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January 31, 2009

Water-Powered Jet Pack

at 5:42 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


All I can say is WOW. Not much information seems to be available but it looks like the Water-Powered Jet Pack is tethered with water hoses to a tow-behind water pump. I would assume that the water pump would be a jet pump running on gas which could mean that you could have hours of fun flying around the lake.

Via; Dvice

"A new design for jet packs uses a system of conduits to push water from an engine below the surface of a lake through thrust nozzles on the pack."

January 30, 2009

Guess the Price Contest 2

at 11:06 pm. Filed under Contests


Above is an ad that is quite old, the source and date will not be given to add to the challenge. Thanks to M80 for providing the prize this week. This contest will run for one week (Jan 31 – Feb 5, 2009) . Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, leave a comment with your best guess of the item price.

If you know the source or date of the ad please do not provide it in the comments.

The winner will the guess that is the closest to the actual price, if there is more than one correct guess a random selection will be used to decide on which of the correct guesses will win.


Added February 10, 2009

The price to guess was  $241.50 and $263, shown below.

The winner is Frank (comment 22)


Below is a picture of the prize, thanks to M80 for donating it.


GSM Controlled Car Alarm System uses PIC32 Microcontroller

at 11:36 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment


Kroby has made a cool GSM Controlled Car Alarm System for his entry to the PIC32 design challenge. Have a look at the video below to see it in action. Have a look at all of the other entries here.

"Nowdays stealing of cars is a great problem. Unfortunately, car alarm systems, which are in circulation gives not enough security. In my project I try to update these systems with following functions: – remote control on/off function (sms) – You can query the alarm system on/off status (sms) – at anytime You can query the car GPS position with a simply sms message – in case of alarm-signal the system send a warning sms – You can download the cameras picture which is situated in car (with software by means of GPRS) – You can follow on-line the car movement ( with software through GPRS)"

Run your Car on Garbage using Gasification

at 5:03 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Insane Equipment


Here is a way you can rid yourself from trips to the gas station. Well this gasification system isn’t magic you would still need a fuel source such as wood shavings. This is a waste material from lots of manufacturing facilities though. Congrats to this project winning the $20,000 Craftsman tool contest! If you are interested in installing this power plant in to your car All Power Labs has kits available. Will this system kill the electric car idea?

"Gasification is the use of heat to tranform solid biomass, or other carbonaceous solids, into a synthetic "natural gas like" flammable fuel. Through gasification, we can convert nearly any solid dry organic matter into a clean burning, carbon neutral, gaseous fuel. Whether starting with wood chips or walnut shells, construction debris or agricultural waste, the end product is a flexible gaseous fuel you can burn in your internal combustion engine, cooking stove, furnace or flamethrower. Or in this case, your DeLorean. Well ok, how about a Honda Accord . . ."

January 29, 2009

High Voltage Plasma Light Bulb Experiments

at 5:46 am. Filed under Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


A light bulb and a neon transformer equals fun. Well actually I don’t think I would try that with bare hands, call me a coward… If you watch only one video make sure it is the 3rd one, you won’t be disappointed. Please don’t try this at home (or even at a friends house with a volunteer) there is a great possibility of electrocution. To see more of the madness have a look at Slightly Mad Science.

January 28, 2009

Motion Controlled MP3 Player

at 5:10 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment


This small MP3 cube is a masterpiece in prototyping. An engineer from Japan who runs the Electronics Live Mfg (ELM) Website built this interesting concept device. I think some of the modern cell phones and possible some of the newer MP3 players already have this functionality but it is impressive to see one built from scratch. Simply rotate and tap in the direction you want to move within the list of songs, I am sure it would be simple to add a vigorous shake to pick a random song.

"The MP3 player does not have any buttons nor dials that shown in right photo and it has an acceleration sensor instead of the mechanical switches. Therefore all playback commands to the player are given in defined motions, such as inclination, tilt and shock. The player detects the motion with the built-in acceleration sensor and recognize it as a playback control command."

January 27, 2009

Shoot your Alarm Clock with Gun O’Clock

at 1:02 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Funny Hacks


The Gun O’Clock product reminds me of the Phaser Blasted Alarm Clock that was featured in Make volume 8. Kipkay also did a weekend project based on it. There are so many cool clocks, I wonder which one works the best? I hope you can do math in your sleep with this math clock, or can run fast if you have a Clocky. There is some strange allure with these cool clocks, although I haven’t purchased or built any of them. Well other than the Fire Alarm Bell Clock but that was just crazy and not practical.

I think a random clock would be interesting. It could waken you with music one day, it could open the blinds next, then how about a squirt of water, mabey IR LED to turn on the TV. There are some cool posibilities…


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