Hackaday Remoticon: What’s Happening Right Now

Hackaday Remoticon is live now! Watch all of today’s talks on the live stream and interact with everyone by joining Discord.

All talk and schedule information is available on the conference webpage, but here are the things you don’t want to miss (all times are Pacific time zone):

  • 11:10 am | Keynote: Elicia White
  • 5:15 pm | Hacker Trivia: https://youtu.be/uRpUdQi31tg
  • 6:15pm | Bring-a-Hack: Remoticon ticket holders will receive an email on how to join, we’ll also share that info in the Discord
Hackaday Remoticon: What’s Happening Right Now

The Hackaday Remoticon 2 Badge: An Exercise In Your Own Ingenuity

Jenny List writes on Hackaday:

The twin challenges of the pandemic and now the semiconductor shortage have been particularly hard on the designers of event badges, as events have been cancelled and uncertain supply issues render their task impossible. When an event goes virtual, how do you even start to produce a badge for it? Make the badge and rely on enough stalwarts buying one? Or maybe produce a badge that’s a fancy take on a prototyping board?

For Hackaday Remoticon 2021, [Thomas Flummer] has produced a novel take on the second option by distributing a badge as a set of KiCAD files that can either be ordered from a PCB fab as a prototyping board or used as the canvas for a PCB to use whatever components are to hand. To demonstrate this, he’s produced an example badge that’s a MicroMod carrier.

So if you’d like to chase the full Remoticon experience with a badge there should still be enough time to order a set of boards, but to design your own electronics you’ll need to get a move on. What you might build upon it is up to you, but if you have an ESP32 module lying around you might wish to consider cloning the SHA2017 badge or its successors with the badge.team platform.

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The Hackaday Remoticon 2 Badge: An Exercise In Your Own Ingenuity

Nerdy Anniversary Card


MakeItHackin has created an electronic nerdy anniversary card that plays music and features a Love-O-Meter!

This is an electronic Nerdy Anniversary Card which features:


Customizable screens for the special person.

“Minuet in G” song is played through the piezo buzzer.

“Love-O-Meter” detects love. “Secret” mode can be unlocked for extra surprises (requires reprogramming with AVR programmer).

On the back, you can write the special person’s name, anniversary number, and date.

MakeItHackin sticker is included as well as the CR2032 Battery.

Nerdy Anniversary Card

“Ouija” ESP8266 Programmer Giveaway

Share your Halloween project for a chance to win a spooky PCB! The deadline is Tuesday, 11:59pm Pacific time.

“Ouija” ESP8266 Programmer Giveaway!

Got a Halloween project that you think is prize-worthy? Submit any project published in October 2021 with a spooky theme, and you could win a free Ouija-esque planchette PCB that you can use to program an ESP8266-01 module with Arduino code! Plus, you can attach the bare board to an earring hook, keychain, or lanyard for personal tech flair.

Thanks to our awesome friends at OSH Park, 3 winners will each receive a code to order a three-pack of boards in the “After Dark” colorway (which gives the PCB its seasonal black-and-gold aesthetic). Yep, that means one to keep and two to give away – or two to wear and one to use! It’s up to you.

“Ouija” ESP8266 Programmer Giveaway

AIS-ILIS1 Ionic Liquid Ion Source Electrospray Thruster

The AIS-ILIS1 Ionic Liquid Ion Source Electrospray Thruster represents the first generation of micro-ion propulsion development at AIS. The ILIS1 offers unprecedented access to advanced ionic liquid electrospray thruster technology for nanosatellites, bringing this state-of-the-art, high-performance technology to a level that is affordable for any nanosatellite team. The ILIS1 is also the first ever PocketQube-compatible ion thruster to be successfully designed, built, and fired in the field yet.

The ILIS1 takes a new approach towards ionic electrospray by utilizing low-cost CNC manufacturing of the emitters as opposed to conventional micromachining technology. Coupled with high-performance 3D printed parts and readily available components, the ILIS1 achieves unparalleled accessibility and cost reduction. Using highly stable, safe, and well characterized EMI-BF4 fuel, with passive capillary feeding, the ILIS1 elimiates the need for any high pressure fuel feed or complex valving requirements.

Ionic electrospray technology is one of the most promising technologies for low power, higher thrust and ISP performance for nanosatellites. The first round of testing has been completed for the AIS-ILIS1, which has paved the road for the next generation AIS-ILIS2 development.

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AIS-ILIS1 Ionic Liquid Ion Source Electrospray Thruster

OpenTapeout conference this weekend

Interested in the forefront of open source silicon design?

The OpenTapeout conference is happening this weekend, November 6th and 7th:

In the last few years Application-Specific-Integrated-Circuits (ASICs) have become one of the most interesting fields to work in for Physicists, Computer-Scientists, Electrical- and Nano-Engineers. It was only a question of time before toolchains for the design of ASICs were democratized.

This event is for anyone interested in learning and sharing how to design ASICs with open source tools.

OpenTapeout conference this weekend

Four More Talks Added to the 2021 Hackaday Remoticon Lineup

An update on Hackaday’s Remoticon.2:

We’ve already unveiled multiple keynote speakers and a slate of fascinating presenters that will be showing off everything from reverse engineering vintage calculators to taking those first tentative steps on your CAD journey for this year’s Remoticon. You’d be forgiven for thinking that’s everything you’ll see at the conference, but there’s still plenty to announce before the two-day virtual event kicks off on November 19th. Normally we’d be promising to make sure you get your money’s worth, but since tickets are cmpletely free, we’re shooting a bit higher than that.

Jeroen Domburg (aka [Sprite_tm]): Rickrolling Buddha: A Deep Dive in Reverse Engineering and Thoroughly Pwning an Unknown Chip

Sergiy Nesterenko: Don’t Flip My Bits: Electronics in Spaaaace

Vaibhav Chhabra: M19 Initiative – A Case of Open Innovation & Distributed Manufacturing at Scale

Arsenijs Picugins: Laptop-Be-Done

Four More Talks Added to the 2021 Hackaday Remoticon Lineup

DIY Badge for Remoticon.2

While we’ll have to another year for Supercon, prolific badge maker Thomas Flummer is helping to bring the communal hardware hacking spirit to Hackaday’s upcoming virtual conference:

If you would like a badge for Remoticon.2, this project is for you. It’s a design in KiCad, with a bit of space for you to add in whatever you would like to have on your badge (and maybe already have parts for), but still in a look that will make it be part of the visual identity of Remoticon.2

So, compared to a badge that are handed out at an in-person event, this will require a little bit of effort ahead of time. If you want to have a badge for the event, you will need to send if for production fairly soon.

This years color theme matches OSHParks purple PCBs very nicely, and the fine silkscreen details will come out great, as they use a high DPI printing technique.

The KiCad project includes a badge design with a grid of regular 0.1″ spaced pads, but the idea is that you remove all those and add in some circuitry that you think would be cool to have on your badge. And with the current state of silicon parts supply, probably something you already have or at least have found in stock somewhere.

This is ment to to be a fun little extra thing, so no need to spend too long on doing the perfect design, but maybe try to remix something you did previously, or experiment with that little part that you never got to use and is just sitting there on the shelf.

The important part is having fun and sharing with each other.

There are shared projects of this variant at https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/gRSf01dV and the simple version with 0.1″ spaced holes are at https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/YJqAizIf if you don’t want to make your own changes to the files.

DIY Badge for Remoticon.2

Last Chance to Enter the 2021 Hackaday Prize

Hackday editor Mike Szczys reminds everyone that it’s not too late for the Hackaday Prize:

Oh, walnuts! How can we already be at the end of the last round? 2021 has been a time warp and now we are staring down the final day to enter the Reactivate Wildcard challenge of the Hackaday Prize. You must enter by 7 AM Pacific time on Wednesday or it’s too late!

Of course the good news is that the topic is wide-open. Wildcard is for all the things that didn’t fit in the first four entry challenges.If it’s a good idea, if it’s a build that really matters, it should be entered!

The ten winning projects from this round will each get $500 cash prizes, and be shuttled on to the final round. All 50 finalists will have until November 7th to hone their offerings, at which point our slate of expert judges will pick the most interesting and impactful for the $25,000 grand prize and four other top prizes.

And how, you ask, will you find out who won? The Hackaday Prize Ceremony will be held online on November 20th during the Hackaday Remoticion. So your assignment today is to warm up that keyboard, mouse, and smartphone camera to get your project entered right away! Step two is to grab your ticket to Remoticon for a weekend of wonderful talks, great people, and an inspiring lineup of hardware builds that made this year’s Hackaday Prize truly shine.

Wondering what kind of stuff makes a great Wildcard entry? Majenta Strongheart has you covered in her latest video roundup below.

Last Chance to Enter the 2021 Hackaday Prize

PSU students prep Oregon’s first satellite for space flight

Katy Swordfisk writes about OreSat0:

After months and months of research, testing and development, the Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) is preparing to hand off Oregon’s first satellite destined for the stars. 

Later this month, the interdisciplinary student group will deliver the satellite known as OreSat0 to Seattle’s Spaceflight Inc. who will integrate OreSat0 into its Sherpa(R) Orbital Transfer Vehicle. The propulsive vehicle will carry and deploy many small satellites to orbit after hitching a ride to space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch no earlier than January 2022.

OreSat0 is the first in a series of three satellites designed by the Portland State Aerospace Society and is just about the size of a tissue box. The satellite includes solar panels, batteries, a color camera and an amateur radio system.

Andrew Greenberg, PSAS Faculty Advisor, said OreSat0’s mission is simple: “It’s supposed to not catch fire in space.” 

But OreSat0 also gives PSAS a chance to test their open-source satellite design before building the next iteration for NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, scheduled to launch in late 2022. Think of OreSat0 as the training wheels for a tissue-box shaped bike speeding through space.

Student with satellite
Catie Spivey holds a model of OreSat0 | Photo by Patric Simon

“Oregon doesn’t really have much of an aerospace industry so it’s really important that we’re bringing aerospace close to home, for college students and K-12 students,” said Catie Spivey, a masters in mechanical engineering student and member of PSAS. “We’re showing them that they can do it too. It’s giving all of us here the opportunity to work with NASA and with other companies, then we go into the real world and get aerospace jobs. We’re creating an aerospace workforce in Oregon when there aren’t many other aerospace opportunities.”

The second, larger satellite, being built for the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, is a mission for climate science. PSAS’s satellite will look at cirrus clouds and the distribution of cirrus clouds around the world.

“It also has this super cool STEM outreach for the entire state of Oregon,” Greenberg said. “High school kids will be building a ground station of 3D printed materials — what we’re calling the 400-kilometer selfie stick — that they’ll point up as the satellite comes overhead, the satellite points down at them and then beams live video of their location in Oregon to them.”

To add another layer of ingenuity, the satellites feature open source designs that Greenberg describes as “artisanally built” — meaning anyone can use them to build their own satellites. OreSat0 hasn’t been launched yet and already several universities have reached out to use the PSAS designs and collaborate on future projects.

“By publishing our designs it makes aerospace more accessible,” said David Lay, a senior in electrical engineering and member of PSAS. “These are incredibly expensive systems to just buy off the shelf so we’re letting people build their own with our designs.”

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PSU students prep Oregon’s first satellite for space flight