Electro Pet plays Santa


Electro_pet by Facelesstech

I got inspiration for this project from the petduino. The petduino is a great project to get kids into coding and electronics. I thought I would have a go and see if I could add some more features to it. Also my daughter was really interested in the 8×8 led matrix

Hardware walkthrough video:

Video of Santa hat and breathalyzer hat for the Electro Pet:

Design files and source code are available on GitHub:

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facelessloser has shared boards on OSH Park:



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Order from OSH Park

Electro Pet plays Santa

KiCad 4.0.5 Stable Release

kicad_logo_newThe KiCad project recently announced a new stable release:

KiCad 4.0.5 Stable Release

The 4.0.5 stable version contains critical bug fixes and version string improvements since the last release. The stable release version 4.0.5 is made from the stable 4.0 branch with bug fixes cherry picked from the development branch of KiCad.

KiCad binaries for Windows, OS X, and several GNU/Linux distributions can be found on the download page:


Please note that KiCad board files (.kicad_pcb) can be uploaded directly to our website:


Wondering who is involved in the development of KiCad?  Project leader Wayne Stambaugh presented at FOSDEM last year about the past, present, and future of the KiCad project:

Wayne also presented at FOSDEM 2016 back in March, but the audio and video quality is worse than the 2015 video.

KiCad 4.0.5 Stable Release

Black Mesa Labs: SUMP2 Logic Analyzer for $22


SUMP2 – 96 MSPS Logic Analyzer for $22

Black Mesa Labs has an ongoing mission to develop easy to use and fully capable open-source hardware and software tools that make engineering electronics easier

Video of SUMP2 logic analyzer:

BlackMesaLabs has shared an adapter board on OSH Park:



5V Input Adapter for the $22 SUMP2 iCEstick 96 MSPS LogicAnalyzer

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Black Mesa Labs: SUMP2 Logic Analyzer for $22

Samy Kamkar Illustrates How to Be a Hardware Hacker


From Hackaday Supercon last month in Pasadena, California:

Samy Kamkar Illustrates How to Be a Hardware Hacker

Samy Kamkar is well known for many things, but lately it has been his hardware security hacks that have been turning heads. The nice thing to know is that, despite not having a background in hardware, Samy is able to run with the best of hardware researchers

Samy Kamkar Illustrates How to Be a Hardware Hacker

reDOT: Tiny 5×7 LED matrix

al1 created this remake of the old Texas Instruments TIL305 display with tiny surface mount LEDs:

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TIL311 had a alphanumerical brother the TIL305. This was a 5×7 LED matrix in the same form factor

Here is a video of reDOT in action:

ALKR has shared the board on OSH Park:



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reDOT: Tiny 5×7 LED matrix

ESPTool: WiFi Security Swiss Army Knife

Daniel Grießhaber created this convenient tool to test your WiFi Security against attackers:



Demonstrate how easy it is to crack a WiFi Password or jam your WiFi so you can’t access the internet.  Designed for education and self-tests.

ESPTool has the following hardware:

  • SSD1306 based OLED Display, connected via I2C
  • microSD Card Socket connected over the SPI interface
  • 3 general purpose buttons
  • ESP8266-12E Module
  • TPS63031 Buck-/Boost-Converter with an input range from 1.8V – 5.5V
  • MCP73831 Single-Cell LiPo Charger Chip
  • CP2012 USB to UART converter Chip


The design files and source code are available on GitHub:


ESPTool: WiFi Security Swiss Army Knife