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Expanded Zipit Bottom Case: my first 3D printing adventure

3D printers have been around for quite a while now. When I first read about them I had a million ideas for things I could make. Unfortunately the introductory cost and learning curve were too much to bear. My 3D buzz wore off and the world continued on perfecting the new technology. It’s 2016 now and after seeing this article on Hackaday about a low cost, decent quality beginner 3D printer, I decided it’s about time I do something with 3D printing. That brings us to the Zipit. The original batteries for it are not available and finding a suitable replacement is not easy either. Let’s make a replacement bottom case for the Zipit with more room for a bigger battery.

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Posted by on Sun, 3 Jul 2016
tags: zipit, mod, lipo.

Wifi Enabled Outlet with VoCore

We have an older Mr. Coffee without all that newfangled technology like a clock and timer which means getting out of bed to start the coffee pot. How can one turn on a coffee pot without leaving the warmth of cozy sheets? Add a VoCore, some LED’s and relays to a surge protector/USB charger, that’s how.

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Posted by on Sun, 21 Dec 2014
tags: linux, openwrt, vocore, mod, relay.

Zipit Soft Keypad Mod

The Zipit keypad has a distinct click to it when pressing a key. This is fine most of the time, but when one wants to be quiet it can be a problem. I’ve been told numerous times to “shut that thing up” when my wife is trying to sleep so I needed to find a way to quiet the keys. I found that the Nintendo DS and DSi have similar keypad buttons to the Zipit, but are softer (presumably because it’s a gaming device). They are almost the same size only slightly larger. The D-Pad on the Zipit has smaller dots that are similar in size to the DS/DSi Start/Select/Power buttons. Thankfully there’s enough copper pad left on the Zipit that the DS button dots will still make contact.

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Posted by on Fri, 4 Mar 2011
tags: zipit, mod.