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November 27, 2007

Smart RFID Poker Table

at 9:02 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks

James Brown, Shawn Ironmonger, Michael Moninski and Dan Moore from Purdue University put together quite the gambling machine. They made a Smart RFID Poker Table that could keep track of where chips where placed on the table. After watching a few of the gambling cheat shows on TV where people use misdirection and slight of hand to increase their bets when it is in their favor would be shot down if this technology was employed. Great job guys!

“Our project aims to simplify the poker playing experience by providing each player at the table with information about the game in process. Using RFID, the Smart Poker Table will track the movement of poker chips in play and use this data to inform players of the state of the game. The Smart Poker Table will also record statistics on a web page for future reference.”

Wireless Power Transfer and Magnetic Levitation

at 5:00 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

I am a huge Tesla fan. Anytime I read anything about wireless power applications I get very excited.

Coils and resonance frequency drives me nuts.

Check out bea.st’s web site:

On the main page is one such project that deals with

Magnetic Levitation using Hall effect Sensor Feedback, and Matched resonant wireless power transfer

Check out the video links right under the first image.

Detailed information and schematics are listed on the web site.

November 26, 2007

Fan Case Mod

at 10:45 am. Filed under Computer Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Funny Hacks, What Were They Thinking

Do you hate loud PC cases as much as I do? In past years I have bought some cheap systems and always hated how loud they were. In most instances it was just poor quality fans that caused the problem. I wonder how long this Fan Case Mod would last sitting beside me? I don’t think it would look so pretty after 10 minutes…

Via: Technabob


Fluorescent Light Inverter

at 5:00 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Here is a cool project that you can build from a few parts that will allow you to power fluorescent lights with a 12 volt battery.

This low cost project even teaches you how to wind your own transformer from salvaged parts.

This link is from a interactive electronics e-magazine stocked full of electronics projects and tutorials. There is also a basic electronics course and micro-computer programming course that can be purchased for a small fee.

Many of the lessons feature animated gif images that really aid in the learning process on how electronics circuits work.

Here is a link to the Fluorescent light project

Here is a link to the Talking Electronics web site

Introducing Joe Pitz – New Hacked Gadgets Writer

at 4:38 am. Filed under Other

This is an exciting time at Hacked Gadgets. We are going to see some fantastic articles written by some new faces. Over the next number of weeks we will see the addition of four great writers who have lots to contribute!

Joe Pitz has a variety of interests that range from flying to software development, to learn more about Joe Pitz have a look at his bio.

Joe also has many of his projects featured on Hacked Gadgets in the past, one of my favorites is his Solder Re-work Station. Below are a few of my favorite pictures from the Joe Pitz’s Photos Flickr site.

Please make Joe feel welcome here. 🙂


November 25, 2007

Laser Beam activated Paintball Gun

at 5:31 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Insane Equipment, Toy Hacks


Teamcynergy has come up with a Laser Beam activated Paintball Gun. It is constructed using a Parallax Basic Stamp kit purchased at Radio Shack. This project truly demonstrates that you don’t need tons of equipment to build something that is very interesting.

“Watch as this machine gun senses someone in its path using laser and fires relentlessly when an object crosses its path. Watch the making of on www.teamcynergy.com to learn how this machine gun was made using a basic stamp2 microcontroller, photoresitor, laser and a Tipman X7 Flatline Paintball Marker using Egrip with 3 round burst to fully automate the response trigger.”

Thanks Alexander

November 24, 2007

LEDs added to Wall Clock

at 5:58 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


By adding a microcontroller and some white LEDs this normal everyday clock is transformed into a very interesting and unique clock.

“KapteinKUK have modified his wall clock by adding 12 LEDs controlled by ATtiny2313 microcontroller. LEDs are flashing randomly driven patterns with some variable intensity driven by PWM channel.”

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