Printable wire stripper lights up when you hit the conductor

The image above shows an Electro Wire Stripper that might be very useful for all of us.

 “For years we’ve used razor blades to do this, as the tiniest wires don’t have a slot on our trusty wire strippers. But often we cut all the way though the conductor (or many of the strands) when doing so.”

If setup correctly, it can be very precise and give feedback telling when the blades have cut deep enough, and this is how it could be used:

  • Sight down the blades.
  • Align the blades with where the wire should be stripped.Move the wire into the blades having the blades cut into the insulation.
  • When the blades cut through the insulation and contact the wire the LED will light.
  • Spin the wire or the tool to cut the insulation completely around the wire.
  • Remove the wire from the tool and pull off the insulation.

This is a really cool and clever hack! What do you think?

(via Hackaday and thingiverse)

 

 

Papilio Arcade now easy as MAME with Arcade Blaster App

Here at Gadget Factory we’re happy to announce that the first release of the Arcade Blaster application is now officially available for download!

The new Arcade Blaster application makes it easier then ever to load games to the Papilio Arcade hardware. It works just like MAME, simply provide ROMs that you own and it takes care of everything. You will be up and running with your games in less then 15 seconds. If you’ve been on the fence about buying the Papilio Arcade then wait no longer, the Papilio Arcade is available for $84.99 at Seeed Studio.

The Arcade Blaster is a new multi-platform application that simplifies using Papilio Arcade kit and eliminates the need to directly work on HDL sources.

The new application runs on Windows as well as Linux and both JRE and FTDI drivers are part of the installer however you can still choose the Arcade Blaster compact version If you have these components already installed.

documentation page is also being released at the Arcade Wiki for any information about the application you can go to this page to know all about the installation, requirements, how to use it and more…

The Gadget Factory Team

Free ebook on VHDL available for download

For everyone who seeks a solid guide to help them develop their VHDL skills here is a free book we found that will help you get all that and much more.

The book was written by Bryan Mealy and Fabrizio Tappero, you can download the electronic version of this book for free here: freerangefactory.org

“Feedback and Contribution: The authors are more than happy to consider your contribution in improving, extending or correcting any part of this book. For any communication or feedback that you might have about the content of this book you can contact the authors at the following address: contact(at)freerangefactory.org”

Click here to download PDF version.

This book looks pretty good, what do you think?

How to design a Homemade GPS Receiver

 

Have you ever thought about designing a GPS Receiver? It seems very complicated but not with this design we found at holmea.demon.co.uk, the article clearly explains how to make a homemade GPS receiver and we thought you guys would find it very useful.

“…I was motivated to design this receiver after reading the work of Matjaž Vidmar, S53MV, who developed a GPS receiver from scratch, using mainly discrete components, over 20 years ago. His use of DSP following a hard-limiting IF and 1-bit ADC interested me. The receiver described here works on the same principle. Its 1-bit ADC is the 6-pin IC near the pin headers, an LVDS-output comparator. Hidden under noise but not obliterated in the bi-level quantised mush that emerges are signals from every satellite in view.”

The article is complete with source code, resources and more so that you can start making your own GPS Receiver!

Click here for the article, enjoy!

Feel free to discuss in the comments thread.

(via holmea.demon.co.uk, original article by Andrew Holme)