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June 23, 2008

DIY LED Chess Set

at 5:44 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks


Tetranitrate has created a nice looking DIY LED Chess Set. It looks a bit time consuming to build, but the results are great!

"Sixteen blue LEDs and sixteen green LEDs are glued inside the hollow recesses in the base of each chess piece. The positive contacts for the LEDs are wired to copper washers attached to the base of each chess piece. The negative contacts for the LEDs are clipped to be made flush with the rest of the base. A conductive chessboard is made from a sheet of copper. The sheet is wired to the positive lead from a power transformer. Insulated holes through the center of each square on the board allow magnets to pass through. The magnets connect and hold a negatively wired steel plate underneath to the negative leads from the LEDs."


June 22, 2008

Joystick Macro Hack

at 5:43 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Game Hacks


If you want to up improve your gaming skills, this Joystick Macro Hack is just what you need. If you are like me and can’t press the fire button as quickly as you would like your problems are over. With this mod you can program two special function buttons that will give you super human strength (when it comes to quick button presses).

"This mod is fairly simple to do but it will be lengthy. Setting up the controller to accept pre programmed chips is not hard but there are many components to solder and lots of wires. Luckily Microsoft has given us plenty of space to work with.. Please if you do this mod be considerate and do not use this controller for online matches as it will give you a huge advantage with "Insta Kills". AcidMods in no way condones cheating or unfair advantages with that being said lets proceed to part one of this lengthy mod.

Parts Needed:

1: 30 awg Kynar Wire
2: Solder, soldering iron and paste
3: Dremel with cut off wheel
4: Hot Glue Gun and Glue
5: 18 pin Socket
6: 2 X 22pf Capacitors
7: 4 MHz crystal
8: .1uf Capacitor
9: 2 momentary Buttons
10: 1 momentary Buttons
11: Proto PCB from RadioShack
12: 1 X 3mm or 5mm LED
13: 3 X 10K ohm resistors
14: 1 X 4.7K ohm resistor
15: Torx #9 Security Bit
16: PIC16F84A"


June 21, 2008

Backyard Jet Engines

at 5:25 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks, Insane Equipment


These videos demonstrate some interesting and dangerous jet engines. I think this would be a interesting hobby that would make your neighbors and insurance company hate you… I wonder how many garages have been burnt down with some testing like this.


Name the Thing Contest – 52

at 12:37 am. Filed under Contests


The winner for the last contest will be announced soon.
The prize will help you to have a closer look at custom circuit boards, board repairs etc.
This contest will run for one week (June 21 – June 26, 2008) . 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.


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.


Added July 4, 2008 

The item to guess was a Digital PDP/8.

The winner is Michael J.

Thanks to all who entered.


Below is a picture of the prize.


June 20, 2008

Rube Goldberg Easter Creme Egg Smashing Machine

at 5:14 am. Filed under Funny Hacks


This Rube Goldberg Easter Creme Egg Smashing Machine is one of the best Rube Goldberg machines I have seen. One of these days I have to try one of these builds. 🙂

"A Rube Goldberg machine that is used to squish a Creme Egg. It goes around the walls of our lounge. This is an entry in Cadbury’s "Unleash The Goo" competition, in which entrants must find the most creative way to break a creme egg."




June 19, 2008

Wiimote controlled Mitsubishi PA10 Robot Arm

at 10:48 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks, Insane Equipment


You have seen the Staubli Robot under Wiimote control, now have a look at a Mitsubishi PA10 Robot Arm being operated in real time using a Nintendo Wiimote. The inspiration for this project was from this Wiimote Sword hack.

Non-translated page.

"It was quickly decided that the same could be made much cooler and, not least in real time with our PA10 robot. And with PA10’ens open interface, it was no problem to get enough meat on the project when the students themselves have to develop and implement kinematik and communicate via Bluetooth with WiiMote’n. The course ran and it was a bunch of enthusiastic students are entitled to examinations able to produce a WiiMote controlled robot that could draw in a tush on a whiteboard."



DIY Camcorder

at 5:32 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


Maxim has put together an article that describes how to make your own camcorder on  the cheap. The program that you need for your computer can be found here.

"There’s no reason to shell out big bucks for a video camera if all you’re doing is screwing around on Youtube, so why not take one of those cheap little disposables and turn it into a full-blown embarrassment-capturing machine?


CVS single-use camcorder
Wire cutters
Palm m100 sync cable
USB cable with type
B female connector
Soldering iron and solder

 Thanks Carrie

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