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December 26, 2009

Name the Thing Contest – 112

at 12:57 am. Filed under Contests


Thanks to X-mi for sponsoring the contest this week. They will be providing a X-mini II Capsule Speaker (PDF) to the winner. Have a closer look at the speaker by going here and clicking on the X-mini II at the top. If you are looking for music on the go these should work just great for you.

“Technical Specifications
Dimension (L×W×H): 60mm×60 mm×44mm (closed resonator)
Net Weight: 83g
Loudspeaker Output: 2.5W
Rating Power: 2.0W
Frequency Response: 100Hz-20Khz
Signal-to-Noise: G80db
Distortion: H1.0%
Playback Time: Up to 11 hours
Battery Voltage/Capacity: 400mAh
Battery Charging Voltage: 4.2V±0.05V
Battery Charge Time: 5V – 2.5 hours”

This contest will run for one week (December 26, 2009 – January 1, 2010) . 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 January 12, 2009

The item to guess was a Wii MotionPlus

The winner is  Rolan Y. (There were 177 entries)


Below are some pictures of the prize.



December 25, 2009

Interactive Twitter Christmas Tree

at 2:50 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


So we brought you the Twitter Christmas Tree that Ian made yesterday. Who knew there was another Interactive Twitter Christmas Tree.

“After designing a Twitter based installation for GE Healthcare, I looked forward to putting some Arduino’s and LED’s to work on a personal project. While speaking with Psytek, a founder of a hackerspace in Brooklyn called AlphaOneLabs, we decided an interactive Christmas tree would be a lot of fun. He bought a tree. I hunted for clear ornaments to stick the led’s into, and after coming up dry, we set out to make our own.”


Webcam to Digital Picture Frame – Share your live New Years Images to a Picture Frame

at 2:28 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks

Are there some people in your family that can’t make it to your New Years celebration. By using a Webcam, Digital Picture Frame and some software you can share some live pictures with that special someone. Jake Teater from Brazil shows us how to use Yawcam, a D-Link Digital Picture Frame and an FTP server to share your event with someone special. As a side benefit you will also learn how to solder without a soldering iron, that’s right, if your digital temperature controlled soldering iron ever fails you and you are in the middle of nowhere this trick could save you some frustration.

December 24, 2009

Twitter Christmas Tree

at 3:51 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Have a happy tech Christmas! Of course it wouldn’t be complete without a tech tree. Our friend Ian from Dangerous Prototypes has made one cool tree. You send the tree instructions using Twitter and it will light up accordingly. Ian is using his $35 Web Platform kit and a Macetech ShiftBright module to do the dirty work.

You can see the live U-Stream video of the tree here. When you are done with the tree you can sit back and enjoy some more simulated Christmas, by watching the burning Yule Log.

Using it:

To choose the color of our tree, just send a color to @tweet_tree on Twitter.

@tweet_tree red, green, purple, green, p, g, r, b

@tweet_tree understands red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Send one color, or combination of colors to morph through. Separate multiple colors with a comma. Only the first letter of the color matters, r,o,y,g,b, & p, are acceptable color commands.

@tweet_tree red, *ff0000, green, *00ff00, blue, *0000ff

You can also blend custom colors using 24bit hexadecimal color codes. Here’s a color picking tool to help you choose values. Send the value as *rrggbb, where rr=red, gg=green, and bb=blue. We used the * designator because the more common # is already used for Twitter hash tags.”


Hidden Ping Pong Ball Shooter Prank

at 10:44 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks, Insane Equipment

When you are working in an office environment make sure you don’t keep it serious all the time. Creative thoughts are often nurtured by some fun and entertainment. This Hidden Ping Pong Ball Shooter Prank by ckBot is a great example of this. I bet some of the best ideas were thought about that afternoon after everyone had a good laugh.

Via: Make

December 23, 2009

Virtual Talking Face

at 6:02 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment

This virtual face looks quite realistic. ATM machines have removed most of the tellers out of banks will this technology allow for a few sales people provide virtual help in all departments of a store?

December 22, 2009

Adam Savage gets a SBU

at 3:59 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

The SBU (Self Balancing Unicycle) which we have featured in the past is now in the hands of Adam Savage from Mythbusters. This thing looks like tons of fun to ride! I would think the learning curve would be much less than on a traditional unicycle?


• Speed 10 MPH
• Range: 10 miles
• Weight: 24 lbs
• Folded size: 13”x20”x35”
• Drive: Electric motor
• Speed control: Rider lean detection
• Brakes: Electric, regenerating
• Battery: LiFePO4 36V
• Recharge time: 2 hours
• Charge indicator: Multicolor LED
• Power switch: Key
• Frame: Chromoly
• Tire: Standard 20” x1.75”
• Rim: 48-spoke alloy
• Pedals: Folding
• Height: Adjustable
• Max cargo weight: 250 lbs
• Economic: 2¢ per charge
• Factory warranty: 1 year
• Includes: Battery, charger and manual
• Built: USA
• In production: Now
• Price: MSRP $1499″

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