Some Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Fires by Flexing Your Arms!


BRUH! WHERE WAS THIS WHEN I WAS A KID! I had to use my hands like it was a baby’s toy! Anyway, this was done for a pretty good cause, though. A group of hackers at Hackerloop wanted to level the Nerf-fighting playing field for Nicholas Huchet, an individual who didn’t have a full arm, by building him a custom Nerf blaster prosthetic with the ability to automatically fire a projectile by simply contracting his forearm muscles. According to the Medium post, Hackerloop’s Valentin Squirelo chronicled the build in great detail, which included the use of custom 3D-printed parts, Arduino-based electronics, some electromyography sensors that could detect muscle movements, and — of course — a couple of hard-to-find Nerf Swarmfire blasters (hint: the blasters’ round design was VERY optimal for the build). Continue reading “Some Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Fires by Flexing Your Arms!”

ArtsyBuilding Microview Shenmues Wrestler Gab – WIRed #94

It’s time for Episode 94 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses artist-designed architecture, the chip-sized Arduino board, a Shenmue postmortem bug review, and ***it’s so quiet you can hear the wrestlers talk***! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “ArtsyBuilding Microview Shenmues Wrestler Gab – WIRed #94”

Microview Shrinks Arduino Into A Tiny, Little OLED Module

Are you like myself and you desperately want a itsy-bitsy, tiny, little Arduino board with an OLED display? Just some of you? Well, that’s ok, ’cause I know other technophiles like myself want one! This is Microview’s new “chip-sized” Arduino, currently on Kickstarter, that costs $45. You may ask yourself  ‘what can it do,’ and the answer would be ‘ALL KINDS OF STUFF’! Basically, you’ll get a micro controller, a lot of inputs so you can drive the display via software, and you’ll be allowed to build awesome little projects using various sensors, motors, I/O devices, and much more.

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Love Your Car? Like To Tinker? Build Your Own GPS Car Tracking System!

The science and technology of global positioning systems, i.e. the GPS. We are able to use GPS in our phones in order to track them in case they’re ever lost or stolen, so why shouldn’t we use them for a larger and oft-necessary piece of technology; like our cars? While you definitely could go out and purchase a LoJack or OnStar system, you COULD just try out this DIY solution using only an Arduino Uno, a GPS module, and a GSM shield that would send you text messages and updates as the car is on the move without your knowledge. Continue reading “Love Your Car? Like To Tinker? Build Your Own GPS Car Tracking System!”

Turn Doodles to Working Circuits with the Rollerball pen

Well ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we might be saying good-bye to the breadboard. A group of scientists at the University of Illinois have created a conductive, water-based ink that allows its users to draw working circuits on an practically any piece of paper you have on hand. The scientists then packaged the product into a rollerball pen, dubbed the Circuit Scribe, and if you wish to be one of the first to get your hands on one of these, head on over to Kickstarter and contribute to the team’s crowdfunding project.  In fact, a donation of $30.00 will net you the basic Circuit Scribe set. WOO-HOO! Continue reading “Turn Doodles to Working Circuits with the Rollerball pen”

A LEGO Data Network Protocol?! Are You Foolin’ Me?!

Speed in tech is an awesome thing.  Nowadays many of us can appreciate bullet-quick solid-state hard drives (SSDs) and fiber-optic networks (like Google Fiber; PLEASE come to San Antonio), but the best way to appreciate something is to understand where it all came from. Before the days of the aforementioned technology we now use, there was the telegraph, and even further back we can see that data travel everywhere by train. A hacker named Maximilien recreated that locomotive golden era of transferring information using LEGO, Arduino and Linux.  Even though this method will definitely lack the bandwidth, the point is the nod to the historical relevance of networking.  While the latency of the network is awful, the bandwidth is actually pretty good. Continue reading “A LEGO Data Network Protocol?! Are You Foolin’ Me?!”