Broadcast Engineer at BellMedia, Computer history buff, compulsive deprecated, disparate hardware hoarder, R/C, robots, arduino, RF, and everything in between.
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Adam Savage’s Hellboy Mecha Hand

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Adam Savage's Hellboy Mecha-Glove Replica

Adam Savage of Mythbusters doesn’t kid around when it comes to making costumes. He’s poured time and effort into building ensembles like Admiral Ackbar and most recently, an environmental space suit from Ridley Scott’s Alien. Savage has spent over four years making a detailed replica of Rasputin’s mecha-glove from the movie Hellboy, and it’s finally done. He documented the components of the build in the below video.

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Wireless Systems Architect Needed / Adafruit Jobs Board

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Wireless Systems Architect Needed / Adafruit Jobs Board

ABOUT THE ROLE: goTenna is seeking a wireless systems architect with strong experience in RF and networking. The ideal candidate should have a track record in designing innovative solutions to unique wireless networking problems, particularly ad-hoc networks. The ability to code for and work with MATLAB is required.

The person in this role would work alongside our hardware and firmware engineers to implement a scalable wireless systems architecture for goTenna at the firmware level across a variety of products and devices.

Requirements & desired skills:

~ Masters or higher in electrical engineering, with a focus in networking/communications

~ 5+ years of experience solving and implementing networking solutions desired

~ Experience in hardware desirable

~ Experience with embedded system engineering strongly desired

This is a full-time position based in Brooklyn, reporting to the CTO. Compensation package includes: annual salary, equity, benefits (100% of premiums covered), a $2,000 technology stipend, and a month of holidays and PTO each year.

ABOUT THE COMPANY:goTenna is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based startup building products that enable completely decentralized communication. We’re starting with an eponymous device that, paired with your smartphone, lets you communicate with friends even when you have no cell or data service. goTenna aims to become a part of everyone’s technology essentials, reducing our reliance on cell towers and wi-fi routers, and providing users the ability to create a network on their terms, anywhere in the world, free from charges or fees. We care a ton about what we’re building — from both philosophical and technological perspectives — and our team, which started to work together at the NYC Resistor hackspace, is a scrappy group (6 FT + 2 interns), armed with a seed round of venture capital from some really nice folks (incl. Collaborative Fund, Bloomberg Beta, Andreessen Horowitz, Brooklyn Bridge, MentorTech). Our office is stocked with snacks and friendly, smart people who like teaching and learning from each other.

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Aerodynamics? Super Honey Badger Don’t Give a @#*^@!

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[Arron Bates] is a pro R/C Pilot from Australia. He’s spent the last few years chasing the dream of a fixed wing plane which could perform unlimited spins. After some promising starts with independently controlled wing spoilers, [Arron] went all in and created The Super Honey Badger. Super Honey Badger is a giant scale R/C plane with the tail of a helicopter and a soul of pure awesome.

Starting with a standard 87″ wingspan Extra 300 designed for 3D flight, [Arron] began hacking. The entire rear fuselage was removed and replaced with carbon fiber tubes. The standard Extra 300 tail assembly fit perfectly on the tubes. Between the abbreviated fuselage and the tail, [Arron] installed a tail rotor from an 800 size helicopter. A 1.25 kW brushless motor drives the tail rotor while a high-speed servo controls the pitch.

[Arron] debuted the plane at HuckFest 2013, and pulled off some amazing aerobatics. The tail rotor made 540 stall turn an easy trick to do – even with an airplane. Flat spins were a snap to enter, even from fast forward flight! Most of [Arron's] maneuvers defy any attempt at naming them – just watch the videos after the break.

Sadly, Super Honey Badger was destroyed in May of 2014 due to a structural failure in the carbon tubes. [Arron] walked away without injury and isn’t giving up., He’s already dropping major hints about a new plane (facebook link).

Watch the control surfaces move in the videos. It’s worth noting that Super Honey Badger carries no gyros or flight stabilization systems. The plane’s every move is in direct response to [Arron's] control inputs.

 


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How to cut a bagel into two interlocking rings

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You will need a knife, a non-toxic marker, and some math.

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Pomplamoose covers "Video Killed The Radio Star"

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Pomplamoose's excellent video for their cover of "Video Killed The Radio Star!" (more…)

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Both sides of the vinyl come-back

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People in the US bought 6.1 million vinyl records last year, a resurgence for sure but still just 2 percent of album sales overall, and there aren't enough vinyl presses to meet demand as it is. (Pitchfork)

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Fascinating article. Vinyl lives!
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