Tag: hardware

  • Bringing an Apple AirTag Back to Life

    Bringing an Apple AirTag Back to Life

    If you’re lazy like me, you’ll probably have a few gadgets laying about the house that have flat batteries. If one of them is an Apple AirTag, it might not be as simple as just popping in a fresh CR2032 and closing it back up.

  • Bringing a VanMoof X3 or S3 Back to Life – Part 2 – Battery Pack

    Bringing a VanMoof X3 or S3 Back to Life – Part 2 – Battery Pack

    This is part 2 of my adventures in bringing our VanMoof X3 back to life. This time I tear down and then manually refresh the lithium ion cells in the bike’s primary battery pack.

  • Bringing a VanMoof X3 or S3 Back to Life – Part 1 – Smart Cartridge

    Bringing a VanMoof X3 or S3 Back to Life – Part 1 – Smart Cartridge

    We put our VanMoof X3 in storage over winter and unknowingly let its battery go flat. The smart circuits in the bike then refused to charge these flat batteries. This is part 1 of my adventures in manually refreshing the Lithium-Poly cells and bring the bike back to life.

  • Radxa Rock 5B as a Raspberry Pi replacement?

    Radxa Rock 5B as a Raspberry Pi replacement?

    In early 2023, the Rock 5B from Radxa seemed to poised to take the Raspberry Pi’s crown for the best SBC for Linux desktops. I ordered and managed to sit down and get to grips with it. Immediately, I stumbled in to this devices biggest caveat – powering it on.

  • Intruder Alert

    Intruder Alert

    For a quick lunch-time electronics project, I’ve constructed an intruder alarm that can alert you any time somebody comes too close to your desk or cubicle. This project took me 45 minutes from start to finish including all coding, wiring and testing so—provided you’ve already got your lunch and eat it quickly—you too can be…