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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Black Magic Probe: The Best ARM JTAG Debugger?

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Dec 022016
 


We don’t always JTAG, but when we do, we use a Black Magic Probe. It’s a completely open ARM-chip debugging powerhouse. If you program the small ARM chips and you don’t have a BMP, you need a BMP. Right now, one of the main producers of these little gems is…
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NixieBot Films Your Tweets

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Dec 012016
 


[Robin Bussell]’s NixieBot is a mash up of new age electronics and retro vintage components and he’s got a bunch of hacks crammed in there. It’s a Nixie tube clock which displays tweets, takes pictures of the display when it encounters tweets with a #NixieBotShowMe hash tag, and then posts…
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Lighthouse Locates Drone; Achieves Autonomous Battery Swap

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Nov 302016
 


The HTC Vive’s Lighthouse localization system is one of the cleverest things we’ve seen in a while. It uses a synchronization flash followed by a swept beam to tell any device that can see the lights exactly where it is in space. Of course, the device has to understand the…
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Build Your Own YouTube Play Button

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Nov 292016
 


The only thing that matters in this world is the likes you get on social media platforms. To that end, YouTube has been sending out silver and gold play buttons to their most valuable creators. [Sean] hasn’t screamed into a microphone while playing Minecraft long enough to earn one of…
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Quick Arduino Hack Lets Tach-less Car Display Shift Points

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Nov 282016
 


A tachometer used to be an accessory added to the dash of only the sportiest of cars, but now they’re pretty much standard equipment on everything from sleek coupes to the family truckster. If your daily driver was born without a tach, fear not – a simple Arduino tachometer is well…
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