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My MiniDisk battery mod

Hi there.
It’s been a while since I posted something here on my blog.
So I decided it’s time to make some more videos on YouTube.

Today I’ll be modifying my MiniDisk MZ-N710 to run on AA batteries instead of those abysmal gumstick batteries.
Hope you find it entertaining. ;)

My Action Cam is here

So my actioncam is finally here so I thought I’d write a little review.

The Innov C3.

The Innovv C3 is a action camera that breaks with some of the conventions of traditional action cameras to achieve a greater range of functionality.

Unlike most action cams of today, the camera and recording device are separate components connected by a very sturdy one and a half meter HDMI wire that is hardwired into the camera.

Both the recording device and the camera are in a solid-looking aluminum housing which give the C3 a sturdier look that sometimes even the more pricier action cameras lack.

It’s light weight, but you don’t get the feeling that you could squash it in your hand due to cheap plastic.

Rather than bombard you with the specs, here is the sheet, Innovv provide on their website.

Feel free to pause at this point.

Moving right along.

The C3 comes delivered in a quite decent looking box with lots of additional components.

A handlebar clip for Bikes and Motorcycles. Maybe even for roll cages if it fits.

The clip for the camera is screwed on a standard thread so you can put other cameras on it.

My Nikon Coolpix S3100 fits perfectly on it.

The same versatility goes for the sticky back mount with an adjustable hinge.

There are two stick on Velcro strips for added versatility for all of the sticky back mounts

You have two usb cables. One 1.2 meter cable for charging and data transfer and a 4 meter dash cam cable for your car. A USB adapter for your car cigarette lighter is also included.

A USB to AV cable is also included to connect the recording device to the TV.

Included are also two sticky back mounts with adjustable camera clips that you can use it for your

motorcycle Helmet.

A lapel microphone is also included. Here is how they sound like.

Lastly there is also a headset to use the camera for first person video recording.

This is the part that intrigued me the most about this set up.

I however am using it on my work glasses combined with one of the sticky back clips to film my projects.

I first tried out the headset and was positively surprised of how comfortable it was to wear.

Most headsets for phones use the earlobe to support the weight.

Innovvs headset used padded surfaces that press evenly against your Head which makes wearing it over longer periods of time no issue.

This is of course only my personal experience and more sensitive people might have a different reaction.

What made me however opt for my d.i.y. glasses were some noticeable issues I recognized through usage.

There is a metal brace that goes around the back of your head to assure that the headset applies an even pressure to both sides of your head.

However it stands to far out at the back. This means that leaning against the headrest of a car or standing with your back against the wall becomes impossible because the headset gets pushed around

An adjustable brace would not only eliminate this issue it would add extra support to the whole peripheral.

Another problem with the headset is the positioning of the cameras clip. It is almost right next to your cheekbone which results in sometimes having the side of your face in the shot.

The hinge that the clip is connected to is also too loose it doesn’t click in place allowing the camera to pan when brushed against the headset.

My configuration using my d.i.y. glasses eliminated that issue too, which brings me however to my biggest issue with the camera.

The HDMI cable. Whilst it serves well to use the C3 as a dashcam or a motorcycle cam, its uses as a p.o.v. camera are hindered noticeably by the same feature that makes it great for the other uses.

The cable is too stiff and inflexible

I tried to conceal the cam under my Jacket by running the HDMI cable down my back and around my waist. Although I left a little excess wire sticking out of my Jackets collar, turning my head to the side the camera was mounted to was impossible.

The cable would always push against it.

If there was a port in the back of the camera I could use a looped HDMI cable or any cable for that matter that gives me enough flexibility.

Would I recommend the C3?

Well with its Price at around 120 US Dollars, its large ammount of peripherals and it’s Video quality you do get a decent action camera.

And if the issues I mentioned were improved upon in later versions I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

There is great potential for using it for p.o.v. footage.

Maybe someone at Innovv watches this Video and can make the improvements I mentioned.

Getting Stuff Ready for 2015

Hi everybody.

I just wanted to give everybody just a quick update on what is going on and what is going to happen hopefully soon.

First off sorry for the silence. I was knee-deep in work and barely had any time for anything else. Let alone getting stuff done for the blog.

But now that it’s getting easier again in regards to work, I can continue my D.I.Y. making escapades.
I have also recently bought an Action cam so you can get to see the progress of my Projects and other things of interest.

If something halfway decent comes out of it I just might just put it on eBay to support my efforts. But more on that in a future video.
Still need to get the Cam first. ;)

So stay tuned.

Let’s see what we can make in 2015.

Playing with fire and light

Last week I was at the M’era Luna festival in Hildesheim, Germany and I got to see next to awesome acts like Marylin Manson some Fire Dancers at the medival market that is set up there each year.

I use a relatively simple camera. It’s a Nikon Coolpix S3100.

All I did was turn the stabilizer on, turned the flash off and deactivated the macro mode.

I was quite impressed with the results. See for yourself.

I F***ing love Sugru :D

Yep I just cannot emphasize enough just exactly how brilliant Sugru is.

It feels, handles and shapes its-self just like play dough. But when it has cured, it has all the awesome properties of rubber.

Car key

Just when you think you have run out of ideas, you find something else that can be fixed with it.


Gear-knob 2

So here are just a few of the things i used Sugru for.

Antenna seal

There seem to be no limits. :D

Rubber feet

None at all. ^^


Ikea + Sugru = Awesome

Well another Birthday has come and gone. I’ve also had some vacation time. So now seems to be the ideal time to hack stuff.

My Sister bought this beginner Hookah for my birthday and I was looking forward to giving it a try.
But this particular model had an issue.

Red 1 hose hookah

As you can maybe see for yourself…

The most annoying thing is the base.
It is way too small. Either you have a lot of water but little smoke or you have a little water and lots of not too well filtered smoke.

So i decided to do a little Ikea-Hacking so this is what I bought.

1 “Lansa” Handle from ikea
1 “Hämta” carafe also from Ikea
1 5 grams packet of sugru (any color)

Tools required:
Pair of hands ;)
Small Metal files or a Drehmel with a diamond cutting disc

I began by placing my “Lansa” handle into a vice and cutting a 17 cm piece of pipe from it. I then deburred the sharp edges using the diamond cutting disk of my Proxxon mini drill.
I prefer Proxxon over a Drehmel because of their reliability.
Make sure it is all smooth.

With the edges nice and smooth I continued by connecting the tube to the stem of my hookah using 5 grams of Sugru. Extending the stem with an airtight and non toxic gasket.

After letting the Sugru cure for 24 hours (Keep it level using books or mags) I removed the original base grommet and replaced it with the grommet from the “Hämta” carafe. You will have to cut it down to size a bit. I used a nice sharp pair of scissors.

Now all that is left to do is to place it all on its new stylish hand made glass base. ;)

What a difference ^^

I’ll make a video of it in action as soon as I have time.^^

Feel free to leave me your feedback wherever you please.

And what about the parts that are left?

Just put them together. ;)

Now all you need is a cork and some string and you have a lantern for your table :D

Keyboard Cardboard Table

Like I said in my last post, there is no limits as to what you can build.
I recommend however to add screws and support beams where needed.
There is only so much you can build with glue only.

The results however are awesome ;)

Your thoughts?


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