Hackaday Links: January 10, 2016

Everybody loves cheap stuff, and we hate telling everyone about coupon codes. That said, TI has a new LaunchPad development board they’re promoting. It’s based on the MSP432, the ARM extension of their MSP430 line. The MSP432 is an ARM Cortex M4F, low power, and planned for production later this year.

Here’s your daily CES garbage post. Through a collaboration between Sony and Nissan, a car has become a video game controller controller. A controller plugs into the ODB II port, reads throttle, brake, and steering wheel positions (and buttons on the dash/steering wheel, I guess), and translates that into controller input for a PlayStation 4. What games do they play with a car? You would think Gran Turismo, Rocket League, or other games with cars in them. Nope. Football.

Dangerous Prototypes is a legal Chinese company! [Ian] didn’t say anything about the process about becoming a legal Chinese company because he wrote a blog post, not a book. Shenzhen Dangerous Prototypes Electronics Technology Limited allows them to have an office in the Shenzhen electronics market, hire local and foreign hackers, host Hacker Camp Shenzhen, and allow people to apply for ‘Authorized Authority’ visa letters for the people who need them. Great news for a great company.

The Forge hackerspace in Greensboro, NC is growing. In just over a year they have 160 members and they’ve already outgrown their 3,400 square foot space. Now they’re moving to a larger space that’s twice the size and they’re looking for donations.

People have been taking old iPad screens and turning them into HDMI displays for years now. [Dave] got his mitts on a panel from a Macbook Pro 17″, and turned it into a monitor. It required a $50 LVDS adapter, but the end result is great – a 1920×1200 panel that looks pretty good.

11 thoughts on “Hackaday Links: January 10, 2016

      1. $7 shipping in U.S., too. The good news is that the coupon code applies to as many kits as are purchased (I think up to 100), so purchasing more qty reduces the total cost per kit. Still beats the $12.99 + $7 normally charged.

  1. Wouldn’t it be smarter to just open a second location for that hackerspace? Maybe a bit distant from the other one so more people have access locally. .
    Seem more logical and convenient to me.

    1. not always, around here I have been working with a community that wants to open a hackerspace, the money is there the building is there heck I even have a few companies that have equipment they are ready to donate but what is not there are people to man the place. It doesn’t really do anyone any good to have a building full of nice equipment and everything only to not have any type of supervision (bad choice of words but all i can come up with) to oversee the environment. Adding a second may sound good but if the people are not there to man it it is as worthless as having one around here :(

      1. Well I assumed that if you need to double the size that there were plenty of people, but yeah I guess that if you want a permanent guiding presence it’s harder, people do have to make a living often enough and can’t hang around all day, . Although.. maybe some retired shop teacher? Or are those too unsettling? :)

  2. Besides the chinese company of dangerousprototypes.com. they also provide cheap pcb, 3d printing and other cheap chinese services for hackers. Also the possibility for ‘hackers’ to sell own stuff from shenzhnen (ultracheap postage)

  3. I can just hear a judge telling a plaintiff who is suing Dangerous Prototypes over some item (for whatever reason).
    “And just what did you expect from a company with that name?”


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