2017-10-22 (Su) HackadaySummary

I've compiled a few sentences about each Hackaday article I've written this week. Rather than dedicate a whole day to talking about how I selected and wrote about it, I will just write once a week and link to the articles I found interesting enough to write about.

Hovering Questions about Magnetic Levitation
If you’ve ever tried to align two refrigerator magnets so one hovers of the other, you know it’s a fool’s task. It can be done with electromagnets and this site shows how that works. K&J Magnetics puts out a newsletter where they talk about really cool stuff. It’s one of the few (very few) newsletters I actually read when it hits my inbox. I didn’t want to seem like a shill when writing this article though so I’m kind of gushing here.

MIDISWAY Promises to Step Up Your Live Show
Before this blog, I did a project with MIDI and recognized some of the similarities to the industrial protocol, MODBUS. I think it was a commonality of protocols developed in that era. To their testament, they’re both still in use today. MODBUS has been adapted for Ethernet while MIDI has been adapted for USB and Wi-Fi.

Trading Bird Food for Cigarette Butts
This was my most popular article to date. I had hoped it would be the one about finger magnets or electronic business cards. I learned something from this, aside from the trainability of corvids, put something in the article which prompts readers to apply the hack on their own.

Bellcycles are Open-Source, Compact, and Unique
I have tried, and failed, to modify a bicycle. This was from lack of trying, skill, time, and patience. When I saw the design for this commuter bike, I wanted to show it off because it’s something I would love to take for a spin. The comments were mostly about the safety of riding something where the front wheel is almost directly under the rider but skates are even further back.

Carbon Quantum Dots in Your Favorite Color
Quantum dots are neat. They fluoresce different colors under UV light and their color is dependent on the size of the dot. This was based on a Thought Emporium article. TE and I go back to the biohack.me forum and I love promoting his stuff because he’s probably madder than I. Plus, Canadians.

Opening the Door to Functional Prints
This last article for the week piqued my interest because it used metal 3D printing for a very functional purpose. Non-standard door hinges. They were highly decorative to match the style of the doors which probably wouldn’t have been possible without scouring the countryside’s antique shops or hunting down a niche retailer.

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