Last weekend I took all the Conway Game of Life kits I had kicking around and assembled them into a cube! It works, although for Conway purists, it doesn’t play the game perfectly. Still, very cool looking
Magician13134 strikes again with a unique project based off of a Perceptual Chronometer. it is basically a counter that displays random numbers very quickly. So quickly that you can’t see them normally. However, if it is true that ‘time slows down’ when something really scary happens, then by glancing at this device at the time you should be able to make out the digits.
I always have little projects that I want to perfboard, but its kind of a pain to cut a chunk of a large sheet. This looks like a very nice, inexpensive perfboard, and its FR4 w/ plated holes so it wont dissolve if you have to rework it. $1.20! I just bought 5.
I remember a few years ago I went to a party and ended up talking to Mar about how much I hated Chapter 9 of the USB standard. USB is pretty much a perfect example of what happens when committees design protocols: its bad enough that it will ruin a party. If you’ve ever had to design a driver or device you probably know what I mean. Well I recently found the “USB Made Simple” page, which seems to be a nice companion to the (incomparably useful) Jan Axelson material.
Anyways, I like how this page has lots of diagrams!
The YBox2 is a DIY networked set-top box. Connect it to your TV and you can design customized content to be delivered direct from the Internet.
This project is great for people who want a new platform to experiment with. The video and Internet cores are ready to go and easy to work with. We have some example widgets that demonstrate the YBox2′s capability, and the whole project is open source so you can start hacking your own. If you’ve ever been curious about the Parallax Propeller chip, the YBox2 is a perky little platform with tons of accessories. Check it out at the YBox2 page
Here are images of some sample widgets you can run on a YBox2 kit:
The YBox was first invented by Uncommon Projects, as part of Yahoo Hack day. The project was a resounding success, and the following year 80 kits were commissioned by Yahoo for workshops at Maker Faire 2007. Robert Quattlebaum was one of the lucky few to attend that workshop and decided to see if he could design a second generation YBox. After much hacking, success! With a little of my help, we were able to design this kit to have more accessories than the original, and just as easy to build, yet less expensive.