Kipkay shows you how to increase the range of your remote control for your television. You use electrical tape to make sure that the leads do not come into contact with the reflector.
Increase the Range of a Car Remote Control
Keyless entry remotes are great, but they don't always work how you want them to. One of the most common complaints is that they just don't reach far enough, and there's nothing more annoying when you can't remember where you parked. After all, what's the point of having "remo ...more
Contrary to popular belief, augmented reality apps have been available for a while now. I remember using the Layar app (still available for iOS and Android) to explore nearby businesses and landmarks with varying success via an early-generation Android handset. It would be ha ...more
It's simple: if you've got a brushed motor, you'll want to break it in under controlled circumstances before taking it out into the world. Why break in your engine? The main idea of breaking in your engine is to wear down your engine's brush so as to maximize surface contact w ...more
If you call yourself a hobbyist or a kid at heart, you know that remote-controlled vehicles are more than just fun. If you're a serious R/C man, you'll know all about doing everything to your model truck or car, like fixing wheels, vamping the pinion gears, waterproofing, trou ...more
Watch this automotive video tutorial to see how to scan your automobile for diagnostic trouble codes. If you see a "check engine" or a "service engine soon" light in your instrument cluster; your car has stored a diagnostic trouble code. This means the computer system on your ...more
An iPhone-controlled drone unveiled at the recently held CES is expected to revolutionize the world of video gaming. Called the AR.Drone (AR stands for augmented reality), this new product will literally bring video games to the streets. Via Daily Mail, "The flying saucer-li ...more
ICELED UFO is a complete automotive underbody lighting kit consisting of four ICELED tubes, an advanced Electronic Control Unit and a wireless Infrared handset that allows the entire system to be remote controlled from inside or outside the car. The ECU can independently addre ...more
For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved medication to treat children with a serious infection called Chagas disease, which stealthily infects and damages the hearts of millions of victims a year. Chagas disease is caused by the parasite Tryp ...more
In our first part on software-defined radio and signals intelligence, we learned how to set up a radio listening station to find and decode hidden radio signals — just like the hackers who triggered the emergency siren system in Dallas, Texas, probably did. Now that we can hea ...more
Devastating and deadly, land mines are a persistent threat in many areas of the world. Funding to clear regions of land mines has been decreasing, but new research may offer a less dangerous method of locating hidden, underground explosives by using glowing bacteria. There ar ...more
If you have a HoloLens, you can now control the lighting throughout your home or office via holographic controls using the free Hue Lights app in the Windows Store. The app, made by California-based AfterNow, works with the Philips Hue colored lighting system and is much more ...more
Remote Desktop gives you access to your Windows 8 PC or device from wherever you are to run your applications and access your files remotely. Left an important document on your work computer? Want to run a legacy x86 desktop app from your Surface? You can use Remote Desktop ...more
Hacking Wi-Fi is a lot easier than most people think, but the ways of doing so are clustered around a few common techniques most hackers use. With a few simple actions, the average user can go a long way toward defending against the five most common methods of Wi-Fi hacking, w ...more
Not only has there been difficulty finding consensus on a name for driverless, autonomous, self-driving, or automated vehicles, there is also the issue of what we actually mean when we say a vehicle is self-driving, automated, and so on. Do we mean that the vehicle can drive ...more
One of the big hurdles when equipping vehicles with sensors for autonomous driving is the cost. For example, the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors that power many versions of self-driving car technology are pricey, currently ranging from around several thousand dolla ...more
Just because a problem is small or superficial doesn't mean it can't annoy the living crap out of you. Others may think you're overreacting, or even have the audacity to roll their eyes, but you're in your own personal hell. First-world problems, white whines—call it whatever ...more
If you want to follow Null Byte tutorials and try out Kali Linux, the Raspberry Pi is a perfect way to start. In 2018, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ was released featuring a better CPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet built in. Our recommended Kali Pi kit for beginners learning e ...more
Chinese search engine giant, Baidu, has just announced its own autonomous car platform which is intended to speed up the development of driverless vehicles. On Tuesday, the company launched Project Apollo, which provides a software and hardware solution to specific partners a ...more
US blood banks have assured the American public that they have the tools to prevent a Zika contamination, despite the rapid spread of the disease. If a recipient receives a transfusion that is contaminated with the virus, they could become infected. However, thanks to genetic ...more
Many of us rely on our smartphones for all our media needs. Now more than ever, we're using Bluetooth connections to play audio over speakers, headphones, car sound systems — the list goes on. If you own a Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy S9, there are a number of Bluetooth ...more
Japan is in the process of curbing its aging population and mature workforce. According to The Diplomat, the country's population has been declining at a steady rate. To meet future productivity demands in commercial and industrial sectors, local officials are turning to self- ...more
Welcome back Hackers\Newbies! Hey guys first of all I would like to explain my absence here in NullByte. I got a little "occupied" with "other things". When I got back, I saw all these HowTo's, articles, Help Questions, I decided, I need to share more of what I have, to you g ...more
My first encounter with a phablet was late last year with the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, having never touched or even seen its highly-acclaimed and pioneering predecessor. Initially, I was a bit overwhelmed by the enormous screen and taken aback by the dated st ...more
Hackers can be notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, so we've curated a list of the top 20 most popular items Null Byte readers are buying during their ethical-hacking studies. Whether you're buying a gift for a friend or have been dying to share this list with someone shopp ...more
Apple's iOS 11 is finally here, and while they showed off several of the new features it brings to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch back at WWDC 2017, they've only just touched the surface of what iOS 11 has to offer. There are a lot of cool new (and sometimes secret) feature ...more
A remote control for a camera? Why not! You won't have to worry about racing the timer function any more! Build a remote control for your digital camera that will take the picture whenever you want. The range is as far as two miles!
So you want to waterproof an RC vehicle, eh? I like the way you think. In this four-part video, you'll learn everything you'll need to know to transform your remote-control car into a submarine car. The first video in the series demonstrates how to waterproof a servo, the next ...more
You can learn how to boost your car remote's range and you need a small screwdriver. Locate the antenna, sand the top surface of the antenna, and do not forget when you are done to close the remote up. This is another great video by Kipkay.
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Paul Onorato shows you how to anchor an antenna tube to keep it from falling out. A piece of fuel tubing will solidly affix the antenna to the chassis of the remote control car. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to secure an antenna tube to ...more
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Kevin Hetmanski shows us how to add decals to your RC vehicle. Decals add a little personalization and decoration to a remote control car. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to affix stickers onto the plastic body of an RC car.
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Kevin Hetmanski shows you how to put thread lock on your wheel nuts. Thread lock will keep the nut from loosening. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to secure nuts with thread lock on a remote control car.
RC Car Action Paul Onorato shows you a simple tip on keeping a tab on your suspension setup. Clean a cap and write the oil and piston used in the shock. Easy, and no more confusion! Watch this video tutorial and learn how to keep track of the maintenance of the shocks on a rem ...more
It's always handy to waterproof your RC car because your toy car is going to tread in a lot of dirty - and sometimes wet - ground. This means that any electric circuitry faces the risk of coming in contact with water and fizzing out. So keep things safe by learning how to wat ...more
It's always handy to waterproof your RC kit because your toy car is going to tread in a lot of dirty - and sometimes wet - ground. This means that any electric circuitry faces the risk of coming in contact with water and fizzing out. So keep things safe by learning how to wat ...more
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Kevin Hetmanski shows you how to adjust ride height on your buggy. The height can be changed by adjusting the shocks. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to adjust the ride height on an RC car.
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Kevin Hetmanski shows us how to properly start a nitro engine. The engine needs to be primed and then started, but be careful not to flood the engine. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to start a nitro engine on an RC car.
Need help figuring out how to align the steering servo on your remote-control car? It's easy once you know how. So easy, in fact, that this hobbyest's how-to can present a thorough, step-by-step overview of the process in just over three minutes' time. For specifics, and to ge ...more
Normally a remote control car only comes with four body clips. Body clips tend to get misplaced, or they fall off of the remote control car quite easily. For quick maneuvering, attach extra body clips directly to the body of the car.
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Matt Higgins shows us some open wheeled modified oval cars and also how to properly set gear mesh. The trick to setting gear mesh is a scrap piece of paper. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to set gear mesh on an RC car.
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Kevin shows you how to stop a nitro engine. Just bump the flywheel with a screwdriver or pinch the fuel line. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to stop a nitro engine on an RC vehicle.
Bonafide How-It's-Done (not exactly a HowTo) on remote-controlling your car via iPhone and Power Wheels. Brought to you by some crazy Texans, over at Waterloo Labs. Says Hack A Day, "Brake and gas pedals are actuated using a wrench connected to a motor bolted to the floorboa ...more
This prank is inspired by my "airbag couch prank". Place at least 2 airbags in the ground and tell someone that we are playing hide and seek and have them stand over the airbags. Have them "count down" while you go hide. The time till the airbag goes off!! While they think ...more
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Paul Onorato shows how to properly oil your RC engine air filter. An un-oiled filter will decrease the life of the engine on the remote control car. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to oil the engine air filter on an RC vehicle.
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Peter Vieira shows us how to easily thread an antenna with some WD-40. The threading can be tricky, but a little bit of lubrication cane make it go smoother. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to thread an antenna on a remote control car.
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Paul Onorato shows us how to cut wheel wells in lexan bodies. Scissors can mar and warp the edge of the lexan plastic body, try an Xacto knife instead. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to cut the wheel wells from the lexan body for a remote ...more
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Peter Vieira show how to properly bend your antenna tube. All you need is a lighter (ask mom and dad first!). Watch this video tutorial and learn how to bend an antenna tube on a remote control car.
The motor from an old remote control car can be used to make an automated drawbridge on a castle diorama. This is a nice project and a great way to add special effects to a diorama. Dioramas are great for war games like Warhammer 40K, and add a slightly more realistic touch. W ...more
Squirrelod shows you how to put together a shock assembly or a shock absorber on a Factory Team remote control car kit. He takes us through building the piston - shaft, dampener, nuts and over rings step by step. Practical tips and tricks involved in building up the shaft and ...more
Tim Higgins brings Halo's warthog vehicles to reality with a live action game created with laser tag weaponry, game controllers, and kid-sized jeeps. Feeling ambitious? Tim posted a full rundown of the build over at Microsoft's Coding4Fun blog. Check out the interview below ...more
Kennedy from Viper demonstrates the SmartStart iPhone application. It allows you to lock and unlock as well as start the ignition on your car from across the country. It's like a remote control for your car.
Now that you've mastered hand control, here's a new challenge for you. Try playing Mario using just your eye movements. The video below describes how the system works, and if you're feeling extra ambitious, scroll down for two HowTo videos, paired with (1, 2, 3, 4) build detai ...more
This 4 part video series is a gift from me to all the other singers out there who have shown me such great love and support. It contains a full vocal warmup that will improve tone, expand range, and increase control. This is pretty much the kind of warmup that I might do with ...more
This video tutorial shows you how to use the HomeLink feature in the new 2010 Toyota 4Runner. HomeLink can be used to control your garage door from a remote control inside your car. Depending on the make and model of your garage door, what you have to do is take your normal re ...more
This German video is amazing. A joyously analog interpretation and deconstruction of the digital gaming experience. Malte Jehmlich is as primitive and inspiring as the the Vanuatu natives who devoted themselves to cargo worship after World War II! Try to imagine. It's 2010 an ...more
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Kevin Hetmanski shows how to properly solder brass tubing to make custom bumpers, chasis, roll cages and more. Once you know how to do this, you can do any sort of custom building. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to solder brass tubing on ...more
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Matt Higgins, shows you how to identify and fix a 'hung brush' in a traditional brushed motor. A mystery stop could be from a hung brush, when the brush of the motor gets clogged with dirt. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to repair a hung ...more
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Peter Vieira shows us how to convert your Traxxas TQ3 for rear steer. This will open up new driving and maneuvering possibilities. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to install rear steer into a remote control vehicle.
RC Car Action Magazine Editor Kevin Hetmanski shows us how the pros shorten servo leads. Sometimes the servo leads come to long, so trimming them better suits the need. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to shorten servo leads on an RC car.
This video is a Hobby Estore Video Tutorial that will show you how to repair or replace the ACME remote start system in your radio control cars. You will know you need to take this step when your RC car doesn't start or when you push the start button and all you hear is a clic ...more