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October 28, 2009

Kasabian Football Hero

at 1:56 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks


If you like guitar hero and are into sports then you need to have a look at this Kasabian Football Hero project!

Via: Engadget

"An experiment to create a giant (three stories high!) guitar game controlled with footballs. Football Hero is played by a team of insanely gifted young freestyle footballers. The game is programmed with the Kasabian track Underdog."

October 27, 2009

DIY 30KV Voltage Multiplier

at 9:06 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, What Were They Thinking


If you have a need for a DIY 30KV power supply have a look at this one that Daniel Eindhoven from megavolts.nl has built! You may have to scrounge for the parts for a few years though since it took 30 microwaves to get the needed parts. If you are thinking that you remember the name you are right, Daniel is also the one who brought us the MV CoilMaster Mark1 Coil Gun.

October 26, 2009

Spooky Tesla Spirit Radio

at 10:55 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


Mr Fixit Rick has been hard at work building a machine that demons from the afterlife can talk through. It makes for a great Halloween centerpiece. Well maybe it doesn’t exactly channel demons but it is still lots of fun. If you want to have lots of spooky fun you can even build your own! There is still time to enter your Halloween Project into the Contest.

Via: Hacked Gadgegts Forum (Halloween Project Contest)

"This simple crystal radio shows abilities such as: detecting lightning, making voice phenomena, interacting with all forms of light, creating music and sound effects, reading a computer screen, acting as a mike, and detecting RF pulses. In that order!"

October 25, 2009

Servo controlled Eyes

at 5:01 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks


If you have 3 servo motors, some scary eyes, a few Popsicle sticks and an Arduino you can also make a some crazy eyes! Just add a white sheet and stick these Servo controlled Eyes under it and you will have the scariest ghost on the block.

"It consists of the following components:
– 2 toy eyeballs or ping pong balls painted like eyeballs
– 2 small servos (HXT500 from HobbyKing.com or similar)
– 1 standard servo
– 1 Arduino with tiny breadboard rubber-banded on top
– 2 BlinkMs, one for each eyeball, running a custom light script
– hot glue, popsicle sticks, and bits of wire
– Arduino sketch (ScaryShiftyServoEyeballs.pde)"

October 24, 2009

High Voltage Experiments by Kizmox

at 2:12 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


Kizomox has been working on some great high voltage experiments lately. You may remember the Potato that he Exploded with Defibrillator Capacitor that we featured before. Looks like he has moved way up in power since then! There aren’t very many people who have their personal pole transformer in their back yard. 🙂

Via Article comments.

Sparkfun Cease and Desist Letter from SPARC International

at 12:31 pm. Filed under Other


Sparkfun received a Cease and Desist letter from SPARC International. It’s a sad day when a good organization like SPARC have a bunch of lawyers that do nothing but send out this type of garbage. This just causes unnecessary havoc for a great company like Sparkfun who has a name that has a section which sounds similar. What’s next SparkPlug International will no longer be able to sell their electronic spark plug tester?

This reminds me of the careless actions of Monster Cable!

Click here to send an email to sparcinfo@sparc.org to let them know how you feel.

Thanks CY Brown and IraqiGeek for the info.

Name the Thing Contest – 104

at 12:59 am. Filed under Contests

Thanks to the LAlarm for sponsoring the contest this week. They will be providing $200 worth of business licenses of their Laptop Alarm software. It is still free for personal use but this means that you will be able to turn a USB key into a security device and use it in the office. Their LAlarm software was featured here at Hacked Gadgets last month .

"LAlarm™ is free laptop alarm security software. LAlarm sounds an alarm when a laptop is in danger of being stolen or losing data, and it can recover and destroy data if the laptop is stolen. LAlarm consists of five alarms and other security functions designed to protect laptops and sensitive data."

You won’t be able to look around for the pictures this week, I took them about 10 minutes ago from a surplus product that I bought a few weeks ago. I cracked the case open and removed this circuit board, there more to the system. The rest of it is interfaced to using the two spring terminals shown above the largest black rectangular item in the picture. I am not looking for anything very detailed, just try to determine what the unit is that this circuit board came from. I look forward to reading the replies since I was very surprised to see this much circuitry inside! There are lots of additional pictures on page 2 and if you want to see the full size images they are available here on flickr.

This contest will run for one week (October 24- 30, 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 November 6, 2009

The item to guess was the Sunroof Motor Controller By FoMoCo (complete pictures added)

The winners are Craig F., Michael A., John G. and Josh G..  (There were 14 entries, this was a hard one!)


Below is a screen shot of the the prize.


See page 2 for lots more pictures


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