On a recent trip to Europe, BC OSS enthusiast Gef Tremblay pieced together something he calls KindleBerry Pi from minimal kit he brought along on his journey. He’s networked a Kindle with a Raspberry Pi over USB and is multiplexing a terminal using GNU screen. The nice thing is that, since he’s basically using the Kindle as a dumb terminal, he’s able to use an actual QWERTY keyboard. It doesn’t seem like he got the 3G working on the Kindle, for a truly mobile experience, but It’s still an impressive hack and shows off top-notch on-the-go ingenuity and improvisation. [via HN]
If you’ve ever walked through an IKEA before, you know that they’re filled with some of the more well-designed and inexpensive raw materials you can repurpose for your project. I’m always thinking “Is that a plastic refrigerator container or cool modern project enclosure?” So, if you’re looking for something to prop up your fancy new tablet, you might want to check out this IKEA kitchen handle iPad stand by maker Theo Gough. [via IKEAHackers]
Another pint-sized all-in-one ARM dev board, called the Cubieboard, has been announced. It packs a 1Ghz ARM cortex-A8 processor, OpenGL ES, 1GB ram, HDMI out, ethernet, 2 USB Host, 1 USB OTG, SATA, IR, and headers for i2c, LVDS, and more. It’s not the fastest thing out there, but it does offer a nice array of options for just a few dollars more than the competition. [via Liliputing]
We take things like capacitive touch screens for granted, but they’re a fairly recent innovation. The majority of writing in the twentieth century was produced on a QWERTY keyboard–a large chunk of that was performed on a manual typewriter. If you like the old-time tactile quality of a classic manual typewriter, but have come to appreciate the ease of use of an iPad, you’ll dig Austin Yang’s iTypewriter mechanical typewriter keyboard. Each key is mapped to match up with the built-in iOS keyboard, so as you type, a mechanical arm tipped with a conductive pad swings out and taps the capacitive screen to render a character. [via swissmiss]
Inside the Gigeresque enclosure by Steve D of Mad Art Lab resides functioning radiation sensing equipment capable of sensing minute amounts of radioactive material. It seems suitable for home experimentation and alien invasion alike. [via technabob]
Pop Ben Chapman‘s 3D printed knife sharpener onto the bottom of a standard coffee mug to use the unglazed portion of the vessel to
hone sharpen a blade. Designed using Autocad 123D and printed on an Objet Connex 500 at his local TechShop, Ben’s sharpening guide angles a knife the correct 20 degrees necessary to produce a suitable edge.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to lay on your back and operate an iPad without the hassle of actually having to hold it while in a supine position, then you’ll find this recumbent iPad stand by maker David Gardner an indispensable addition to your somnolent activities. [via Etsy]
Passive amplifiers have been doing their acoustic trick since before the Victrola was cutting edge. It’s pretty simple, really– just make some noise on the working end of a horn and you’re likely to hear it a little bit easier in the direction it’s pointed in. The concept works in reverse, too.
This eco-amp from the folks at Eco Made is a die cut piece of 100% post consumer chipboard that you can fold together into a fully functional passive amplifier. It comes unassembled flat, so it’s easy to store until you’re ready to use it. [via gizmag]