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May 31, 2006

MIT Party Mode, Dorm Room Automation

at 5:41 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks

Zack Anderson and Russell Ryan over at MIT are playing hard, not sure where they find time to study. 🙂
Check out the elaborate dorm room automation system they have developed.

“What happens at 4:10 am when you have a bunch of MIT students hard at work? Naturally, they throw an instant party with their automated control system.

Since moving into my dorm this last fall, my roommate RJ Ryan and I have been working on creating the most elaborate automation system we could envision. Featuring everything from web control, voice activation, and a security system, to large continuously running information displays, electric blinds, and one-touch parties, the custom designed MIDAS Automation System has brought ease to our lives (if one doesn’t count all the time it took to actually build and program the system).”


Asimo Technology

at 5:33 am. Filed under Insane Equipment

Honda has spent lots of cash on Asimo and it shows. Some of the video links on the site don’t work. Click on this video link and all of the video links below it work properly.

“Honda added intelligence technology to ASIMO which is capable of interpreting the postures and gestures of humans and moving independently in response. ASIMO’s ability to interact with humans has advanced significantly—it can greet approaching people, follow them, move in the direction they indicate, and even recognize their faces and address them by name. Further, utilizing networks such as the Internet, ASIMO can provide information while executing tasks such as reception duties. ASIMO is the world’s first humanoid robot to exhibit such a broad range of intelligent capabilities.”

May 30, 2006

Vibrating Rice

at 7:46 pm. Filed under Other


Thanks to Hacked Gadget reader Tony for suggesting this video. Very interesting but turn down the volume a bit, it is quite high pitched.

Hammerhead, the CD thrower

at 6:43 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Looking for a fun way to destroy all of those old CD-ROM disks that have confidential information on them. Give the Hammerhead a try!

“Hammerhead the CD thrower is composed of two main parts, the head that throws disks, and the tail which feeds the head with compact disks.
Two big “4×4 off-roader” (8466) wheels, rotating very fast, grip the CD as it is inserted between them by the feeder, and eject it on the other side. This mechanism is inspired by the LEGO disk thrower described in Ultimate Builders Set (3800), but much more powerful.”

Via: TechEBlog


KEYSPY Keyboard Data Logger

at 10:58 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

Not that I am suggesting you use this for illegal purposes… But there is something about the power of a key logger that is cool.

“The KEYSPY is a hardware keyboard logger that can record keystrokes from a PS/2 keyboard and send them back to the PC at any later time. It consists only of a PIC16C84 microcontroller, an EEPROM (24C32 up to 24C512) an analog multiplexer 4053 and a few resistors. A great advantage of the KEYSPY compared with software keyloggers is that it will also log bios passwords or show that someone tried to access the computer with a DOS boot disc. The used EEPROM (24C64) has a capacity of 8KB and can store about 8000 keystrokes.”

Revolutionary water-based power for cars

at 6:30 am. Filed under Insane Equipment

Tired of high gas prices? This water based power source may be the answer.

“A U.S. inventor has come up with a new electrolysis process that he claims could revolutionize how cars are powered. Last week, Denny Klein filed for a patent on the process, which has reportedly gotten attention from the Department of Defense and one major U.S. automaker.”

Wind Powered Lights

at 5:53 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets

The Wind Light is an interesting device, not exactly my style though. They remind me of the deer whistles.

” * Light up by wind when car drives. No cable, and no batteries required
* Easy installation
* Stick or screw this wind light on any place of your car or motorcycle
* Motion activated, turns on automatically when you drive, turn off automatically when car stops
* Different light colors available: red, blue, yellow, green
* Compact design and light weight
* High intensity light increases visibility at night for safety
* Makes impressive effects
* Light weight
* Dimension: 73*35*25mm”


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