Love Open Source but Hate People? Get OpenKobold

via Hack a Day

March 6, 2018 at 01:05AM [Tadas Ustinavičius] writes in to tell us of his latest project, which combines his two great loves of open source and annoying people: OpenKobold. Named after the German mythical spirit that haunts people’s homes, this tiny device is fully open source (hardware and software) and ready to torment your friends and family for up to a year on a CR1220 battery.The design of the OpenKobold is quite simple, and the open source nature of the project makes this an excellent case study for turning an idea into a fully functional physical object.Beyond the battery and the buzzer module, the OpenKobold utilizes a PIC12F675, a transistor, and a few passive components. This spartan design allows for a PCB that measures only 25 x 20 mm, making it very easy to hide but fiendishly difficult to try to track down later on.But the real magic is in the software. The firmware that [Tadas] has written for the PIC not only randomizes how often the…

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Fake wasabi

via Seth's Blog

January 14, 2018 at 03:45AM Most sushi restaurants serve a green substance with every roll. But it's not wasabi, it's a mix of horseradish and some other flavorings. Real wasabi costs too much.The thing is, if you grew up with this, you're used to it. It's the regular kind.And that makes it real. Real to us, anyway.Creatures don't like change, up or down. We like what we like.The regular kind.

The Thumb Thing

via Cool Tools

January 13, 2018 at 05:00AM Book Manipulation DeviceWhen I was a teenager I remember reading a science-fiction story which predicted that by the 21st century, information would be piped directly into the brain. In this story, a character encountered that most archaic object, an old-fashioned book, and felt appalled that people in the 20th century had been forced to endure so much physical discomfort, holding books and turning their pages manually — or trying to prevent the pages from turning if there was a breeze.Well, here we are in 2006, and yet another science-fiction prediction has failed to pan out. While we’re waiting for wetware implants, we’ll just have to make do with a stopgap solution: A plastic thumb aid.-- KK01/13/18