Hackaday Editors take a look at all of the interesting uses of technology that pop up on the internet each week. Topics cover a wide range like bending consumer electronics to your will, designing circuit boards, building robots, writing software, 3D printing interesting objects, and using machine tools. Get your fix of geeky goodness from new episodes every Friday morning.
Apple AirTag Hacked, Infill Without Perimeters, Hair-Pulling Robots, and Unpacking the 555
Hackaday editors Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys gather to ooh and aah over a week of interesting hacks. We welcome special guest Kristina Panos to talk about the Inputs of Interest series. In the news is the effort to pwn the new Apple AirTags, with much success over the past week. We look at turning a screenless Wacom tablet into something more using a donor iPad, stare right into the heart of a dozen 555 die shots, and watch what happens when you only 3D print the infill and leave the perimeters out.
Chiptunes in an RCA Plug, an Arduino Floppy Drive, $50 CNC, and Wireless Switches
Hackaday editors Mike Szczys and Elliot Williams discuss the latest hacks from around the Internet. 3D-Printed linear rails don't sound like a recipe for a functional CNC machine but yet. We were delighted by the procedurally generated music from a $0.03 microcontroller inside of an RCA plug. Reverse engineering Bluetooth comms of Android apps by running in a VM and echoing to WireShark. And the buzz is all about genetically engineered mosquito experiments taking place down in the Florida Keys.
Three DIY Lab Instruments, Two Tickers, and a MicroCar
Hackaday editors Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys select our favorite hardware hacks of the past week. This episode is packed with DIY lab instruments, including a laser microscope, a Raspberry Pi spectrometer, and a stepper motor tester that can tell you what's going on all the way down to the microsteps. We wax poetic about what modular hardware really means, fall in love with a couple of stock-ticker robots, and chat with special guest Tom Nardi about his experience at the VCF Swap Meet.
AI is Bad at Linux Terminal, Puppeting Pico in Python, 3D Scanning Comes Up Short
Hackaday editors Mike Szczys and Elliot Williams pull back the curtain on a week of excellent hacks. We saw an awesome use of RGB LEDs as a data channel on a drone, and the secrets of an IP camera's OS laid bare with some neat reverse engineering tools. There's an AI for the Linux terminal that guesses at the commands you actually want to run. We jump into a look at the gotchas you'll find when working with models of 3D scanned objects.
Eye is Watching You, Alien Art, CNC Chainsaw, and the Galvie Flu
Hackaday editors Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys marvel at the hacks that surfaced over the past week. An eye-popping webcam hack gives that camera above your screen an eyeball to look around, an eyelid to blink with, and the skin, eyelashes, and eyebrow to complete the illusion (and make us shudder at the same time).
Dan did a deep dive on the Zinc Flu -- something to avoid when welding.. A robot arm was given a chainsaw, and we suffered the headache of path planning such a machine.
Python Switching to Match, a Magnetic Dyno, a Flying Dino, and a Spinning Sequencer
Hackaday editors Mike Szczys and Elliot Williams recap a week of great hacks. You won't want to miss the dynamometer Leo Fernekes built to measure the power output of his Sterling engine. It's also nice to step back and appreciate a hand-built rubberband-powered ornithopter.
We talk about Python's addition of the match statement (not be be confused with switch statements). And when it comes to electromechanical synth gear, it's hard to beat a spinning tape-head sequencer.