Engineer Builds a Compass That Finds Pizza | Hack Job | WIRED

Do you know what the most frustrating thing about a compass is? It ONLY points North. But what if a compass could point to something....more appetizing? WIRED has challenged maker Joe Grand to figure out how to make a compass that points to pizza, in just three weeks.

Check out Joe Grand here:
Twitter: joegrand
Pizza Compass Project Page:

Shoutout to Advanced Assembly and Royal Circuits for their incredible work and turnaround:

Special thank you to PieVino:

Sources from the coding community include:

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  • Compass that points to what you wants most.

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  • Strip club compass???

    Rusty ShacklefordRusty Shackleford10 dager siden
  • sweet

    no one specialno one special11 dager siden
  • Awesome 👍

    Baqar RizviBaqar Rizvi12 dager siden
  • Brilliant. This is just so inspiring.

    ackabrackabr16 dager siden
  • This should be what WIRED do for their channel I like this content more than celebrity reading questions about themselves

    Random J124Random J12418 dager siden
  • AI generated, interactive "Choose Your Adventure" stories/Geocaching/puzzles either via an app or maybe even as a standalone device like yours...a la Pokémon GO...limitless xD this must have been done by now...

    fitzdevlinfitzdevlin18 dager siden
  • omg the editing is sooo childish

    Močnik RoyaleMočnik Royale21 dag siden

    Square Cubed ProductionsSquare Cubed Productions24 dager siden
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  • do they sell this item

    what the glasseswhat the glasses26 dager siden

    Barri'snow 360Barri'snow 36026 dager siden
  • traveling in Paris really needs a compass pointing to toilet!

    juicerlljuicerll27 dager siden
  • Why did I think it would actually point to actual pizza and not a pizza store 😭

    Lei DVLei DVMåned siden
  • im impressed, that a pizza design for a round compass did not cross his mind… im also impressed by the project tho so - nice compass.

    fridaysjanfridaysjanMåned siden
  • Is that an oscillation machine?

    Bebopman CurrentBebopman CurrentMåned siden
  • Or you could just go south of the pizza shop

    Gangster LeopardGangster LeopardMåned siden
  • Someone better make me a similar version of this were it finds me a girlfriend 😔

    SamSamMåned siden
  • Coulda done it making an app for ur phone, but can't say this isn't very important tech, everyone should have one haha.

    SystematiclolSystematiclolMåned siden
  • jack sparrow finding a pizza instead of rum

    JustPotatoJustPotatoMåned siden
  • if you mod it to the global loo finder i will buy one.

    NTRYXNTRYXMåned siden
  • this is minecraft compass

    Alfath EditsAlfath EditsMåned siden
  • ez tetszik :)

    Szabó Mátyás SándorSzabó Mátyás SándorMåned siden
  • take my money

    roninroninMåned siden
  • I love the way you explain your process and annotate things folks might not know. Awesome

    Kenny (Auzeras)Kenny (Auzeras)Måned siden
  • You used hacker typer

    Theodore ChurchillTheodore ChurchillMåned siden
  • Living in buffalo ny that thing would light up all leds haha

    Luis RodriguezLuis RodriguezMåned siden
  • This is awesome,!!!

    Pravesh shiwakotiPravesh shiwakotiMåned siden
  • I mean it kinda looks like a pizza cutter... just sayin'.... duel purpose, ya know?

    RouveriusRouveriusMåned siden
  • For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life... Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand repent of your sins .Jesus died and rose on the third day in victory against death follow him🙏

    shemar pierreshemar pierreMåned siden
  • compleatly wast of time

    Mr_ Arun63Mr_ Arun63Måned siden
  • Id point it to single women in my area

    Pieter MaritzPieter MaritzMåned siden
  • Adding distance would be a nice upgrade

    Nick's StuffNick's StuffMåned siden
  • Amazing

    Akonteh AlosiusAkonteh AlosiusMåned siden
  • If I turned that on here in Columbus, it would just explode lol

    Nicki TylerNicki TylerMåned siden
  • I'm waiting for version 2.0 that points free pizza

    AeitAeitMåned siden
  • As we call them, google maps

    KuukeKuukeMåned siden
  • I want !

    ChappyChappyMåned siden
  • Isn't it possible to replace the entire cellular part with an SD card and put the coordinates of all pizza places on it? Don't think it would be that much data. I think it would make this much simpler.

    CubicaeCubicaeMåned siden
  • I. Want. One.

    Arugo NArugo NMåned siden
  • So it's been two weeks where can I buy one, anybody set up any production batches yet?

    tomt637tomt637Måned siden
  • Just imagine the front desk of Wired now hands out this device everytime someone asks for food...

    DerParadonymDerParadonymMåned siden
  • The only upgrade this needs is a speaker that blasts “Pizza Time” once you get there.

    OmnicastOmnicastMåned siden
  • The title makes it look like this is the start of a series - if you're looking for more hacks in a hurry, I can whip you up something special. It's kinda what I do

    Zack FreedmanZack FreedmanMåned siden
    • Perfect call to action!

      Umer ShahzadUmer ShahzadMåned siden
    • Awesome to see you here Zack :D

      TomTomMåned siden
  • Davie 504 wanna know your location

    Julian MejiaJulian MejiaMåned siden
  • THIS WAS EPIC :D Great job ! You can make one that points to some bicycle that was stolen! If you place a hidden GPS tracker on the bike >>> then find the stolen bike and who ever stole your bike!

    Inthe FlowInthe FlowMåned siden
  • So... uh... where can one purchase such a glorious device?

    James KimJames KimMåned siden
  • It is a dumbed version of Jack Sparrow's compass that does not points north. If you tweak the code to include possibility of changing destinations and you package it like Jack Sparrow's peace, than it becames real not just a movie prop. You're close. It should point to the thing you want most in this world.

    FariFariMåned siden
    • It can possibly do the 2nd part already, depending on whose holding it lol

      Nicki TylerNicki TylerMåned siden
  • You can add a double tap option for the compass to point to the north for example or to burger resturant.

    ibrahim haythamibrahim haythamMåned siden
  • imagine it breaks and points you somewhere to africa

    Epic ViberEpic ViberMåned siden
  • This dude reminds me of Michael reeves except not a crackhead

    RyanRyanMåned siden
  • It would be awesome if the colours display the distance to the pizza... like red is over 200 meter, orange over 100, yellow over 50 and Green below 50 or something like that 😉

    Lukas KriegerLukas KriegerMåned siden
  • "Take me to the thing I like the most..."

    Domenico BartoccioniDomenico BartoccioniMåned siden
  • I don’t know why, but the title of this video is my favorite thing ever

    Orbital Lizard StudiosOrbital Lizard StudiosMåned siden
  • Is this micheal reeves‘ dad?

    Cas BoxCas BoxMåned siden
  • How could you pass up not shaping the pcb to look like a slice of pizza!?

    Joshua MeltonJoshua MeltonMåned siden
  • Give

    FATFATMåned siden
  • This is amazing

    Lucas CardozoLucas CardozoMåned siden
  • Great Project

    Owusu BoakyeOwusu BoakyeMåned siden
  • Make one like the mandolorian bounty tracker

    Ina BothwickIna BothwickMåned siden
  • I'd be curious to know how much this whole thing actually costs. As an idea, I would add a screen with prefilled names of places in alphabetical order and have the user select one and it point in the right location. You want a movie theater? *points. You want an italian place? *points. personal handy gps.

    Nicolas PandelidisNicolas PandelidisMåned siden
    • Oh yeah............

      Kasish SavithaKasish Savitha11 dager siden
  • 1:56 dankpods will be happy to have that battery lol

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  • are you guys going to sell these as merch?

    EfloorEfloorMåned siden
  • The sad thing is, while its pretty cool, i'm not at all surprised that something like this exists

    Dr. Dreidel •ドリーデル先生Dr. Dreidel •ドリーデル先生Måned siden
  • 2:54 bruh is that SCP

    Jack WithrowJack WithrowMåned siden
  • Why....why did you not make it look like Captain Jack Sparrows compass.

    Cj SchneiderCj SchneiderMåned siden
  • awesome, but I would've made the compass rose look like pizza slices

    Richard MineallRichard MineallMåned siden
  • Captain Jack sparrow gives you a thumbs up

    Hip DavinciHip DavinciMåned siden
  • Forget the Dragon Balls we need pizza! 😍

    Rosa RamirezRosa RamirezMåned siden
  • he missed the opportunity of making it shaped like a pizza slice smh

    sirBumpyCasesirBumpyCaseMåned siden
  • Fast food places are so common here in America, it would be pretty useful to have a gadget that pointed to the nearest fast food place.

    Rachel PlummerRachel PlummerMåned siden
  • So an iPhone maps app? Search pizza shop, boom video done, saved you 10 minutes.

    DylanDylanMåned siden
  • How did you connect to internet?

    dibyojyoti mitradibyojyoti mitraMåned siden
  • Can you release the PCB so we can build it ourselves?

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  • Let's make it point at bar's and Cabarets! 🍺🤪

    World TravelerWorld TravelerMåned siden
  • ew you didn't use theta in the formulas

    Jason CulleyJason CulleyMåned siden
  • and here i thought it was actually going to point to pizza, not just a pizza restaurant

    Doryen ChinDoryen ChinMåned siden
  • i kinda wanna make one of these with a screen to select different foods and it points to the one you select. maybe i will give it a go when i am not busy

    Corona Borealis02Corona Borealis02Måned siden
  • i swear to god i've never had so much fun with a video of this kind... you earned a new subscriber also i can't believe you didn't put an interruptor just to toggle it on/off without removing the power cable lol xD

    Joachim Von GrimoriumJoachim Von GrimoriumMåned siden
  • He just gave us his location

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  • Yo Joe can you build me a compass to find a gf, thx dude.

    Elysion BElysion BMåned siden
  • For me this is just like Jack sparrows compass

    Konrad SchulzKonrad SchulzMåned siden
  • hmm its a cool compas maby you can make one that find your bike

    Blockie 2Blockie 2Måned siden
  • I quite like that he gave credit to the open source community

    Dhruv PandyaDhruv PandyaMåned siden
  • pokemon go compass??

    咪咪陈咪咪陈Måned siden
  • Just order it LOL

    Sanjay .S KumarSanjay .S KumarMåned siden
  • I mean dude! I'm over here making Andy Warhol filters in python and this guy is living in the year 3000

    Intentional_ErrorIntentional_ErrorMåned siden
  • Thay gave him 3 weeks to make it HE HAS NOT ATE IN 3 WEEKS HES A HERO

    the phantom gamer  the phantom gamer Måned siden
  • Lame! I want a actual spinning needle to point me to pizza, not LEDs! Do it again

    Jacob14Jacob14Måned siden
  • ok but now get michael reeves

    KaleiKaleiMåned siden
  • Pirates of the Carabian compass??

    Arnold Panashe MsanzikwaArnold Panashe MsanzikwaMåned siden
  • So instead of someone building one these, they can just track my phone instead

    Matt RodMatt RodMåned siden
  • Cannot belive after all that he grabbed the nastiest looking pizza ever

    zombiechckenzombiechckenMåned siden
  • Suunto is not any other compass :D

    aemveeaemveeMåned siden
  • I remember watching him create cool stuff in Prototype This when I was a kid. They’re around on NOcds if anyone wants to check them out, it’s a great show

    Álvaro RausellÁlvaro RausellMåned siden
  • This is wonderful! More! Also my phone is pretty much exclusively a pizza compass.

    Chris ZChris ZMåned siden
  • Take my money

    KeehanKeehanMåned siden
  • Did you use trigonometry to have the circle point at the coordinates or something already in the library or just attach the compass to the lights?

    BoltGoesProBoltGoesProMåned siden
  • Hey. Nice job. How do You use Altium on OS X? I'd try many options but only VM works enough stabile.

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