Hackaday Podcast 214: Jet Engine Hair Dryer, Comic Sans Type Balls, And Belief In Graphene

This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Contributor Emeritus Kristina Panos gushed about all the best hacks of the previous week. But first, a contest! That’s right — hot on the heels of the Low Power Challenge comes the Op Amp Challenge, sponsored by Digi-Key. You have between now and June 6th to dip your toes into the warm waters of analog and show us what you’ve got. Will it be a musical hack? Will you seek high analog precision? We can’t wait to see.

Kristina definitely did not get What’s That Sound this week, which honestly reminded her of a cartoon character getting a piano dropped on them, except the sounds were in reverse order. Then it’s on to the hacks, beginning with a way to make an IBM Selectric typewriter use Comic Sans, a project that’s sure to make you a believer in graphene, and a miniature MNT for every (cargo) pocket.

From there we take a look at a really cool indicator from a 1960s RAF aeroplane and investigate why your multimeter might be lying to you. Finally, we discuss the gargantuan task of building an AR system to rival Google Glass, and the merits of taking a lot of pictures as you go about your hacks.

Check out the links below if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in  the comments!

Download and savor at your leisure.

Episode 214 Show Notes:


What’s that Sound?

  • Congratulations to [chips and solder] who correctly guessed that the sound was Link opening a locked door in Zelda Breath of the Wild! You win exactly one Hackaday Podcast t-shirt.

Interesting Hacks of the Week:

Quick Hacks:

Can’t-Miss Articles:

4 thoughts on “Hackaday Podcast 214: Jet Engine Hair Dryer, Comic Sans Type Balls, And Belief In Graphene

  1. “Contributor Emeritus Kristina Panos” – the adjective ’emeritus’ would mean you have retired from your role as contributor but been allowed to retain the title as a mark of honour. I hope this isn’t a strange way of announcing your departure from HaD.

    1. Just click her name and see what her post output has been like for the last couple of months. Even from an outsider’s view, it’s clear she’s only doing a couple posts a month now.

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