Hackaday Podcast 122: Faster Than Wind Travel, Sisyphish, ALU Desktop Calculator, And Mice In Space

Hackaday editors Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys marvel at the awesome hacks from the past week. We had way too much fun debating whether a wind-powered car can travel faster than the wind, and whether or not you can call that sailing. Low-temperature desoldering was demystified: it’s the bismuth! And we saw a camera gimbal solve the problem of hand tremor during soldering. Ford just wants to become your PowerWall. And the results are in from NASA’s mission to spin mice up in a centrifuge on the ISS.

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What’s that Sound?

  • We had twenty correct answers, it was the sounds of Starcraft.
  • Congratulations to [Omer] who was chosen with the roll of a D20 from the correct responses and sent a Hackaday Podcast shirt.
  • Check out this strange D20 from Elliot’s wife’s dice bag.

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5 thoughts on “Hackaday Podcast 122: Faster Than Wind Travel, Sisyphish, ALU Desktop Calculator, And Mice In Space

  1. the dice is from the Magic the Gathering trading card game
    more specific the deckmaster box grafield vs finkel 2001
    there are 5 differnt colors – this one is worth about 5 €
    and it isnt actually a dice but a spindown life counter in the shape of a w20

  2. Just think of the cable diameters. Just as an example (which makes calculating easy): 600W @ 12V: 50A; 600W @ 5V: 120A. Now put cables for 120A into your PC. The cross-section would be similar to cables you find between the battery and the starter in your car. And than what about connectors dealing with such cables on a motherboard?
    To me this seems to be somewhere a tradeoff between the maximum voltage the regulators on the mainboard can safely handle and cable cross-section.

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