Intel is updating its business-class convertible notebook lineup with two new ThinkPad Yoga models. The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 is a 2.9 pound convertible with a 12.5 inch display, while the ThinkPad Yoga 460 is a 14 inch model that weighs 3.9 pounds. Both models have displays that can bend over backward to let you […]
Acer’s latest Aspire V 13 laptop features an Intel Skylake processor, optional full HD and touchscreen displays, and support for up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. The new Acer Aspire V 13 is a portable notebook that weighs about 3.5 pounds or less, and which should be available in October […]
Over the past year we’ve seen a number of PC-on-a-stick computers, including models from Chinese companies like MeegoPad and Mele and bigger names like Intel and Lenovo. Now Asus is launching its first Windows PC-on-a-stick, and it’s one of the most interesting models I’ve seen so far. The Asus VivoStick PC features an Intel Atom […]
Asus unveiled the ZenWatch 2 in June, and now the company’s revealing more details about its second-generation smartwatch. According to Asus, the ZenWatch 2 offers longer battery life, faster charging, and features a magnetic pogo pin charger. The new watches will come in large and small sizes, and feature IP67 water-resistant designs. There’s also a […]
If Acer’s 8 inch gaming tablet caught your eye, the company’s got another device that might be of interest: a 6 inch gaming phone. It’s called the Acer Predator 6, and it features a 10-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 21MP camera, haptic feedback, and four front-facing features. Acer hasn’t revealed many details about the phone […]
Acer is expanding its Revo line of tiny desktop computers with a new model that starts small… but can get bigger if you need more power. The Acer Revo Build series is a modular mini-desktop that will be available in Europe, the Middle East and Asia in October for a starting price of €199 in Europe. Acer does […]
Acer has just unveiled one of the first smartphones that can serve double duty as a desktop PC. Just attach the phone to a desktop docking station and you can run apps on a big screen using a mouse and keyboard. Pick up the phone and you’ve got a mobile, touch-friendly user interface. The Acer […]
Acer is launching its first Android tablet designed for gaming. The company’s been showing off the device for months, but now it’s official: the Acer Predator 8 is a tablet with an 8-inch IPS display, an Intel Atom x7 Cherry Trail processor, and a $299 price tag. The tablet features a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, Intel […]
Acer is giving its Aspire R 13 convertible laptop an upgrade. The latest model is available with up to an Intel Core i7 Skylake processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and up to a 2560 x 1440 pixel touchscreen display. The new Acer Aspire R 13 should be available in […]
Acer Aspire R 13 convertible gets a Skylake upgrade is a post from: Liliputing
Acer is launching its first convertible Chromebook. The Acer Chromebook R11 is a laptop with Google’s Chrome OS operating system and a touchscreen display that can rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to hold the computer like a tablet. It’s not the first convertible Chromebook on the market. But it is one of the first to […]
The Lenovo Miix 700 is a 2-in-1 Windows tablet with a 12 inch display, a built-in kickstand, and a keyboard dock that lets you use the tablet like a notebook. It looks a bit like a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and Lenovo’s tablet features an Intel Core M Skylake processor while Microsoft’s latest tablets feature […]
Lenovo’s latest Chrome OS laptop is coming in October for $179 and up. The Lenovo 100S Chromebook features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and up to an Intel Celeron N2840 Bay Trail processor. While the specs seem a bit dated at a time when Cherry Trail, Braswell, and Skylake chips are available, […]
All over the world, mountains of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics are available for recycling in the form of soda bottles. And wherever there is enough cheap raw material, a market is sure to emerge for it. One brilliant inventor in Brazil has decided to capitalize on this market by building a magnificent factory to turn PET bottles into threads, rope, and other products.
Not a word of English is spoken in the video, and our Portuguese stops at obrigado, but you don’t really need to understand what’s being said to know what’s going on. Built from what looks to be the running gear of several bicycles and motors from various cast-off appliances, our nameless genius’ machines slit the PET bottles into fine threads, winds the thread onto spools, and braids the threads into heavier cords. We love the whole home-brew vibe of the machines; especially clever is the hacked desk calculator wired to a microswitch to count revolutions, and the salvaged auto jack used to build a press for forming the broom heads. All in all it’s a pretty amazing little factory cranking out useful products from zero-cost raw material.
We’d love to have more context about what’s being said in the video, so we’ll put this one out there for our Portuguese-speaking readers. Maybe we can get a partial translation in the comments? If so, then obrigado.
Filed under: green hacks, misc hacks
Last January, [DrYerzina]’s sister couldn’t find her cat. The family searched the neighborhood for two hours until the cat came out from underneath a bed, proving once again cats own humans, not the other way around. A solution to this problem would come in the form of technology, specifically as [DrYerzinia]’s entry for the Hackaday Prize, a solar-powered Bluetooth tracking device. Yes, you can go on Amazon or eBay and buy a BLE tracker, but this version comes in a handy package: it’s built of a flexible circuit board to fit just about everywhere, including on the collar of a cat.
[DrYerzina]’s Bluetooth tracker is built around an Bluetooth LE module, with a few added passives, LEDs, and other parts glued and soldered onto a double sided, flexible PCB. To this, he’s added a flexible solar cell and a flexible LiPo battery. All of this is stuffed inside an enclosure 3D printed in flexible filament.
While the Hackaday Prize is filled with wearables, [DrYerzina]’s project is at the forefront of hombrew wearable technology. Nowhere else in the prize have we seen a dedication to making a device that bends. The best part is, he’s actually building a useful device; with just 15 minutes of sunlight a day (a condition very likely for a sleeping cat), this Bluetooth tag can work for weeks.The 2015 Hackaday Prize is sponsored by:
Filed under: The Hackaday Prize
Everyone loves a field trip. It’s always fun to visit a manufacturing plant to see how the big-boys make all the cool toys we love. But there are a few places you might not want to go exploring, like inside a nuclear reactor.
Well fear not, now you can spend as much time as you would like with these amazing cut-away of nuclear facilities from across the globe. You can thank University of New Mexico Libraries Exhibition for hosing these photos that have been published in “Nuclear Engineering International” magazine over the years. If you happen to have a pdf allergy, you can also browse most of them on flickr here.
And if you want to see more amazing cutaways, there is this photo pool full of some 1300 other cutaway images to look at. If you know of other amazing engineering photos sets, leave us a note in the comments.
Filed under: chemistry hacks
Intel is holding a coming out party for its 6th-generation Core family of processors. The company launched two desktop chips based on the “Skylake” platform in August, but now Intel is expanding the lineup with a wide range of processors designed to use anywhere from 4.5 watts to 91 watts of power. I’m most interested in […]
[David Hopkins] built a seven segment clock, but not in a way you would think. Typically, if one wants to make something like this, one would start off with some seven segment LEDs. [David] wanted to kick it up a notch and use RGB LEDs to get access to the wide array of different colors, but found off the shelf assemblies cost prohibitive. So, he did what any good hacker would do. He made his own.
The easy part consists of Neopixels, an Arduino Nano and a DS3231 Real Time Clock. The hard part consists of Plasticard and a polymorph diffuser. Plasticard also goes by the name of Polystyrene and comes in sheets. [David] describes Polymorph as a type of moldable nylon that softens with heat, with a working temperature low enough that boiling water will suffice.
He was able to cut out the individual segments to make an impressive looking desk clock.
Filed under: Arduino Hacks, clock hacks, led hacks
[Russel Munro] decided to go all-out for his son’s birthday cake: he made a Transformers robot cake that, well, transforms from a truck into a robot, Optimus Prime style. His impressive build has the actions of the original: first, the front rears up to lift the head, then the back lifts to form the body and the head and arms pop out of the top. Underneath the thin fondant exterior is a 3D printed body, driven by a mechanism in the base. He used fishing line to lift the parts, which is pulled by a motor salvaged from a CD player, being driven by an EasyDriver board from Sparkfun.
The main issue he had to overcome was weight: apparently he underestimated the weight of the fondant that covers the cake, and had to do some last-minute work to strengthen the drive mechanism, and skip plans for the more ornately decorated version that his wife had planned. But the look of glee on his son’s face when he operates it at the party is the best bit. In these days of CGI and computer games, it is good to remind the kids that there is still a lot of fun to be found in ingenuity and liberal quantities of hot glue.
Filed under: Arduino Hacks, robots hacks
Looking for an easier way to top off your smartphone battery? There are phones that support quick charging, and wireless charging. One day there may be support for solar charging — without the need for traditional solar panels. Researchers at Kogakuin University in Japan have been working on a transparent lithium-ion battery that can be recharged […]
A group of major tech companies that are often seen as competitors have announced that they’re all working together on at least one project: an effort to create open source, royalty-free media formats and codecs. If there’s one thing Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix all have in common, it’s that none of them […]