Hackaday Podcast 174: Breaking into the Nest, The Cheapest 3D Printer, A Spy in Your HDMI, and AI All Over the Place



Fresh from vacation, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams makes his triumphant return to the Hackaday Podcast! He’s joined this week by Managing Editor Tom Nardi, who’s just happy he didn’t have to do the whole thing by himself again. In this episode we’ll talk about tackling BGA components in your custom PCBs, a particularly well executed hack against Google’s Nest Hub, and why you probably don’t really want the world’s cheapest 3D printer. We’ll also take a look at an incredible project to turn the Nokia 1680 into a Linux-powered handheld computer, a first of its kind HDMI firewall, and a robot that’s pretty good at making tacos. Listeners who are into artificial intelligence will be in for quite a treat as well, as is anyone who dreams of elevating the lowly automotive alternator to a more prominent position in the hacker world.
By the way, it seems nobody has figured out the hidden message in last week’s podcast yet. What are you waiting for? One of you out there has to be bored enough to give it a shot.

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Episode 174 Show Notes:
Interesting Hacks of the Week:

Working With BGAs: Design And Layout
Breaking Google Nest Hub’s Secure Boot

The Sub-$100 Easythreed X1 3D Printer, Is It More Than A Novelty?

PrintrBot Adoptabot


Notkia: Building An Open And Linux-Powered Numpad Phone

No Tool Left Behind With The Help Of Homemade Shadow Boards

Milk-Based 3D Scanner
Milkscanner – 3D Mapping That’s Good For You



HDMI Is An Attack Surface, So Here’s An HDMI Firewall

Prusa Dares You To Break Their Latest Printer
ANT catalog – Wikipedia



Quick Hacks:

Elliot’s Picks:

A Simple RP2040-Based Audio DSP Board
Inside 3D Printing Shoes
Machine Learning Does Its Civic Duty By Spotting Roadside Litter


Tom’s Picks:

Raspberry Pi Simulates The Real Analog TV Experience
A Handy Breakout Board For E-Paper Hacking
An Impressively Functional Tacobot



Can’t-Miss Articles:


Eliza And The Google Intelligence

A Potpourri of Programmed Prose and Prosody
“I Spent an Interesting Evening Recently with a Grain of Salt”
A 3D-Printed Nixie Clock Powered By An Arduino Runs This Robot



How Far Can You Push A £500 Small Electric Car; Four Years Of The Hacky Racer

Car Alternators Make Great Electric Motors; Here’s How



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