Semi-duplicate post extra

[bgugi] was the first to notice that yesterday’s post had been seen before, tucked away in an extra last year. (I do check for these things, but it slipped through.) I honor of my little lapse, here’s a fully loaded extra.

[Matt] scored some interesting hardware next to one of the local dumpsters. He also just put up part one of his coil gun based on ten $1 disposable cameras.

[Darren] sent in this USB webcam that was mounted in a Canon FX SLR body. Now the cam can be fitted with old (inexpensive) lenses for better performance.

[Brandon] really likes his XBox live – enough to set up access via Sprint EVDO and install everything in his Mini Cooper with a set of VR glasses and controller in the glovebox for instant access.

These were all over the place this week, but I wanted to put them out there. [Pablos] showed BoingBoing how completely lame RFID enabled credit cards are. And it’s way to much fun to watch this dog play with his own robotic ball tosser.

[Jason] sent in his altoid tin guitar – he slapped a piezo inside the tin to get signal out of it.

[David] sent in his older, but still awesome Segbot. It’s a balance bot that’s controlled via wireless modem with camera feedback.

Last and definitely not least, [Basil] sent in his Midistrip guitar mod. He added a capacitive touch strip to the body of a guitar and uses it to create midi output. Check out the demo vids here, here and here.

10 thoughts on “Semi-duplicate post extra

  1. i wish there were videos of the midistrip doing more than just a lame pitch shifting noise-making session.

    the altoids tin guitar looks interesting, he actually got a surprisingly usable tone out of it, if you’re willing to play fretless. if you used a ruler with fine enough markings you could pretty easily approximate the fret positions with a marker though.

  2. yay! i have officially achieved one of my goals in life!! (to be mentioned on hackaday)

    lessee… next thing on the list… oh, yeah, to be shot out of a fighter jet’s ejection seat.

  3. “The Draw of the Xbox is slightly more than the Mini can handle idling.”

    Heh. Xboxes use _alot_ of energy.

  4. The dumpster driving link contains some unpleasant casual racism. “He acts…..” I personally wouldn’t give it the space on your blog.

  5. Do those glasses support PIP? front view cam, integrated controller into the steering wheel and you can drive and play.

  6. {5. The dumpster driving link contains some unpleasant casual racism. “He acts…..” I personally wouldn’t give it the space on your blog.}

    that brand of ‘casual racism’ seems to be pretty prevalent in many math/sci ‘higher’ edu settings. oh well. “asians see in hd widescreen.” i’m pretty used to it i suppose; it’s all in “good fun” or something =\
    anyways, the pics are neat i guess

  7. How is “my so called Asian friend, he acts pretty white” racist at all? He is Asian… and he does act white… I never said there is anything bad about being Asian, or white. I have friends of all races and colors, and where I come from (Canada) we all get along with each other and respect each other. I think next time you should try and figure out what somebody is trying to say before publicly stating that they are being racist.

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