional camera, a spy camera laser cut in solid walnut and only half...

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Hack your Valentine with HeartThrob

Friday, February 14th, 2014

A geek love by Boris Landoni: Hack your Valentine with HeartThrob Today we present the perfect Valentine gadget: just shake it and it will turn on and crate incredible light animations. That will be cool for sure! We know that, as it’s Valentine’s Day, looking at the device described in this...

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Light up logic symbols – Or RS-FlipFlops the weird way

Monday, October 14th, 2013

NsN writes: At the OHM 2013 Festival, I got inspired to make some logic gates that work with light. The basic idea is to have a simple and cheap gadget, that can become an AND/OR/XOR... gate. You could then connect multiple of these gates via fiber optics to make more...

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Becks beer bottle with an audio recording scratched on it

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Here’s an Instructable by GYRO:  Becks beer bottle with an audio recording scratched on it We ground a high-speed steel cutting tool which we polished to mirror finish resulting in a very quiet cut, all this taking place under a microscope! We also have a couple of sapphire tips which...

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Smart audio box

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Dilshan Jayakody has written an article about his open hardware project known as Smart Audio Box (SAB): Smart Audio Box (SAB) is microprocessor controlled audio switch and amplifier system, which is specifically design for audio composers and for audio engineers. SAB consist of 4 high impedance stereo inputs and two...

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