I sessongens siste Tekno-sending lagde jeg en handfull «vibrobots», små vibrerende skapninger satt sammen av veldig enkle deler. Her er en video som viser hvordan de oppfører seg. PS: Den observante seer klarer kanskje å se hva noen av vibrobotene er laget av ? :)
Vibrobots, eller vibrerende roboter om du vil, er muligens et litt misvisende navn, men de har blitt et lite nettfenomen, sikkert fordi de er så ukompliserte å lage, og derfor er et passende nybegynnerprosjekt for folk som vil leke med lettbeint diy elektronikk.
Do you have dead toys lying around? In this video tutorial I give new life to a dead i-Cybie robot dog whose «brain» was destroyed after it short circuited and almost caught fire. Learn how to animate the dead!
I recently found about 40 meters of electrical cables in the trash at work. It’s threaded with 4-7 strands of solid core wire which I needed for a DIY project (to be revealed soon), and I ended up with quite alot of white plastic tubing that I really didn’t want to throw out.
So I simply cut them up into beads, and mixed them into our little art supply box.
If life deals you an excess of electrical cables…
… then upcycle them into lemonade! No, beads! These are telephone wires I believe.
Cut with a sharp knife, as smooth and straight as possible
Just takes a few seconds
Mixed in with storebought plastic beads
My kids seem to never tire of making necklaces. I’m looking forward to seeing them incorporate some free, upcycled, environmentally friendly beads as well.
Føler du deg også som en pingle når du spiller Guitar hero eller Rock Band med en av disse små lekegitarene i plast? Skulle du ønske du kunne spille ekte gitar SAMTIDIG som du spiller Rock Band? Og kunne du tenke deg å få dask av en jente med boksehansker mens du spiller? Da er det bare å fortsette å lese!
I think I will spend part of this lazy Saturday prodding and poking at this electronic toy dog, bought for 19,- NOK from a thrift store in Hell. (Yes literally, Fretex thrift store run by the Salvation Army, and apytl located in a small place in Norway called Hell :) )
Hopefully I will be able to get some cool sounds out of it.
BTW: If you have battery powered toys like this you want to part with please drop me a line. Broken or not, doesn’t matter :) For me circuit-bending is part fun, part art, part electronics, and part environmentalism.
I came across a cool tutorial over at Instructables yesterday, for using an old AM/FM radio as an amplifier for your ipod or other portable audio device, and decided to give it a whirl.
So this is the old radio I will use:
Cool huh! It came with the house when we bought it from my childrens great grandparents. I couldn’t find any dates stamped on it, but I do get the feeling that it is from the fifties. Could be mistaken about that :)
And I do believe it is an «Autoportable» of the world reknown WEALTH brand :) I wonder if they went out of business or changed the name. Must remember to Google them. Or not, I kind of like the idea of Wealth going out of business permanently :)
Shot from the back. Just four screws away from fun and games! This is actually the part I like best about fiddling with electronics.
God dammit this radio is OLD. The circuits on the circuit board is buildt up THICK, and it looks like it has been done by hand! Respect! It is surprisingly dust free in here, but there seem to have been some acid damage from old batteries once upon a time, so I did a little cleanup.
The white thread that criss-crosses is connected to the tuner knob.
Doing a little «circuit-bending» while I’m at it. In this picture the green aligator clip hits the spot where I got the most amplification of the audio (compared to hooking it up directly to the speaker). I would like more boost to the signal, but I can’t get access to the radios amplifier without taking off the top and taking out the circuit board completely, and I am worried that I would do irreparable damage if I tried. There is a real danger that SOMETHING will snap, a solder joint, a cable, or the string connected to the tuner. Can’t risk it!
The white aligator clip is actually connected to the audio output jack (for the headphones. Easy!
These are the two points I ended up soldering the wires to, but I tested out alot of different «bend points», that is points on the circuit that created interesting shortcuts = weird audio effects. But this isn’t a circuit-bending project (and my girlfriend is about to murder me), so I will just solder it all up and call it a day.
The original solder is layered on so thick that all I have to do is apply enough heat to melt the solder. This actually took a while, but I managed to work my thin cables down into the solder.
I then put the other ends of the cables out though the hole for the headphone jacks, and soldered an audio jack to it (after testing and smiling alot).
It is said that god lives in the details. Well, then god ain’t been anywhere near this audio jack! I took it from an old dvd-rom I had laying around. For some reason I had problems desoldering it from the board, so I just cut the board with a pair of pliers, and ripped it out. I guess I could make this prettier some day when I have the parts.
Also note that I didn’t cut any new holes in the radio, I simply used the existing Ear-phone jack which as a hole straight through. The observant reader might also wonder why I didn’t just use rewire the air phone jack allready in the radio! Well, because I like old things. Alot. And I would like the things I do to them to be as reversible as possible. If this had been a crappy, new shitbox of a radio, I would have whacked it with a hammer, spraypainted it, put it on fire, filmed it and called it art :).
All done! Ok, so I am not testing with an Ipod, I only wrote that to be fancy. No not really, the Ipod just got a new update, so it’s reformatting itself and getting new firmware + transferring 40 gb og crap back onto its shiny hard drive, so a portable cd player will have to do. This JVC cd-player is fantastic, it is my first one, bought with one of my very first pay checks (summer job, washing floors) over 20 years old, and it simply refuses to die! Maybe they knew how to make things more solid in the 80s?
I filmed this with my Nokia N95, so the quality is not that good, but at least you get an idea of what it looks and sounds like.
After filming this I switched to the Ipod, but was a little dissapointed because there was quite a drop in volume. A little fiddling with the EQ on the ipod improved the sound a little, but even when cranking the ipod up all the way I couldn’t quite get the same volume or depth of sound as I got from the JVC. I guess the JVC output signal is better amplified…
This is just a fast hack, it basically just connects the ipod directly to the speaker (but with a little extra juice from the radio circuit added). I really wanted to try to connect the ipod to a spot between the radios tuner and the radios amplifier. Right now the radios volum control has no effect on the radio.
The reason I didn’t do it properly? It was getting late (around 00:30), and I was afraid I would damage the ancient circuit board or the fragile string that was connected to the radios tuner dial. I had to basically take everything apart if I wanted access to the components on the other side, so I think I will put that off to a later time.
I took the radio to bed with me (after waking up the missus to get her admiration of course :) and listened to the sweet tunes of Anthony and the Johnsons until I fell asleep.
When I woke up, the house was still here, no shortcircuits or fires :)