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Hi and welcome to the first issue of The Hybrid Hacker!
🤓 Some Bits of Whatever Technology
Atlas Robot Gets Grip!
Boston Dynamics continues to impress with their latest demonstration featuring their robot, Atlas. In the video, Atlas, one of Boston Dynamics' most well-known robots, assists a worker on a scaffold who has forgotten their tools. With its ability to interact and manipulate the environment and its new gripping hands, Atlas climbs the scaffold to retrieve the forgotten tools. You can watch the full video here.
What is SDR?
SDR (Software Defined Radio) is the ultimate game-changer in radio communication. It defies traditional hardware limitations by utilizing software to process and control the radio signal, resulting in a flexible and adaptable system. From wireless communication to signal processing and spectrum analysis, the possibilities with SDR are endless. This Beginner's Guide will show you the ins and outs of how SDR works, the necessary hardware and software, and all the cool things you can do with it.
Raycast is a highly efficient and customizable launcher for MacOS that allows you to quickly complete tasks, perform calculations, share links, and much more. You can even use ChatGPT from it! With its lightning-fast speed and endless possibilities for extension, Raycast is the ultimate tool for streamlining your workflow and maximizing your productivity!
💻 Couple of Interesting Git Repositories
Mayfly is a Kubernetes operator that enables you to create temporary resources on the cluster that will expire after a certain period of time. (Disclaimer: this was created by one of the teams I lead)
KeyDecoder is an opensource app that unlocks the secret code of your mechanical keys. You heard it right folks, with just a snap of a picture, you can replicate any key you desire. But before you go off duplicating keys to your ex's house, remember that making keys without consent is illegal! So please, use this app for educational purposes only. Like, unlocking the mysteries of your own front door.
🤖 Weekly Hands On Project
Build an 8-bit computer on breadboards
Did you know that you can build a programmable 8-bit computer from scratch using breadboards? If not, I highly recommend checking out Ben Eater's website and watching his great tutorials.
There are two options for building your 8-bit computer:
find all the necessary components on your own (which is what I did with the help of Mouser)
or purchase a kit available on Ben's website.
Although I never completed the project, I made it as far as building the computer's registers, and I can say I learned a lot in the process.
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