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April 25, 2008

The Wifi Predator – use a far away Wifi Connection

at 5:10 am. Filed under Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

 If you are wanting to grab some free Wifi from someone far away have a look at this Wifi Predator from our friends at i-Hacked.

"The predator is a modified wireless router connected to a high-powered antenna and running custom firmware to actively seek out open wireless connections. Once they are found, it will test them for internet connectivity and then join and repeat the one with the strongest signal to secured wireless connection that YOU control. =) When your predator powers up, it will start scanning for open access points, testing each one for internet connectivity and then finally will join the one with the strongest signal strength that can reach the internet. Then it will make this connection available to you via the AP SSID that you set previously. Join the AP SSID that you created earlier. (IHPRED) If everything worked right (and there is available open wireless access points) you should have internet access. I suggest visiting what ever log you configured to see how it is working. If you chose the html log format visit Finally lock down your predator like you would do any other Access Point. Change the default admin password, enable SSHd & disable telnet. Enable WPA encryption if you want to protect your newly "acquired" internet access."

Via: Digg

April 24, 2008

Automate Guitar Hero

at 5:02 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks


David Randolph from Systm cracks open a Guitar Hero and hooked up a show controller that would allow him to program in all the key presses for a particular song. It isn’t as high tech as the last Guitar Hero hack we saw but it should allow a flawless performance after quite a bit of work.






April 23, 2008

Stinger Spud Gun

at 5:39 am. Filed under DIY Hacks

This Stinger Spud Gun shoots 10 inch PVC missiles! There are no details on the build but by looking at it I would guess that the red button that is used to ignite the gun is a BBQ igniter. The rest of the gun appears to be the standard spud gun that has been dressed up with the black holder and scope. Have a look at the video, looks like it works very well!



April 22, 2008

Wireless GPS Project

at 5:11 am. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Youtube user KDG86 has made quite a few interesting projects. This Wireless GPS Project is nice and simple but have lots of cool possibilities. He is using a GPS module that outputs RS-232, this signal is connected to a wireless transmitter. A receiver is then used to get the data into a computer. Since it is RS-232 all you need is a terminal program to have a look. He then takes some of the raw data and with one copy and paste his exact location is zoomed into by Google Earth.

Instead of a computer I would feed it into a microcontroller and have it warn me when I am coming close to one of the red light cameras that seem to be everywhere where I live. 🙁


April 21, 2008

AutoGuitarHero – FPGA powered Guitar Hero System

at 7:06 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks

There have been lots of Guitar Hero hacks since it came out but I think this is the most elegant I have ever seen! Auto Guitar Hero (AGH1000) simply connects to the composite video of the game and "looks" at where the colored pucks are and presses the associated button. The idea was thought up when a father couldn’t compete with his son at the game. If you want to ace the game why not build your own, full schematics and code are provided.

"The AGH1000 is connected between the Wii’s video output and the TV or monitor’s video input. The Wii’s video output format is NTSC Composite Video. This means that all the information to properly drive a video monitor is present on a single wire – typically the yellow RCA connector. We used this composite video signal to generate signals that electrically press the correct notes and strum button at the correct time. The system consists of four sections – the Analog Processing Board, the Digital Processing Board, the Driver Board, and the Opto-Isolator Board."


April 20, 2008

Solar Hot Water Using Black Water Hose

at 5:49 am. Filed under DIY Hacks

Here is a nice simple project that lets you generate some free hot water with the help of the sun. See more about this and other energy saving ideas at Green Power Science.

April 19, 2008

DUBwise – Digital UFO Broadcasting with intelligent service equipment

at 5:22 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks


So just when you thought all your cell phone was good for was making calls and surfing the net something like this cool program is made that allows you phone to control a cool helicopter! These MikroKopter helicopters look like so much fun even without the cell phone control. 🙂


"DUBwise is the acronym for Digital UFO Broadcasting with intelligent service equipment and is a Tool for Mobile Phones to interact with a unmanned QuadroKopter to increase Fun and support SeriousUseCases. Read the section Features to see what you can do with it exactly or Contact the Author LiGi for further questions. Some Background and progress can be found in this Blog."


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