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The Ben Heck Show

Join master hacker, engineer, and conjurer of cool stuff Ben Heck as he tackles new projects each week. Want to see him transform an Atari into a handheld system? Stuff an Xbox into a Macbook? Construct a Gary Oldman pinball machine?



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Someone needs Ben to make a specialized controller, but he only decides to tackle the project after a change of heart.
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Tired of lugging around a bunch of stuff at airports, Ben builds Robot Luggage to help lighten the load with the help of Jesse Robinson!
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Ben builds his smallest, coolest and most likely, last, Xbox 360 laptop.
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Ben takes on a viewer challenge to create a TV proximity sensor to keep kids from sitting too close to the screen and ruining their eyes. He builds a device that uses an infrared sensor to set off flashing LEDs and a piezo buzzer if kids move too closely to where it's mounted on the TV.
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A viewer challenges Ben to build a small, portable CNC machine. Can Ben not only design it, but get it running G-code as well? Ben also starts the Xbox 360 laptop design.
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Ben makes real-world versions of Minecraft blocks, switches, torches and redstone needed to build logic gates.
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Ben Heck continues his epic journey to build a ZX Spectrum handheld device!
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Ben is excited to start gaming with the PlayStation 4, but not before he cracks it open and takes a look inside. Join Ben as he voids the warranty on yet another console and shares his master-hacker insights along the way. After he explores the motherboard, he puts the PlayStation 4 back together in time to game with his friends.
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Ben Heck continues his quest to build real-world versions of Minecraft blocks.
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Ben gets started on a project to build a dog treat dispenser complete with remote controls and a web cam. In part one Ben builds the mechanical dispenser itself.
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Ben shows you how to build your own AVR development board and how to use it in your projects.
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Ben tears down a Mac Classic. What will he find?
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Ben works with local musician Kevin to mod an Ableton APC40 into a guitar. Ben takes apart the midi controller to see what's inside and gets to work moving around the components. After he has the circuitry ready, Ben and Kevin draw out a design for the guitar.
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Ben shows you how to design and print 3D objects with AutoDesk 123D Design.
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During the lazy videogame and football months of winter, Ben builds a device to promote even more laziness - a controller mounted Hot Pocket Dispenser!
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Construction on the ultimate gaming system begins, as Ben takes apart a Wii U, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 to combine them into one video game mega console!
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Ben sets out to create the ultimate in wearables for engineers!
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Ben Heck completes the automatic dog-door opener he started in episode 130 with surprising results.
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Ben continues his work to create the OUYA portable his viewers challenged him to build. In this part of the process, he opens the controller to see how he can mod it for his device. After deciding on a plan, he builds the controls for his device from the hacked OUYA controller. Now that the electronics are ready, he can get to work designing a cool case.
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Ben and Jones continue working on their custom pinball machine, Jeri Ellsworth shows up to lend a hand.
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Ben tries out the Beagle Bone Black and shows you what he learns along the way. He shows how to get it set up, three ways to connect to it, and tries out a cool LCD cape. By the time he's done experimenting, he's got an idea for how he'll use the Beagle Bone Black in a future project.
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Phil Golden is embarking on Expedition Awareness, and Ben helps out with a remote control camera system with monitors nestled inside the car.
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Want to do cool projects? Ben teaches you all the basics to get started using the Arduino from installing the Integrated Development Environment to using outputs, inputs and more.
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The Ben Heck Show presents a public service announcement to help you avoid frying your electronics projects.
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This week, Ben introduces you to interfaces!
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Ben shows you how to solder surface mount components with his home-brew solder reflow oven. He goes through the steps of placing parts with solder paste and shares his know-how along the way. After the board comes out of the oven, he demonstrates how to fix solder bridges and other imperfections. He adds some through-hole components and goes over the pros and cons of both methods of soldering.
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Ben continues building a persistence of vision display. In the previous episode, he designed and stuffed PCBs with LEDS and constant current LED drivers. After he tested his LED panel, he began his designs for the rotating rig that will hold it. Now he can begin laser-cutting and routing out the pieces that will make the mechanical rig work. He etches a copper disc that works carbon brushes, assembles the gear mech, installs and opto-interrupter, and does some tests. He has an unexpected problem
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In the spirit of "turkey sandwiches for weeks," Ben looks around his shop to see what project he can make from the year's leftover parts.
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Ben builds a retro 1970's styled Xbox 360 portable to promote some upcoming Atari games. Break out the bell bottoms, cue the 8-track and tag along!
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Ben accepts a viewer challenge to create an automated houseplant rotator to help plants grow evenly on all sides.
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Ben and Alyson work together to create a DIY bike light and turn signal. Alyson crafts a fabric patch that attaches to a backpack and Ben writes a program, installs LEDs, and wires up the components.
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Ben continues his work creating game controllers for people with disabilities and builds a one-handed Xbox One controller. He takes you through the steps of moving around the controls and putting everything back together again.
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Ben turns an infrawave toaster oven into a solder reflow oven that can be used with PCB's.
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Ben checks out the Google ADK, a device that connects your Android phone to an Ardunio MCU and plans a project with it.
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Ben goes on a scavenger hunt at Maker Faire to find parts for a solar powered phone charging hat.
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Ben's fed-up with the difficulty of soldering surface-mount components by hand and builds a new reflow oven to keep in his shop. He transforms an inexpensive toaster over into a vital tool for electronics engineers and tinkerers. In this updated oven, he uses two thermal couples to ensure even heat distribution and effective reflow.
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To help a viewer with a new baby on the way, Ben builds a power drive add-on for his wheelchair, with foot controls.
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Ben finishes creating a device that prevents texting while driving and demonstrates it's usage.
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Ben takes on a viewer challenge to build an inexpensive, do-it-yourself camera dolly for taking better digital photos and creating time lapses.
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After years of getting requests to build one, Ben finally breaks down and makes a video game console automatic game disc changer.
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Ben tears apart a broken laser printer to see what parts he can salvage from it. He finds a variety of useful items from springs to opto-interrupters and muses about how the parts can be incorporated into future projects. A heap of ABS plastic is left in the wake of the teardown and gets Ben brainstorming ideas of how it could be turned into 3-D printer filament instead of going into the recycling bin. Ben ends up with a bunch of new parts!
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Ben gets to work on a Raspberry Pi gaming device you can take anywhere. In part one Ben gets the electronics working and installs MAME on the Raspberry Pi.
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Ben builds a custom case for the Ultimate Combo Gaming System. After completing the project, he shows the combo system in action.
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Ben takes apart a ZX Spectrum and mods it!
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Ben goes over schematics, a basic part of any electronics project. He shows what the symbols mean and how to go from schematic to working project.
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Ben fulfills a young viewer's birthday wish and builds an anti-pickpocket wallet. Ben starts off with using discreet logic to create a small anti-theft device that fits into a wallet. If a capitative switch that identifies the owner isn't triggered, an alarm is set off. After unexpected results, Ben moves onto a solution using a microcontroller and makes wallet thieves regret their lives of crime!
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Ben has been challenged by many viewers to make the OUYA into a Heck-style portable gaming device. For the first part of the project, Ben mods an LCD and the OUYA to be as thin as possible. After removing any unneeded components, he works to wire up the HDMI and get the screen and OUYA working as one. He'll sketch-up an idea for how the project will come together in the next episode before calling it a day.
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Ben helps his friend Charlie, and Charlie's son, build a simple project together - the Squach Tracker 9000. Get ready to find Bigfoot!
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The gang continues to work on Ben's pinball game, with help from designer John Popaduik.
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Ben builds a new version of one his most popular creations - the Portable Work Bench! Also, on Pinball Wars they get the prototyping system up and working.
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Come along with Ben as he explores the World Maker Faire in New York City. Tour the fairgrounds with him to see all the cool stuff makers are showing off, some of his favorite vendors, and what's the latest and greatest in the maker movement.
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This week, Ben begins work on a quadcopter!
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Ben builds a coin operated tabletop arcade machine. In this part of the projects, he hacks an old CRT, PC power supply, and JAMMA connector.
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Ben loses his challenge with Darren from Hak5 but he is still able to complete the baby rocker. Faced with a safety issue for Alyson's bike he builds a bicycle mod for two!
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Ben continues a project to build a dog treat dispenser complete with remote controls and a web cam.
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Ben returns to his roots and builds a replica of his original Atari 2600 portable gaming system.
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Ben modifies the Squatch tracker into a robot that runs on logic gates. Ben explains what logic gates are and how to use them.
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Ben takes apart a NES and gets to work modding the circuitry and building a new cartridge connector.
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Tired of hard-to-program alarm clocks? Ben builds one he thinks will be easier to use.
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Ben and Rusty continue to create the foot-controlled guitar strumming device they started in the previous episode. They install the servos, potentiometers, and switches in a custom faceplate that mounts on the guitar, as well as add the final components to the foot pedal. Ben writes some code so the guitar player can control how the pick moves over the strings.
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Ben gets back to work on his motorized camera dolly. In today's episode he adds the final electronics and captures some test footage. Plus, Ben shows off his Oculus Rift headset, which may be the next big thing in virtual reality gaming. As an extra bonus, be sure to catch Alyson trying the incredible immersive technology for herself.
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Ben Sawyer of The Games for Health Foundation challenges Ben to build a multifunctional gaming console that kids can play with outside.
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Ben visits Madison Area Technical College to solve three problems with their high end oscilloscopes.
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The Ben Heck Show is heading to Design West Expo!
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Ben completes the coin operated tabletop arcade machine. In part two, he builds a custom cabinet, wires everything together, and shows it in action.
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Its all about enclosures this week as Ben gets to work on a custom case!
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Ben demonstrates how to get started with FPGAs and CPLDs, devices that let you program logic.
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Ever need a cold drink right now? In this episode, Ben Heck uses peltiers to create an Arduino-controller Super Can Cooler!
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Ben gets into the holiday spirit and plays the part of an elf in Santa's workshop. He builds the ultimate toy that he thinks would be a great gift to find under the tree - a robotic tank! He uses a couple of kits plus some of his own designs to bring the toy to life.
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Join Ben as he takes a look inside the Xbox One. As he takes it apart he shares his console hacking insights and starts planning how he's going to make his next great portable Xbox.
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Ben builds some portable solar-powered items that could be useful on a camping trip: a charger for gadget addicts and a hands-free rotisserie!
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Ben works on some ways to automate functions into an existing home. Door Buzzer? Coming right up!
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A retro computer for only about $35? Watch Ben build a retro-styled computer using the Raspberry Pi!
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Learn the basics of the LaunchPad development board!
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Join Ben Heck on some of his daily adventures in this episode that covers his life outside of the show.
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