UK-based engineer and YouTuber Tom Stanton had a dream: to dress up and launch sausages at ungodly speeds. Well, maybe that wasn’t the original dream, but it’s somehow where things ended up?!
As reported on our own forums, Stanton designed and built an incredibly impressive Teensy 3.5-based Electromagnetic Rail Launcher, consisting of a linear motor (as opposed to the more typical circular examples which rotate a shaft) and a track down which magnetic material can be propelled.
Said material might be a paper airplane (via magnetic sled), or, as alluded to earlier…a sausage with googly eyes and a smile.
Watch both below, along with a second video showing a more optimized version launching a sturdier 3d-printed aircraft.
The year is 1994. Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus, Pulp Fiction, is demolishing the silver screen, while Ace of Base dominates the pop charts with “The Sign”, “All That She Wants” and a cover of Aswad’s “Don’t Turn Around.”
And being the gadget-obsessed dork that you are, you just picked up the latest Microsoft x Timex colab: the Data Link wristwatch compute. While all the other nerds are eating up Martha on their clunky Apple Newtons and pretending that they can touch-type on their chunky Psions, you carry the world on your wrist.
Except it’s not 1994. It’s almost a full three decades later, and music is confusing and strange and nobody goes to the movie theatre anymore because there is a tripledemic and they can just binge on boring tiny slabs at home without the malodorous stench of stale popcorn. But that’s not all: the CRT displays that are required to sync with your Windows 3.1 desktop are becoming ever-rarer. So what do you do? Well, if you are Maxwell Pray AKA @synthead on GitHub, you grab a Teensy LC. The Timex sync relies on pulses of light to transmit data, so the LC’s built-in LED already gives you everything you need to emulate the original hardware. With this in hand, you can grab Maxwell’s emulation software from GitHub, and you’ll be transferring your appointments, anniversaries, phone numbers and reminders at speeds of up to 1K/minute, just like in the good old days…!