Hackaday Links: May 10, 2015

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Here’s a cool crowdfunding campaign that somehow escaped the Hackaday Tip Line. It’s a remote control SpaceShipOne and White Knight. SpaceShipOne is a ducted fan that has the high-drag feathering mechanism, while White Knight is a glider. Very cool, and something we haven’t really seen in the scratchbuilding world.

[Sink] has a Makerbot Digitizer – the Makerbot 3D scanner – and a lot of time on his hands. He printed something, scanned it, printed that scan… you get the picture. It’s a project called Transcription Error.

Keurig has admitted they were wrong to force DRM on consumers for their pod coffee cups.

The Apple ][, The Commodore 64, and the Spectrum. The three kings. Apple will never license their name for retro computer hardware, and there will never be another computer sold under the Commodore label. The Spectrum, though… The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega is a direct-to-TV console in the vein of [Jeri Ellisworth]’s C64 joystick doohickey.

Infinity mirrors are simple enough to make; they’re just one mirror, some LEDs, and another piece of glass. How about a 3D infinity mirror? They look really, really cool.

Here’s the six-day notice for some cool events: Hamvention in Dayton, OH. [Greg Charvat] will be there, and [Robert] is offering cold drinks to anyone who mentions Hackaday. If anyone feels like scavenging for me, here’s a thread I created on the Vintage Computer Forum.  Bay Area Maker Faire is next weekend. Most of the rest of the Hackaday crew will be there because we have a meetup on Saturday night

9 thoughts on “Hackaday Links: May 10, 2015

    1. I’ve been around the R/C hobby since the ’80’s, and things were much the same then. You could build your own model from scratch, build from a kit, build from plans, or buy a ready-To-Fly/ready to drive model.
      The only difference I see now is that technology has made great improvements in the hobby. We now have much more sophisticated controllers, better batteries, better motors, etc.

  1. You might want to fix the bit about the coffee DRM, they aren’t getting rid of it. They are bringing back the reusable pods and expanding the brands of coffee.

    1. To be fair, they have millions of units in the field, they can’t just turn it off. What they are doing is dropping the brand lockout strategy by letting others use their special mark and selling a working cup for regular coffee grounds.

      Its also possible it wasn’t originally intended for brand lockout anyways. Possible just a “you put the wrong thing in the wrong hole” message, since there are a few different style cups out there now. You don’t want your customers sprayed with hot water cause they stick a Crystal Lite package in their coffee machine. So they may have other reasons for keeping the sensor in future machines.

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