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October 31, 2012

50,000 Amp Transformer Short Circuit Test

at 1:04 am. Filed under Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


If you are thinking that this transformer is quite beefy you would be right. Youtube user Photonvids has designed it to be connected to 220V and it has an open circuit secondary voltage of around 4 volts. This means you can safely touch it with your fingers but I would step back if someone was planning to short it out with a crowbar. I guess that might be a good idea if there was no light in the room and you needed the cherry glow of some hot metal to see with. Next upgrade is the copper buss bar since it gets warm during the testing. In some parts of the country they do drug grow house busts based on the large amount of power the grow lights consume, I wonder what the bust team would say if they broke down the door here? No drugs, just the power supply for a time machine…

October 30, 2012

Wave activated Light

at 3:13 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


 Thanks to Noah Farrington for sending in his latest project which s a Wave activated Light. To make the magic happen he is using a ATTiny microcontroller, a voltage regulator, an ultrasonic distance sensor and a bright LED. The first version was done with an Arduino but that was overkill for Noah since he doesn’t need much computing power or pins. The small 8 pin microcontroller looks perfect for this project.

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October 27, 2012

piGate – Raspberry-Pi Automatic Packet Reporting System

at 2:23 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Thanks to Sunny for sending in his latest project, the Raspberry-Pi Automatic Packet Reporting System called the piGate.

“I present here, an implementation of an APRS iGate using the Raspberry-Pi. An APRS iGate is an Internet gateway that gates packets from the radio/RF side to the  APRS-IS on the Internet (and vice-versa). The APRS-IS is an Internet based network that connects APRS networks from all around the world and facilitates APRS applications (like realtime postion reporting of objects overlaid over google maps, see aprs.fi)”

Name the Thing Contest – 209

at 1:05 pm. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is a credit card knife, it has a ton of features to get you out of a jam in a network closet or your next camping trip. This contest will run for one week (October 27- November 2, 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 November 10, 2012

The item to guess was a Jam Jar Jet

The winner is Travis S. (there were 171 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.


October 26, 2012

Haunted Mirror Project

at 7:07 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


We have seen Al Linke’s project before. His latest creation is powered by an IOIO Board and uses a large RGB matrix display for the users to see what is going on.  An IR proximity sensor shines through the mirror to sense when someone comes close, the display looks great even though this isn’t a 2 way mirror. Al scored the back of a regular mirror to allow the LEDs to shine through. The result is a great looking display hidden in the mirror. To top it off you can connect it to your Android phone with a custom app.




October 24, 2012

Rendering 3D PCBs

at 6:50 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks



Even before you send out your PCB for manufacturer you can have a realistic image of the finished populated board! Thanks to Ian at Dangerous Prototypes I think we will start to lots of Rendering 3D PCB even before a soldering iron has been used. Best of all it won’t cost you anything other than some time to learn a new skill. The engine used to render the 3D images is called Kerkythea, if you want to see some great examples of what this software is capable of have a look at the forum gallery.

October 22, 2012

DIY Tin Electroplating

at 12:27 am. Filed under DIY Hacks



This DIY Tin Electroplating process will come in handy if you ever want to protect some copper in a project from oxidizing. Green copper looks great on a roof but not in your projects. Dane from Transistor Man shows us how he electroplated some tin onto some copper buss bars. Other than some stuff you probably have around the house you will need some tin and muriatic acid. 


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