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March 31, 2012

Name the Thing Contest – 200

at 5:07 pm. Filed under Contests



Yahoo, this is the 200th name the thing contest, thanks to everyone who participates each week! The Debug Store will be sponsoring the contest this week with a great prize. They are providing a 16 Channel, 100MHz Logic/Protocol Analyser with 30 Protocol Decoders to the winner. This analyser can save you a ton of frustration on your projects by letting you see what is actually happening, and with 16 channels and 100MHz you won’t miss a thing.

“The ZeroPlus Logic Cube LAP-C(16032) is an incredibly easy to set up and use 16-channel logic analyser. Extremely compact and lightweight, the LAP-C(16032) connects to and is powered by the USB port of any desktop or laptop PC making it very portable and ideal for use in the field. The LAP-C(16032) provides sampling rates up to 100MHz and 32Kbits memory depth per channel.

This contest will run for one week (March 31 – April 6, 2012) . 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 April 17, 2012

The item to guess was a Class B audio amplifier (the mystery item shown with a question mark was a speaker)

The winner is Victorien V. (there were 249 entries)


Below are some pictures of the prize.




DIY Record Player

at 10:18 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


You can spend thousands on high end record players, they look very exotic when compared to the typical plain box type record player. Nandor Szabo from Hungary created this Record Player by starting with a Dual 701 as the guts of the unit. The new housing was built using hand power tools and some creativity. I particularly like the use of ends of the mousse containers as the dramatic feet of the player.

“The support feet I used are meant to be hidden inside an enclosure and therefore did not come with a decorative cover to hide the hardware. To make the turntable presentable for Hi-Fi use it was necessary to hide the suspension mounting hardware. You can surely purchase a fancy cover to hide the hardware and dress up the turntable. I went the DIY route and made my own cover for the mounting hardware. To make the aluminum covers I used empty containers of mousse (hair styling product) which I cut to size.”


March 30, 2012

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2 – Review

at 3:30 am. Filed under Reviews


Remember the first Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction? John Austin is back at it with a new version of the book called Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2 – Build a Secret Agent Arsenal. This book boasts over 250 pages of fun builds.

The projects are well laid out as usual, there are lots of great step by step projects with nice black and white pictures. The pictures remind me of the ones that accompany assembly required furniture. You should be able to follow the pictures to build the creations and refer to the documentation if you need clarification.

Chapter 1 is my favorite, it has 8 Agent Sidearm projects. The PPK Tic Tac and the Binder Beretta 92 look great, best of all you probably have everything you need to build these around the house already. The main parts of these two weapons is a box of Tic Tac breath mints, binder clips, paper clips, party balloons, markers and tape.

You better keep a close eye on your office mates book shelf, if you see a copy of this book you better watch your back since you can be sure a sneak attack is eminent. Better yet get your own copy and plan a counter attack. 🙂

March 29, 2012

Tiny Jet Powered Monster Truck

at 10:47 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


 Thanks to Dieter Sturm for sending in his latest jet powered creation. He is putting the final touches on this Tiny Jet Powered Monster Truck. They are looking for sponsors, so if you are looking to have your name on the side of something cool I suggest you give Dieter a call right away! For his next build I vote to see a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 stuffed onto the back of a full sized truck. 🙂

To see this thing in action be sure to watch the video after the jump.



March 28, 2012

Arduino controlled DrummerBot

at 9:12 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks



 If you like music and microcontroller check out this Arduino controlled DrummerBot that Steffest built. It uses an Arduino to control a bunch of bits and pieces of spare parts.

 “The Arduino receives the string, unpacks it back to a pattern and simple loops over the steps controlling each servo.

I’m specifically fond of the “Horns” They are 2 little fans with a servo pushing a piece of plastic against the blades. A hell of a noise but when you add heaps of fuzz, chorus and overdrive effects they are pretty convincing.”



March 27, 2012

Self-Balancing Robot Build

at 10:57 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks



Check out this cool Self-Balancing Robot Build that Kerry Wong shared with us. He has used some very inexpensive parts to get this thing built. To read through the build process have a look at part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the build.

“I used a LPY450AL for the gyroscope and anMMA8453Q for the accelerometer. These two devices are rather inexpensive and the IMU can be built for well under $10.

The toy truck I used for this project has a single motor that drives both of the rear wheels. Since I only need the drive wheels, I cut off the unused front portion. The toy car’s plastic chassis is not rigid enough so I hot-glued a few pieces of plastic and metal support on the back. The extra support is important as excessive vibrations affect the accuracy of the sensor measurements.

Here is the bill of material in my build:

Platform: Toy truck (0 – $20)
Controller: ATmega328P (~$4)
Accelerometer: MMA8453Q (~$2)
Gyroscope: LPY450AL ($4)
H-Bridge: SN754410 (~$2)
Miscellaneous: ~$10″



March 26, 2012

Open Source Hardware Sentry Gun Controller

at 1:14 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


 If you are looking for a cool project have a look at this Open Source Hardware Sentry Gun Controller. The board you see above is a new version that has mainly surface mount parts to make the board much smaller than the older version which used lots of through hole components. The board has lots of I/O pins for added functionality. You can see a few of the main features that system has below. Watch the video to learn more about this version of the controller (version 7).


  • Provides solder points for wires to an optional ‘disable plate’ button and optional Reload Position switch.
  • Can handle up to 5A current before getting warm, for using high-torque and heavy-duty servos.
  • Status LED’s for Power, Mode, Firing, and USB RX and TX.
  • 12 user-programmable digital I/O pins for your own expansions and prototyping (8 of these can also be used as analog inputs).
  • Supports USB 2.0 communication (with mini-B USB cable).
  • On-board ATMega328 processor pre-loaded with Project Sentry Gun code.
  • Fully compatible with Project Sentry Gun’s code.


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