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PCB ruler doesn’t quite measure

Adafruit PCB ruler

It’s always good to get reader submissions on MbM, so thanks to Ian P for sending this one in. It’s a little “PCB ruler” that is embellished with markings to indicate trace width, a wire gauge chart and the size of common diodes and resistors, among other things… basically, a quick way to reference all the different sizes of components ...

Computer memory shortage causes air traffic system failure

Had to flag this one, a report on recent air traffic control problems in the US. According to the BBC a spy plane “was responsible for a computer glitch that caused air-traffic chaos in western US states last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revealed.” The problems started when the system was overloaded, as it struggled to plot new ...

I can’t believe someone makes… Holographic chocolate

Holographic chocolate - Morphotinix

I’m rather partial to chocolate, and holography is a bit of a personal hobbyhorse, so you can imagine my eye was caught by news stories about holographic chocolate! Swiss company Morphotonix are the people who make this complicated confectionery, and apparently they can add the technology without altering the taste… Jacob Aron, of New Scientist, takes up the story: Why ...

Most Read in March – The Made By Monkeys popularity stakes

Slightly early, maybe, but let’s take a look a pick of the pops – sampling the most read blog posts in the month of March. Check out what your MBM peers have mostly been reading… Topics covered include Epson printers, LED desks, bogus bearings, night vision golf headsets, and interactive fast food ordering tables… In reverse order, for maximum suspense: ...

Recall Corner: Dyson AM04 and AM05 heaters

Dyson AM04 and AM05 heaters - recall

Dyson Heaters – the AM04 and AM05 heaters to be precise – find themselves in Recall Corner. Apparently a few of them have short-circuited resulting in a small fire “contained within the machine”. There have been no reports of injury or property damage, but the company is conducting an international recall. According to Engadget – “As if a legal battle ...

Recall Corner: Irritating Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Cameras

Canon is shooting a selfie in Recall Corner. The camera company is recalling, for repair, its PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Cameras. According to the US CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. It describes the hazard: A chemical used in ...

MWC 2014 – The weird, the wacky and the absent

Google Glass headset

Mobile World Congress and Embedded World came not alone, notes David Manners. As well as the phones and tablets, there was the weird, the wacky,  the wonderful  and the absent. With Embedded World and Mobile World Congress this week we get, along with phones and tablets, the weird, the wacky,  the wonderful  and the absent.