Archive for the ‘Hacking’ Category

Name that Ware, March 2020

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

The ware for March 2020 is shown below.

XMOS! There’s a chip that brings back some memories.

Fortunately I still have some weird and miscellaneous gear hanging about my lab that I can take apart to keep name that ware going, without having to leave my home. That being said, I am definitely welcoming guest ware submissions! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in these strange times.

Winner, Name that Ware February 2020

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

The ware for February 2020 was a Young Model 32400 “serial interface” wind monitor.

The exact model is tricky, because the 32500 and the 32400 share a lot of the same circuitry, and the electric compass feature is mainly an add-on to the wind sensor so you can get an absolute direction of the wind rather an offset from an arbitrary zero point. So I’ll give Czajnick the win, congrats email me for your prize!

Also, it’s nice to see a tech company from Michigan.

Name that Ware, February 2020

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

The Ware for February 2020 is shown below:

The case above contains two boards in a stack, so I separated them and took a photo of each to provide a little more insight into the ware.

Thanks again to Akiba for loaning me this ware to share!

Winner, Name that Ware January 2020

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

The ware for January 2020 is the brains of an IQ Motion Control position module. Congrats to Cody for guessing it, email me for your prize! And yes, I did blog about the modules a couple years ago, and since then I’ve found them to be an indispensable element of my mechatronic design toolbox. I’m just finishing up on delivering another successful design using these, so I had a couple extra laying about to take apart. If you’re doing any kind of motion control or robotics, it’s worth checking them out.

Name that Ware, January 2020

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Welcome to a new year of name that ware! The first ware for 2020 is shown below.

There’s some aggressive image cropping going on to make it a little harder to guess, but there’s still plenty of hints laying around…