Hackaday Podcast 203: Flashlight Fuel Fails, Weird DMA Machines, and a 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand Flex

This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Managing Editor Tom Nardi meet up virtually to talk about all the hacks that are fit to print. This week’s episode starts off with a discussion about the recently unveiled 2023 Hackaday.io Low-Power Challenge, and how hackers more often than not thrive when forced to work within these sort of narrow parameters. Discussion then continues to adding a virtual core to the RP2040, crowd-sourced device reliability information, and mechanical Soviet space computers. We’ll wrap things up by wondering what could have been had Mattel’s ill-fated ThingMaker 3D printer actually hit the market, and then engage in some wild speculation about the issues plaguing NASA’s latest Moon mission.
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Episode 203 Show Notes:

Hackaday.io Low-Power Challenge Begins Today

What’s that Sound?

Congrats to [TheElectricCanuck] for getting the sound of musical cards in bike spokes.

Interesting Hacks of the Week:

RP2040 DMA Hack Makes Another ‘CPU Core’
You Can Help Build A Resin Printer Review Database
DIY Capacitor Leakage Tester With A Professional Finish
Inside Globus, A Soviet-Era Analog Space Computer
Designing A Simpler Prosthetic Finger
Secure LoRa Mesh Communication Network

Quick Hacks:

Elliot’s Picks:

Knitting Clock Makes You A Scarf For Next Year
Minimalist Homebrew Hardware Recreates Arcade Classics
Floppy Photog: Making An IR Filter From A 3.5″ Disk

Tom’s Picks:

Bend It Like A Carpenter
Cassette Player Cupholder Is A Useful But Risky Idea
Wii Turned Expansion Card For Broadcast Monitor

Can’t-Miss Articles:

Ask Hackaday: Do Kids Need 3D Printers?
NASA Lunar Probe Finds Out It’s Not Easy Being Green

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