“Still Alive” on a Treadmill

Playing the song “Still Alive” on hacked exercise equipment – Hack a Day

Back in 2009, [Evi1wombat] pulled of this interesting hack, and it has slowly made its way through the internet to find us today. He obtained the computer from a recently deceased treadmill and decided to hack into it. Finding himself unable to flash the existing chip, he yanked it out and replaced it with something he was more familiar with, a dsPIC30F4011. Unfortunately we don’t have any pics of the inside, but he says that he had some fun with wire because the pin mapping wasn’t exactly the same. [Evi1wombat] also gained some respect for the original designer judging by this quote from the source code:

* Damn, the dude who designed that board pulled
* some pretty nifty tricks… took a while to
* get all the drivers working.

Of course, once you have control over some nifty new hardware, the first logical thing to do on it is play “Still Alive” from the game Portal.

Enjoy the video after the break.

(Via Hack a Day.)

Daily Source Code 864

The Daily Source Code DSC-864-2012-04-26

direct [link] to the mp3 file

The Daily Source Code Episode 864

(Via CURRY.COM.)

Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

Autonomous robot quadrotors perform an impressive rendition of the “James Bond Theme” in this video released today by the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab. The video premiered earlier today at a TED2012 talk presented by roboticist and GRASP Lab member Vijay Kumar. The video was directed by Kurtis Sensenig.

via Boing Boing

(Via Laughing Squid.)