Category Archives: Projects

PSIVEN Helping Hands Review: The Best Helping Hands For The Price

After suffering my Harbor Freight helping hands for the umpteenth time, I decided it was time to get the best helping hands for the price that I could find. This search led me to the PSIVEN Helping Hands Third Hand Soldering Tool And Vise, a $40 set of helping hands that prove invaluably sturdy for the novice while still being perfectly adequate for a professional. The PSIVEN Helping Hands are the best prosumer level soldering helping hands that I have been able to find!

Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2rZc8pu

How To Use A Tiny OLED Screen with RetroPie

There’s not much documentation on how to use a tiny OLED screen with RetroPie, so in this video, I’ll walk through the process of setting up one of Adafruit’s teeny-tiny OLED screen modules with a Raspberry Pi Zero.

Watch the complete Project Kongmas build video at element14.com

Raspberry Pi GPIO Pinout: element14.com/raspberrypi

Soldering Supercut: Project Kongmas

 

Hallmark Donkey Kong Ornament Teardown

In my quest to make the World’s Smallest Donkey Kong Arcade Cabinet, I needed to tear down the 2018 Hallmark Keepsake Donkey Kong arcade cabinet Christmas tree ornament and see how I could use the shell to house my electronics. In this video, you’ll see the complete process (including a lot of trial and error) as well as what makes this “magic” ornament tick!

They’re sold out from Hallmark, but you can try the usual suspects:

Amazon

eBay

Watch the complete build

Music by Anders Enger Jensen http://eox.no

How To Set Up a Raspberry Pi as a NOAA Satellite Receiver with RTL-SDR

For Project TIROS, I’m building a briefcase-style NOAA satellite receiver using upcycled parts centered around a Raspberry Pi. In this video, I will walk you through the process of installing the necessary software components to use the RTL-SDR module on a Raspberry Pi for NOAA satellite reception.

See more of Project TIROS

Get the RTL-SDR dongle on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Du84p7

PlayStation Classic Controller Teardown

Continuing on our quest to hack the PlayStation Classic and coming off the heels of the console teardown last week, I thought it might be fun to also take a peek inside the PlayStation Classic’s USB controllers and see how they’re put together.

The PlayStation Classic is still a lot of fun. Grab one on Amazon (and hack it): https://amzn.to/2BOteef

PlayStation Classic Teardown

In my quest to hack the PlayStation Classic, I have to first open up the system to see what’s inside and what makes it tick. In this video, we’ll teardown the PlayStation Classic console and explore its insides, determine the state of its build quality, and see what kinds of electronics are hiding inside!

It’s a good console, you should get one on Amazon (and hack it): https://amzn.to/2BOteef

The Most Useless IoT Device Ever (Part 2) [OUTTAKES]

Clem Mayer challenged me to add more useless “functionality” to the “Most Useless IoT Device Ever” on Element14 Presents. I picked up these bits from the cutting room floor, dusted them off, and present them to you now.

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PlayStation Classic Unboxing

With this PlayStation Classic unboxing video, we’ll be taking a little trip down memory lane, reminiscing about gaming in the mid-1990s, and exploring the pros and cons of the hotly-debated system. Later in this series, we’ll be tearing down the console before hacking it to “fix” many of the alleged problems with the aggrieved PlayStation Classic.

If you are a gamer of a certain age, I highly recommend picking up a PlayStation Classic on Amazon and subscribing as we proceed to hack it into the device it should have been! https://amzn.to/2Eyceww

Newark TC-110 Tool Case Unboxing and Review

The Duratool TC-110 tool case from Newark element14 is a great, inexpensive, heavy-duty case for transporting small hand tools and test equipment. It’s made of a lightweight MDF shell coated in textured, heavy-duty ABS plastic and accented with brushed aluminum on the corners to provide extra protection against bumps and dings. Inside, there is a large cushion of perforated foam that can be cut to custom size and shape for any variety of instruments while the lid is complemented by a solid piece of egg-carton foam and a removable pallet for small hand tools. For the price, it may be one of the best tool cases on the market!

See it on Newark

Watch all of Project TIROS here