How Does the Best Buy Movie Mode Work In Despicable me? Updated.

Written by bluehash on July 9, 2010 – 8:36 pm -

Most of you must have watched the hilarious animation “Despicable Me” and been amused by the millions of minions in the movie. Best Buy released an application which automatically starts deciphering what the minions are jabbering about during the end credits.

During the opening credits, you are requested to download the Best Buy Movie Mode application and choose the movie theater nearest to you. Once downloaded, you select “Enter Movie Mode” just before the movie starts. The phone then …

Creating an Open Source Toolchain for ARM Microcontrollers

July 8, 2010 – 1:17 pm

In the process of jumping onto the ARM bandwagon, I found a neat tutorial by [J]im Lynch, who has written a highly comprehensive tutorial on how to combine various opensource tools to create an ARM toolchain. He also details what goes on behind each tool right from the hardware level to the software layer. This is a highly recommended read for those interested in using the open source tools for their project including Eclipse, OpenOCD and Yagarto tools. He also …

TI MSP430 Launchpad for $4.30 – Update

June 23, 2010 – 11:03 am

TI just launched a cheap and easy to use development tool based on the MSP430 low power microcontroller. The Launchpad includes a development board, 2 programmable MSP430 micrcontrollers and a mini USB cable.

Power Supply Connector Paper Clip Hack

June 11, 2010 – 2:56 pm

Ever come across a power supply where you had to needle in your power cables into tiny terminal holes – and all you had were IC and alligator clips? What if you wanted to power a number of boards from the same supply?
Here is a simple hack which will allow you to connect, wrap , group quite a few power cables in parallel… and all you need is a paper clip. Two paper clips to be precise to connect to …

Microchip Explorer 16 Development Kit Hacks

June 6, 2010 – 7:04 am

The Explorer 16 is Microchip’s controller development boards for evaluating its 16 and 32-bit microcontrollers. While searching the web for reviews about the baord and its feasability, I came across [P]hillip Burgess’ website detailing some cool hacks that can be done on the board and also save you money.

The Jerker : The Ultimate Geek Desk / Workbench

December 21, 2009 – 5:10 pm

Playspace The IKEA Jerker desk. I spend alot of time in this space. The setup uses two Ikea Jerker desks – combined. I just swing between them depending on what I’m working on.

Reversing a Hacker Style Brushless Motor 20-22L.

November 12, 2009 – 6:54 pm

Brushless_Hacker_Style_Outrunner_20-22L_Shaft_CirclipThe Hacker Style Brushless(20-22L) motor finds a very common use in Quadcopters. Unfortunately the only way to mount the motor on a frame is to reverse the shaft so that the mounting holes can be used for what they were meant for..mounting.

Surfing the Web with a 1964 300baud Acoustic Coupled Livermore modem.

May 28, 2009 – 4:41 pm

1964_livermore_acoustic_coupled_modem_hackThis hack is so impressive that I had to put it up here. I am really surprised that a dated piece of hardware[circa 1964] can still work with today’s technology.
[p]hreakMonkey got his hands on a Livermore acoustic modem and managed to get it online and download a Wikipedia page.

What’s really amazing is that the modem works by placing an old school telephone over the modem’s “receiver” and communicates using …

Controlling the Nikon D40 with gphoto2

May 20, 2009 – 5:10 pm

gphoto2 is a neat little command line interface to talk to digital cameras. The Nikon D40 DSLR is also supported. I was not able to find a good guide on interfacing the D40 to gphoto, so I wrote this down for reference.

Installing gphoto2
1. I have Fedora10 installed on my laptop. Running the following simple command “yum install gphoto2″ as root installs gphoto2.

2. Doing the above however does not install libghoto2 which is the core library designed to allow access to digital cameras …

Digital Picture Frame Hacking Roundup

March 7, 2009 – 11:29 pm

hack_open_photo_cubeWith all the nice hacks on digital picture frames scattered around the web, I decided to put them all in one place for reference. Due thanks to all the hackers out there who put their work out for everyone to see. It’s the joy in reverse engineering. For some of the hacks I’ve included a compressed file with the code and webpage archived in case the original site goes down. If you are the author an would not like it, …


Welcome to my place on the web. I note down anything interesting most of them relating to my experiences, Tech, To-dos, How-tos and various hacks. Most of my time is spent in tinkering around with hardware, building robots and working with DSPs.More

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