Mikey Sklar on The Daily Show

mikey sklar

Yesterday’s The Daily Show (8-23-06) had a segment featuring friend of Hack-A-Day Mikey Sklar. You probably remember his projects: Making RFID proof pockets, embedding an RFID chip in his hand, and his current project the high-lighter, a trampoline controlled flame thrower. Mikey is on the road to Burning Man right now so he hasn’t seen the 2 minutes they got out of the 8.5 hours of filming. It can’t be all bad though: this screen cap is right before Samantha Bee unzips her pants and he got just as much screen time as Ray Kurzweil. You can download the torrent here. Mikey’s segment starts at 7 minutes; there is some more during the credits.

UPDATE: Dan Lane (also chipped) uploaded the short segment to YouTube. Video after the break.

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tableless optical mouse

soap project

soap caught my attention. It’s on of those hacks that strikes me as well concieved – insert a wireless optical mouse inside a smooth plastic container and wrap it in fabric. The fabric covering becomes the mouse surface. (Just don’t attack me because the creator works for Billy.)
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cd lamps, etc

team had cd lamp

We’re fond of Team Hack-A-Day, so I wanted to point out the AOL CD lamp that Team Hack-A-Day member Figgy built. CD lamps are a fairly popular project: If you don’t have a cold cathode, you could build a compact florescent version. I really like the clean look of Neil’s version. Russel Jone’s added an external power connector to his Antec case to power his lamp.

I wonder what will happen if I combine the power of the AOL cd tesla generator and the AOL CD throne…[Sorry about the lack of comments, They'll be back ASAP.]

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diy midi keyboard

midi keyboard

Barry Carter put together a how to on building your own USB midi keyboard. He used the discontinued (read cheap) AN2131 developer board and a cheap toy keyboard. The keys are rewired with a diode based keyboard matrix that connects easily to the dev board. He rounds out the write up with some source code.

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nikon d200 gps adapter

d200 gps

Kevin Zeits sent in his diy Nikon d200 gps cable and hot shoe gps mount.
Nikon sells it for $150, but has a 3 to 6 month eta. Ok, it’s really just a ttl to rs-232 converter with proprietary connectors – but I love tagging photos with gps info. Now if only I could do this for my canon rebel xt. (It would take a firmware hack at the minimum) If you’re not blessed with a d200, check out gpsphotolinker.

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uv breadbox

uv breadbox

The guys at invent geek posted their latest project. They

ultrasonic 3d mouse

3d ultrasonic mouse

Shane brennan sent in his groups final CE/EE senior design project. fre3space is an ir, ultrasonic 3d mouse. Three towers take ultrasonic sound measurements to calculate the position of the mouse. button clicks are transmitted in ir. A fpga developers kit ties it all together and provides the usb interface. a simple opengl application demonstrates the 3d capabilities of the system (vs 2d of the desktop variety).

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