Hackaday Links: May 4, 2014

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We’ve seen a few builds from the Flite Test guys before, like a literal flying toaster, airsoft guns mounted to planes, and giving an electric plane an afterburner (that actually produced a little extra thrust). Now the Flite Test crew is gearing up for the Flite Fest, an all things remote-controlled flight convention in Malvern, Ohio during the last weekend in July. Seems like a pretty cool way to spend spend a weekend.

Unless you get one of those fancy resistor kits where every value has its own compartment in a case or plastic baggie, you’ll soon rue the day your loose resistors become disorganized. [Kirll] has an interesting solution to hundreds of loose resistors: packaging tape. If you want a resistor, just grab a pair of scissors.

Okay, these Adafruit “totally not Muppets™” are awesome. The latest video in the Circuit Playground series is titled, “C is for Capacitor“. There’s also “B is for Battery“, because when life gives you lemons, light up an LED. Here’s the coloring book.

A few years ago, a couple of people at the LA Hackerspace Crashspace put together an animated flipbook device – something between a zoetrope and the numbers in those old electromechanical clocks – and launched a kickstarter. Now they’re putting on a show, presented by Giant Robot, featuring the animated art of dozens of artists.

Vintage electronics? Yes. Vintage Soviet electronics? Here’s 140 pages of pictures, mostly of old measurement devices.

 

Comments

  1. Bob says:

    In Soviet Union, you don’t use devices to measure electronics; electronics use devices to measure you.

    • Whatnot says:

      In belarus they still retain the dictator/communism model, including the KGB. So perhaps if you go for the ‘in soviet union’ joke you should start using ‘in belarus’, or ‘in north korea’ maybe.
      Because people don’t even remember the soviet union anymore, nor the origin of that type of joke.

  2. Nick says:

    Link to electric plane afterburner is wrong.

  3. chuck says:

    The flip book things are called mutoscopes. They had them at the arcade on Main Street in Disney World when I was a kid in the 80′s and they were one of my favorite things in the whole park.

  4. GotNoTime says:

    Not sure about the packing tape resistor idea. If you leave it a long time then you’re going to end up with tape adhesive residue all over your resistors which may interfere with soldering.

    • Harvie.CZ says:

      Also… i don’t see packing tape to be any more practical than the original paper tape in which the resistors are shipped…

    • Sven says:

      What we really need is packing tape with adhesive made from solder flux…

      If you treat those resistor strips gently they should last for 10-20 years (until the tape dries).

    • Whatnot says:

      Agreed, the residue is pesky, and it’s also hard to get the plastic off when it’s over the entire length on on side, so all in all it’s a bad idea.

      As for the reply on the paper tape also having glue, that’s only on the end which you cut off anyway..

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