Introduction to Hardware Hacking with Arduino

A couple years ago I was very new to hardware hacking, hadn\\'t touched a solder in over a decade, never used an Arduino or Raspberry Pi.I wanted to play around with an Arduino but I didn\\'t know where to begin. In the Fall of 2012 I joined Tindie ...

US scientists boycott Nasa conference over China ban

A law passed in March prohibits anyone from China from setting foot in a Nasa building. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APNasa is facing an extraordinary backlash from US researchers after it emerged that the space agency has banned Chinese scientists, including those working at US institutions, from a conference ...

Swiss to vote on 2,500 franc basic income for every adult

BERNE (Reuters) - Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis.A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of ...

NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users

The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself.Top-secret NSA documents, disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveal that the ...

'Tor Stinks' presentation – read the full document

Top-secret presentation says \\'We will never be able to de-anonymize all Tor users all the time\\' but \\'with manual analysis we can de-anonymize a very small fraction of Tor users\\'

Stand-alone earbud player puts the bite on music

Want to listen to music in public but not be obvious about it? Until someone figures out how to make music play in your head, the next best thing might be Split. Developed by Greenwing Audio in Miami Beach. Florida, Split is a music player set in a ...

Arduino Announces Two New Linux Boards

Just before the launch of Maker Faire Rome, the Arduino team made a big splash by announcing two new Linux boards, each in collaboration with a different semiconductor company. The first is Galileo, which is made in collaboration with Intel:Intel® Galileo board is the first product in a ...

Rethinking Ray Ozzie

While Ray Ozzie\\'s time at Microsoft is widely regarded with disinterest by those Windows watchers who even remember him, it\\'s clear now that the erstwhile Chief Software Architect was simply rowing against a tide of internal calcification. And if you look at Microsoft\\'s belated move into devices and ...

PicoBrew Zymatic: the Automatic Beer Brewing Appliance

Two brothers make home brewing and craft beer making. Their grandfather was also responsible for Pop Rocks and Tang. They are like angels from up above.

Flickering Pumpkin Lanterns

Halloween is coming and [Paulo] decided to make some flickering jack-o-lanterns by hijacking the flickering circuit of a cheap LED tea light to drive a much more powerful light!He has tons of old 12V incandescent bulbs collecting dust, so he decided to make use of them for some ...

TARDIS Box Kite

I\\'ve looked in the sky for the blue box, but I haven\\'t seen it yet. And I am not as a good at waiting as Amy Pond... So, I made one myself! The follo... You will need the following: Seven 36\\' Dowels, ¼ thick 15-20 yards of extra ...

DIY soda can battery

It may not be particularly useful to create some makeshift batteries out of soda and soda cans, but it’s a good introduction to electrodes and electrolytes as well as a welcomed break from lemons and potatoes. The gang at [Go-Repairs] lopped off the can’s lid and temporarily set ...

Using a Raspberry Pi to give your car more features

[Andrei] is cruising in style thanks to his Raspi-powered CarPC project, which is a steal at $200 considering all the functionality it provides. This is an update to the work we saw from him back in March. Rather than completely replace his car’s head unit, [Andrei] simply relocated ...

Self-balancing Arduino does it without an IMU

The miniscule size of this self-balancing robot makes it a cool project. It actually uses the motor and wheels from a small toy car. But when you look into how the balancing act is performed it gets way more interesting. The larger versions of this trick pretty much ...

PSoC 4 Times Square LED Billboard, in Cypress PSoC Kits Forums

Before we begin today’s post, I want to thank you for your support over the last few months. This has been a great series showcasing the PSoC 4 Pioneer board. There have been a wide range of projects from LED blinky (#001), to an Android controlled robot (#049),

Truth For Humanity Revealed At Comedy Hack Day

The MIT Media Lab played host to this weekend’s hackathon, which brought together 14 teams of comedians and developers in a contest to crown the most hilarious app, site, or musical toilet. The five-person team that called itself Truth For Humanity won the grand prize by building an ...

Homebuilt 30kV High Voltage Power Supply

If you have need for 30,000 volts to launch your ionocraft (lifter) or power other DIY projects then shuttle over to RimstarOrg’s YouTube channel and checkout [Steven Dufresne’s] homebuilt 30kV power supply. The construction details that [Steven] includes in his videos are always amazing, especially for visual learners.

LED clothing changes colour to the beat of music

A new line of clothing, Lüme, lights up with tiny, flexible LEDs sewn right into the jackets and dresses. It is created by a husband and wife team – Elizabeth Bigger and Luis Fraguada – who are seeking to make something “truly comfortable and wearable”.The collection, called Lüme,

Simple Guitar Transmitter

You need a guitar amplifier to play an electric guitar. The guitar must be connected with a cable to the amplifier, which you might consider an inconvenience. Most guitar amplifiers operate off the AC power line. An electric guitar fitted with a small transmitter offers several advantages. You ...

Visually tune your HF antenna using an oscilloscope and signal generator

Lots of readers are into toying around with RF and ham radios. One thing that is always of concern is tuning the antenna. New equipment is never cheap, so whenever another option comes along that uses existing test gear it gets our attention. [Alan Wolke] aka [w2aew] covers ...