Gorgeous Specimen is the Final Word in Clocks

At this point, it’s safe to say that word clocks aren’t quite as exciting as they once were. We’ve seen versions that boil the concept down to what amounts to a parts bin build, which for better or for worse, takes a lot of the magic out of it. You just get an array of LEDs, put some letters in front of it, write some code, and you’re done.

But then [Mark Sidell] sent in his build, and we remembered why we collectively fell in love with these clocks in the first place. It wasn’t the end result that captivated us, although the final clock is indeed gorgeous, but the story of its painstaking design and construction. The documentation created for this project is unquestionably some of the best we’ve seen in a very long time, and whether or not you have any desire to build a word clock of your own, you won’t regret sitting down and reading through it.

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This Wearable Cyberdeck Is as Stylish as They Come

Cyberdecks are a dime a dozen these days, but this wearable cyberdeck called Кибердек RA01 that stands out.

The cyberdecks from William Gibson’s novels are pure function. Deckers in that world cobble their cyberdecks together without any concern for style. But that is, of course, punk rock as hell and stylish in its own apathetic way. Today’s cyberdeck community leans heavily into the cyberpunk aesthetic. Very few people build cyberdecks for practical purposes — they’d use a laptop if practicality was their concern. And that is why the hobby is enjoyable, because it gives enthusiasts the opportunity to express their inner dystopian industrial designer. R▲, a Russian “underground cyberpunk artist,” took that to heart when they built this wearable cyberdeck called КибердекRA01.

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The Raspberry Pi Pico-Powered Pico MIDI (H)Arp Turns Nearby Wireless Signals Into Music to Your Ears

Driven by MicroPython on a Raspberry Pi Pico with Pimoroni Pico Wireless add-on, this music generator plucks Wi-Fi signals from the air.

Pseudonymous electronics and music enthusiast Kevin, of Simple DIY Electronic Music Projects, has shown off a Raspberry Pi Pico-powered MIDI project with a difference: It generates music based on nearby Wi-Fi signals.

The project was inspired by a 2015 device dubbed the MIDI Arp, which used an Arduino Nano board and a Microchip ENC28J60 Ethernet shield to turn address resolution protocol (ARP) requests into music — played through a Roland MT-32 synth module.

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Befinitiv’s Digital Film Cartridge Adds a RaspberryPi to an Old Film Camera — with Great Results

Using a 3D-printed housing, a Raspberry Pi Camera Module, Raspberry Pi Zero, and LiPo battery, befinitiv has given an old camera a rebirth.

Pseudonymous maker “befinitiv” has shown off a Raspberry Pi-powered upgrade for film cameras, turning them into digital cameras capable of stills, video, and even live-streaming — albeit with considerably different zoom from their stock designs.

“This was state of the art 50 years ago,” befinitiv explains of a Cosina Hi-Lite film camera. “Back then, of course, you shot your films or photos on these films, and this was rather expensive back in the day — but today it’s even more expensive and a bit cumbersome.

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RaspberryPi Mod Recreates Authentic Game Boy Feel

DMGPlus, another Game Boy replicator. A wondrous labor of love!

Taking a Raspberry Pi and sticking it in the housing of a Game Boy isn’t a new project, though most of these retrofits were undoubtedly more modern than the original handheld console. They usually had more buttons, backlit color TFTs, and ran off modern Li-ion batteries. A project on Spritesmods named the DMGPlus is interested in utilizing the Pi in a stealthier way; instead of using it to update the older console, the DMGPlus is recreating how playing one of the first handheld game consoles used to feel.

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iToronto’s Raspberry Pi Pico-Powered GPS Data Logger Makes Use of an Upcycled Pill Bottle Housing

Designed to fit in a pill bottle with a 3D-printed lid keeping everything in place, this GPS logger keeps track of its creator’s hikes.
Pseudonymous maker “iToronto” has shown off a build that repurposes an old pill bottle to create a compact, battery-powered GPS logger — driven by a Raspberry Pi Pico board.

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Jonathan Pallant’s Neotron Pico Turns the Raspberry Pi Pico Into a Full-Size ATX PC Motherboard

Based on the earlier Neotron 32, the Neotron Pico is an RP2040 home computer straight from the ’80s but compatible with modern cases.

Embedded Rust developer Jonathan Pallant is taking the popular Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller board in a new direction: a simplified home computer, complete with a motherboard compatible with ATX cases.

Released earlier this year, the RP2040-powered Raspberry Pi Pico has been a stellar success. Despite being designed primarily for embedded microcontroller applications, it’s found a home in a range of unusual projects — like a visual synthesiseran interactive MicroPython-based computer for your deskanother for your pocketan emulated BBC Microan emulated 80186 PC, and even a Nintendo Entertainment System.

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This RaspberryPi – Based Parking Lot Monitor Detects Unauthorized Vehicles

For a university project, Codrin used a Raspberry Pi to create a system that detects unauthorized vehicles.

The United States is a car culture and most Americans have to own a car to commute to work and get around. As a result of that fact, parking lots are everywhere. You don’t just need a parking spot for your car at home, but also at work and every other place you go. In Jackson, Wyoming, for example, there are 27.1 parking spots for every household. Despite that, private parking lots are common and owners need a way to ensure that only authorized vehicles enter the lot. For a university project, Codrin used a Raspberry Pi to create a system that detects unauthorized vehicles.

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Now You Can Turn the Commodore 64 Into a Delightfully Chunky Game Boy

For many of us, the Atari or the NES wasn’t our first gaming console. Instead, it was the Commodore 64, which was marketed as an incredibly affordable home computer, but was also a solid gaming machine. It was very much worthy of a second life as a Game Boy-sized portable, which anyone can now hack together with the right parts and skills.

For around $36, a website called UNI64 will sell you a kit containing custom designed PCBs that, with some technical know-how, can be turned into the Handheld 64: a portable version of the classic ‘80s computer, complete with a tiny QWERTY keyboard so you can even write your own BASIC programs on the go. Just keep in mind that the $36 kit is just the starting point to creating a portable C64.

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DarkfullDante’s Flight Sim Switch Box Is Powered by a Raspberry Pi Pico Running CircuitPython

Driven by a combination of hid_gamepad and hid_keyboard, the switch is designed for use with Microsoft Flight Simulator and Elite Dangerous.
Pseudonymous developer “DarkfullDante” has put together a low-cost switch board for flight simulators, powered by a Raspberry Pi Pico running CircuitPython and housed in an attractive and sturdy case.

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