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March 6, 2015

Auto Tracking Camera Build

at 5:01 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Ben Heck shows us how you can be a one man video recording machine. Don’t you hate it when you need to reposition the camera for multiple shots. Using a PIXY he was able to make a system that will look for a certain color and then reposition the camera for the perfect shot. Ben makes good use out of his 3D printer to make many of the parts for the system. I have never heard of the acetone method that Ben uses to make the 3D parts stronger, it allows the printed layers to bond beter.



March 5, 2015

HackRF on Sky Loop Antenna

at 10:53 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


Todd Harrison shows us how he is using his HackRF. If you have a ham license and want to work on a new RF project you might want to pick up a HackRF and do some experimentation. Using some mig welding wire Todd builds a 20M band antenna.

“In this video I put up a 20 meter band Delta Sky Loop Antenna with lighting arrestor to use with my HackRF One software defined radio.

I then demonstrate good reception from all over the USA as far away as 1500 miles using SDR Console software version 2 by SDR-Radio”



March 1, 2015

TwinTeeth: The PCB Mini-Factory

at 2:21 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks

 TwinTeeth The PCB Mini-Factory


If you make your own PCBs this TwinTeeth machine might be just the thing you need for your bench.

 Thanks for the tip Charlie & Victor

“It includes the following functions:

  • UV Laser photoengraving on sensitive film or presensitized boards using an ultraviolet laser.
  • Drilling vias and holes using any mini-rotary tool like Dremel® or Proxxon®.
  • Dispensing solder paste with precision on SMD PCB pads.
  • Plotting circuits with a permanent pen-maker (if you prefer this method).
  • 3D printing knobs, casings, front-panels, even print circuits with conductive filament, or make circuits supports.
  • Milling/Carving soft materials or etching PCB copper with a v-bit (if you prefer this etching method).
  • And much more… because it is extendable and you can use any other tool you can fix on it.”


February 28, 2015

Name the Thing Contest – 271

at 3:01 pm. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is a ESP8266 Serial WIFI Wireless Transceiver Module so you can add WIFI to your next project. This contest will run for one week (Feb 28- Mar 6, 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.




Insane Fast Food

at 2:45 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment


These videos are cool, too bad is isn’t real food being made. Reminds me of how the Chrome browser really works. I would like to see the setup of the equipment before the take.


February 27, 2015

Robot Cake Decorating

at 7:49 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


Next time you see a nice cake at the bakery that looks to be custom made you might be fooled. Many of the new Cake Decorating Robots perform such a good job you would never know they were mass produced. The interface is nice since they user can simply free hand draw the design to be replicated, the robots then go to town and start pushing them off the end of the conveyor belt.




February 26, 2015

Homemade Electronic Drum Kit

at 9:04 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks

Homemade Electronic Drum Kit


If you are musically inclined a cool project would be to build some of your instruments. This Homemade Electronic Drum Kit by  is a great example of what can be developed with a bit of work. It looks great and is functional. 

“This first iteration is roughly modeled after the Roland V-drum. The main features I extracted were:

1. Piezoelectric pressure sensors for velocity-sensitive note triggering.

2. Mesh drum heads for quiet, responsive hits.

3. Dual-zone pads in which two sensors are connected to each jack. This allows for triggering two separate notes over a single cable. Usually the hits are divided as snare & rim, or cymbal & bells. This kit also features double kick pedals that transmit over a single TRS cable.

4. A drum brain that converts analog signals from the piezos into MIDI messages that a computer can recognize. Software then interprets the messages to generate musical output. In this case, I am using an Alesis Trigger I/O, which feeds into my laptop via USB.

5. Typical drum kit form-factor. Based on the number of inputs on the Trigger I/O, my kit features three dual-zone cymbals, two kick pedals, one hi-hat pedal & five dual-zone drum pads. A total of nineteen independent notes.”


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