This is just super cool! Take an old dead hard drive (not totaly dead, it needs to spin up), cut a slot in the top platter, add some LEDs and a microcontroler, and you have yourself a very unique clock. You have to see the videos of it running to fully understand how it works.
Alan Parekh’s Electronic Projects – Hard Drive Clock
If your wondering how hard it is to bend a CVS camcorder to the dark side and hook it up to your computer wonder no more. Here is a video on to do just that, its not as hard as you might think. (I subscribed to the podcast via iTunes and the video played just fine)
CVS Camera Hacking video…
Here is an interview with Matt Campbell, why should you read it? Well he took a model rocket and adapted it’s nose cone to house a hacked CVS video camera. The videos of the launch are pretty impressive. The recovery phase of the launch wa a little rough, if there was a way to stabalize the nose cone during decent the video was be heaps better. It’s also of some not that the camera will do odd things to the image is it’s slewed too fast. Go take a look at the video to see that I mean.
The CVS Video camera is going to be showing up in so many projects that it’s bound to win some sort of DIY hackability award (hint hint MAKE, you should have one of these).
I know if I had a few (and yes, I’d want at least three of them) I’d put a zoom lens on one, and turn the other two into a stereoptic video system with variable ocular distance. That would be so flipping cool… Then there would be the ‘lets-make-you-sick’ three inches off the road camera for my car, an underwater housing for those times at the beach, and not to mention a pretty cool payload for an R/C car.
This like DIY has been floating around the ‘net for a while now and if you have any solid silver coins that are now in mint collectors condition you couls make one of these. Looks very easy and you don’t need too mamy special tools (a hammer and a moto tool are the biggest)
How to make a Coin Ring
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