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May 19, 2007

Share a Hack Contest

at 5:42 am. Filed under Contests

Congratulation to Ryan who was the winner last week. There will be two winners this week and again it will be something different.

Giveaway item 1 is a watch with a built in TV remote.
Giveaway item 2 is a mini camera tripod.

In Canada this is a long weekend so the contest will be running Saturday to Monday (May 19 – 21, 2007) .

To enter just follow these simple rules:
* Write a comment below about a cool hack, please include a link starting with “http://”
* Do a quick search to make sure it hasn’t been featured on Hacked Gadgets before
* Tell us what you like about the hack
* Enter a maximum of three times per contest day

Doesn’t matter if the hack is from 5 years ago or 5 minutes ago. Feel free to discuss the hacks in the comment area however a comment that doesn’t include a hack link will not be eligible to win this contest (although it will still be a valid entry for the May Comment Contest).

*** I got a few emails asking if projects are hacks. Yes, I am using the term loosely here. I should have been a bit more clear… Cool projects are definitely in, just nothing off the shelf. A great source would be sites in the DIY and Gadget Link section. ***

Good luck, I am looking forward to reading about some interesting hacks! πŸ™‚

The winners will be chosen at random from all of the valid entries.

Added May 23, 2007

Reading all the hacks was fun.

The winner of the watch is 56Effie.
The winner of the tripod is Kevin.

Thanks to all who entered.

See page 2 for more pictures of the prizes.


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43 Responses to “Share a Hack Contest”

  1. geoff Says:


    Homemade petrol scooters

    Any of the scooters on this website are super sweet things and are wicked fun, not only to ride
    but also to design and build

  2. Alan Parekh Says:

    LOL that scooter is crazy!

  3. 56Effie Says:

    A cheap 3d Scanner using a low cost laser and web cam has amazing results.

  4. 56Effie Says:

    oops! http://www.david-laserscanner.com
    A cheap 3d Scanner using a low cost laser and web cam has amazing results.

  5. 56Effie Says:

    The RepRap project is an awesome idea it’s a Self-Copying 3d printer capable of printing out plastic parts used to build another 3d printed just like the original.

  6. NGinuity Says:

    Yeah that RepRap is cool…it was in this issue of Make: πŸ™‚

  7. 56Effie Says:

    Cool, hopefully it will take off. How is make? I use to love Nuts & Volts in the early years.

  8. Zillaphreak Says:


    Vehicle dash light conversion from bulb to resistor + LED.

  9. Joven Says:

    This is an interesting hack on how to build a stealth computer.
    It’s an entire opperating machine inside a 300w power supply.

  10. Joven Says:

    Like those windows people have on their computer cases?
    You know, so you can put a cold cathode in and make it
    look like it was stolen from the mothership?
    Why not do the same to your CRT and match your system?

  11. Joven Says:

    … And while we’re putting windows in things…

  12. ut Says:

    my favorite has to be long exposure hacks for high end ccd webcams. Like the mighty philips toucam for deep sky imaging with telescopes. I have an SC1 mod myself and love it as it gave me a new eye to look at the sky with :).

  13. BrandonU Says:

    I love this Fuel Consumption gauge. Not only useful in these days of soaring gas prices, but the idea of grabbing any data off your OBD-II line in your vehicle and manipulating/displaying it fills my head with ideas. Time to start on my 17″ widescreen LCD dashboard…

  14. Kevin Says:


    hacking is all about saving money like for example: buy a low-end router, hack it and get a high-end one!

  15. Tim Mulligan Says:


    sweet, line following wheelchair, i want one!!

  16. geoff Says:

    building a homemade scooter is super cheap and really fun and turns heaps of heads as you ride by

  17. Pyrofer Says:

    check out http://www.pyrofersprojects.com for a load of cool hacks, but the retro Sega arcade stick into keyboard emulating pc contoller is cool. no driver issues here folks.

  18. Ken Says:

    Its a computer controlled coffee roaster. You can now get perfectly roasted beans every time!

  19. ryan Says:

    ????????????me or someone else, cause im getting confused about this….

  20. ryan Says:

    theres a cool computer nes at http://www.oldschoolsystems.com its a tutorial too so you can make one.

  21. dewhashish Says:

    I think we all forget how awesome the NES is, and I found a site with plenty of hacks for the NES.

    Plus, there are plenty of other things on there.

  22. Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog » Blog Archive » Power Supply PC Says:

    […] Joven submitted this cool Power Supply PC mod in the Share a Hack Contest. This would be great to have sitting on my desk! “I gutted the brand new 300W power supply except for cooling fan, power switch and power plug. The 3 1/2″ form factor board fit perfectly. The gold anodized aluminum heat sinks are one piece, which actually covers the three main chips. Power supply cases really do make the perfect mini-computer case. The Advantech 5820 babyboard sports a “passively” cooled Geode 233MHz processor. It’s hardly passive with that monster fan running. I liked the idea of recycling the power plug and switch too.” […]

  23. Ken Says:

    Bulletproof PC case:
    Totally pointless! Maybe a good idea if you live somewhere dangerous. Could also be used in a car going to war?

  24. Ken Says:

    Xbox 360 laptop project:
    Amazing idea and project. Take a full size Xbox, shrink it down, and add an LCD.

  25. Kevin Says:

    SNES/NES gamepad (and mouse) to USB adapter


    “When playing NES and SNES games with an emulator, nothing is better than using the original gamepads (and mouse).”

  26. Kevin Says:

    Oops, sorry!
    Ew please delete my previous comment (#25)
    It was already posted πŸ™

  27. Kevin Says:

    Okay here i am again!

    This one in not posted yet (i searched in the comments too this time)

    The USB servo controller


    This device was designed to control standard hobby radio control servos (up to 6) via a PCs USB port.

    It’s based on obdev’s cool software usb implementation for AVR

  28. Pyrofer Says:

    http://www.pyrofersprojects.com (again) for a modded version of the Nokia 3310 LCD Temperature probe featured here not long ago!
    Currently only displaying a static picture (instead of the temp) but soon going to have moving games.

  29. Matt Says:


    PC made using an old accordian.

  30. Bradley Says:

    A light up wallet (the walluminate)

  31. Sammy Barak Says:


    helmet that hold the wii mote for games pretty cool

  32. Sammy Barak Says:


    big slippers that are motorized that are bunnys

  33. Sammy Barak Says:


    usb mini fridge in 5 minutes u get 47 degree drink. its better than room temp

  34. BrandonU Says:

    Or cook your dinner via USB πŸ™‚

  35. Bardlund Says:

    Just wanted to know when monday is? I mean, is it zulu, gmt, est…? It’s hard to know;) Maybe a clock on your website?
    Oh and if it isn’t too late; http://folk.ntnu.no/bardlund/lighteraccelerometer.jsp
    Just a few pics so far, but I’ll get on it later…

  36. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Bardlund,

    Good question on the actual end time. I have always been lenient with the actual cutoff to allow for all timezones to post until midnight but you are right I should pick a timezone and stick with it… I will give that some thought. πŸ™‚

  37. Sammy Barak Says:


    the guy got a wii remote to control the robot

  38. Alan Parekh Says:

    Thanks for all the great hack links! The winners have been added to the post.

  39. Kevin Says:

    @ Sammy (#31)
    the WiiHelm was an april fool’s joke (try “Add to cart” :p)

    and oh yeeeah i won πŸ˜€

  40. OG Styl Says:

    Not sure if the game is still going on but I found a $10 X Y laser scanner.
    The price is good and it looks easy to make.

  41. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Og Styl,

    Thanks for entering, but the contest has ended… Check back on Saturday since there will be another contest of some sort.

  42. OG Style Says:

    I figured it was over. I still wanted to share this link with everyone.

  43. Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog » Blog Archive » Name the Thing Contest - 5 Says:

    […] Congratulation to 56Effie and Kevin who were the winners last week. The prize this week is a bluetooth dongle. If your computer doesn’t have bluetooth built in this dongle will allow you to do some Wiimote hacking. This contest will run for this weekend only (May 26 – 27, 2007) . Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item pictured above and give an example of what can be done with it. Please do not give the answer in the comments. […]

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