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[Glenn] sent us an update on his FrankenKindle project. You might remember this hack from back in July. [Glenn] is modding the device to make it easier for his sister, who has Cerebral Palsy, to use.
The latest revision adds a case for the hardware. The silver button pad is what remains of the V.Reader (a children’s toy), having had the screen portion hacked off. The case provides a stable base for the reader and buttons, holding them at a nice angle for easy use. There’s just a bit of cable routing that needs to be finished to protect some fragile connections. The picture above does show the circuit board to the side, but there is a place for it around back.
In the video after the break [Glenn] mentions that the response to keypresses is a little sluggish. Sure, some of this is Kindle’s own delay when refreshing the ePaper display. But we can’t help but think the code running on the Teensy could also be optimized. We’ve asked him to post his code if he wants some tips, so check back and help out if you can.
We do have one feature suggestion for him. The Kindle keyboard no longer functions because that flat cable coming out the side is what connects to it. It’s quite easy to add a PS/2 keyboard port to a microcontroller. That would be a nice addition to the FrankenKindle as it would make things like shopping for books a bit easier.
I told my friend that I would promote his radio show, but we would probably DOS the streaming server. He said, “Go for it!” If you are interested in dance/electronica, listen to You are so beautiful, beautiful robot every Thursday, 7-9PM CST. Click for the live stream.
[Sean Hillmeyer] notified us that DC480 will be handling the TCP/IP Enabled Contest at Defcon again this year. The contest rules are on their site. We saw at least one of the entries last year.
It has been nearly a month since I put one of these posts together. Which means our Team Hack-A-Day folding team has produced over 12.5 million points and are now in the top 50. Watch out team “Linux”?! Continue reading for lots of links.
[scout] pointed out another wireless mod for Austar antennas.
[Chris Martin] still needs to add fiber optics to light up the laser on his Death Star thumb drive.
CalPolyPomona is working on Generic Interpreter, a program that creates just-in-time interpreters in Java. [Xor_pettit]
Tom’s Networking ran a series of articles on using an Xbox as NAS: Parts one, two, and three [default]
openEyes is pursuing low cost eye tracking and has some information on the software involved. [Alex]
[MAT_THE_W] made a protective acrylic cover for his monitor.
Bad Brothers Racing has updated their site and are continuing to make progress on their jet-bike.
[Standard Mischief]‘s guide to zeroing your Google cookie.
Dustin Kirk’s RFID blocking duct tape wallet. Wouldn’t it be better to use foil tape instead of tape and foil? [andrew chiong via Lifehacker]
How-to modify the images on your Mobiblu MP3 player. [blt]
[woz]‘s shortened USB drive
[eric]‘s paper clip and rubber band pen holder. I’d hate to be around when that thing explodes.
[Jakeh]‘s semi-automatic rubber band gun from a pizza box
Drivers for using the EyeToy as a webcam [Enrique]
Make your own Griffin Powermate. This is on my list of things to build. [GRimo]
Floppy disk striped RAID under OS X [tutejszy]
[shtoink] pointed out that our friend Jason Rollette has been working on version 2 of his underwater ROV.
[n2ei] reminded us that the 19th Annual Winter Shortwave Listeners Fest (SWL Fest) will be March 3-4 in Kulpsville, PA.
[Chris Rybitski]‘s LED LEGO bricks
[sprocket] has grafted a LEGO RCX into his Roboraptor.
[Lance]‘s joke guide to turning a PocketPC into an iPod.
[fastmhz]‘s portable NES
Guide for repairing common laptop problems
Video of opening a lock with a banana [mat]
[Burke] wrote a serial interface for XMMS that will work with our Winamp controller.
Spark Fun’s guide to reflowing solder using an electric skillet [agent420]
[thoughtfix]‘s USB power injector for peripherals that can’t get enough power from the host.
[gordon]‘s night ops eraser
256bytes demos archive [Daedalus]
[computerguru365] replaces a USB port on his Blackberry.
A couple projects by Hack-A-Day readers were featured on other sites today:
[Joseph] is selling his i-Tablet on eBay.
[Artypete]‘s Mac Mini portable
Thank you for all of the tips.
[Wayne] sent along this interesting read on circuit board repair. Even if you’re not uh, repairing, it’s interesting to get some ideas for modification techniques. Pictured is a DIP IC that’s been placed upside-down over the old one with a set of jumper wires. I can only aspire to produce solder joints that look that nice. Good stuff.
Just so the Unofficial Team-Hack-A-Day guys don’t crucify me, they too have been making their own shirts. Thanks [mastershake916].
[Scott Lambshed] took some time to shoot a video tour of egMakerSpace’s new digs. This hackerspace is located in East Gippsland Australia, which is to the East from Melbourne. We know the banner image we chose isn’t all that descriptive, but just look at all of that space! They’ve got a bounty of rooms to use for everything from crafts, to machine/wood shop, to retro computing. There’s even a nice outdoor patio area which was a bit overgrown to start with but cleanup has already begun.
The group is just getting moved into what must have been an old hospital or school. Aside from some network infrastructure, a room full of couches, and a few tools, there’s not a lot in place yet. But one thing that is already looking quite good is their horde of electronics components. The latter half of the video shows boxes, bins, trays, and tackle boxes full of goodies just waiting to make it onto the next protoboard project.
[Scott] is hoping to get the word out in the area about egMakerSpace, and that’s exactly what these introductions are for. So grab you favorite video capture device and send us your own local hackerspace tour.
Today’s fail comes courtesy of GNUCITIZEN‘s [pdp]. This would have made that TJX WEP crack much easier.