Hardware hacks

Discrete component Pong game

This is nuts old-school hardware hacking reported at https://blog.hackster.io/video-pong-made-with-all-discrete-components-cbffe6a2721d and https://hackaday.com/2019/09/17/building-video-pong-with-discrete-components/. It seems that this was a slightly masochistic undertaking. The trick is that this classic video game is made out of discrete components — it is 100% IC free. I like the beauty of it’s complex wiring! Look at the video of it: There is

Microphone hardware hacking with a hammer

I have had for a long time an AKG D60 S microphone. The AKG D60S is advertised as an unidirectional semiprofessional dynamic microphone with smooth frequency response, a rugged all-metal body, an on/off switch, and removable wire-mesh grill.  It was proven to be a decent semiprofessional all-round microphone with hypercardioid polar pattern. Hypercardioid microphones are

Why Sleep Apnea Patients Rely on a CPAP Machine Hacker

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwjd4w/im-possibly-alive-because-it-exists-why-sleep-apnea-patients-rely-on-a-cpap-machine-hacker?utm_campaign=sharebutton An Australian hacker has spent thousands of hours hacking the DRM that medical device manufacturers put on CPAP machines to create a free tool that lets patients modify their treatment.

Halloween links

Some engineering and science links for this Halloween: Scientist Trains AI To Create Brilliantly Ludicrous “Sexy” Halloween Costume Ideas article shows what happens when you use AI to design a Halloween costume. 10 Scary True Stories from Engineering History presents you scary experiments like resurrecting the dead, mind control, radiation gone wrong, and man-eating robots,

USB VGA adapter as RF transmitter

Hackaday article Spoofing Cell Networks with a USB to VGA Adapter tells that at OsmoDevCon [Steve Markgraf] released osmo-fl2k, a tool which allows transmit-only SDR through cheap USB 3.0 to VGA adapters based on the Fresco Logic FL2000 chip. Available through the usual overseas suppliers for as little has $5 USD. The claim is that these devices

uCameraCube – Hackster.io

https://www.hackster.io/delmans/ucameracube-c64263 Need for a custom camera module. Check out this intetesting looking project. uCameraCube is a parametric camera module build using OpenSCAD uCube library. It is build with Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi camera and comes in three versions, which vary in the type of optics used. Thin Lens version M12 Lens version T-Mount version

Ten Years of the LilyPad Arduino

https://blog.hackster.io/ten-years-of-the-lilypad-arduino-2f5a949f76d2  The LilyPad Arduino was designed for e-textiles and wearables projects. It along with an accompanying collection of power supplies, sensors, and actuators share unique design with large conductive sew tabs around the edges. These allow the boards to be sewn onto fabrics, and soft surfaces, using conductive thread to build working circuits. Essentially it’s a specially

Hard Disk As An Accidental Microphone

Your Hard Disk As An Accidental Microphone article tells that modern hard disks can sense sounds around them unintentionally.  [Alfredo Ortega] has uncovered in his talk at the EKO Party conference in Buenos Aires where he he demonstrates how a traditional spinning-rust computer hard disk interacts with vibration in its surroundings, and can either become