Challenge for ben:
The GoPro cameras have become very popular and easy to use, but their memory storage and battery power is lacking. I am looking to mount a few cameras on a vehicle for a festival in the desert and would like to do time lapse of the entire thing. Is there a way to rig up a self sustained power supply and possibly a dedicated hard drive so that i can use these amazing cameras but give the extra oomph so im not changing out batterys and memory cards every few hours? possibly a remote way to start and stop recording?
A cool build (I think)
I would like to see a simple SD card copier. One that you simply place a full card on one side and a blank on the other, bush a button and ... -> all the data is duplicated onto blank card.
This would a great tool for sharing photos at the end of a trip. After playing with a gopro camera for a day, share the video.
- Simple (one button operation)
- Common batter source (AA, AAA, Ect…) or rechargeable
- Quick. Should not take more than a few minutes per gig.
- Simple (one button operation)
Hey I got a difficult mod/hack to do.. I have an old NES Zapper and want "ge-cycle it" to be either used for the PC or the Wii (or both).
I have scoured the internet and a lot of people are talking about it and pondering how to either change the hardware for that of the Wii-Mote (and cramming all of it into such a small space), or creating from scratch to be compatible with either option. And since the "Zapper tech" is too old to work on LCD/Plasma/LED, the only way is to use infra-red like how the Wii-Mote works. Making it blue-tooth shouldn't be too difficult, but to have it work on the Wii, you would have to use the same hardware that is used on the Wii-Mote. ..Anyway many people are pondering the possibility, but no-one I know has ever attempted it. Should be a good little project for a master modder as yourself!!
I want Ben to make a Raspberry Pi laptop, a small one. I need it to be able to play Blu-Ray so I can finally enjoy those advantages. It should have a small 1080p HD screen. I also need a webcam above the screen. It should have a touch screen. I want a trackpad at the bottom. It should fold like a Game Boy. If Ben makes one I will finally ditch my laggy gaming Desktop from HP forever and ever. I'm lonely. Ben, if you can, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll discuss the laptop. I'm just a kid who needs his own laptop.
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Trying desperately to reach Ben Heck.
My name is Steven McMahon and I registered for this site so that I could send you a message. I came up with the idea for autonomous luggage some time ago and I'm not looking for any credit or anything for it. I actually sent the idea in to Apple Computer and Steve Wozniak and have the emails still in my sent folder from last year, and will be happy to share them with you. I am disabled with 8 herniated discs and migraine headaches and other issues which I prefer not to discuss here. My idea differs from yours a bit. I wanted a seat that one could flip out on the top and ipad-type batteries or maybe laptop batteries inside. I thought that iPad batteries would be thin, light and powerful. I also wanted to incorporate plugs and USB for charging one's devices while waiting for their plane. So someone traveling through an airport would have their own seat, their own plugs and when they got to their destination or an available outlet, they could plug in their luggage to recharge it. I thought it would be important for a commercial product to have enough power to recharge peoples' iPads, tablets, iPhones, etc. And I also thought that a solar panel would be a great thing to sell as an accessory to recharge when in between trips.
I noticed you are giving this one away. I've sent you a message on the comments thread for the video on element's site last night, but I don't know if you received it. I've been disabled for several years, but I had a union job in health care as an admin before that so I have a pension. I know you are really smart and stuff, but this is my dream idea, and your incorporation of this is as close to my original idea as I'm ever going to see. If there is any way I could get you to create one for me, I would be grateful forever. I will pay for it. I have a pension and this is extremely important to me. I can prove this is my idea. Every neighbor of mine and friend knows about it and I have the emails I sent Apple and Woz. I never thought I would gain anything from it, but I did think it was a genius idea and you having come up with the same idea proves that indeed it was a great idea. Having a working autonomous luggage for me would be a miracle and a dream come true. I am willing to pay for it, please just consider my request.
Of course, in the back of my mind I thought it would have been wonderful if Woz or Apple had written back and decided to run with this idea, creating the iLuggage (or the Griffin as I had named it after my cat), and made a really polished, mass produced luggage that was as recognizable as the iPhone. But I'm still very stoked that you have created a working version of my idea and come up with the idea yourself.
A few differences between ours: My idea (and I am a layperson who has no clue how to do more than use a screwdriver) was to have 4 wheels on the bottom which would work like a remote control car or a roomba/scooba except faster. The chair being built into the luggage isn't a neccessity but I thought it was a great thing to have for something that would basically make the luggage alllow it's owner to not need a seat nor an outlet. And of course built in outlets and USB ports for charging devices from the batteries on board. Also, better battery tech and power. I realize you've created a luggage that is a proof of concept, but I thought that if a company were to sell a product for say $250, they would want to include all of these features. I thought that bluetooth would be how the device followed a person around so that one could download an app to their phone and the luggage would follow them that way. Once again, I have no idea how to put anything from idea to reality. But I did come up with this idea and it would be the most exciting thing that's happened to me in years to have a working model and show people that something I thought of actually works in practice.
Another potential idea would be to create one using an iPad dock integrated somehow which would allow for the battery and the camera of the iPad to be used in the operation of the luggage, pulled out when one reaches TSA checkpoint. It seems to me that if the battery were part of the iPad and popped out when the iPad were removed, one would have a luggage that passed through TSA without an issue, especially if there were an app that used the camera function to follow some special marker one would wear on their back pocket.
I know you don't know me and have no reason to help me. I'm willing to pay whatever you want for a working iLuggage to have, even if I'm not allowed to use it for my trips. I travel bi monthly on an airplane for medical treatment related to my back and neck injuries. email@example.com is my email and I'm very excited to see this and very very hopeful that you might consider making one for me. I don't have much money but I will come up with whatever you charge me for it because really, to see one of my ideas turned into a real product proves to me that I have valid ideas, even if I don't have the knowledge required to make them into reality.
Regardless of what you decide Mr. Heck, I do thank you for making this luggage and I'm very very happy to see that even though it's not exactly what I thought of, it's pretty close.
This is a quick project I built in about 4 days, from idea (concept) coming to mind, to a working product..well product might far fetched
I purchased an older (1985 from the service check tag) Bell payphone for $20 at an auction. I had it sitting around for a while before I looked at it, I wanted to do something with it, I just didn't know what. Since I don't have a landline in my apartment, as I use my cell as a primary line, the ideas narrowed down. I thought, HEY!!, Wireless payphone. I decided to use an older style cellphone, to connect to the payphone as it would be a lot easier. The pay/cellphone is a one a cheap secondary account and is now used as the door buzzer to my apartment. So when someone calls from downstairs the payphone rings and I buzz them in. If someone comes over and they need to use the phone, I point them in the right direction. Video is a bit weird since the PIP was recorded at a different time, since you really couldn't see the lcd in full view. (didn't proof read, if typos found, please ignore )
Actually this would be pretty simple to do, in principle.
All you would really need is a momentary switch, or even a microswitch wired with NC. I would jack that into the Power/Reset pin on the computer mobo (follow the pinout, should be labeled). In windows choose an action you would like windows to perform when the power button is "pressed" (since it's NC it will "press" on open). Than stick it on your chair, so when you sit down it powers on, and when you stand up it goes off, not a bad idea.
The wiring might be backwards, but the idea is there.
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