Made by Monkeys: Outsourcing

MWC 2014 - The weird, the wacky and the absent

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…

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The glorious IgNobel Awards are awarded

Room had to be found in Made By Monkeys for the glorious – serious but funny – IgNobel Awards 2012. The ceremony took place on Thursday, 20 September, at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, no less, with the Igs celebrating ‘Improbable Research’. Here is how the organisers describe the event: The…

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More Heath Robinson aircons

It’s always great to receive reader submissions to the blog, so thanks to Nick for thinking of us and sending this one in. The post on DIY air-con – Home-brewed air conditioning – caught his eye. Nick writes…

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I can't believe someone makes... a "Shut-up" device

When the person next to you on the train or the bus insists on talking loudly into a phone about what’s for dinner or who was drunkest last night, or you’re on an early train home and it coincides with chucking out time for the local sixth form…

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DIY In-car air conditioning

Another one for the don’t-try-this-at-home department. It’s in-car cooling, of sorts, but should not be emulated! Thanks to Techeblog for this one. Click through for the full image (and many more) >> Previous entries from the Don’t-Try-This-At-Home…

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Microwave membrane substitution

Here’s another good one from the excellent website There, I Fixed It.com. Necessity is indeed sometimes the mother of invention, and while this may not look very elegant, it does seem to do the trick. But we still think it fits quite nicely in our Don’t-Try…

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How not to fix car headlights...

Here’s another good one from the excellent website There, I Fixed It.com (via TecheBlog). You’ve heard of premium LED headlamps, well… these aren’t them! No Audi A8-like automatic control of main beams, switching from motorway to town mode, maybe, depending on factors including vehicle speed…

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Hi-tech scope, low-tech stand

Now let’s be clear, we are not making fun of an excellent bit of kit. An Engineer in Wonderland previously highlighted the DSO nano, a pocket size digital storage oscilloscope. See – An Engineer in Wonderland – Neat tiny scope He wrote at the time: OK, it is limited to 1MHz…

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