Hackaday Links: Sunday, July 14th, 2013


Wanting to repair his much-used NES controllers [Michael Moffitt] sourced a replacement for the rubber button pads. They didn’t work all that well but he fixed that by using angle clippers on the part that contacts the PCB traces.

Here’s a neat Claw Game project show-and-tell video. [Thanks David]

We already know that [Bunnie] is building a laptop. Here’s an update on the project.

Hackaday alum [Caleb Kraft] continues his helpful hacking by adding an alternative to clicking an Xbox 360 stick.

[Blackbird] added a camera to the entry door of his house. He didn’t want to forget to shut it off (wasting power) so he built an automatic shutoff.

We’re not really sure what this computational photography project is all about. It takes pictures with the subject illuminated in different colors then combines individual color channels with a MATLAB script.

Finally, [Dave Jones] tears down a Nintendo 64 console on a recent EEVblog  episode.


  1. junkbox says:

    Okay, so, Dave Jones tears down tons of interesting equipment, but an N64 is more noteworthy?

  2. Roger Wilco says:

    yes an N64 is noteworhty

  3. macona says:

    He probably spent more on making the energy saving sensor for the camera than it will ever use in power.

  4. DanielG says:

    “The image looks interesting right? ” no, end of article.

  5. Dgently says:

    So … You spent hours coding something in matlab that basically Any image software on the planet can already do better….

  6. echodelta says:

    Keep alcohol off rubber controller pads, it rots them. See his site for my full comment.

    • I am unable to source evidence that isopropyl alcohol is going to melt, rot, or dissolve the silicone rubber present in game controller pads. Everyone has used this for years to clean their old pads with no issues. Please correct me if I am wrong with documentation to back up the claim.

  7. smilr says:

    For clarification regarding the computational photography hack – the subject was illuminated with the same white light bulb from three different directions. Each original photo was full color, then they took a different color channel from each of those photos and recombined them. This gave the effect of having lit the subject with several different colored lamps.

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