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March 26, 2010

Microcontroller based Secret Boxes

at 11:16 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Have a look at these two cool Secret Box projects that PICing4fun has uploaded. They were created years ago but he just recently got them online. They are both built around PIC microcontrollers and the code was written in native ASM machine language. The first one is a 6 sided box in the form of a dice, you need to roll the dice in a way that a certain pattern of number presented on top to open the box. The second looks for a knock sequence to open the box. The knock box is unlocked by a stepper motor and I was actually surprised to see the project being powered by only a few coin cells.

March 25, 2010

Home Made Mill

at 6:49 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


If you are into DIY equipment have a look at the Home Made Mill that Kenneth Maxon built, it is just one piece of equipment in his dream workshop. I am sure envious of his cave of creation, I am trying to think of something that couldn’t be built in there.

” The CNC project also included the design and construction of three independent forced air cooled twenty six volt five ampere power supplies, Three MOSFET’s based unipolar chopper drive circuits, A Digital high speed ISA bus interface, several Analog to Digital and Digital to Analog boards, Time base circuitry, and all of the associated wiring and circuit board construction as well as milling machine time required to fabricate all of the parts. System metrics afford resolution to .0005″ with infinite repeatability and accuracy of plus or minus .003″ through the use of low back lash ball nuts and 5/8 hardened cold rolled linear ball screw. Horizontal linear motion is facilitated by the use of eight Thompsons super pillow block linear bearings.”


March 24, 2010

Harpoon Car Attachment

at 4:53 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks, Funny Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

Have you ever been cut off by the most irresponsible driver in the world? Well what you need is a Harpoon Car Attachment to teach them a lesson. Simply ram them with the harpoon and bring them to a stop, if you still aren’t satisfied release the tear gas.

Via: TechEBlog

March 23, 2010

’69 Pontiac GTO controlled using a iPod Touch

at 1:15 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment


If you are looking for something cool to do with your iPod Touch have a look at what Dave Phipps has done with his ’69 Pontiac GTO. Using an iPod Touch interfaced to a RedEye controller he now has remote control of many features. He has a good range (WiFi range) and can remotely open the windows, doors trunk and soft top. He can also start the car and rev the engine! I have seen remotes that can to everything except rev the engine, that’s a nice touch.

Via Apple Phone Hacks


March 22, 2010

Adding 1 Wire to the Fonera Router

at 11:23 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Viktor over at Karosium has been playing with his Fonera router. Looks like they are charging for the routers now, I got mine when they were still free.  Viktor was able to hack the router to allow him to connect it to 1-Wire devices.

“On the hardware side I opted to use a DS2480B 1-Wire Line Driver chip. This chip is used in the DS9097U adapters so it’s basically the standard in UART to 1-Wire interfacing. I wanted to include fancy things on the board like a software controlled power switch and an activity LED, but in the end I abandoned both. The power switch didn’t work out, and the LED was pretty useless due to the low activity on the bus.”

March 21, 2010

DIY Camera Crane

at 6:46 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you want to add some of those cool video where the camera swoops in from overhead or pulls back into the sky? Well if you are handy with the tools and have $10 dollars to spare why not make your own!  This DIY Camera Crane uses two lengths of wood that pivot on the stand which allows the camera mount to stay true.

Thanks for sending it in Andrew.

“The two 2×2’s are connected to the pivot, camera end and operator end with 1/4” bolts and nuts. This system is simple yet effective. The brackets on the camera and operator side are exactly the same, and are made of thin sheet metal. I spot-welded the metal together at school. The central pivot point is made out of thick steel bar that has been bent into a rectangle. The two ends were mig welded together. If you do not have access to a welder, you could do the same with pop-rivets or screws. The central pivot point connects to the stand with a 1/4” bolt, as that was what the stand would accept. The stand was from an old utility light.”

March 20, 2010

Name the Thing Contest – 124

at 2:15 pm. Filed under Contests


The prize this week is a cable tester to help you with troubleshooting. This contest will run for one week (March 20 – 26, 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. This week you will need to be specific as to the make of the item.

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 Mar 27, 2010

The item to guess was a TRS-80 Pocket Computer or a PC-1 or a Sharp PC-1211

The winner is Claudio I. (there were 68 entries)


Below are some pictures of the prize.


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