Jack the DVD ripping robot

[Andy] had a fairly large problem on his hands. For the last 15 years, he’s been collecting DVDs, and since he began, he’s run out of space on his shelves for these miraculous plastic discs. So, he decided to build a DVD ripping robot.

Tearing an old laptop apart to build a ground control station

Being tired of assembling and disassembling parts/cables every time he went outside to fly his plane, [Elad] figured that he’d be better off building his own ground control station.The core of the station is based on an old laptop with a broken screen he had laying around and ...

PC Shipments May Be Worse Than Expected, Wearables To Eat Into Tablet Demand

That’s the takeaway from market researcher IDC, which today said it expects PC shipments to drop 9.7 percent this year as customers around the world continue to turn to mobile devices including tablets and smartphones and as PC buyers in emerging markets including China hold back on their ...

ModMyPi: how one student turned over £867,000 ($1.3m) selling Raspberry Pi cases

Last year, Jacob Marsh was 23 years old and in the final year ofhis Civil Engineering Masters degree at Exeter University. Hehadn\\'t previously shown any entrepreneurial zeal and was set on arelatively safe and straightforward career building bridges.But on 29 February 2012, the Raspberry Pi Computer went on ...

The Arduino Zcapture could be disruptive in 360 driven content creation

The Arduino-based Zcapture is designed to provide a low-cost, high-quality product that can be modified, hacked or customized to fit individual needs.

Retro DIY Mini Mac Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

The first Mac, Apple\\'s iconic beige box from that memorable 1984 TV commercial, was a wonder of technology not only because it was the first GUI computer for consumers, but also because it presaged future all-in-one computers. Early users like me loved that little box. So how could ...

Utilizing Programmable Logic for Hardware Reverse-Engineering

Off the shelf solutions for high-level hardware reverse engineering inevitably fall short when it comes to analyzing proprietary protocols or where accurate timing is necessary. Sooner or later, one is faced with the situation that custom hardware can do the job much more efficiently. Extremely versatile hardware comparable ...

Getting your tweets via ticker tape

A web developer from Cumbria has built a modern version of a 19th Century ticker-tape machine which prints out tweets.

How Wireless Carriers Make You Trash Your Phone Before It's Really Broken

Years ago, someone stole my very first cellphone (a flip model with—get this—an antenna) out of my bag on the New York City subway. I despaired. As a grad student, I was chronically broke and couldn\\'t afford a replacement. Luckily, a generous friend gave me an old phone ...

Architect Student Converts Bus Found on Craigslist into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor

I don’t know about you, but few exciting things ever transpired for me on a school bus. It always smelled like gas fumes, and its primary purpose was to transport me to a place I didn’t always want to to go. But this bus, designed by architectural student ...

A 12-Year-Old's Quest To Remake Education, One Arduino At A Time

Twelve-year-old electronics prodigy Quin Etnyre wanted to make education more fun. So he became a teacher. Quin Etnyre walks to the front of a crowded room at Deezmaker 3D Printers and Hackerspace in Pasadena, California. He adjusts his laptop on the workbench, then looks up and addresses the ...

Here’s what you find when you scan the entire Internet in an hour

Until recently, scanning the entire Internet, with its billions of unique addresses, was a slow and labor-intensive process. For example, in 2010 the Electronic Frontier Foundation conducted a scan to gather data on the use of encryption online. The process took two to three months.A team of researchers ...

Arduino overclocking with Liquid Nitrogen cooling 65.3Mhz@-196°C

There were a number of hardware issues with Arduino at cryogenic temperatures: capacitors loose most of their capacitance, brown-out detection was tripping, 3.3V linear regulator for LCD backlight supply was failing. 

Would We Have Drugged Up Einstein? How Anti-Authoritarianism Is Deemed a Mental Health Problem

In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am ...

Raspberry Pi Project: Dedicated Speech Synthesizer without GUI

A few months ago, I made my Raspberry Pi into a dedicated speech synthesizer. Here are some of my blog posts: Now, I have given my Raspberry Pi to my 13 year old nephew, Josh, as I now have the BeagleBone Black. I'm also continuing my speech ...

Rules promulgated for drone flying at Burning Man

A sign of the times, the Burning Man festival has its own unmanned aircraft rules out ahead of the FAA ;-) Even to the extent of creating registrations and privacy guidelines, who thought a process started in 2007 by the FAA and still not completed could be so ...

A Responsive Web Design Process — Websites Done Right.

Despite the huge amount of knowledge being shared on the subject of responsive design, I get the feeling that the workflow is still very mysterious. I’ve been thinking about a right process for quite a long time and finally came up with what I think is a good ...

An Interview With A Digital Drug Lord: The Silk Road's Dread Pirate Roberts (Q&A)

Most black market drug lords don’t give interviews. But the Dread Pirate Roberts isn’t most drug lords. His website, the Silk Road, is designed to allow anyone to buy and sell drugs with the crypto-currency Bitcoin, using the anonymity software Tor to protect their identity. And those same ...

3D printed arc reactor replica

[James] just keeps cranking on the idea of the perfect arc reactor replica. This time around he’s made most of the parts using a 3D printer. His write-up covers the basics of the build, but he also used this opportunity to make some tutorial videos on designing the ...

A personalized robot companion for older people

A highly customisable robot companion designed by EU-funded researchers to offer support to older people is currently being presented across Europe and could find its way into people's homes within two or three years, potentially greatly enhancing quality of life for older citizens and ...