Freaklabs’ Akiba Visits Dharamsala, India

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Expatriate hacker Chris “Akiba” Wang of Tokyo recently participated in a cool opportunity to deploy a sensor network in Dharamsala, India. I got an email from Marco at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. He’s part of UNESCO and we’re working together on a weather monitoring project.... Read more »

Mint-Tin Software Defined Radio

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Steve, AKA Flickr user 3dking, built this mint-tin, PCB-less(!) SDR upverter, which switches your software-controlled Ham radio from VHF to HF. I built another up-converter, this time in to an Altoids tin and stuck a low quality label on the tin lid. This version includes the switching relay to connect... Read more »

Teleclaw: Remote Robot Gripper

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It might have been Robots of Saturn that first got my young brain thinking about building a mechanical man. In that obscure 1962 sci-fi adventure novel, Dig Allen and his fellow teenage space explorers transfer their thoughts into the bodies of teleoperated robots to mine Saturn’s dangerous rings for precious... Read more »

Bug-in-a-Book

In this fun and easy project (which originally appeared in the Spy Tech edition of Make Magazine), you’ll connect a shirt-pocket “amplified listener” hearing aid with an in-car FM transmitter to create a wireless bug. Then you’ll tuck them inside a hollowed-out book with the microphone (mic) concealed by the... Read more »

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