The Ben Heck Show
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The Ben Heck Show
First Aired: September 13rd, 2010
Status: Continuing
Network: element14
Summary: Introducing electronics hobbyist Ben Heckendorn, star of the all new Ben Heck Show, sponsored exclusively by element14. Join Ben and his friends for bi-weekly episodes as they build and mod a host of amazing community-inspired electronics creations
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Season 9
Macroscope Soldering Tool
Episode 1: Macroscope Soldering Tool
Air Date: February 1st, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: It is hard to solder tiny components while filming it. To proved better footage for YOU the viewers, Clem builds a CNC controlled machine that allows him to solder without having to touch the workpiece or the soldering Iron himself. The Foundation for a fully automated soldering robot! Get the B.O.M on element14 - http -//
NES Zapper on RetroPie
Episode 2: NES Zapper on RetroPie
Air Date: February 8th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Matt used to hold the high score for every light gun game at the local arcade, but he's a little out of practice since the switch to modern, flat-screen, high-definition displays. Longing for a new challenge, he decides to build a gesture-controlled variation of the classic NES Zapper that will work on modern screens through emulators such as RetroPie and MAME. It's a new take on retro hardware based around an LSM9DS1 and ATmega32u4 that not only breathes life into otherwise forgotten games, but also provides an entirely new hand-eye coordination challenge! Connect with Matt and get the B.O.M. on element14 - http -//
Reverse Music Box
Episode 3: Reverse Music Box
Air Date: February 15th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Buttons, switches, and voice commands are overrated. What if we could control electronics by playing music? Would this be practical? No. Would this be fun? Oh yeah. Join DJ on his journey to build a reverse music box that will only open once it detects the right melody. Connect with DJ and get the B.O.M. on element14 - http -//
Modding a Super 8 Camera into a Digital
Episode 4: Modding a Super 8 Camera into a Digital
Air Date: February 22nd, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: One man's trash is a maker's treasure! Clem found a super8 camera in the trash and soon realized that the original analog films and the processing is crazy expensive nowadays. So he creates a replacement for the film cartridge that turns the super8 camera into a digital one! But that is easier said than done! Connect with Clem Mayer and get the B.O.M. on element14 - http -//
Gameboy Wireless Link Cable (DMG1)
Episode 5: Gameboy Wireless Link Cable (DMG1)
Air Date: March 1st, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: When the original Game Boy came out there were no smartphones and WiFi didn't exist, so wired multiplayer gaming was perfectly acceptable. But what if it were possible to add wireless capability to this classic handheld? Join us as we build what may be the world's first Game Boy wireless adapter. We'll also see how console games were programmed 30 years ago... in assembly language!
Retro Gaming Handheld Without a PCB
Episode 6: Retro Gaming Handheld Without a PCB
Air Date: March 8th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Dave is a big fan of freeform soldering styles and made a tiny skeleton handheld. As the wise Ben Heckendorn said years before, Dave too tells everyone to collect spare LED legs. "Don't throw them away, as they might come in handy one day!" - or they get stuck in your maglock sockets. Here we need them to connect an Attiny85 with some buttons and an I2C display.
20 PCB Design Pitfalls
Episode 7: 20 PCB Design Pitfalls
Air Date: March 15th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Who let the smoke out? Clem had a custom PCB manufactured but tripped into a PCB desing Pittfall that released the magic smoke on the first testrun. Today he shares his # Tipps and Tricks to avoid common PCB design Pitfalls, to get your Proect on track as fast as possible! He uses KiCad to design his PCB but these tipps also apply to Autodesk Eagle or any electronics design software. The beautiful PCBs were made by in Germany, but even the best manufacturer can‘t fix errors you made ,while designing the boards. So make sure to avoid these Pitfalls on your next project!
Xybernaut Portable Wearable Windows 98 Computer
Episode 8: Xybernaut Portable Wearable Windows 98 Computer
Air Date: March 22nd, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: The Xybernaut Mobile Assistant was one of the earliest attempts at wearable computers--way back in the 1990s! It was an interesting feat of engineering for the time, but technological limitations, a high price tag, and contemporary interface design conventions stood in the way of mainstream success. Matt ran across one of the later models--the MAIV--that was dead-on-arrival, but wanted to add it to his retro computer collection. So with very little documentation available (The Xybernaut corporation went bust in the early 2000s after several commercial flops and some financial chicanery), he tore it down to see what powered it and set about to rebuild it with modern components. Was the Xybernaut a viable platform in hindsight? Is Minesweeper playable on a 2" head-mounted display? Why didn't arm-mounted keyboards catch on? These and more questions will be answered in this week's element14 Presents!
Rotocell - The Rotary Cell Phone of the Future!
Episode 9: Rotocell - The Rotary Cell Phone of the Future!
Air Date: March 29th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Tired of touchscreens? Touch tone phones a bit too modern for your tastes? Join DJ today as he builds a DIY cell phone that incorporates the mechanism of a rotary phone from 1957. Using a minimum of components and a maximum of grit, follow along as he builds a device from an alternate timeline.
FPGA MIDI Music Synthesizer
Episode 10: FPGA MIDI Music Synthesizer
Air Date: April 5th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Have you ever wondered how digital synthesizers work? In today's video, Andy shows how to build one with just a handful of parts. He'll use a standard MIDI interface and line-level output for maximum compatibility, and an FPGA for maximum fun!
PlayStation Classic Portable
Episode 11: PlayStation Classic Portable
Air Date: April 12nd, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: The PlayStation Classic is the latest in a line of retro-inspired "plug-and-play" consoles capitalizing on the nostalgia train led by the Nintendo NES and SNES Classics, but there's something about it that's just a little amiss. Matt attempts to fix the alleged shortcomings of the PlayStation Classic by converting it into a portable, handheld system so he can enjoy his nostalgia on the go! The task may be easier said than done, though, as he has to battle against southern California's Santa Ana Winds (and their requisite high-static environment), an ailing 3D printer, and the eccentricities of Sony's budget circuit board to assemble a proof-of-concept prototype that will either work flawlessly or just explode in his hands!
Retro Texting Smart Watch of the Future!
Episode 12: Retro Texting Smart Watch of the Future!
Air Date: April 19th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Apple watch, schmapple watch! Who wants a smartwatch that’s bloated with software that you don’t really need? Do you long for simple tech times when pagers were part of the daily gadget loadout? Do you have a need for the retro flair of calculator watches? Join DJ as he builds his own watch capable of sending and receiving text messages that has a design flair from the ’80s - Apple watch, schmapple watch! Who wants a smartwatch that’s bloated with software that you don’t really need? Do you long for simple tech times when pagers were part of the daily gadget loadout?
First Person View RC Car with PS1 Steering Wheel
Episode 13: First Person View RC Car with PS1 Steering Wheel
Air Date: April 26th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Clem scored a broken Steering Wheel for the PlayStation 1 (yes the first one) at a flea market. Thankfully it is broken so he decided to turn it into an RC transmitter for his old Remote controlled Car! Learn how to use the Arduino MKR Wifi 1010 to make your own Transmitter and Receiver from scratch! It even supports FPV head tracking!
Multi-Line Telephone Intercom
Episode 14: Multi-Line Telephone Intercom
Air Date: May 3rd, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Modern smart phones have become so ubiquitous these days that old analog phones are getting left in the dust. However, you may still have a few of these old phones hanging around your house collecting cobwebs or you may have seen some lingering on the shelves at your local thrift shop. Now’s your chance to put them to good use. In this video, Derek takes you back to a time when stretching a phone cord across the room was the norm by creating a 4-line telephone intercom system with basic ringing capability. The circuit surrounds a DTMF decoder IC which handles keypress detection, a simple AC inverter to handle the ringing and a current source which allows analog communication between multiple phones.
Gameboy Walkman
Episode 15: Gameboy Walkman
Air Date: May 10th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Let's build a device that uses the original Game Boy's hardware to play some fine chiptunes! Ever wondered what you can do with a mainboard when the display is broken? Do you also let the Tetris game run, just to listen to the music? Now there's another project that you can try! Join Dave as he connects a new display to the Game Boy with the help of an Arduino Nano via the Game Boy link port and puts everything in a nice package! Happy Birthday to the GAME BOY, 30 years and still going!
Animitronic GLaDOS Head with Raspberry Pi
Episode 16: Animitronic GLaDOS Head with Raspberry Pi
Air Date: May 17th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: The Portal franchise is one of the most engaging puzzle games of the last decade and beyond the mind-bending physics, is also known for its charming A.I. antagonist - G.L.a.D.O.S.
Raspberry Pi Stop motion Machine
Episode 17: Raspberry Pi Stop motion Machine
Air Date: May 24th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Clem dreams of making his own Stopmotion movie, just like the claymation films he loved as a kid. But creating these kinds of movies is very difficult and tedious. So he builds a machine that makes it much easier, is controlled with his smartphone and even moves on its own to make the stunning Hollywood shots he dreams of!
Arduino Retro LED Matrix Handheld
Episode 18: Arduino Retro LED Matrix Handheld
Air Date: May 31st, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: To many, "retro handheld gaming" conjures images of the Nintendo Game Boy, Sega Game Gear, or even the Atari Lynx, but Matt wanted to take this retro gaming project all the way back to the dawn of an era--before 8-bit processors and dot matrix screens with stereo sound, back when writing words on an inverted calculator could entertain for hours! In the late 1970s, electronic gaming was all the rage. The Atari 2600 and Magnavox Odyssey had already invaded living rooms while Mattel and Coleco were taking their burgeoning electronic toys divisions and gearing up to enter the console market. The Intellivision and the Colecovision might have fizzled out by the early 1980s, but their legacy in gaming had already been written with blinking lights and buzzers.
Steam Powered Retropie Console
Episode 19: Steam Powered Retropie Console
Air Date: June 7th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Do you feel out of place? Does the modern era of technology fail to meet your tastes? Do you yearn to be a monocle-wearing, dirigible captain with a penchant for designing needlessly complicated contraptions? If so, you may want to strap in as we join DJ on his journey to build a steam-powered RetroPie game console. This build is sure to be classy and dangerous, so buckle up on.
Let Me Out Hooman! Bluetooth Dog Doorbell
Episode 20: Let Me Out Hooman! Bluetooth Dog Doorbell
Air Date: June 14th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: In this episode we’re going to create a device that my dog Piper can use to let me know when she wants to go outside or if she wants water; So is born the BARKS-9 Interface. Upon pressing one of two foot-pedals, LED indicators to illuminate and a notification is played over some speakers, powered by a Raspberry Pi JustBoom audio amplifier.
Candle Powered Robot
Episode 21: Candle Powered Robot
Air Date: June 21st, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: As, most tinkerers, Clem is in search of alternative sources of energy! The Sun does not shine in his underground bunker, so he taps into a source of power that is abundant in every household - the dreaded tea-candle! Let's face it we all have them lying around and there is at least one family member who buys them all the time. So why not use this dormant "paraffinic batteries" for a project! Clem tests out various Peltier elements and rigs up a circuit to power a simple machine that is rightfully powered by a tea-candle!
The Ultimate Raspberry Pi Stress Test
Episode 22: The Ultimate Raspberry Pi Stress Test
Air Date: June 28th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: We all know how the Raspberry Pi is a great little gem of a single-board computer--a "Jeep" of a board that can go nearly anywhere and does nearly anything--but how well does it work under these abusive conditions? Are the Raspberry Pi's advertised specs accurate? How well will the Raspberry Pi perform in "The Real World"? In this video, Matt puts the Raspberry Pi through a series of grueling tests designed to push it to its operational limits and see just how well it performs under pressure...and fire...and cold.
Matrix Voice Controlled Robot
Episode 23: Matrix Voice Controlled Robot
Air Date: July 5th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Johnny 4 wasn't very much alive until Dave put the robot's head on R8-D8s body. Johnny needed input - code that would help him to move around in his new body. Join Dave as he finally makes his robot fully functional, he adds a Matrix Voice shield to a Raspberry PI. With the help of, which is an offline voice recognition software, he will control the robot with his voice.
PiPhone++ The Giant Raspberry Pi Flip Phone
Episode 24: PiPhone++ The Giant Raspberry Pi Flip Phone
Air Date: July 12nd, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Are you interested in the foldable future, but pining for the tech days of yore when phones flipped vertically and you always felt like James T. Kirk whipping out a communicator? Join us on this unwieldy DIY journey as DJ builds his next iteration of his Raspberry PiPhone that harkens back to the era of the flip phone. Is it a monstrosity or a masterpiece? You decide.
Upcycled Coffee Pot to IoT Ramen Maker
Episode 25: Upcycled Coffee Pot to IoT Ramen Maker
Air Date: July 19th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Ramen noodles, the staple food for students around the globe to keep them alive, while they spend all their money on project parts! Clem doesn't even want to waste that precious project building time by preparing a cup of noodles. So, he decides to build an automatic ramen noodle maker. A machine that cooks noodles, adds seasoning and hot sauce automatically. It's 2019 so he connects it to home network!
Arduino Powered Close Encounters Midi Light Board
Episode 26: Arduino Powered Close Encounters Midi Light Board
Air Date: July 26th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: You're not gonna believe what Dave saw that one night. He never would have believed it, there was this whole, red woosh sound. It means something, driven by a melody he can't forget. He builds a midi controlled light board to visualize it. P.S - No kids were crying while Dave ate the mashed potatoes.
RC Ornithopter Concept
Episode 27: RC Ornithopter Concept
Air Date: August 2nd, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Matt is a fan of both aviation and historical engineering, so he has decided to bring those two worlds together in an attempt to recreate one of the most elusive designs in aeronautics - the ornithopter. The ornithopter is a flapping-wing flying machine that is fairly easy to build small models of, but--like most novel aircraft designs--becomes exponentially more unwieldy at larger scales. Granted, RC ornithopters DO exist, but they're very small and do not mimic the form of a human-carrying fuselage. Will Matt succeed at creating a larger-scaled ornithopter and revolutionize powered flight? Or will he return to his bench and the idiomatic drawing board? Either way, it's going to be an interesting ride!
Automated Robot Artist
Episode 28: Automated Robot Artist
Air Date: August 9th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: Andy wants to program his robotic arm to write and draw, but it's missing some features like motor feedback and computer control. Will he be able to add the necessary modifications and make his own artistic automaton?
The Ultimate Raspberry Pi 4 Laptop
Episode 29: The Ultimate Raspberry Pi 4 Laptop
Air Date: August 16th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Summary: The hottest new model of Raspberry Pi has hit the shelves and in order to make the most of it, DJ has decided to make a laptop. With the power of 3D printing, CNC routing, and Linux, will this be a daily driver to outshine your current portable computer? Of course not, but will it be fun? Absolutely!