Hackaday Podcast 046: Bring Us Your Nonsense, Hacking NES Clones, Grasping FPGAs, Many A Music Hack, And Fish Tanks Full Of Random

Difference of two Vikram moon images, contrast tweaked.

Hackaday editors Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys highlight the most delightful hacks of the past week. Need a random-number showpiece for your office? Look no further than that fish tank. Maybe the showpiece you actually need is to complete your band’s stage act? You want one of Tristan Shone’s many industrial-chic audio controllers or maybe just a hacked turntable sitting between your guitar and amp.

Plus citizen science is alive and well in the astronomy realm, and piezo elements are just never going to charge your electric vehicle.

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4 thoughts on “Hackaday Podcast 046: Bring Us Your Nonsense, Hacking NES Clones, Grasping FPGAs, Many A Music Hack, And Fish Tanks Full Of Random

    1. Sorry about the professor slight! Don’t take it the wrong way. Coming from me, it’s a compliment.

      Really loved your talk, and Mike and I ended up discussing it for like 20 minutes, most of which sadly couldn’t make the cut for time reasons.

      Mike mentioned the Arduino ecosystem, and how the killer app there is “drivers” for nearly every possible device, facilitated by the Arduino “hardware abstraction layer” making it easier to port across devices.

      While this (C language?) driver-level software is missing still in the soft-CPU/FPGA ecosystem, my guess is that if the community worked on a small set of (verilog) peripheral gateware implementations, it would be even easier to make an overarching library. If you don’t have to port across disparate microcontroller vendor’s implementations of timer/counters, for instance, you don’t need a HAL.

      I think some base of soft-CPU and interconnect standard could make this happen. This is still all a vague inkling in my mind yet, and I don’t know if it makes more sense to write a higher-level HAL or to make the peripherals all match, but it’s interesting to have the choice. We’ll see what the community comes up with.

      “FPGA-hole” is awesome. I might have to get stickers printed.

  1. Re: the viewmaster and blink comparator

    You can look at the two photos with your eyes crossed like with stereo images. When features are offset between pictures, you perceive them as shift in depth (stereoscopic effect), whereas features which are present in one picture but not the other appear as shimmering blinking objects because of binocular rivalry. This beats the blink comparator and subtracting the photos because they don’t need to be perfectly aligned.

    Slight perspective errors don’t matter because your brain takes that into account, and your eye muscles will actually correct slight rotation errors automatically to align features because that’s what we do anyhow. I always use this trick to beat the “Mordillo find them” game, or those “find five differences” puzzles in newspapers.

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