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Weird Science

GameBoy Advance SP: $99
Charmed Labs' Xport 2.0: $159
Lab bench power supply: $160
Various LEDs, ICs, breadboards, wires, etc: ~$150

Realizing I've just turned a GBA into a very large, expensive alarm clock: Priceless.

Some things in life can't be bought. For everything else there's Mad Science!


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May. 10th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)
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May. 10th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
No, but I do have a parking sticker for Transylvanian Polygnostic University.
May. 11th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC)
Know Enough to be Afraid!
Quero Satis Vereror
May. 10th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm...forgive me while I chortle!

And I love you anyway!
May. 10th, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC)
Poor GBA....
May. 11th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I can still use the GBA to play games with. I haven't altered it at all. It's just an alarm clock when it has the Xport cartridge plugged into it.
May. 11th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
nuu... I am so dumb... Sorry.
May. 10th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC)

"You realize you've turned a $10 windowed EPROM into a 15-cent oscillator?"
"I don't like you any more."
"Wait, um, we can put LEDs on it and use it as a Christmas decoration..."


I have my own Mad Scientist card around somewhere.
May. 11th, 2004 03:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, but it's a unique expensive alarm clock!
May. 11th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
Heh... Neat stuff. You know, there was a link on Slashdot the other day to an article about turning your GBA into a GPS. :D

Hmn... Now that I think about it, I might have seen that article on Engadget instead. I lose track of that stuff a lot of the time...
May. 11th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC)
It was on slashdot, I believe. I saw that article also. Considering that I'd been planning on hooking up a GPS source to the Xport, so that I can get an accurate time source, I found that article definitely interesting.

Since then, though, I discovered a nice little circuit that can listen in on WWWV instead, for much less.

BTW, thanks for the link to Engadget! It's kind of like Gizmodo, but possibly nicer.
May. 11th, 2004 06:08 am (UTC)
Pictures! We demand pictures!

Clarification: Of the GBA! Not the other kind of pictures. ^.^
May. 11th, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)
I have it apart at the moment, so that I can run a two-day heat and stress test on the running timer portion, but I'll put it back together with the display later tonight to show the current state of affairs.
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    Clever! ^_^
  • 7 Oct 2011, 08:38
    Was each link made from two pieces, or was there fill material inside that you removed? I'm having trouble seeing how to print these in a makerbot-compatible way (though I could just be overlooking…
  • 5 Oct 2011, 22:40
    Nah. It'd just take a dissolvable support material and higher resolution. There are commercial 3d printers out there that can print ball bearing assemblies in one pass, fully assembled.
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    Nice! ^_^ I was going to be flabbergasted if you were actually able to print it as a unit, but I guess that would take antigravity.
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    I printed each piece individually and assembled them after some cleanup. I did print four segments at a time, though, unattached, in a 2x2 grid.
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