Hackaday Links: Tuesday, July 19th

Here’s another “useless machine” variant.  The trick to this one is that it has dual “fingers” and can work either way. Which way it turns off is selectable via a switch on the side, and the fingers can both be turned on to “fight” each other. Check out the video here.

This video depicts the assembly of a Gameboy MAME-style cabinet. For those wanting to try something like this, this video may fill you in on some of the required assembly techniques, such as how to put decals on the side of your cabinet.

This video featuring the “Autonomous Ultimate Wall-E” shows this robot’s navigational skills around the house.  Additionally, it has some nicely actuated arms.

The Verbalizer is a microphone designed to be used with Google’s voice search. It’s also designed with Arduino compatibility in mind and is open-source. Could be a good tool for your next hack.

These clever multimeter probes were built using pogo pins used in electrical test equipment. The springs inside of these pins help keep them planted firmly on the test point in question and reportedly gives a very good connection.

Comments

  1. Alex says:

    Cool probes!

  2. D_ says:

    Looks to be one of those items you can’t really judge until you try using them for yourself.

  3. jeicrash says:

    HaD already covered the Verbalizer didn’t they.

  4. teroj says:

    I made recently mechanically similar cables for connecting the bench power supply to breadboard. The other end of cable had banana plugs, connected to 1mm cable and the other ends were cut from cheap breadboard jumper wires. The wires were soldered and secured by few layers of shrink tubing. They are really useful, quite robust and cost next to nothing.

  5. steve says:

    Any ideas for good sources of scavenging some of these pogo pins?

  6. Paul says:
  7. uzerzero says:

    I just pulled a dozen pogo pins off an old Xbox modchip I had laying around. Now I’ll have a dozen spring-loaded test probes!

  8. John R says:

    @steve – From HK/China on EBay.. got a box of them in all different sizes for cheap to make probes, ICSP cables, etc etc.

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