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August 25, 2015

Repair Broken IC Pins using a CO2 Laser Cutter

at 8:45 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks

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If you have an IC with broken pins near the die normally this chip is dead but if you have a CO2 laser cutter and a bit of time you might be able to laser away some of the die so you can access the internal chip traces. Have a look at ca.rstenpresser.de for some ideas.

“Since a few of the Pads already were delaminated I decided to do a repair instead of soldering in a new CPU. For a repair I would need to get rid of the expoxy mold to directly acces the pins of the leadframe. Initially I was thinking of using a ‘dreml’ tool to remove the exoxy, but watching the Uncaging Microchips talk at 31C3 taught me that using a CO2-Laser will also work.”



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August 24, 2015

DIY Camera Slider

at 1:26 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

DIY Camera Slider


If you want to amp up your picture taking options a camera slider could be a great option. Purchasing one can be expensive so why not build your own.  has built this one with a great list of required parts and a guide to make it. 




August 22, 2015

Name the Thing Contest – 287

at 1:24 pm. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is a HMC5883L Triple Axis Compass Magnetometer Sensor so you can add some directionality to your next project. This contest will run for one week (Aug 22 – Aug 28, 2015). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for.

Please do not give the answer in the comments.

Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with “Name the Thing Contest” as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

  • The name of the item in the above picture
  • An example of what the item pictured above can be used for

The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries.

Below is a picture of the prize.




Fun with ESP8266 and WS2812B LEDs

at 12:58 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks


CNLohr has been playing with the popular addressable WS2812B LED lights and the powerful (and cheap) ESP8266. In these videos he discusses how to optimize their usage together and provides full source code to get a foot hold on your own experiments.


August 21, 2015

Reflow Part Melting

at 10:54 am. Filed under Educational, Electronic Hacks


You need to be careful when reflowing parts on your circuit boards. Different plastics can lead to a bad day for you parts. If a part was just meant to be wave soldered the actual part may not be capable of the extreme heat and duration of the reflow process. Dave found this out the hard way when he was attempting to reflow a board from a TV that was being repaired.


August 20, 2015

DIY Speaker

at 8:50 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

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There are easier things to make than a DIY speaker but the essential pieces of a speaker are able to be cobbled together in your workshop. It may not sound better than a $5 store bought one but at least you can say you built it with your own hands in your workshop. As Gursimran Singh mentions you might need a small amplifier to get a bit more volume out of the device but the feeling of accomplishment should give you a nice glow that the sound you are hearing is coming from a device that was built using your hands from some scrap parts.

“For this to be made we need:

  1. A cup made of paper in the last second step I would explain you to make it when not having a paper cup.
  2. Insulated copper wire (take it from old cfl or from ting-tong bell)
  3. Magnet(we can get it easily from market)
  4. AUX cable
  5. AUX cable port(get it from old radio)
  6. Duct tape
  7. Paper Sheets.”


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August 19, 2015

Elev-8 Quadcopter Controlled With An Ardupilot Mega Autopilot Build

at 3:42 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

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GlassKNees takes us through the build and what was needed to get this quadcopter working. Upgrading the quad to the APM controller required a few modification such as prop rotation to work, this is just since this is not standardized.

“The GPS/magnetometer are inside the white dome, the telemetry transceiver is the little green circuit board on the left with the antenna pointing down – the board has a clear plastic sheath for protection. I’m using a Spektrum 6 channel receiver mounted to the right of the APM. Power comes from an APM power module that I spliced into the power distribution harness.”


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