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May 26, 2009

DIY Forge Construction

at 5:28 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


You probably remember the knife making article that we featured a few weeks ago, one of the main tools that was used to construct the knife was a forge. Not very many people have a forge in their back yard but as Frank from The Workshop shows us, you could make your own DIY Forge from recycled parts if you put a bit of effort into it.

May 25, 2009

Control your Gadgets by Sensing Electrical Signals from Eye Movements

at 9:43 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


Controlling your Gadgets by Sensing Electrical Signals from Eye Movements may seem like a concept that is only possible in your dreams but some researchers have made it a reality.

Via: Inventor Spot

"The researcher, staring at a large screen, rolls his eyes clockwise and a digital music player on the screen responds by increasing the volume of the music track being played. Then a kind of visual ping pong begins as the scientist’s eyes dart one way and the player fast forwards to the next song, then they dart in another direction and the music skips back to the previous track. Controlling the operation of remote devices with the flick of an eye may sound like science fiction, but it’s all in a day’s work for Dr. Masaaki Fukumoto, Executive Research Engineer at NTT DOCOMO’s Frontier Technology Research Group, where ongoing research promises to revolutionize the way we interact with technologies to make our daily lives more convenient and enjoyable."


You Sunk My Battleship – Robotic Warship

at 5:46 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, Toy Hacks


The Western Warship Combat Club is going to be at the Maker Faire 2009 (May 30th and 31st). The Robotic Warship battle is great since it puts ship design, electronic sophistication and operator skill against each other.

"The Western Warship Combat Club will have an entire outdoor arena at Maker Faire, Maker Faire.complete with a 50′ x 70′ pond and bleachers for 500 spectators per battle. There will be war! The Axis and Allies battle 4 times on Saturday, and twice on Sunday. In between battles, WWCC is introducing a new event: Race ‘n’ Shoot, in which contestants drawn from the audience will race large radio control PT boats, armed with ping pong cannon. "

Vehicle Fuel and Temp Gauge DIY Digital Conversion

at 10:15 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


The fuel and temperature gauges were not working properly in the Merkur XR4Ti that DJ Sures owned. These specialty components usually cost hundreds of dollars to replace. Instead of forking over tons of cash he decided to replace the old analog system with a DIY Digital Conversion of the Fuel and Temp Gauge.



May 24, 2009

High Voltage Experiments

at 3:09 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


We like high voltage experiments here at Hacked Gadgets. You may remember the cool Top 5 Old TV Hacks that we featured before. High Voltage Experiments are very dangerous but can be lots of fun if you are kept safe. Don’t attempt to simulate any of these experiments unless you know what you are doing! The first 4 videos are were done by XTrBass, the 4th one looks like a great way to get rid of confidential information that may be on a CD. Video 5 and 6 are by yoshieggz who got his hands on a pole transformer and is having fun with it! Finally the last 3 videos shows what happens when you allow many MegaVolts of electricity to discharge in a piece of Plexiglas, some details of this process can be seen here and also here.


2.2KJ Can Crusher

Slow Motion High Voltage Switch


High Voltage Apple explosion


May 23, 2009

Dog-O-Matic – Automatic Dog Washer

at 3:59 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Funny Hacks, What Were They Thinking


Today our lives are busier than ever, it seems that automatic pet washers are becoming more popular. I bet most of the pets would not be very cooperative going into the machine the second time! I am all about convenience but how long will it be before an animal has a heart attack in one of these things?

Via: TechGadgdetsNews and DailyMail

Name the Thing Contest – 88

at 12:20 am. Filed under Contests

Thanks to Nerd Kits for sponsoring the contest this week. They will be providing one of their $79.99 USB Nerd Kits to the winner. This contest will run for one week (May 23- 28, 2009) . 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 June 1, 2009

The item to guess was an Flexowriter Machine

The winner is Jim T. (There were 106 entries)


Below is a picture of the the prize product.

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