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HACK – Window shade also acts as a solar powered Window Light!

Wow, check out this awesome window shade that also acts as a solar powered light!

This is a continuation of a project from Design for the 5 Senses that I worked on with Michael Jefferson and Jae In Lee. It’s a window shade that doubles as a light. One set of strings would be to control the level of sunlight by adjusting the height of the shade. The other set of strings controls the light level. I didn’t have time to add a solar

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DIY HACK – How to make your own Metal Detector!

I’ve noticed many people using metal detectors on the beach lately to find treasures or junk but here’s a great way to make one of those yourself!

BFO ( beat frequency oscillator ) metal detectors use two oscillators, each of which produces a radio frequency. One of these oscillators uses a coil of wire that we call the search loop. The second oscillator uses a much smaller coil of wire, and is usually inside the control box and is called the reference oscil

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New Samsung Display visible in direct sunlight

Wow, check out the new samsung display that is visible in direct sunlight!

This means the 2.1-inch panel will look sharp regardless of whether you’re in a dark room or out in direct sunlight. Samsung calls the new technology Automatic Brightness Adjustment. The QVGA display will also use 20&ndash30 percent less power than other screens its size. It’s expected to hit production the second half of this year.

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DIY HACK – Transforming a Webcam into an Infrared Cam

video://www.metacafe.com/watch/385098/transform_your_webcam_into_an_infrared_cam/

Wow, here’s a cool little hacks for transforming a plain old webcam into a infrared cam.

[via] funhouse

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Wii HACK – Wiinja – Nintendo Wii Mod chip?

Check out this cool Wii mod chip that allows you to play backup DVD games on the Wii! At $51, not too shabby for a hack mod.

Unlock your Nintendo Wii. The Wiinja Nintendo Wii Mod Chip is the worlds very first Mod Chip for the Nintendo Wii console. Allowing you to run all Nintendo Wii and Gamecube DVD-R / DVD+R backup and import backup games. Full Support for Gamecube Homebrew software. Play any Wii or GC backup just like you would play an original gam

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Samsung USB Monitor coming soon

Cool, Samsung is making some new USB monitors. I wonder if they are going to be powered by USB. Probably not at 5V… But it’d be cool if you could daisy link couple USB monitors together using some USB cables…

The best thing is that these USB monitors will not require any graphics card. tight tech…

Samsung has introduced what it claims is the world’s first USB-connected display, which also needs no graphics card.

The UbiSync LCD monitor has a 19-inch 1280-by-1024 screen that uses a software graphics adap

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Nixie Tube Counter taken apart

Check out the insides of a Nixie Tube counter, cool…

From the 1950’s until about 1970, nixies were a dominant display technology. “NIXIE” is actually a brand name for display tubes made by Burroughs, and the proper generic name might be “cold cathode neon readout tube.” However, as with facial tissue, a single short word involving the letter ‘X’ had

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Wireless HACK – How to make your own wireless detecting vibrator!

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc-eLH9KdIw

Wow, check out this guy who hacked a wireless detector to vibrate whenever he was near wireless networks.

This project is for a small electronic unit that allows the user to sense the presence and relative signal strength of wireless hotspots. It can be worn as a pendant or carried in a pocket. It is “always on” and communicates the presence and signal strength of an in-range hotspot by way of sequences of pulses – like a heartbeat you can feel. The stronger and faster the “heartbeat”, the stronger the w

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Touchscreen Smart Mirror

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video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hxlBO4Hn8Q

Wow, check out this touchscreen smart mirror that you can use to read news while shaving or doing your hair.  These guys are freakin’ smart.

A team of students at the University of Waterloo, lead by William Lam (no relation to our Brian Lam), have designed a touchscreen Smart Mirror. Widgets can be placed on the mirror and it can also play music, video and more. Check out the video above and see for yours

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More Cool Interactive Touchless Displays

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jLmwjN4wwE

Wow, it seems like more cool interactive touchless displays are popping up these days.

…swipe their hand from a distance of up to 15cm away and the built-in sensors translate that movement into a command.

[via] ministryoftech

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