Archive for November, 2008

DIY PC Tilt-Shift Lens

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Tilt-shift is a great technique to get neat effects from photographs, but commercial lenses can cost upwards of $1000. The guys over at Digital-Foto-Web built one out of an old lens and a toilet plunger. The results were excellent. This is a great way to get tilt-shift effects on the cheap without using Photoshop. via […]

Computer-controlled Ambient Orb

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Ambient orbs can be used to display all sorts of information, such as new email or voicemail, the weather forecast, and a number of other items. This one is based on an ATmega8 and can be controlled via serial communication. Includes a simple python script for controlling the color of the orb. via Embedded Projects

VGA to USB Power Adapter

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

gmgfarrand posted this Instructable on how to create a VGA to USB charging adapter. It’s great for those whose netbooks only have two or three USB ports, and would like to charge a cell phone or iPod without tying up a port. Only requires a few bucks worth of parts and some soldering skills. via […]

Analog MIDI Drum Machine

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

R. Scott from quiet_channel built a midi-controlled analog drum machine inside an old recipe card box. He took the rhythm secion from an old Farfisa organ and built a power supply for it. After adding pots to control the volume, he added a midi decoder kit from Highly Liquid to trigger seven drum sounds and […]

Slot Loading Xbox 360

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Xbox hacker [rdc] has spent many valuable hours converting his Xbox 360 to a slot loading system, similar to that found on the Wii. It uses the slot drive from an iMac G3 with a little bit of hacker magic sprinkled here and there to make everything work the way it should. Hopefully he won’t […]

Fuzebox, an open-source game console

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

ladyada has released the Fuzebox, an open-source 8-bit game console. Features: Full 256 simultaneous output colors, 240×224 pixel resolution Tile & sprite support Two player ports, either with Super Nintendo or classic Nintendo controllers (although the kit comes with SNES) NTSC RCA composite and S-video out (PAL not supported at this time ) 4 channel […]

HOW-TO: HP PCL/PJL For Fun and Profit

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

PCL stands for Printer Command Language. It is built in to most Hewlet-Packard LaserJet Printers. It includes commands for changing various default printer settings, but the one we’re concerned with is the Ready message. The ready message is the text that is displayed on the LCD screen on the printer when the printer is ready […]

HOW-TO: ATX Benchtop Power Supply

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

You Will Need: An old ATX computer power supply Some binding posts A switch Standard modder tools Prepping the PSU Open the power supply’s case and remove the fan. Locate the wires that are needed. For a standard power supply, these will be Yellow: +12v Red: +5v Black: Ground Blue: -12v White: -5v Orange: +3.3v […]

DIY 12AU7 Tube Preamp

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Alan from DIY Audio Projects built this neat little tube preamp around the 12AU7 or 12AX7 tube. It was built using mostly parts on hand, and can be built using back-to-back 12v transformers to get the high-voltage supply. Total cost was around $30. via DIYAP Hi-Fi Blog

Hall Effect Levitating Magnet

Monday, November 24th, 2008

This levitating magnet uses Hall effect sensors and a microcontroller to adjust the strength of the electromagnetic field. This happens so quickly that the magnet seems to just hover there. Google translated project page via Hacked Gadgets