Hackaday Podcast 152: 555 Timer Extravaganza, EMF Chip Glitching 3 Ways, a Magnetic Mechanical Keyboard, and The Best Tricorder Ever



Join Hackaday Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Managing Editor Tom Nardi as they bring you up to speed on the best stories and projects from the week. There’s some pretty unfortunate news for the physical media aficionados in the audience, but if you’re particularly keen on 50 year old integrated circuits, you’ll love hearing about the winners of the 555 Timer Contest. We’ll take a look at a singing circuit sculpture powered by the ESP32, extol the virtues of 3D printed switches, follow one hacker’s dream of building the ultimate Star Trek tricorder prop, and try to wrap our heads around how electronic devices can be jolted into submission. Stick around to the end as we take a close look at some extraordinary claims about sniffing out computer viruses, and wrap things up by wondering why everyone is trying to drive so far.
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Episode 152 Show Notes:
News This Week:

SGX Deprecation Prevents PC Playback Of 4K Blu-ray Discs

Congratulations Winners Of The 555 Timer Contest!

Giant 555 Timer
Menorah555
Cyclotone – The Mechanical Punk Console Sequencer



What’s that Sound?

Sound Goes Here

Interesting Hacks of the Week:


The Eerie Sounds Of Ioalieia: An ESP32/Valve/Analog Hybrid Circuit Sculpture

ESP32 Is The Brains Behind This Art Installation


3D Printed Magnetic Switches Promise Truly Custom Keyboards
Giant 3D Prints Piece-by-Piece
Improving An Already Phenomenal Star Trek Prop
Glitch Your Way To Reverse-Engineering Glory With The PicoEMP
Doing The Right Thing The Wrong Way: Dumping STM8 Firmware With 555 Timers

Quick Hacks:

Elliot’s Picks:

AI Camera Knows Its S**t
Ultra Cheap PCB Wrenches Make Perfect Kit Accessory
Threeboard: Short On Keys, Long On Documentation


Tom’s Picks:

Acid-Damaged Game Boy Restored
Improve Your Front Panels
Serial Studio One Year On



Can’t-Miss Articles:

Identifying Malware By Sniffing Its EM Signature
Longer Range EVs Are On The Horizon

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