Hackaday Links: December 1, 2013


Since our ‘ol buddy [Caleb] left Hackaday for EE Times, he’s been very busy. One of his latest projects is doing Antique Electronics Autopsies. This time around it’s a 1953 Heathkit Grid Dip Meter. It’s a beautiful piece of engineering with Point to Point wiring and metal gears.

We love microcontroller breakout boards, and so does [Tim] apparently. He built a breadboard friendly breakout for the NXP LPC812. It’s an ARM Cortex M0+ with 16kb of Flash and 4kb of SRAM. The entire breakout board is smaller than the through-hole DIP LPC1114. When are we going to see these on Tindie, [Tim]? Here’s the Git with the board files. You can also pick up a board at OSH Park – $3.30 for a set of three.

What do you do when you have the perfect idea for a Kickstarter, but don’t have the funds for the perfect sales pitch? The obvious solution is to start an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for your Kickstarter. Unfortunately, this campaign has already been successfully funded, so it’s already too late to get in on the ground floor. Relevant xkcd.

We’ve seen this DIY cell phone before but now it’s just about ready for production. [David] at the MIT Media Lab has been working on a bare-bones, ATMega & GSM module phone for a while now, and now you can grab the firmware and board files. Make your own cell phone!

Here comes Hanukkah, so drink your gin and tonica. Here’s a pedal powered menorahica so put on your yarmulke, it’s time to celebrate Hanukkah.

3 thoughts on “Hackaday Links: December 1, 2013

  1. A pedal powered Menorah? They’re supposed to be kept lit for 1/2 hour! I’ed schvitz till I plotzed! Now lets sing the dreidel song! “Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made you from a stick, but I won’t play with you dreidel, I’ll just play with my…

  2. The DIY Cellphone is pretty cool you could add some nice features like:
    a random number (Avalanche Noise) circuit to generate OTP that could be physically exchanged via IR with friends to secure communications end-to-end. And since you have the source code you know that there is no extra code running on your phone.

  3. I hope the Kickstarter via Indiegogo campaign shows how to squeeze money out of turnips.

    What type of morons fork over money with no clue what the final product will be?

    PT Barnum would be oh so proud.

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