Hackaday Links: May 11, 2014

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North Korean drones! Yes, your local hobby shop has the same aerial reconnaissance abilities as North Korea. Props to Pyongyang for getting v-tail mixing down.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the look of a well laid out resistor array, and the folks at Boldport have taken this to a new level. It’s an art piece, yes, but these would make fabulous drink coasters.

Here’s something even more artistic. [cpurola] found a bunch of cerdip EPROMs and bent the pins in a weird chainmaille-esque way. The end result is an EPROM bracelet, just in time for mother’s day. It’s a better use for these chips than tearing them apart and plundering them for the few cents worth of gold in each.

[John] still uses his original Xbox for xmbc, but he’d like to use the controllers with his computer. He never uses the third and fourth controller ports, so he stuck those in his computer. It’s as simple as soldering the controller port module to a connector and plugging it into an internal USB port. Ubuntu worked great, but Windows required XBCD.

[Kerry] has modified an FT232 USB/UART thingy as an Arduino programmer before. The CP2102 USB/UART is almost as popular on eBay, a little less expensive, and equally suited for ‘duino programming. It requires desoldering a resistor and soldering a jumper on a leadless package, but with a fine solder tip, it’s not too bad.

11 thoughts on “Hackaday Links: May 11, 2014

  1. IThe North Korean Drones link goes to the Phenox quadcopter YouTube video. If you could switch that, I think the drones would be an interesting read/watch.

  2. Those resister “coasters” are an interesting idea. I am thinking a hexagon patters maybe. Maybe a hydrocarbon structurer like methane.

  3. I like the EPROM bracelet, I used to work at a computer recycler, I could have made a belt! And I think the link to the North Korean drone video is this…

    or this…

  4. I like where at 2.24 into the drone video you see a PS2 controller and a Ti launch pad box… Yeah, really unique tech used there :-)

  5. I really like where @ 2.24 into the drone video you see a PS2 controller and a Ti launch pad box on the engineers workbench… Yeah, there’s some unique, high-powered tech there… :-)

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