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User info:
Full name: Jani Pönkkö
Homepage: http://metku.net/
Age: 42
Location: Finland, Raahe
Bio:
Started modding computer related hardware back in 2001. At the same time I started a website dedicated for modding. First everything was done in finnish but after I published the glowing mousepad article I translated all the old material to english and continued to run the site bi-lingual.

My "day job" is with an engineering firm. There I function as an IT management chief and project manager. We do anything automation, machinevision etc. related projects.





Title: Gimbal
Created: 22.02.2014 14:14
DIY camera gimbal for Mobius camera
"Finished"... or as finished as these hacks ever are...
"Finished"...
High-tech testing platform :)
High-tech testing pl...
This is starting to look good. :)
This is starting to ...
Eyeballing some "measurements"
Eyeballing some &quo...
After some saw action
After some saw actio...
Nicely balanced :)
Nicely balanced :)...
Taking shape
Taking shape...

Title: Fixed wings
Created: 29.01.2014 22:31
All fixed wing aircrafts
Second one, still taking shape :)
Second one, still ta...
First one
First one

Title: Multicopter
Created: 07.08.2012 21:22
All things related to my multicopter projects.
Ready to fly! :)
Ready to fly! :)...
The latest model on the right. Weight of the v1 on the left (wooden parts only) was 138 gramms, the latest, v3 has the same pieces at exactly 100 gramms.
The latest model on ...
Had some spare time so I made a quick image of the current state of the plans.
Had some spare time ...
Prototyping something new... :)
Prototyping somethin...
New motors and speed controllers. Lost 140 grams in weight and it really shows up in the air! :)
New motors and speed...
H-Quad waiting for her maiden flight! :)
H-Quad waiting for h...
AlltheQuads...
AlltheQuads......
Mahogany
Mahogany
Prototype ready for test flight...
Prototype ready for ...
MiniMonster
MiniMonster...
MiniMonster
MiniMonster...
MiniMonster
MiniMonster...
Planning on doing a bit smaller quad from plywood...
Planning on doing a ...
FPV! :)
FPV! :)
FPV! :)
FPV! :)
Plan number xxx... Going to use this for FPV flying, that is why there are two cameras on board.
Plan number xxx... G...
Something new...
Something new......
Planning on making my own frame for FPV flying...
Planning on making m...
Video transmitter installed and hooked up to a GoPro
Video transmitter in...
Installed the aerial photo platform underneath the X550...
Installed the aerial...
View from below
View from below...
Couple of self-made cloverleaf antennas for the transmitter...
Couple of self-made ...
Jumpers to select the channel. Transmitter works on 5.8 GHz band.
Jumpers to select th...
3.3 regulator.
3.3 regulator....
TX5823 based transmitter. PCB is not yet cut to size.
TX5823 based transmi...

Title: GarBAde
Created: 23.07.2012 07:53
A small arcade cabinet...
Some progress that happened during the weekend...
Some progress that h...
Something new to the Assembly event... notice the measurements! :)
Something new to the...

Title: RC
Created: 14.11.2011 19:01
Radio controlled equipment etc.
New set of rims to my drifter.
New set of rims to m...
Different wheels with mode offset... better.
Different wheels wit...
Different wheels with mode offset... better.
Different wheels wit...
Ready for the track. The rear tyres would love to have wider offset wheels but this is ok for now...
Ready for the track....
Painted and ready for the track.
Painted and ready fo...
The new body shell for my drifter just arrived. 	
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
The new body shell f...
I had a body shell for my RC car that I accidentally ruined while removing the old paint. Had to do an overspray with a new theme... Added couple of vinyl stickers that I cut with CNC. 

The car is Associated B4 that is kit modded to a Squared X-6. 1:10. SpeedPassion 8.5t brushless and sensored motor with GT2.0 speed controller. Sanwa 0.07 servo... LiPo system...
I had a body shell f...

Title: Pinball
Created: 18.08.2011 23:28

Gaming action at the Assembly Summer 2011! :)
Gaming action at the...

Title: BigLCD
Created: 02.12.2010 00:08
Had a large 4x40 Serial Ascii LCD screen that I modded for USB connection.
A large 4x40 character serial LCD screen to play with. Planning on using this to display feeds from different websites etc. 

This particular photo is few years old already, I do have a more modern phone now.  -;)
A large 4x40 charact...
4D System's USB <> RS232 adapter.
4D System's USB <...
Stripping off some excess hardware.
Stripping off some e...
Adapter module connected.
Adapter module conne...
USB connector ready for business.
USB connector ready ...
All finished and showing a news feed for a national news channel.
All finished and sho...
All finished and showing a news feed for a national news channel.
All finished and sho...
Arduino + Ethershield. This allows me to stream for example Twitter feeds, temperatures from my servers etc. without using a computer. A large 4x40 character ascii LCD is very readable from distance. Currently on the screen is a raw http reply from one of my servers.

Any ideas on what to do with this hardware?
Arduino + Ethershiel...

Title: iTalkMan
Created: 09.08.2010 17:29

The fridge isn't the largest one but at least you can keep your candy bars cooler. :)
The fridge isn't the...
All finished...
All finished......

Title: CNC
Created: 17.07.2010 19:09
Photos related to my cnc machine
4 mm thick baltic birch plywood.
4 mm thick baltic bi...
61 pieces in total.
61 pieces in total....
Eagle posing.
Eagle posing. ...
Some detail from behind.
Some detail from beh...
The whole thing is around 31 cm wide and 37 cm tall.
The whole thing is a...
My new vinyl cutter installed to the CNC mill.
My new vinyl cutter ...
Cutting the logo graphics
Cutting the logo gra...
The business end of the vinyl cutter.
The business end of ...
Good details...
Good details......
First set used.
First set used....
Metku Mame gaming cabinet "branded" with new vinyls.
Metku Mame gaming ca...
The chair being cut. 1 mm end-mill and Mach3 doing all the math.
The chair being cut....
The different parts that make up the chair.
The different parts ...
Front view.
Front view....
Chair from behind.
Chair from behind....
New home for my cell phone? :)
New home for my cell...
Made this for my mother. The sign says "Welcome" and it is going to be located on the front door. We'll propably paint this piece black and place a white board behind it...
Made this for my mot...
Mario cut from 12 mm baltic plywood. 4 mm cut depth with two separate passes. I used 3.175 mm one flute endmill for this one.
Mario cut from 12 mm...
Mario being cut for the Arcade project.
Mario being cut for ...
Oh joy, I have a CNC machine... waiting and some more waiting... ;)
Oh joy, I have a CNC...
Several projects going on at the same time...
Several projects goi...
Dremel Fortiflex as a motor and 3 mm ball endmill doing the cutting. Not the best possible source image (black and white rose) but good enough for testing out the machine.
Dremel Fortiflex as ...
Getting some wood carved.
Getting some wood ca...
Kitchen table in good use once again.
Kitchen table in goo...
My new baby ;) Currently operating with Proxxon 100W rotary tool but I believe I'll be replacing it with Dremel 300W Fortiflex and perhaps with Kress 1050W one if even more power is needed... Using Mach3 and operating directly via parallel port.
My new baby ;) Curre...

Title: Arcade
Created: 13.07.2010 16:39
Different arcade gaming related projects.
And off to do more gaming -> ;)
And off to do more g...
Finished cabinet posing for the camera!
Finished cabinet pos...
Shot with the wireless keyboard&mouse combo from EFO that I use for debugging the system.
Shot with the wirele...
Matrix Orbital Typhoon display is scripted to show what game is currently being played.
Matrix Orbital Typho...
Finished cabinet from the back. The 80 fan is pushing air in (it is not a PSU fan). The hot air escapes from the top of the case, between the roof tiles.
Finished cabinet fro...
Quite messy. Perhaps I'll route the cables bit better some day...
Quite messy. Perhaps...
Frontal shot from the finished cabinet.
Frontal shot from th...
Finished cabined being tested by the Assembly Summer 2010 visitors...
Finished cabined bei...
Only some detailing left to do...
Only some detailing ...
Getting the wiring done.
Getting the wiring d...
Almost there...
Almost there......
Semi-finished state.
Semi-finished state....
Painted. Two color theme with black and yellow. The controls will be red/black.
Painted. Two color t...
Primed and ready for paint.
Primed and ready for...
Sanding filler, "a dirty job"! :)
Sanding filler, &quo...
The main part of the "production studio".
The main part of the...
Back room of our "production studio" :)
Back room of our &qu...
Only few pieces to go before painting can begin!
Only few pieces to g...
The new and improved mounting for the acrylic window.
The new and improved...
Cutting the acrylic window that will be placed on top of the TFT screen.
Cutting the acrylic ...
"Way too hot for a white man..."
"Way too hot fo...
Monitor support being cut.
Monitor support bein...
Hinges for the back panel.
Hinges for the back ...
Some paneling done...
Some paneling done.....
The "extension" does double duty as a rest for the TFT screen.
The "extension&...
Pieces cut
Pieces cut
Plans changing. The setup that I selected needed more space so I had to start an extension. In the end I believe this is only a good thing as this brings more details to the cabinet.
Plans changing. The ...
Filler sanded.
Filler sanded....
Some work done with filler.
Some work done with ...
Trying to find the perfect width for the control panel.
Trying to find the p...
Small table top cabinet that I drew freehand... Plans are for n00bs! ;)
Small table top cabi...
MameLap is coming along...
MameLap is coming al...
The angle of the "table" seems to be ok now...
The angle of the &qu...
Had to make a template out from card board to test out the planned layout... First test video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqwDo4llGrU
Had to make a templa...
So, is this a start of something great? Don't know yet but lets hope so. 

Buttons are located more or less the way I'm planning on using them in the final product. Other details are bit more sketchy at this stage. :)
So, is this a start ...

Title: Ring light
Created: 10.11.2009 21:57
Ring light that I\'m planning...
The light operates on 12 volts. Perhaps a motorcycle battery would do nicely...
The light operates o...
"Money shot" ? :)
"Money shot&quo...
Ring light attached to the Sigma 18-50 objective and the 72 mm UV filter.
Ring light attached ...
Without a flash on the left and with ring light on the right
Without a flash on t...
Eyes of my daughter. Bit red as she was crying just a minute ago. Not my fault! :)
Eyes of my daughter....

Title: Truck
Created: 03.02.2009 20:23
Toy truck mod
Dolly mod for a truck toy

Project: http://allthemods.com/project.php?id=311
Dolly mod for a truc...

Title: Picture Frame
Created: 21.01.2009 16:20
Old Dell 650 MHz laptop converted to a picture frame.
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Picture frame hanging on the wall in my office. Cables will be routed bit better in the future but for now this will do. :)

Project log: http://allthemods.com/project.php?id=307
Picture frame hangin...
Modded an old laptop to a picture frame. OS is Xubuntu and it will be running an apache+php combo and fetch continuous stream of images from Flickr.  Don't know if I should write a project for this or not...

Update: Project log - http://allthemods.com/project.php?id=307
Modded an old laptop...

Title: Joytech 7" TFT
Created: 08.02.2008 22:43
Modding a TFT unit originally meant for Xbox1.
Still working... ;)
Still working... ;)...
Mounted on top of the TFT panel.
Mounted on top of th...
Hacking the Joytech 7" tft... work in progress...
Hacking the Joytech ...

Title: Wood
Created: 28.10.2007 18:37
Stuff made out from natural materials
What have we here?... ;)
What have we here?.....
Little CNC magic. Something to hide the bolt-heads. Needs bit of sanding paper but it should turn out nice. :)
Little CNC magic. So...
Remind me again, am I building a blaster or an appartment block for birds?

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Pieces glued... at least we are making some progress...
Remind me again, am ...
Something little that I'm currently working on... ;)
Something little tha...
Something little that I made for my mother. 6 mm hardboard cut with a tool that we'll be reviewing shortly...
Something little tha...
Clock with a small bird
Clock with a small b...
Clock with a duck theme
Clock with a duck th...
Some clocks that I made during the easter break
Some clocks that I m...
First time that I've worked with willow. Made this "door ornament" for my mother. :)
First time that I've...
Cutting the mask for my daughter's Metku.net shirt...
Cutting the mask for...
Oh no, more clocks... sorry, I just had to... ;)
Oh no, more clocks.....
My brother wanted to alter the looks of his old "backup" guitar. I took away two of the mics, removed the tone control, removed the front acrylic panel and painted the whole thing pink. :)
My brother wanted to...
Enough with the deers already! Had to try bit lighter wood stain for the final piece.
Enough with the deer...
First tests with Flying Dutchman blades. Very clean cuts...
First tests with Fly...
First tests with Flying Dutchman blades. Very clean cuts...
First tests with Fly...
Something that I made for my mother. Idea is to add bit more detail to the cabinet.
Something that I mad...
Splash of color. Perhaps the wood stain made it bit too dark so I'll have to sand it some more.
Splash of color. Per...
Wanted to show the scroll saw to my dad and made these mini-clock frames in the process. Eventually they will be fitted with 35 mm diameter clock mechanics.
Wanted to show the s...
No, the old man hasn't lost it! :) I just find these "classic" fretwork patterns better for learning purposes than biohazard shapes. This one is from a hobby guide from 1929.
No, the old man hasn...
Again with the scroll saw. Dragonfly from Baltic birch. Needs sanding and color but other than that, it turned out great. :)
Again with the scrol...
Yeah, definite improvement. :) Again with a Scroll Station and 4 mm birch plywood.
Yeah, definite impro...
First try with a Dremel Scroll Station (Scroll saw). Not much but one gotta start from somewhere... :) 4 mm baltic birch.
First try with a Dre...
Nothing special, just a first freehand test with my new handheld router. Sara is the name of my daughter.
Nothing special, jus...
Feather colors are in but beak and eyes need to be bright yellow.
Feather colors are i...
This owl is meant to scare small birds so they don't crap all over the place. I hope they are dumb enough to be fooled. :)
This owl is meant to...
Basic shape was carved with an axe. Wood is pine, 100mm by 100 mm.
Basic shape was carv...

Title: Engraving
Created: 20.10.2007 22:04

Engraved some glasses for Christmas presents. A perch for my father (yes, he likes fishing).
Engraved some glasse...
Engraved some glasses for Christmas presents. An eight ball for my billiards playing brother.
Engraved some glasse...
Result of a speed test... Wanted to test if the image would be usable on the modding workshop  that Metku.net team is hosting at the Assembly.org. Needs bit more details...
Result of a speed te...
Result of a speed test... not the best quality but I had to test if the image would be usable on the modding workshop  that Metku.net team is hosting at the Assembly.org
Result of a speed te...
Now with a video... Tutorial is coming soon. If you have any questions about this technique, please, ask them so I can see what I need to include into my article. Thanks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOlz4v_bJmY
Now with a video... ...
World first on animating multilayer engravings... Still photo isn't that exciting so I'll try to get video done.
World first on anima...
First test with shading. Came too close to the lines but other than that, quite nice.
First test with shad...
Something to give better sense of the size. Engraving is 93mm by 100mm.
Something to give be...
Second try. Took around an hour...
Second try. Took aro...
Second try. Took around an hour...
Second try. Took aro...
First try with Dremel's Engraver. Protective sheet is still on so the plexi is bit blurry... Took around 5-10 minutes to do.
First try with Dreme...
First try with Dremel's Engraver.
First try with Dreme...

Title: Electronics
Created: 29.05.2007 21:40
Little projects with electronics.
Ready to rumble. Project can be found from here:  http://allthemods.com/project.php?id=342
Ready to rumble. Pro...
Digital effect pedal for my brother. Donor case is an old ISDN modem.
Digital effect pedal...
Digital effect pedal for my brother.
Digital effect pedal...
Just testing out this little circuit I made. Idea is to change the color of the water depending on its temperature. Seems to work but the aiming isn't perfect. Next up is the housing for the unit...

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlu1zyzuNDQ
Just testing out thi...
First test with optic fiber. 0.7 mm diameter wire is surprisingly tough and hard to bend.
First test with opti...
Distance sensitive lamp that I made. Move the hand closer to the lamp and the light gets dimmer. Move the hand up and the light gets brighter. Pull the hand away to the side and the lamp keeps the selected brightness.

Design might not be the "hottest" one but perhaps I find inspiration to house the electronics inside something else...
Distance sensitive l...
Yes, the screen is that small... or my hands are big... well, you get the point. :)
Yes, the screen is t...
Small display for some future project...
Small display for so...
Part of some upcoming project. A regular filament lamp can sure look antique when combined with a dimmer.
Part of some upcomin...
Attiny45 working as a RGB-light controller. PWM signal controls the color and brightnes, resulting to 16 million different color combinations. Color is selected in this circuit by turning the potentiometer.
Attiny45 working as ...
Stylish metallic potentiometer
Stylish metallic pot...
RGB-led bar. Color and brightnes are controlled with PWM from Atmega8 and n-channel fets.
RGB-led bar. Color a...
Playing with Atmel microcontrollers.
Playing with Atmel m...
Foot pedal speed controller in action. 
Full article here:
http://www.metku.net/index.html?path=mods/foot-pedal-mod-for-rotary-tools/index_eng
Foot pedal speed con...
Took apart a 15" TFT, taped it to the window... what next? :)
Took apart a 15"...
Beam "insect" travelling along the ruler.
Beam "insect&qu...
"Insect" that operates on the sun's energy.

The idea with these Beam circuits is that they are powered by the sun. Solar panels gather the sun's rays, convert them to electricity. This electricity is then stored to those black capacitors. When there is enough stored energy, the small motor will start to rotate. In this creation the motor will drive the "insect" along a wire, ruler etc. When the energy storage is depleted, the whole cycle starts again... store -> run -> store -> run...
"Insect" t...

Title: Assembly 2006
Created: 10.10.2006 14:39
Pictures from
Assembly 2006 LANParty!
More eyecandy from the party in form of Xlien.
More eyecandy from t...
ATI's boothbabes. ;)
ATI's boothbabes. ;)...
ATI Crew showing off their mobile graphics chips.
ATI Crew showing off...
Also Pirk from StarWreck attended the party.
Also Pirk from StarW...
Competition where people tried to pile up as many Creative ZENs as they could.
Competition where pe...
One of the most complex case mods seen in Assembly 2006. Full pneumatics with remote control etc...
One of the most comp...
Microsoft parked a trailerhome in front of the Arena to promote their XboX360.
Microsoft parked a t...
Metku made with a lightrope in Assembly06
Metku made with a li...
Metku made with a lightrope in Assembly06
Metku made with a li...

Title: Testing
Created: 10.10.2006 09:52
Testausta tantereelle
Ok, ok, so I can't draw. :) Just had to test out my old drawing tablet and see if it could be used for concept drawings etc... 

Oh, and the article for the Mobira Dataman is up:
http://metku.net/index.html?path=mods/mobira-dataman/index_eng
Ok, ok, so I can't d...
First test with polymer clay. Interesting stuff and perhaps I'll use it in modding one day... Figure is around 1 cm tall.
First test with poly...
Green is mine! All mine!!!11 ;)
Green is mine! All m...
Storage for my snowmobile.
Storage for my snowm...
...
...

Default album
Something little that I made for my 1:10 buggy. Haven't installed them yet. :(

Project: http://allthemods.com/project.php?id=409
Something little tha...
Daddy has a new toy. :) Team Associated B4 modded with the X-6 Squared kit. GHz radio, Speed Passion GT 2.0 LPF ESC, Speed Passion sensored 8.5T motor etc.
Daddy has a new toy....
Something little for another project... ;)
Something little for...
Start of something beautiful? :)
Start of something b...
Something little that I made with a scrap piece of acrylic and  a heat gun. A large washer (not in the picture) works as a weight at the bottom.
Something little tha...
I needed some clamps to hold the work pieces when working with my small CNC machine. Full project here: http://allthemods.com/project.php?id=397
I needed some clamps...
Ice speeder that me and my father made for my mom. Trust me, this is one very fast design! :)
Ice speeder that me ...
Amigurumi. Had to take a photo to prove that I actually tried this. :)
Amigurumi. Had to ta...
Amigurumi. The one on the right is made my me. ;)
Amigurumi. The one o...
View from the rear of the unit.
View from the rear o...
Made this for my brother as a birthday present.
Made this for my bro...
Cut these acrylic pieces with a scroll saw for my brother's latest guitar project. I believe you can guess the theme?! ;)
Cut these acrylic pi...
Cut these acrylic pieces with a scroll saw for my brother's latest guitar project. I believe you can guess the theme?! ;)
Cut these acrylic pi...
My setup for shooting some time-lapse material for the video blog.
My setup for shootin...
Wanted to test how the workflow would change if I rotate the TFT panels. 2 x 24" + 14.1"
Wanted to test how t...
Mobira Dataman...
Mobira Dataman......
Visitors doing some engraving
Visitors doing some ...
This year the "metal workshop" is running smoothly. Great work guys! :)
This year the "...
Metku/Dremel Booth at Assembly Summer '09
Metku/Dremel Booth a...
Recognize yourself? ;)
Recognize yourself? ...
Some older CPUs that I have. Today it is hard to imagine to find a x86 CPU with both the AMD and Intel markings on it. :)
Some older CPUs that...
First try on how to make a chainmail. Surprisingly hard at first but once you get the idea the process is actually pretty easy and fast.
First try on how to ...
Mobira NMT taken apart...
Mobira NMT taken apa...
Planning on using this Mobira NMT as a case for the next HTPC...
Planning on using th...
Happened to find these old programmable calculators when cleaning up. Plotter and manuals are still there.
Happened to find the...
Made this for my daughter. We are attending the Assembly event and she wanted to have a Metku t-shirt. Airbrushed with Createx colors and with a mask.
Made this for my dau...
Installed the lights that I won from Instructable's competition. Works well but the nights are not dark enough...
Installed the lights...
Finally something related to modding. :) Still needs engravings...
Finally something re...
More acrylic cutting. Took the design for some scroll saw book... should try to find bit more suitable topics for modding purposes in the future... ;)
More acrylic cutting...
First test with acrylic and the Dremel Scroll saw. Cuts very easily and gives a high quality finish. :)
First test with acry...
From Campus Party 2007 Valencia Spain. Displaying some of the modded mice that I've done over the years...
From Campus Party 20...
One Acer 24" TN monitor and two LG 17" models. No pivot on the LGs so I had to take off the screws and rotate the panels "manually". Not a permanent setup but I wanted to see how three monitors can affect the working environment.
One Acer 24" TN...
Only closet in my room so you can see why I had to build more storage space. Here is around 1/3 of all the "stuff" floating around the 9m2 room. :)
Only closet in my ro...
Anyone interested on learning how to make these easter eggs?
Anyone interested on...
Suggestions about the actions view...
http://allthemods.com/actions.php
Suggestions about th...
Selfmade light box. Gives smoother lighting for product shots. 2x500 W on the left side and one 150 W halogen in each hand.
Selfmade light box. ...
I had to buy this small aluminum case that contains tools like screwdrivers etc. Perhaps it could be used as a base for world's smallest briefcase Lan machine?
I had to buy this sm...
My first Google Earth 3D house. :)
My first Google Eart...
Seeking suggestion on where to mod this little wonder. Motherboard is about 140 x 100 mm so it can fit almost everywhere. Planning on using this for HTPC so if you can think of anything unique, please, share the idea!
Seeking suggestion o...
And they say modding is a waste of time...
And they say modding...
Speed controller for rotary tool. Made from a sewing machine foot pedal.
Speed controller for...
Real man's heatpipe cooler! Weights 6.4 kilograms.
Real man's heatpipe ...
Any ideas what to do with this?!
Any ideas what to do...
My first try to make a rose. Used bluetack as I don't have any clay at hand. Turned out quite nicely. :)
My first try to make...
Made this for a local pool club. Board is lighted with a light rope and paints used were ordinary house paints.

Sorry for the picture quality as I only had my cellphone with me. I'll try to update this with better quality photo in near future.
Made this for a loca...
VFD from a point of sale machine.
VFD from a point of ...
Project: Loginoki

Full article can be found here:
http://www.metku.net/index.html?path=mods/loginoki/index_eng
Project: Loginoki...
My Ferm rotary tools.
My Ferm rotary tools...
Promoting Metku with style! ;)
Promoting Metku with...
First metku.net server. Pentium 75 that got upgraded to Pentium 90.
First metku.net serv...