Microcontrollers (Raspberry Pi Pico, etc.)

IKEA VATTENSTEN low voltage 5V LED strip with Raspberry Pi Pico controller

I recently picked up a few VATTENSTEN low voltage 5V LED strips from IKEA because I figured they’d be easier to integrate into a USB-powered Raspberry Pi or Raspberry Pi Pico project. I was right!
Photo of lights with assembled Pico carrier boardPhoto of completed carrier board without the Pico in place to show the components and wires

USB-powered AA shim

I wanted to display my Hackaday Superconference badge without continually burning through disposable batteries, or having to cycle through rechargeables every other day. A fellow conference-goer shared this LiPo holder design which just fits into the badge’s AA receptacles and provides a sturdy plane to which to strap a bigger…
Visualization of the AA shim design; a cylinder that has been bisected longways. there are discs remaining on the ends intended to help make contact to the AA battery receptacle and there is a protruding ledge to support the voltage buck board in an odd orientationPhoto of assembled shim next to a real AA battery for comparisonPhoto of assembled shim plugged into a USB micro cablePhoto of shim inserted into my badge

Hackaday Superconference 2023 – Day 3 – Simon!

In the final day of Hackaday Superconference 2023, I feel like I started to get into the groove of the conference. During the afternoon, I found a spot to play around more with my badge while within earshot of a couple of sessions that–frankly–were beyond my level of understanding in…

Hackaday Superconference 2023 – Day 2 – Leekspin

Second day of Hackaday Superconference 2023 was a bunch of fun. I had the delightful surprise of unknowingly chatting with Benedetta Lia Mandelli and Emilio Sordi the day before only to see them on stage presenting the Soft Actuator Orthosis talk. They seem like neat humans working on ways to…

Hackaday Superconference 2023 – Day 1 – How do I JPEG?

First day of Hackaday Superconference 2023 down and I’ve had some time at home to tinker with the code on this year’s badge. The badge itself has some nifty analog-ish oscilloscope-like features that I’m sure I’d understand and enjoy more if I knew more about electrical engineering. However, I do…
Photo of my badge displaying my avatar laying on top of my closed laptop; there is also a Flipper Zero running my CO2 monitor laying on the laptopCustomized avatar showing my head in my respirator with green Hackaday and X logosSelfie of me holding my badge showing my customized avatar