Category Archives: Hacks

1Sheeld by Integreight


The 1Sheeld by Integreight is the bridge for Arduino users and their electronic prototyping dreams.

The 1sheeld enables your smartphone to act as many different Arduino shields.

So what is a shield and why is the 1Sheeld by Integreight so awesome?

A shield can be built or bought and it enables a certain function on a prototyping board that was not built in. For example:

  • camera
  • bluetooth
  • quality audio
  • gps
  • wifi
  • touchscreen
  • meters
  • microphone

BEFORE 1Sheeld, you had to buy a different shield for each individual project.

Now with the 1Sheeld, you can find and build the optimal shield for all of your projects. Engineers and builders now have a wireless relay between their mobile device (and all of your smartphone embedded sensors and widgets) and the Arduino (Raspberry Pi boards with an adapter).

1Sheeld ‘s most important and outstanding function is that you can select and switch between which…

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1Sheeld Uses Your SmartPhone as an Arduino Accessory



The Arduino can be a bit of a gateway board. You start with an Uno, then a shield, then another. Before you know it, you have an entire collection of shields. This is the problem 1Sheeld wants to solve. 1Sheeld allows a you to use your cell phone as a sensor and I/O suite for your Arduino, replacing many existing shields. We think this will be a great idea, especially with all the older phones coming off contract these days. The sensor capabilities of the average smartphone, as well as the LCD and touchscreen I/O capabilities could make for an interesting pairing.

Currently the 1Sheeld page is just a sign up for an upcoming kickstarter, which leaves many details to the imagination. It appears that the 1Sheeld will be a bluetooth based board. A few questions do remain to be answered though – will the 1Sheeld use the Android…

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3D Peachy Printer And Scanner Launches For $100

Hands on with the 3Doodler 3D printing pen: it’s lots of fun, but poorly designed


The 3Doodler 3D printing pen’s Kickstarter video advertises a world in which we can draw shapes in thin air and create just about any 3D object with the help of simple stencils.

Reality isn’t far from that, but it’s not as easy as 3Doodler makes it look. After spending a week with the pen, I can say that it is a lot of fun but not something that I need to have around for more than a week.

The 3Doodler is a hot glue gun crossed with a 3D printer. It takes the printer bits that heat up and extrude melted plastic and puts them in your hand, where you draw with them like using a pen.

It’s pretty neat watching a 3D shape come together so fast. 3Doodler’s website provides some good templates for objects to draw, including the Eiffel Tower, which the Kickstarter campaign features prominently. I wasn’t…

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How A Geek Dad And His 3D Printer Aim To Liberate Legos

Art, Design, Code

Carnegie Mellon Professor Golan Levin with a pile of 3D-printed adapters between construction toy sets.

This story appears in the April 23, 2012, issue of Forbes Magazine.

Last year Golan Levin’s son decided to build a car. Aside from the minor inconvenience of being 4 years old, the younger Levin faced an engineering challenge. His Tinkertoys, which he wanted to use for the vehicle’s frame, wouldn’t attach to his K’Nex, the pieces he wanted to use for the wheels.

It took his father, an artist, hacker and professor at Carnegie Mellon, a year to solve that problem. In the process he cracked open a much larger one: In an age when anyone can share, download and create not just digital files but also physical things, thanks to the proliferation of cheap 3-D printers, are companies at risk of losing control of the objects they sell?

In March Levin and his…

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Aluminum Unibody Nintendo 64



[Travis] wanted us to take a look at his N64 portable to see if it could be featured on Hackaday. By the looks of it, we’re going to say hell yeah. Everything on this portable N64, down to the buttons, is milled from aluminum. It’s an amazing build that raises the bar of what a portabalized game system can be.

Inside this anodized enclosure is the circuit board from an original N64. To cut down on the size, [Travis] milled a new heat sink for the CPU and GPU. All the games – quite possibly all the games ever released for the N64 – are stored on an SD card and accessed through an EverDrive 64. Two 5000 mAh Lipo batteries provide three hours of play time on a beautiful high-res screen.

What’s even more amazing is that [Travis] machined all the parts on an exceedingly small, manual mini-mill…

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Microslice: The Tiny Arduino Laser Cutter


[SilverJimmy] already had a full-sized 50 watt laser cutter, but he decided to try his hand at putting together something smaller and microcontroller-driven. The result is this adorable little engraver: the MicroSlice.

To keep the design simple, [SilverJimmy] opted for a fixed cutting table, which meant moving the cutting head and the X-Axis as a unit along the Y-Axis. The solution was to take inspiration from gantry cranes. He snagged a couple of stepper motors with threaded shafts, designed the parts in Inkscape, then fired up his full-size cutter to carve out the pieces. An Arduino Uno and the relays for the laser and fans sit on the MicroSlice’s bottom platform, and two EasyDriver motor controllers sit above them on the next layer.

Swing by the Instructables for more details including the source code, and to see a video of the engraver below. [SilverJimmy] sourced his laser…

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Trinket Contest Update #3



We’re still receiving tons of Trinket contest entries (here’s a link to the last update). After the break you’ll find another dozen that were sent in. If you’re waiting to see your own appear here please be patient as we’ve got a lot to wade through. If you haven’t sent in an offering yet you’ve got to get it in before Friday!

The contest asks you slap the Hackaday logo onto something for a chance at winning one of 20 Trinket dev boards donated by Adafruit for this contest.

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Another Person in China Gets Electrocuted While Charging His iPhone 4

DON’T USE THIRD PARTY CHARGERS IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE…. or if you think your BA then live on the edge my friend.