25th 2005f October, 2005

Pointless is fun – three mobiles by Brian

by @ 10:08. Filed under Projects, Robotics
Dancing bug
Brian is a funny guy who likes to build mobiles… that actually don’t do anything interesting. Well not interesting might be the wrong word – they do move ya’ know.
His efforts are described in short and each mobile comes with a short avi or two.

Meet the Dancing bug, the Frog racer and the Spinning Bishop at: Brians three mobiles

24th 2005f October, 2005

Telephone tapping

by @ 15:26. Filed under Projects, Telephony
Telephone tapping
By using an old laptop, a home made chat-cord and some parts from an old telephone you can build a telephone tapping device. Add Atropos to the mix and you have yourself an telephone call archiving system that will save all incoming and outgoing calls. Maybe not that legal if you actually use it, as it’s illegal to tap phones in most contries. It’s probably even illegal to tap you own phone but a fun project non the less.
Step by step instructions and and even a sample of an incoming phone call.

Link Telephone archiver tapping device.

18th 2005f October, 2005

Build your own Robotic WebCam

by @ 21:25. Filed under Camera and Webcam, Projects, Robotics

Ever thought about building a web controlled webcam? I sure have! Even though you can buy one today for not too much money, the challange is still interesting.

Based on the parralax basic stamp starter kit 2, Jawed did just this. The project is mostly focused on the ‘difficult’ part (the programming) and you will have to use your own imagination for the attachment of the servo to the webcam.

You’ll need the starter kit, a servo from an R/C car and a couple of cables to get started. And oh, yes – a webcam can come in handy!

Read in full in the Robotic Webcam project

13th 2005f October, 2005

VoIP dect OSS Linux

by @ 15:55. Filed under Projects, Skype, Telephony, VoIP

Onny looked at the Siemens Skype project and said to himself: Hmm, what about continuing on this and build in a Linux SIP server and make the phone ring when I have an incoming call.

In five looong pages he describes in an amazing detail how he proceeded with his project, and this is not something for the faint of hart! It’s a lot of text!!!

Read about the whole project at VoIP dect OSS Linux

Silence your mouse

by @ 13:43. Filed under Hack, Projects

Click click, click, click click click!
Some people are immune to the sound of the clicking from a mouse, and some are not. Especially if you’re not behind the mouse, but like reading or something, then it can be very irritating.
Hayma is one of these persons that don’t like the clicke-di-click all the time so he decided to do something about it.
In a three page article he will take the mouse apart and modify the buttons that are responsible for generating the click.

Read the further in Silent mouse – The second encounter

12th 2005f October, 2005

Chewing gum makes you smarter

by @ 11:17. Filed under News

Who doesn’t want to become smarter? Or at least give yourself a boost in mental capacity?

Maya writes:

Research has shown that chewing does indeed increase our ability to concentrate and to retain what we’ve learned. In fact, studies indicate that, for both kids and adults, mental tasks are completed up to 20% more effectively when we chew gum.

Here’s why: When we chew–whether it’s food, gum or just air—we respond by salivating, which releases a surge of insulin. Our body gets ready for a meal. The insulin leads to an increased heart rate and sends glucose and oxygen to our brain.

Read on at

And while we’re talking gum, Rob (on the picture) asked himself: How much is inside a pack of gum?. Not something that you think about every day, but still quiet funny!

Thanks Michael for the tip!

11th 2005f October, 2005

Peltier beer cooler

by @ 20:55. Filed under Cooling and heating, Projects

Per Øyvind Arnesen writes:

While drinking certain dark beers in the sun, I came to think about how to keep the beer cold until I finished it.
Normally this isn’t a big problem as I usually finish them before they get warm, but on really hot days this can be a problem. Having some hardware lying around in my apartment, I decided to build something that could keep the beer cool.

And the best of all – it’s powered over Cat5!

Read on to see how he made his own PeltierBeer

Build your own tripod

by @ 20:53. Filed under Non electric hacks, Projects

Sometimes you need a tripod to put things on, like a camera or a telescope. A tripod. Plain and simple three legs that go together in one point where you attach whatever you want to attach. The problem is that the cheap ones available are not stable, and the stable ones are not cheap.
This was the problem that Doug Nelle faced, and using his experience from building tripods earlier he now decided to build one that was stable enough – using crouches!

Yepp, you read it right – crouches. By taking three old-style crouches that he bought from a nearby recycling center he made a stable tripod that can carry some serious weight.

Read how he did it in Your own tripod, cheap!

10th 2005f October, 2005

Automated chicken feeder

by @ 21:10. Filed under Non electric hacks, Projects

It’s a cold and rainy day, and your flue isn’t making things better. And at the back of your house your chickens need to be fed, so you don’t have another choice then to bulk up and get out and do it.

And then you have people like Tom Boschman who rather sit inside with a nice cup of coffee on a day like this. He saw it as a challange when his friend Tim came up with the idea.

In a three page article he will show you in detail how to build everything from the grain container, the transport for the grain and the electronics to make it work.

Have a look at The Automated chicken feeder project!

Make your own wearable LED display

by @ 10:37. Filed under LED and IR, Non electric hacks, Projects

Leah Buechley (on the picture) has got it right!! She combined programming, with soldering and sewing! Now that’s what diy is all about.

In a 7 page article she will show you from a-z how she put together a ‘wearable led display’, perfect for club hopping! ( Or maybe… NOT! ) The purpose of the whole display is to show off the ‘Game of life’ which is a mathematical simulation of life. You can read more about the game of life here.

The project contains a lot of good close ups on her work in progress, and even a short movie where you can see the simulation running. I only wished that she would dance a bit at the same time.

But for now – read about her project in it’s full glory!!

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