Making the Best Plywood for Laser Cut Puzzles

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Plywood laser-cuts fairly well but has drawbacks when used in serious production runs, as [Marie] explains in a blog post about a quest for the ultimate laser-cutting plywood. One of the things [Nervous System] makes and sells is generative jigsaw puzzles, and they shared their experience with the challenges in producing them. The biggest issue was the wood itself. They ended up getting a custom plywood made to fit their exact needs, a process that turned out neither as complex nor as unusual as it may sound.

Plywood is great because it’s readily available, but there are some drawbacks that …read more

This DIY Nintendo Switch can play the retro games the real one can’t

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The Nintendo Switch is great for a lot of things, but when it comes to playing retro games, you’re better off looking at something like the SNES Classic than Nintendo’s current-generation console.

Or, if you’re like Tim Lindquist, a hardware modder / electrical engineering student at Iowa State University, you build your own Switch-esque console, which through the power of open-source emulation software, can not only play retro Nintendo games, but basically any retro title you can imagine, via Hackaday.

Image: Tim Lindquist (YouTube)

Lindquist’s device — cleverly called the “Nintimdo RP” — goes beyond being a simple Raspberry Pi emulator, though. Rather, like the actual Switch itself, its a full-fledged portable…

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The Web Clock You Can Control Over a LAN

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Not every project is meant to solve a new problem. Some projects can be an extension of an existing solution just to flex the geek muscles. One such project by [limbo] is the Web Clock 2.0 which is an internet-connected clock.

Yes, it uses a WEMOS D1 mini which is equipped with an ESP-12F (ESP8266) and yes, it uses an LCD with an I2C module to interface the two. The system works by connecting to the Google servers to get GMT and then offsets it to calculate the local time. It also has the hourly nagging chime to let you …read more

Chemotransfer for DIY PCBs

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Making PCBs with the toner transfer method has been around since you could buy your traces at Radio Shack. There are a million techniques for removing copper from sheets of fiberglass, from milling to using resist pens, to the ubiquitous laser printer toner transfer. Here’s a technique we haven’t seen before. [Darko Volk] is calling this ‘chemotransfer’. It’s mostly a laser printer toner transfer process, but the toner is transferred from paper to copper with the help of a special mix of solvents.

This chemotransfer process is almost identical to the usual process of making a toner transfer PCB. First, …read more

FruitNanny: The Raspberry Pi Baby Monitor For Geeks

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Having a child is perhaps the greatest “hack” a human can perform. There’s no soldering iron, no Arduino (we hope), but in the end, you’ve managed to help create the most complex piece of machinery in the known galaxy. The joys of having a child are of course not lost on the geekier of our citizens, for they wonder the same things that all new parents do: how do we make sure the baby is comfortable, how many IR LEDs do we need to see her in the dark, and of course the age old question, should we do this …read more

Easy JavaScript, Part 1: Learn the "let" Statement

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Using the let statement, you can create Block-scoped local variables in JavaScript. The let  statement was introduced in the ECMAScript 6 standard of JavaScript.

Before you go ahead and learn about let, I recommend you to check out Infragistics jQuery-based library Ignite UI, which helps you write and run web applications faster. You can use the Ignite UI for JavaScript library to help quickly solve complex LOB requirements in HTML5, jQuery, Angular, React, or ASP.NET MVC. (You can download a free trial of Ignite UI here.)

Making Music with the Wind

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[Niklas Roy] built a windmill-powered music box for his backyard, and it was so awesome all the neighbors wanted to take a picture of it. Someone even liked it so much that he stole [Niklas]’s windmill in the middle of the night. (We kind of don’t blame them, it’s a gorgeously clean build.)

In the past few weeks [Niklas] has been mass-producing 20 windmills for the KIKK Festival 2017 to be held in November in Namur, Belgium. The windmills will operate in a cluster, and all play “Für Elise” when the wind blows. However, each one is driven independently and …read more

Reading 16 Rotary Encoders at the Same Time

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We’re digging these daisy-chainable encoders built by [fattore.saimon]. Each module consists of a rotary encoder attached to a PCB with a PIC16F15386 on the back. As we’ve covered in the past, the Microchip released their feature-rich PIC16 microprocessor just this year, and it’s great to see them start to crop up in projects. With 4 address jumpers on the back of each PCB, [fattore.saimon] is able to connect up to 16 of the encoders on the bus. The modules also have male and female plugs so he can connect them physically as well, to simplify wiring. Each module also has …read more

These Twenty Projects Won $1000 In The Hackaday Prize

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For the last several months, we’ve been hosting the greatest hardware competition on Earth. This is the Hackaday Prize, and we’ve just wrapped up the last of our five hardware challenges. For the Anything Goes challenge in this year’s Hackaday Prize, we’re asking hardware hackers to build the best, the coolest thing. No, it doesn’t matter what it is. We’re looking for technical skill and awesome applications. There are no limits here.

We just wrapped up the Anything Goes challenge last week, and now it’s time to announce the winners. These are the best, the coolest projects the Hackaday …read more

OmniHub tries to fix the MacBook Pro’s port shortage with magnets and modules

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 My five-year-old MacBook Pro finally gave up the ghost. After traveling the world and surviving several CESes, it was time to finally lay the thing to rest. I had some misgivings about replacing the old workhorse with one of the new models, not the least of which was the company’s fairly unpopular decision to ditch all existing ports for a quartet of ThunderBolt 3 ports. Read More

Soonish: Zach and Kelly Weinersmith on 10 technologies that will change everything

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We hear a lot of promises about the future. But what’s truly on its way, and what’s going to remain a pipe dream for a few decades yet?

That’s the question that Zach and Kelly Weinersmith set out to answer in Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, which came out this week from Penguin Random House. Zach is the artist behind the wonderfully nerdy Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comics and Kelly is a scientist focusing on parasites. Their book covers a wide range of topics, divided into sections about the universe (asteroid mining, cheap access to space), stuff (synthetic biology, augmented reality) and “you,” (precision medicine, brain-computing interfaces). The chapters explain not only the…

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How to play a Hammond organ

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I have a 1956 Hammond M3, youtube and this here book. Wish me luck!

I bought Hammond Organ Complete because I literally had no clue how to even turn on the Hammond M3 I decided would complete my living room.

Took me a while to figure out it wasn’t broken, just that all the drawbars were pushed in and there were no tones. Let us not dive into the whole dual switch Run/Start boot-up sequence either!

I’ve always found music to be non-intuitive. The keyboard layout of notes really appeals to me and music theory, in my old age, makes a lot more sense than it did before I knew it was just science.

Time to practice scales.

Hammond Organ Complete via Amazon

SegaPi Zero Shows Game Gear Some Respect

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If you were a gamer in 1991, you were presented with what seemed like an easy enough choice: you could get a Nintendo Game Boy, the gray brick with a slightly nauseating green-tinted screen that was already a couple of years old, or you could get yourself a glorious new Sega Game Gear. With full color display and games that were ported straight from Sega’s home consoles, it seemed like the Game Gear was the true future of portable gaming. But of course, that’s not how things actually went. In reality, technical issues like abysmal battery life held the Game …read more

iPhone Upgrade Program members can get a ‘head start’ when upgrading to an iPhone X

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Preorders for the iPhone X begin on October 27th, and supplies are expected to be limited. If you’re a member of the iPhone Upgrade Program, you might have a chance to streamline the ordering process when preorders begin.

Apple announced that members of the program can get a head start on the ordering process on Monday, October 23rd. The banner points members to the Apple Store app so that they “can speed through checkout on 10.27.”

This doesn’t mean that IUP members are jumping the line, but getting members through the program’s loan eligibility process. That should let those members streamline their checkout process on Friday by eliminating a couple of steps ahead of time. 9to5Mac notes that this appears to only apply to existing…

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New trailers: Black Panther, The Chi, Godless, and more

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I’ve really been enjoying the selection of offbeat, smaller films that Amazon picks up for Prime. One of those is Paterson, the Jim Jarmusch movie that has Adam Driver playing a bus driver named Paterson in the city of Paterson. It’s slow and odd, and it’s hard to imagine a movie like that finding a space where it can really be given its due.

There’s a lot of stress and strangeness and pleasant day-to-day oddities to enjoy in Paterson, but one thing that really stands out is how well it manages to create tension at pretty much a moment’s notice. Paterson (the character) regularly ties up his girlfriend’s dog outside a bar while he goes to drink, and the movie leads us to believe that at any second, the dog could break free or be snatched…

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GitHub’s scandalized ex-CEO returns with Chatterbug

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 Translation earbuds might eliminate some utilitarian reasons to know a language, but if you want to understand jokes, read poetry, or fall in love in a foreign tongue, you’ll have to actually learn it. Unfortunately, products like Rosetta Stone leave people feeling burned after claiming the process should be easy while never helping you practice talking with a real native speaker. You… Read More

Share anything from your Mac instantly with Dropshare 4

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Dropshare is a dead-simple file sharing utility that doesn’t tie you to any specific cloud service. A license for the Mac version is available now in the Boing Boing Store for $12.99.

Sharing files with other people usually kicks off the same tedious dance: deciding which proprietary cloud vault to temporarily stuff the thing that’s too big for an email attachment, only to later realize that you didn’t set the right access level for whoever’s on the receiving end, which then leads to unnecessary back-and-forth to sort things out.

Dropshare aims to vastly simplify the process. It works with private servers, as well as most cloud storage providers, including Rackspace, Amazon S3, Backblaze, and Google Drive. Once you’ve chosen where to keep everything, just drag any file or folder onto the icon to quickly get a download URL. It can upload from your clipboard, so you don’t need to poke around in Finder just to send an image. Dropshare also provides a better way to share the contents of your display. You can take screenshots and screen recordings right from the menu bar, and even capture screens from your mobile device when it’s connected to USB — it works with Android and iOS alike.

If you are looking for a streamlined but still highly configurable file sharing solution, pick up the Mac version of Dropshare 4 here for $12.99. Take an a

Exclusive discount on Anker PowerCore 2, and more tech sales on Amazon

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As mentioned in last week’s roundup, most retailers are holding out on any major promotions until November, but there are a couple deals we recommend taking a look at. This week we’ve got two exclusive deals for our readers — both the Anker PowerCore 2 portable charger and Portal wifi router are 20 percent off on Amazon with the Verge promo codes listed below.

There’s also a couple entertainment and smart home sales, including this 55-inch Samsung 4K smart TV that’s now down to $624 (its lowest price to date).

Our favorite deals

  • Anker PowerCore II 20000 Portable Charger: Verge readers can get an exclusive 20 percent off the popular charger (with dual USB ports and upgraded powerIQ 2.0) for $39.99 on Amazon with code VERGEIQ2. This deal…

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Stop what you are doing and watch Nathan for You’s brilliant Uber episode right now

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 If you have not yet had the pleasure of being introduced to Nathan for You, you’re in for a treat! The man behind the show, Nathan Fielder, is so wonderfully awkward in his delivery he might just make you pee your pants from laughing so hard.
Last week’s episode “Andy vs. Uber” almost made me do just that.
Warning: lots of spoilers in this post so stop reading if you… Read More

3D Printed Dashboard CB Mount is Convoy Ready

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Some may be surprised to hear that CB radio is alive and well in the 21st century. From disaster response to operating in areas without reliable communication infrastructure, there are plenty of reasons people are still reaching for their radio and not their smartphone. Unfortunately, modern automotive interior design doesn’t have such an enlightened view. It’s hard enough to get decent cup holders in some cars, let alone a spot to hang your microphone.

When presented with this problem in his Subaru Forester, [Alex Loizou] did what any modern hacker would, he 3D printed a mount that snaps into the …read more

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