Category: Hacks

Microsoft Kinect Can Now Translate Sign Language [video]

Microsoft Kinect Can Now Translate Sign Language [video]

| August 1, 2013 | Reply

The kinect by Microsoft is an amazing device. When it debuted it was pretty obvious that some of the possibilities with the kinect were amazing. Microsoft has shared a video of the most impressive ability yet for Kinect: Sign Language. Partnering with the Institute of Computing Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, MS labs has made […]

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Denso, The Company Who Created The QR Code Takes it To The Next Level [Maker Faire]

Denso, The Company Who Created The QR Code Takes it To The Next Level [Maker Faire]

| July 27, 2013 | Reply

QR codes as you know them are pretty much for relaying a small bit of data to whatever device you scan them with. Denso is the company that started QR codes. I had a brief conversation with Kevin Bradshaw, the ADC Business Development & Sales manager for the US. He was happy to take some […]

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REMINDER: Maker Camp Starts Today!

REMINDER: Maker Camp Starts Today!

| July 8, 2013 | Reply

The people over at Make: magazine started Maker Camp last year. It’s a “day camp” for teens that shows them how to build fun projects with basic household items and tools. You can attend as often or as little as you’d like, and it’s free. How do you participate? The camp is held on Google […]

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In A Moment Of Awkwardness, Movie Studio Employees Are Stealing Movies At Work Says Report

In A Moment Of Awkwardness, Movie Studio Employees Are Stealing Movies At Work Says Report

| December 26, 2012 | Reply

Scaneye is a company that monitors bit torrent trackers. They do this for various movie and television studios so the companies can keep track of how much they have been pirated. Terrentfreak recently employed the services of Scaneye to find out who has been more egregious in pirating, the studios or the bit torrent company. Not surprisingly Paramount Pictures, Warner […]

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Now You’re Just A Hard Drive That I Used To Know [video]

Now You’re Just A Hard Drive That I Used To Know [video]

| September 29, 2012 | Reply

Some Saturday morning fun for all of you. Here is a cover of the Gotye hit “somebody that I used to know” made with some hard drives, a scanner and a xylophone. I have no idea how long something like this takes to program but I am sure it’s more than the one hour I […]

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If You Pre-Ordered A Nexus Q You Won’t Be Getting It Soon. As An Apology You Also Won’t Have To Pay For It.

If You Pre-Ordered A Nexus Q You Won’t Be Getting It Soon. As An Apology You Also Won’t Have To Pay For It.

| July 31, 2012 | Reply

Google is sending out emails to let customers who pre-ordered the Nexus Q know that there has been a delay. Google said in the email they heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of […]

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Nexus 7 Hooked Up To A USB Hub Can Read Floppy Disks, Play Ultima

Nexus 7 Hooked Up To A USB Hub Can Read Floppy Disks, Play Ultima

| July 22, 2012 | Reply

The Nexus 7 doesn’t have a spot for a micro sd slot, but it does have a micro usb connection. With that connection and an app called Stickmount, it looks like Android 4.1 can connect to just about anything you can throw at it. One user over on XDA has managed to get a USBstorage, […]

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MegaUpload shut down by DOJ/FBI, Anonymous takes action

MegaUpload shut down by DOJ/FBI, Anonymous takes action

| January 19, 2012 | Reply

Earlier today, the Department of Justice and the FBI brought down the file sharing site MegaUpload, calling the site  “am ong the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States.” four of the operators of the site have been arrested in New Zealand, three more remain to be found. Within minutes of the site […]

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Missing Out On A White Christmas? Make Your Own Snow With This DIY Snow Machine [video]

Missing Out On A White Christmas? Make Your Own Snow With This DIY Snow Machine [video]

| December 23, 2011 | Reply

Here in the Midwest it’s been an interesting late fall/winter. We have had almost no snow and mild temps compared to what it is usually like in December. A lot of people come in my office and make some comment about “No white Christmas this year eh?”. Well, I have an answer for them. For […]

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Learn How To Open A Padlock With An Aluminum Can [hacks]

Learn How To Open A Padlock With An Aluminum Can [hacks]

| December 23, 2011 | Reply

I don’t want to tell you why I might use this, nor do I want to know why you might want this information. It is pretty interesting either way. Using an aluminum can you can cut and mold pieces into what turn out to be thin metal shims which can slide the tooth holding the […]

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