Tiny-TS: Just How Small Can A Playable Synethesiser Get?

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Dec 112016
 


The early electronic synthesizers were huge machines, racks of electronic modules that filled entire rooms. Integration of electronics over time successively reduced them, first to the size of a large piece of furniture, then to  tabletop consoles, to standalone keyboards, and to small MIDI black boxes taking their instructions from…
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The Nest: Album Release Hidden In A Rock

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Dec 112016
 


First there were vinyl records, then came cassettes, CDs, those failed audio-on-DVD formats, and then downloads. To quote the band, [Bateleur], “you can’t pay someone to take a CD these days.” So how do you release your new album? By hiding a Raspberry Pi in a semi-transparent fake rock on…
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Speed Run [James Bruton’s] Star Wars Builds

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Dec 102016
 


We’ve been following [James Bruton]’s builds here on Hackaday for quite a while and he has built some impressive stuff. We love how he often doesn’t cover everything up, leaving enough room to admire the working bits under the hood. Just in time for the release of the new Star…
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Christmas Lights Done the Hard Way

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Dec 092016
 


It’s that time of the year again when you gotta start worrying if you’ve been naughty enough to not receive any gifts. Hopefully, Blinky Lights will appease St. Nick. Grab a strip of RGB LEDs, hook them up to an Arduino and a Power supply, slap on some code, and Bob’s…
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Retrotechtacular: The Incredible Machine

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Dec 082016
 


They just don’t write promotional film scripts like they used to: “These men are design engineers. They are about to engage a new breed of computer, called Graphic 1, in a dialogue that will test the ingenuity of both men and machine.” This video (embedded below) from Bell Labs in…
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Don’t Leave 3D Printers Unattended – They Can Catch Fire

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Dec 072016
 


The holidays are almost here, and with that comes the traditional Mass Consumption of Consumer Goods and Gift Exchange. 3D printers are getting really good and really cheap, and it’s inevitable that a lot of 3D printers will be given as gifts this year. Be careful if you’re giving or receiving…
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Building an IoT Drill Press for Reasons Unknown

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Dec 062016
 


He’s a little cagey about the reasons, but [Ivan Miranda] plans to put a drill press on the internet. What could go wrong with that? We’ll take [Ivan] at his word that there’s a method to this madness and just take a look at the build itself, in the hopes that…
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Sporty Cars Making Fake Engine Noise

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Dec 052016
 


Following the monumental emissions-cheating scandal at VW, further horrible revelations demonstrate just how corrupt the modern automotive industry has become: many cars make fake engine noise. And we’re not just talking about those darn sneaky Priuses. Ford, BMWs, Porsche, and yes, Volkswagen are all doing it, to different degrees. Some…
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Fripon is French for Meteorite Hunting

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Dec 042016
 


Just a few weeks ago, we reported on a US NASA project to track the path and estimate the size of meteoroids in the sky using a distributed network of a handful of cameras. It turns out that there’s a similar French effort, and it’s even cooler: the Fireball Recovery…
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Thwomp Drops Brick on Retro Gaming

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Dec 032016
 


[Geeksmithing] wanted to respond to a challenge to build a USB hub using cement. Being a fan of Mario Brothers, a fitting homage is to build a retro-gaming console from cement to look just like your favorite Mario-crushing foe. With a Raspberry Pi Zero and a USB hub embedded in it, [Geeksmithing]…
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