Supercharge Your Old Nintendo Game Boy with a CircuitPython Cartridge

Python is a pretty unique programming language, and has a number of features that make it ideal for beginner coders while remaining powerful enough for experienced programmers. It’s platform-agnostic, so you can run it on any computer. But until recently, you haven’t been able to use it on microcontrollers. Thankfully, MicroPython and then Adafruit’s CircuitPython recently came along to make that possible. In a recent presentation from Teardown 2019, Scott Shawcroft demonstrated how you can use a CircuitPython cartridge to supercharge an old Nintendo Game Boy.Shawcroft is the project lead for CircuitPython at Adafruit, which makes him the perfect person to … Continue reading Supercharge Your Old Nintendo Game Boy with a CircuitPython Cartridge

These Bride and Groom Badges Were Made for a Wedding Gift

Electronic badges have exploded in popularity in recent years. So, naturally, we feature many of them here on the Hackster blog. But because the origin of the badge life is rooted in security conferences, most of them have very geeky themes. While we appreciate fandom as much as any tech blog, that does mean that a lot potential themes get overlooked. Weddings, for example, tend not to be the focus of many badges. But Maarten Tromp wanted to make a great gift for his friends’ wedding, and so he designed these bride and groom badges.All badges need blinking lights, and these … Continue reading These Bride and Groom Badges Were Made for a Wedding Gift

This Baseball Will Change Course in Midair Using a Built-In Jet

In baseball, the pitcher’s job is to throw the ball in such a way that the batter can physically hit it, but is unable to. The ball has to pass through an imaginary window that the better can reach, but that’s the only real rule. So pitchers utilize a number of different techniques to make the ball more difficult to hit. That can be a simple as throwing it really fast, or as tricky as spinning the ball so it curves in the air. This baseball, however, can change its own trajectory in midair using a jet of compressed gas … Continue reading This Baseball Will Change Course in Midair Using a Built-In Jet

Building Custom Arduino-Controlled Gauges for a Mazda Miata

The beauty of the Mazda Miata is in its simplicity. You get two seats, four wheels, a modest engine, rear-wheel drive, and not much else. That’s what makes it so desirable to sports car purists, and the lack of superfluous equipment keeps it lightweight and nimble. While the newer models certainly have some modern tech equipment, the fanciest thing my first generation “NA” model had was FM radio. Droo also has an NA Miata, and decided to modernize it with a digital Arduino-controlled dashboard.We’ve actually seen Droo’s 1993 Mazda Miata before, when he posted about a project that added an … Continue reading Building Custom Arduino-Controlled Gauges for a Mazda Miata

Deeplocal’s Gumband Platform Provides Complete Control of Interactive Experiences

Pittsburgh-based Deeplocal is an innovation studio that helps companies, artists, and makers implement new ideas using both hardware and software. We’ve covered the company’s work on multiple occasions — from a mocktail-mixing machine to a poster-making plotter to a robotic hand — but their latest creation is an all-in-one platform meant to provide total control over interactive exhibit projects. Known as Gumband, the system allows users to build interactive exhibit (IE) projects via an intuitive software suite and a pair of modules designed to work with both the company’s platform and existing hardware.The Gumband platform features a pair of modules and a software suite … Continue reading Deeplocal’s Gumband Platform Provides Complete Control of Interactive Experiences

Kazakhstan Begins Intercepting HTTPS Internet Traffic Of All Citizens Forcefully

If you are in Kazakhstan and unable to access the Internet service without installing a certificate, you’re not alone. The Kazakhstan government has once again issued an advisory to all major local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) asking them to make it mandatory for all their customers to install government-issued root certificates on their devices in order to regain access to the Internet Source: Hackernews Continue reading Kazakhstan Begins Intercepting HTTPS Internet Traffic Of All Citizens Forcefully

This Simple DataFlash Board Makes it Easy to Read or Write Data with an Arduino

It’s no secret that we love Arduino boards around here. Arduino has revolutionized the maker community more than any other product over the past decade, and Arduino boards are the basis for thousands of great projects. The whole appeal of an Arduino is its ability to easily facilitate connections between a microcontroller and other components. If a feature is missing, you can add it. If you want some non-volatile storage, this simple DataFlash board designed by David Johnson-Davies is perfect for the job.Most Arduinos, such as the Uno, can store data in a few different ways out of the box. There … Continue reading This Simple DataFlash Board Makes it Easy to Read or Write Data with an Arduino

This Trap Chess Board Will Swallow Your Pawns

Chess is obviously a very difficult game to master, and the only way to succeed is to anticipate your opponent’s moves and employ a thoughtful strategy. But the rules are clear and you can take comfort knowing that you and your opponent are always starting on equal ground. Whichever player can outwit the other will be the victor. But what if randomness was also a factor in the game? That’s the case with the Trap Chess board that Yann Guidon and his neighbor built.The basic premise of Trap Chess is that some of the positions on the board are actually trap … Continue reading This Trap Chess Board Will Swallow Your Pawns

This Raspberry Pi-Powered Tube TV Wall Appeared in a Recent Music Video

As with any other community, the interests of makers can’t be easily explained through cold logic and rationality. A modern OLED display is better in every conceivable way than the displays of the past, and yet Nixie tubes remain incredibly popular with makers. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, or maybe there is some other intangible factor at play, but we seem to be drawn to outdated and impractical technology. That’s proven in the music video for Zacharias Zachrisson’s song Shadow, which features a wall of tube TVs built by Johanna Tano and powered by Raspberry Pis.We feature many Raspberry Pi-based projects … Continue reading This Raspberry Pi-Powered Tube TV Wall Appeared in a Recent Music Video