Learn on Gadget Hacks and Making Things

A Typical Hardware Hobby Enthusiast is a Hacker when he starts learning, it is sometimes given the name of reverse engineering in another context. The Hardware Hobby Freelance hacker is better off, he is doing it for Learning and Education. Students should be given new and challenging projects in well equipped labs, to augment their skills and make them productive in their jobs from day one.

Hobby Projects – Insulation tester, LED Circuits, Meters.

Hobby DIY Electronics and Making Things at delabs

We all learn by breaking up things, to see how it works, then Fix things around Home etc. Later Create and Innovate perhaps, thats the way to go. To Invent something someday.

Circuit Diagrams Archives Reference

Here are some people doing just that, inspire you to create useful things for your Home. We should never become over dependent on others for everything, this will erode our knowledge base, skills and freedom.

Silicon Chip – Electronics Hobby DIY Magazine, Projects to Build and Kits too.

Nuts and Volts – Aimed at the electronics hobbyist, with articles covering amateur radio, cellular. communications.

HacknMod.com – Led Projects, Arduino, DIY & Hobby Circuitry, Free Energy Ideas.

Hackaday – Breaking Gadgets, Gizmos and Equipment to learn how it works.

Solar Piezoelectric Cell

Sometime around 2008 i wrote this. It is more of Humor and less of Reality.

Vibration  Pressure are Related, Pressure is related to Temperature, Sunlight has Infra Red & Heating Ability. This should Ring some Bell.

You have Heard of Solar Cells and Panels, Sunlight to Power. Heard of Piezoelectric Energy, Vibration to Electricity

Solar Calculator

Solar – Heat – Pressure – Vibration – Electricity !! New Hybrid Solar Cell ! Someone has to just Invent it. It should Flash a few Lamps.

Micro Mech Lithography. Tiny Cantilevers, Tiny Silicone bulb of Volatile Liquid. Mini Lens Heats the bulb. Cantilever is bent a few Microns.

Pressure sensitive valve deflates Bulb suddenly, The Piezoelectric Cantilever goes Twang. The Electric Pulses charge a Supercap and battery.

The Vaporized Liquid has Condensed, it goes back to the cells by Gravity, The Shrunk Bulb draws the liquid. Ready for next Cycle.

If it works, credit me, else all credits go to Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Once upon a Time –  by delabs

Thermoelectric Breakthrough can Replace IC Engines

IC Engines or Internal Combustion Engines are used in all types of Motor Vehicles. They convert Organic Fuel to Motion by tiny combustive explosions in a Cylinder-Piston arrangement. The use of Electricity here is only the spark for ignition.

Revolutionary Balloon Anti-gravity Car

Balloon Antigravity Car

These have a very low efficiency analogous to the Incandescent Tungsten Filament Bulb, The traditional bulb is being replaced by the emerging Energy Efficient LED Lighting Technology.

If we can convert Ethanol Fuel to heat by combustion, that is easy. Then the entire heat is absorbed by Thermoelectric Cell Arrays, like the Solar Cells absorb The radiation from the sun. The EMF from the Thermoelectric Cell Array can be a cascaded to generate enough electricity to charge the Rechargeable Batteries in an Electric Vehicle.

The most important thing is ….. The Material/Compound that can give a good Heat to Electricity Conversion, has still not been discovered. This has be as good as a Solar Cell.

Some Breakthrough in Semiconductor Physics, Nanotechnology, Material Science or Electrochemistry by the Scientists in Fundamental Research and Applied Science, can make the Internal Combustion Engine Obsolete.

Thermal Electricity can also make possible, ‘on the fly’ Electricity from anything that can burn. Coal, wood, twigs, dried leaves, biogas, ethanol can fire Mini Thermal Engines; that make Heat into Electricity to drive Electric Motors backed up by supercaps or rechargeable batteries.

The only other way is to offset gravity as shown in the right, this was a graphic i made in 1999 for a poem on my website.

delabs – 2006

Electronic Solar Umbrella

There are places like your Backyard, outdoors, a village… where your Gadgets will stop working !!!

You will feel suffocated when your Smartphone or Tablet fails to respond to your caring strokes. Your Dupey is perishing due to Undernourishment. All you need is “Electronic Solar Umbrella” which was invented by me delabs on June 1st 2014.

Electronic Solar Umbrella

The Red Light is for Data Networking SmartUmbrellas using Advanced Multi-Threaded Infra Red Technology.

SUN – Smart Umbrella Networking

I just invented the SmartUmbrella – My Drone is Rushing to the Patent Office.

(Keep this confidential till my drone returns safely, the beagle boys are using Blimps with Large Magnets to capture Drones.)

Charger for Portable Devices

This is a simple charger you can build for devices. It can be modified for any device. This may need no modification for devices that are charged using PC USB port.

Power Electronic Circuits

Charger for Portable Devices

This is a Schematic Doodle called Schoodle. Use it for Learning and understanding. Build and test only when you have practiced and gone beyond simple electrical and electronic circuits. Mistakes can damage your portable device or even waste your components. Hence take care, work systematically, not like me. See the mess i have created below.

Cornfield Electronics – Mitch Altman

Mitch Altman, president and founder, invented the company’s hit product TV-B-Gone® and turned the product into an international success practically overnight.

Cornfield Electronics – Mitch Altman

TV-B-Gone universal remote control is the first fruit of our technical savvy, embodying our belief in empowerment, and sense of humor.

TV-B-Gone now features the Instant Reactivation Feature which allows you to turn TVs on or off quickly and easily.

TV-B-Gone universal remote control

Electronic Glasses – Trip Glasses!

Blinking lights and sound guide you into gentle Meditation at home or Hallucinate in between meetings.This should not be used while walking, talking or driving any form of human transport including aircraft.

(This is a fun toy product and should not be used for any serious purpose, just play with it at home)

Electronic Glasses

Cornfield Electronics, Inc.
1800 Market St. #123 San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Make a Custom eZ430 Chronos Watch

Evolution of The SmartWatch

This post was made in relation to the TI Chronos and Casio watches, The early Smartwatches.

This is not a HandHeld Gizmo but a Gizmo that Holds your Hand. Gadgets that Cling to the Body. Wearable Wireless Computers. The first Smart Wristwatch according to my knowledge was created by Casio. It was not as smart as the chaps below, but had many functions including a calculator and calender,

Release of databank telephone number storage wristwatch CD-40

January 1984 – “Casio released watches with various advanced features, including a calculator function (C-80 released in 1980), and a dictionary function (T-1500 Walking Dictionary released in 1982). The company wanted to see the wristwatch evolve from a simple device for telling time to an information device on the wrist.”

Casio CD-40-Databank Calculator

“This watch further advanced the concept of an information device on the wrist, and became a major hit product, selling a record total of six million units in the five years after its release.”

A smartwatch or smart watch is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a personal digital assistant (PDA) device

Earlier post in delabs Notes

(Posted many years ago in my other tech blogs and sites.)

eZ430-Chronos wireless watch - TI

When i saw this i remember my High School friend, he had built an advanced DIY Wrist Watch with LED Display and Radio, there was a temperature display too. A Gizmo WristWatch around 1980!

This Gizmo got many students wildly interested in Electronics. He also developed a Learning Kit ‘Chip Chap’ for 555. An Innovative Education Kit Developer Dynam was making it..

Here is one such Temperature, Wireless, USB Data Logger Watch Development Tool. But for an entirely New Generation.

eZ430-Chronos wireless watch – TI

The eZ430-Chronos is a highly integrated, wearable wireless development system based for the CC430 in a sports watch. It may be used as a reference platform for watch systems, a personal display for personal area networks, or as a wireless sensor node for remote data collection.