As [Marius Hornberger] was working in his woodshop, a thunderous bang suddenly rocked the space. A brief search revealed the blower for the dust collector had shifted several inches despite being stoutly fastened down. Turns out, the blower had blown itself up when one of the impeller fins came loose. Time to revise and build a bigger, better dust collector! [Hornberger] is thorough in describing his process, the video series chronicles where he went astray in his original design and how he’s gone about improving on those elements….

Hackaday Belgrade preparations have now passed the flash point and the hacker village that is set to descend on Serbia in a few weeks grows larger and more awesome by the day. Prepare for a massive data dump on what is in store. But before you go any further, make sure you have a ticket. What is Hackaday Belgrade and What Comes with a Ticket? Hackaday Belgrade is the best conference focused on hardware creation that you can find anywhere in Europe. Taking place in Belgrade, Serbia on…

Amazon has released the Echo Dot Kids Edition, an always-on, Internet-connected microphone. According to Amazon’s Children’s Privacy Disclosure, the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition collects data such as, ‘name, birthdate, contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses), voice, photos, videos, location, and certain activity and device information. The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition is able to read audiobooks for bedtime reading and teaches your children to live in a dystopian panopticon of Orwellian proportions. It comes in green, red, and blue. Kim Possible! The biggest news headline this week…

Getting cinematic aerial footage used to require expensive gear such as cranes or helicopters to get the job done, usually totaling thousands or tens of thousands of dollars of production costs. But that’s no longer the case thanks to myriad affordable consumer drones capable of taking off into the sky with a twist or flick of a control stick on a remote or connected smartphone or tablet. Some drones even let you control them with Jedi-like hand gestures. Picking a drone comes down to price and performance. You…

Looking for a first project in a relatively new language that’ll stretch your abilities? [Ron] was, so he hacked a commercially available drone and opened up a lot of its functionality, while writing the client software in Go. The drone is a DJI Tello, which has some impressive hardware like a 14-core Intel processor and excellent video processing abilities. There’s also a vibrant community and a lot of support, making it the ideal platform for a project like this. It communicates to a base station via WiFi, and…