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Hackaday Editors take a look at all of the interesting uses of technology that pop up on the internet each week. Topics cover a wide range like bending consumer electronics to your will, designing circuit boards, building robots, writing software, 3D printing interesting objects, and using machine tools. Get your fix of geeky goodness from new episodes every Friday morning.

Ep 236: The Car Episode, Building Leonardo's Water Mill, Reviving Radio Shack
Elliot and Dan got together this time around to recap the week in hacks, and it looks like the Hackaday writing crew very much had cars on their minds. We both took the bait, with tales of privacy-violating cars and taillights that can both cripple a pickup and financially cripple its owner. We went medieval -- OK, more like renaissance -- on a sawmill, pulled a popular YouTuber out of the toilet, and pondered what an animal-free circus would be like. Is RadioShack coming back? Can an ESP32 board get much smaller than this? And where are all the retro(computer)virus writers? We delve into these questions and more, while still saving a little time to wax on about personal projects. And although the show is peppered with GSM interference (Elliot says sorry!) it's not actually a clue for the What's That Sound. Check out the links if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!
Fri, September 15, 2023
Ep 235: Licorice for Lasers, Manual Motors, and Reading Resistors
Name one other podcast where you can hear about heavy 3D-printed drones, DIY semiconductors, and using licorice to block laser beams. Throw in homebrew relays, a better mouse trap, and logic analyzers, and you'll certainly be talking about Elliot Williams and Al Williams on Hackaday Podcast 235. There's also contest news, thermoforming, and something that looks a little like 3D-printed Velcro. Elliot and Al also have their semi-annual argument about Vi vs. Emacs. Spoiler alert: they decided they both suck. Missed any of their picks? Check out the links on Hackaday, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!
Fri, September 8, 2023
Ep 234: Machines on Fire, Old Kinect New Kinect, and Birth of the Breadboard
It might sound like a joke, but this week, Elliot Williams and Tom Nardi start things off by asking how you keep a Polish train from running. Like always, the answer appears to be a properly modulated radio signal. After a fiery tale about Elliot's burned beans, the discussion moves over to the adventure that is home CNC ownership, the final chapter in the saga of the Arecibo Telescope, and the unexpected longevity of Microsoft's Kinect. Then it's on to the proper way to cook a PCB, FFmpeg in the browser, and a wooden cyberdeck that's worth carrying around. Finally, they'll go over the next generation of diode laser engravers, and take a look back at the origins of the lowly breadboard. Check out the links over at Hackaday if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!
Fri, September 1, 2023
Ep 233: Chandrayaan on the Moon, Cyberdecks, Hackerspaces Born at a German Computer Camp
This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Kristina Panos experimented with the old adage that brevity is the soul of wit. That's right; this week, they're all Quick Hacks, and that's to make room for a special series of interviews that Elliot recorded at CCCamp with the pillars of US hackerspace creation. This one's really special, do have a listen. We still made room for the news this week: India launched Chandrayaan-3, which combines an orbiter, lander, and rover all in one. Then it's on to the What's That Sound results show, and while Kristina did not get it right, she did correctly identify it as being used in Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", as did one of the guessers who identified it as the cowbell sound from a Roland 808. Then it's on to the (quick) hacks, where we alternated for once just to keep things interesting. This week, Elliot is into 3D printing a clay extruder and then printing pottery with that, z-direction conductive tape, and the humble dipole antenna. Kristina is more into cyberdecks for the young and old, a reusable plant monitor, and 3D printing some cool coasters. Check out the links if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!
Fri, August 25, 2023
Ep 232: Hackaday Podcast Chaos Camp Placeholder Edition
Elliot is off at Chaos Communications Camp, and Tom is on vacation, leaving us with no podcast this week. But don't fret, Elliot is picking up a ton of interview material for next week's show. It's gonna be a good one!     
Fri, August 18, 2023
Ep 231: Harnessing Sparks, Hacking Food, and Leaving Breadcrumbs
Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Al Williams don't always agree on the best text editor to use, but they do -- usually -- agree on what makes a great hack. This week, they found plenty of Hackaday posts to discuss, ranging from exotic eavesdropping on keyboards, oscilloscopes, and several posts of interest to anyone who wants to build good-looking prototypes. If you are like mechanics, you'll hear about an escapement-like mechanism and a Hobson's coupler. If you crave more traditional hacks, you can learn more about maximizing battery life and etching PCBs. In addition to a flurry of hacks, Elliot and Al also share their picks for the best original posts from Hackaday's staff. This week, we find out how Arya Voronova documents projects and hear what Tom Nardi thinks of his Beepy -- a ready-made display and Blackberry keyboard waiting for a Raspberry Pi. Did you miss anything? Check out the links.
Fri, August 11, 2023
Ep 230: Space Science, Superconductors, Supercaps, and Central Air
This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Managing Editor Tom Nardi start things off by tackling a pair of science stories, one that may or may not change the world, and the other that hopes to help us understand the very fabric of the universe. Afterwards they get to the important stuff: the evolution of Game Boy Camera hacking, the finer points of 3D print orientation, and mixing up electrically conductive concrete at home. From there the conversation shifts to a couple of 486 Turbo buttons, a quick yoke recipe, and a very handsome open source vacuum pickup tool. Stick around until the end to hear about the folly of humanoid robots, and the latest operating system to get the Jenny List treatment. Check out the links on Hackaday if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!
Fri, August 4, 2023
Ep 229: DIY VR, Gutting Voice Assistants, and ChatGPT Failing Its Summer Internship
This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Kristina Panos braved the slight cold and the high heat respectively to bring you the best hacks of the previous seven days. In the news this week: you've got a second and final chance to get your Supercon talk proposals in!  So get on that, because we need YOU to help make Supercon awesome. We can chalk up a win for Kristina on What's That Sound this week (finally!). Will you get it right? Will you get it exactly right? Time and Elliot's fancy dice will tell. Then it's on to the hacks, where we check out a cool RFID emulator e-paper badge, discuss whether a certain type of record player is better off as a cyberdeck, and look through the eye of a Gameboy-style camera for the Playdate console. From there we take a look at gutting and rooting voice assistants, a solenoid keyboard, and a beautifully rebuilt VR headset that now does AR as well. Finally we talk autonomous solar boats, lambast ChatGPT as the worst summer intern ever, and ponder what makes a thing count as Linux or not. Check out the links below if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in  the comments!
Fri, July 28, 2023
Ep 224: Star Wars Holograms, Tricorders, and Other Sensors
Elliot and Al got together to discuss this week's projects, and you're invited! You'll hear news about replaceable batteries in the EU, along with some news about the Hacakday Op Amp Challenge winners and the start of a new contest. This week's choice hacks ranged from a Star Wars-style volumetric display, navigation using cosmic rays, measuring car speed with microphones, and a crazy 3D printing technique that will blow you away. There's plenty more where that came from. Ever tried to land a model rocket vertically? How about building a punched card reader? The can't miss articles this week cover a thermal camera review and the unintended consequences if AM radio bites the dust. If you want to read along, head on over to Hackaday. Be sure to leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Fri, June 23, 2023
Ep 223: Smoking Smart Meter, 489 Megapixels, and Unshredding Documents
Elliot's back from vacation, and Dan stepped into the virtual podcast studio with him to uncover all the hacks he missed while hiking in Italy. There was a lot to miss, what with a smart meter getting snuffed by a Flipper Zero -- or was it? How about a half-gigapixel camera built out of an old scanner, or a sonar-aimed turret gun? We also looked at a couple of projects that did things the hard way, like a TV test pattern generator that was clearly a labor of love, and an all-transistor HP frequency counter. More plastic welding? Hey, a fix is a fix! Plus, we'll dive into why all those Alexas are just gathering dust, and look at the really, REALLY hard problems involved in restoring shredded documents. Head on over to Hackaday for the links. You really want them this episode!
Fri, June 16, 2023
Ep 222: VCF East Special Edition
Editor in Chief Elliot Williams is spending the week communing with nature, which under normal circumstances would mean no podcast -- after all, he's the one who puts each episode together. But since your weekend would obviously be ruined without a dose of lo-fi Hackaday beats to kick things off, Managing Editor Tom Nardi made a valiant attempt to go it alone and produce...something. This shortened episode will briefly go over the news, including updates about Hackaday's various ongoing contests and the recent unearthly conditions in the US Northeast due to the Canadian wildfires, before diving into the results of last week's What's that Sound challenge. Listeners will then be treated to a special Quick Hacks segment from Jenny List, before settling in for the main event: a pair of fascinating interviews recorded during the Vintage Computer Festival East in Wall, NJ. Check out the links below if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!
Fri, June 9, 2023
Ep 221: The Future of the Raspberry Pi, Sniffing a Toothbrush, Your Tactical Tool Threshold
ditors Elliot Williams and Tom Nardi are back in the (virtual) podcast studio to talk the latest phase of the 2023 Hackaday Prize, the past, present, and future of single-board computers, and a modern reincarnation of the Blackberry designed by hardware hackers. They'll also cover the current state of toothbrush NFC hacking, the possibilities of electric farm equipment, and a privately funded satellite designed to sniff out methane. Stick around till the end to find out if there really is such a thing as having too many tools. Check out the links and tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!
Fri, June 2, 2023
Ep 220: Transparent Ice, Fake Aliens, and Bendy Breadboards
You can join Elliot and Al as they get together to talk about their favorite hacks of the week. There's news about current contests, fake alien messages, flexible breadboards, hoverboards, low-tech home automation, and even radioactive batteries that could be a device's best friend. We have a winner in the What's that Sound competition last week, which was, apparently, a tough one. You'll also hear about IC fabrication, FPGAs, and core memory. Lots to talk about, including core memory, hoverboards, and vacuum tubes. Check out the links and tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!  
Fri, May 26, 2023
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