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August 26, 2008

World of Warcraft Treadmill – Race Across Azeroth with a RunCraft

at 5:16 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks, Game Hacks


Are you a WOW fan and want to get more immersed into the game? Stop running around using a joystick hop on a RunCraft and Race Across Azeroth!

"We bought extremely cheap manual treadmills off of Amazon and decided to sense their speed with a mouse rather than trying to hook into the treadmill’s output with some sort of analog interface. I wrote a quick script in GlovePIE to calculate the maximum speed my mouse could track. It’s a nice MX Revolution, but I could only get it to track a little over 4mph. If we were going to run at 12mph on the treadmill, a mouse wouldn’t be able to keep up. We decided to use a bicycle tire pushed against the treadmill to reduce the speed the mouse would have to track. Eli used a 26" tire and tried to get the sensor about 1.8 inches from the axle so we could make sure to get the full range of speeds. I wrote another script in GlovePIE to convert the mouse speed to "w" pulses. So the faster we ran on the treadmill, the faster and longer the "w" would be pressed."

Thanks Aaron.

August 25, 2008

Solar Recorder using a PIC 18F458 Microcontroller

at 5:40 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks


Wichit Sirichote has built a solar recorder that stores data to a compact flash memory card, there are full details including code and schematics available so that you can make your own. Even if you don’t need a solar recorder you can see how to store data to compact flash from a PIC microcontroller.

"The EMF from pyranometer is 14uV/Wm-2. For 1000W/m-2, the output EMF will be .0014V. The PIC ADC is +5VFS, thus the gain of the DC amplifier is adjusted to 357. The noninverting DC amplifier is built with TI TLV2451. It was used to amplify an EMF signal from pyranometer to approx. +5V for 1000W/m-2. RD5 and RD6 are two bits PORTD. It used for software generated I2C bus. The RTC chip, DS1307 is connected to the I2C bus with SDA and SCLK signals. The coin Lithium battery powers the RTC chip when main power is turned off. Time setting is done by shorting the ADC channel 1 (thermistor) when power up the board."

August 24, 2008

Autonomous Paintball Sentry Gun by Zero Op

at 5:29 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment


 We have seen lots of automated sentry guns over the past year but this Autonomous Paintball Sentry Gun by Zero Op is the first I have seen for sale. For about $3000 you could buy the system and have enough left over to buy some paintballs. If you need to guard a large open area this may be just the ticket. Find more paintball gear and supplies at Empire Paintball.

“Inspired by countless movies and video games, we decided to put our engineering skills to the test, and attempt build the most advanced and consumer friendly sentry gun. After 10 months of hardcore soldering, programming, machining, and painful testing, we’re ready to release ‘The Mercenary’, the worlds first commercially available autonomous paintball sentry gun. It’ll track and automatically fire upon targets entirely on its own- by help of a camera and an onboard computer. There are a few features that put ours a head above the rest- A highly durable platform will withstand paintballs fired at over 300 feet per second, even direct hits to the camera. It can be powered by a wall socket, or a battery, and needs no external computer, or programming knowledge to run. Best of all- it runs linux.”



August 23, 2008

Triton 1000 – Personal Submarine

at 5:51 am. Filed under Insane Equipment


Looking for a personal submarine? Have a look at the Triton 1000. Honestly what drew me to it wasn’t the actual sub but rather the design, I think this would make a great  scaled down model.

"The Triton 1000 is U.S. Submarines’ latest design and represents an advanced, light weight minimum volume 2-person configuration engineered specifically for deployment from megayachts. With an overall height of 1.8 meters and an overall length of only 3.0 meters the Triton will fit on many mid-level boat decks, and at 3.3 tons it can often be launched with the existing davit systems. The first Triton 1000 was delivered to the 164′ yacht Mine Games in December of 2007."

Via: Born Rich



Name the Thing Contest – 57

at 12:32 am. Filed under Contests


This contest will run for one week (Aug 23 – Aug 28, 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 August 30, 2008 

The item to guess was a Colecovision Motherboard

The winner is Michael A.

Thanks to all who entered.


Below is a picture of the prize.

August 22, 2008

Airsoft Gun Turret

at 5:34 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks


Miltron has made a cool Airsoft gun that can be manually or computer controlled. It is a good example of what can be done when you take some off the shelf items and mash them up with some electrical smarts.

"The turret can be toggled between Manual Mode, where a Human interfaces with it using an Xbox 360 Controller, or Automatic Detect and Fire Mode, where the turret springs to life and detects any human presence in its surroundings. Firing at Humans is not advised."


August 21, 2008

TV Remote Control turned into Wii Sensor Bar

at 7:09 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks


The Wii sensor bar is nothing more than a few IR LEDs, this mod lets you convert an ordinary TV Remote Control into a Wii Sensor Bar. Simply open the old remote and drill a few holes for the IR LEDs. If the remote comes with two LEDs you are in luck, if not you may have to buy a few new IR LEDs. Disconnect the existing battery connection to the remote control circuit and connect it to the mounted LEDs. You should select a current limiting resistor that will prevent the LEDs from being over driven and having a short life. To select the resistor value use an online LED resistor calculator. Now that you have a unique sensor bar invite over some friends and have them wonder where your sensor bar is. 🙂


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