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March 25, 2012

Spooky Animatronic Hand Carved Wooden Head Desk Lamp

at 3:46 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment



Check out this Spooky Animatronic Hand Carved Wooden Head that rosemarybeetle made. I am not sure I could have this  on my side table because I would always be staring at the spooky face. The face carving is very well done, it looks like it should be a museum piece!

“I did not work up detailed design drawings, having decided to let the final look of the head develop as it was carved. For this, I wanted to “sketch” the shape quickly in 3D. For this I used polystyrene which is easy to carve with knives, rasps scalpels or craft knives. 

To control the left/right movement, two flat connectors were attached to the eyeball control rods in a parallelogram frame. These had pivoted joints using small self-tapping screws that could move freely in the rod holes, and anchored into the flat joining rails.”



March 24, 2012

Name the Thing Contest – 199

at 11:14 pm. Filed under Contests


The prize this week is a non contact AC test pen. This pen can be used to test if AC voltage is present in a wire without needing to touch the bare conductor. This contest will run for one week (March 24 – 30, 2012). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for.

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 iPad 3 Camera  Module

The winner is Nathan S. (there were 81 entries) Looks like this one was one of the harder ones!


Below is a picture of the prize.




DIY Digital Volt Meter Project

at 9:44 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Voltage measurement is something that is very handy. There will come a time when you need more than one meter to monitor the project that you are putting together. This DIY Digital Volt Meter Project will let you build your second Digital Volt Meter so you can monitor a voltage source while your hand held DMM is in use monitoring a different part of your circuit.


March 23, 2012

DIY Atomic Clock Synced LED Clock

at 10:56 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


If you want the most accurate DIY clock possible have a look at this DIY Atomic Clock Synced LED Clock build. This clock is built to use the DCF77 which stands for D=Deutschland (Germany), C=long wave signal, F=Frankfurt, 77=frequency: 77.5 kHz.

Via: LED Projects

“The 77.5 kHz carrier signal is generated from local atomic clocks that are linked with the German master clocks in Braunschweig. With a relatively high power of 50 kW, the station can be received in large parts of Europe, as far as 2000 km from Frankfurt (and further away depending on signal propagation and local interference). As an example, reception with high-grade consumer clocks is possible in Portugal and Gibraltar (during night hours). Its signal carries an amplitude-modulated, pulse-width coded 1 bit/s data signal. The same data signal is also phase modulated onto the carrier using a 512-bit long pseudorandom sequence (direct-sequence spread spectrum modulation). The transmitted data repeats each minute.”


March 22, 2012

Pirate Bay Servers might soon be GPS Controlled Drones

at 10:45 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment



As you probably know The Pirate Bay is always hiding the location of their servers since governments can often cause a huge speed bump in their activity when they want to. The Pirate Bay Servers might soon be GPS Controlled Drones to allow the server farm to not only not be tied to a building on earth but it could be commanded to fly to a new location in moments. I guess this is one step down from launching a satellite but unlike a satellite these servers can’t be easily located if The Pirate Bay chooses to move the drones around on a regular basis. Of course pirating is wrong I love the innovation that is being considered to evade the authorities!

Via: Ars

“One of the technical things we always optimize is where to put our front machines. They are the ones that re-direct your traffic to a secret location. We have now decided to try to build something extraordinary.

With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.

We’re just starting so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore. These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough.”

March 21, 2012

Electronic Upgrade for Antique Music Box

at 10:44 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


Music boxes are so nice because they play such nice music from a very simple mechanism. In this case the music is still nice but the Digital Enhancement player uses a much more complex method to get the music out.

Via: Make and Laughing Squid

 “Digital Enhancement” is an interactive sound installation consisting of an electrified Symphonion Brevet No. 28, a synthesizer, an amplifier and four headphones. The Symphonion musical box dates back to the beginning of the last century and its mechanical workings are combined with digital technology to convert it into a MIDI sequencer. The original music, embossed on steel plates, can be played on the synthesizer, which is programmed to mimic the sounds of the Symphonion. In order to operate the sequencer, a hand-cranked dynamo serves as a remote control.”



March 20, 2012

Horto domi – an Open Garden project that can be controlled from the web

at 8:07 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Do you like gardening and electronics? If so the Horto domi might be just the thing for you to tie these two loves together. The kickstarter is almost 1/3 funded and there is 50 days left, looks like it has a good shot at getting funded!

 “Horto domi is an open hardware raised-bed garden unit with environmental control and monitoring via web-interface thanks to Arduino Ethernet. DIY sensors, such as those collecting moisture and temperature data help monitor the environment within the dome and will eventually be used to automate conditions. “

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