We had a bit of an early christmas at the hackerspace. We received many new and wonderful things to hack around with. Here are just a few of them.
What could possibly be this expensive you say? Someone paid almost half a million dollars for this in 1993.
Why it’s an awesome six-axis joystick and controller with encoding and feedback on every axis! This is a joystick that was used to train astronauts to pilot the space shuttle while in space. Truly an epic thing to have in a hackerspace. I want to build a submersible and use this as the control mechanism. I don’t know how they can justify charging $163k for the computer, it didn’t even come with a hard drive in it. Instead, it boots of a floppy. The joystick itself runs a cool $326k, pretty impressive.
We also got a Cyonics 2201 40mW Argon/Krypton laser! I have always been fascinated with lasers so I have big plans for this thing. Of course, the first thing we had to do when we got it was take it outside and try to blind someone.
Sorry for the horrible pictures, we haven’t quite grasped how to take a picture of a laser beam yet. For now, we’re just making James blow smoke through the beam. I think we may have put his eye out in the second one, but he’ll be ok. Stereopsis is over-rated anyways.
We also received a working light spectrum analyzer. The use of such a tool is well beyond my current level of experience. I am told that this one is missing the camera but we have someone who thinks they might know where it is. I’m sure I would be more excited about this if I knew what it could be used for.
The last item of note for now is a mini lathe. We already have several people working towards converting this to a CNC lathe. It would be pretty fun to be able to lathe my own rocket nozzles or gears.
That’s it for now. We got a few other interested items, primarily a nice centrifuge (enriched uranium here I come!), a high voltage power supply and some vacuum equipment, but I don’t have any good pictures of that stuff yet.