Thursday, 28 July 2016

Cyclops SLR Lens Spy Web Cam

Whilst toying with the idea of designing a cheap powerful USB microscope, I managed to score a Fuji  80-200mm Zoom/ macro SLR lens for £1 on eBay! Pair this, with yet another cheap score of five Logitech C270 720P webcams for £8.50 and you have a recipe for meddling...

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Facom Micro-Tech Screwdriver Tool Holder Version 2

Facom Micro-Tech Screwdriver Tool Holder Version 2

My original tool holder served me well but, with new arrivals more space was required.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Watches Past and Present

The Sands of Time.. 

After 20 years, starting with the Seiko SKX007, If rumours are to be believed Seiko may well have discontinued the current SKX line. Used and new prices have increased, stock has diminished to a random trickle.
I decided in March to acquire an SKX009  "Pepsi Bezel" while I still could. Although at this point in time it was not easy to obtain an SKX at a reasonable price.

I had planned on a review yet I started to digress! thinking back to watches I had owned in the past. Starting with my first watch aged 5, a Timex diver, up to present day. This article is not a review but more of an archive from my "mind palace".

I hope some of you may find it interesting, as you think back to watches from your own past.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Ghostbusters 3 Ghost Trap

I must admit, I have never had the urge to recreate prop costumes or weapons but, the Ghost Trap had an interesting application for me, which I will go into at a later date..

Recreating accurate props is not a light undertaking, as I soon discovered modelling a 1:1 scale model of the original Ghostbusters trap, for an undisclosed project. I started off fairly light hearted, estimating my ability to make the actual prop but, underestimating the scale of the project!

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Update: Tinting Epoxy Resin with Powder Paints

In my previous article regarding tinting epoxy, I discussed using laser printer toner powder however,
one commenter on Hackaday mentioned the use of powder paints.

In this rather unscientific update I will show my results...

Friday, 27 November 2015

Building a Custom Integrated Circuit Package

Whilst working on the update for the μVolume project, one of the features I wanted to test was the ability to not only receive infra-red signals from a remote control but, to also transmit emulated infra- red signals. This could be used to control such a device as a TV or surround sound amplifier. An IR transceiver package was the obvious choice! After a lot of searching I concluded that the available parts were all basically costly, tiny SMD packages intended for the transmission of data between devices within a 1 metre range, such as laptops and mobile devices.

These additional components could be included on the actual PCB, however, that would have involved a re-spin. Plus, I prefer to keep the current PCB tidy and free of floating bodge wires and components.