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March 31, 2013

Guy Flies Cessna 172 with only Flight Simulator Experience

at 10:48 pm. Filed under What Were They Thinking


I am sure most of us have tried some flight simulators. I must admit that I haven’t tried one since the early 90s, back then there were lots of knobs and dials that were needed to keep you in the air flying normally. I am sure they have advanced a ton since then since I wouldn’t have thought that any amount of practice would have sufficiently gave me the knowledge to actually fly a real plane though. This guy used a flight simulator to gain all of his experience! After a bunch of simulator attempts he was finally ready to attempt an actual flight. He had a flight instructor sitting beside him just in case things went wrong, but as you will see he was able to get it in the air, fly a pattern around the Las Vegas airport and land successfully. The instructor handled the conversation needed between the plane and tower, he also handled taxing the plane out to the runway.

March 30, 2013

SNES Headphone Mod

at 5:51 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Game Hacks

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Thanks to lyberty5 for sending in his audio headset built from a SuperNES controller.

“The controller was used as a base, I then rebuilt walls with bits of plastic and epoxy resin. I then used epoxy putty to model a circular shape, some bondo, and a lot of sanding. The whole thing was then painted. It’s not perfect and I’ve damaged the paint in some places. Also the controller itself had nicks and holes in the part I didn’t paint over, due to
its years of gaming.”



March 29, 2013

Mantis Hexapod Walking Machine by Matt Denton

at 3:07 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

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We have featured Matt Denton’s hexapod designs in the past. He has been spending some time working on a project that is a bit bigger than the previous ones! His new design which has been 4 years in the making called Mantis is a Hexapod Walking Machine. He has taken lots of pictures in the Facebook page (a few can be seen below). This video done by Daily Planet talks about Matt and his machines.

“After four years intensive R&D, inspiration, design and build, Micromagic Systems is proud to unveil Mantis — the biggest, all-terrain operational hexapod robot in the world.

This 2.2-litre Turbo Diesel-powered, British-designed and -built walking machine can be piloted or remote WiFi-controlled, stands 2.8 metres high with a five meter working envelope and weighing in at just under two tonnes.”




March 28, 2013

Hacked Gadgets Easter Egg Hunt

at 1:10 pm. Filed under Contests



We have received more than enough correct entries, the contest is now closed. Winners will be announced soon. Thanks for participating!


Let the hunt begin. The image above has been inserted into a post from 2011, be one of the first 10 to find it and send it in and you will win a breadboard power supply. This contest will run until 10 correct entries have been received. Please note the image added to the post is the same size as above and it is at the top of the post.

Comments will be disabled for this contest.

Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with “Hacked Gadgets Easter Egg Hunt” as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

  • The URL with the Easter Egg image

The winners will be the first 10 to correctly enter


Added April 16, 2013

The page the Easter Eggs were on was Hydrogen Peroxide, Distilled White Vinegar and Salt as a PCB Etching Solution

The winners are (I went further than 10): 

Jason H.
Giorgio F.
Eric E.
Robotics Job Search
Kerry W.
Eric D.
Chris P.
Kyle N.
Bruno V.
Sascha G.
Jef R.
Releigh S.
Pablo L.
William D.
Manuel S.
Shane M.
Adam C.



Below is a picture of the prize.


DIY Ethernet Temperature and Humidity Logger

at 12:16 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

DIY Ethernet Temperature and Humidity Logger


Kerry Wong just finished his latest project, it is an Ethernet Temperature and Humidity Logger.

“I used an ENC28J60 Ethernet module along with an ATmega328p microcontroller to log the temperature and humidity readings and then process the data on my web server for display.

To plot the data points, I used Google Annotated Timeline so that you can easily zoom into the desired date/time range. “


March 26, 2013

Cheap High Speed Automatic Pick and Place Machine Overview

at 11:55 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks


Remember the cheap automatic pick and place machine we told you about in December of last year? Ian from Dangerous Prototypes has purchased one and has been doing some testing on it. Looks like is a great little machine. For the low price it doesn’t come with a vision system, is a bit noisy, has limited reel locations and has what looks to be a hard to use interface screen. That being said I am quite surprised that it actually has a touch screen that can be used to interact with the operation and configuration of the system. Looks like you can select something on the screen and then use some physical push buttons to adjust the selected items setting. If you have fat fingers it might be a bit troublesome but you might be able to use some type of stylus to help you tap on the desired area with ease? When running at full speed it can lay down some serious part counts in a hurry. Ian doesn’t recommend doing anything more than some prototype boards with it but I am thinking with some supervision it would be fine to do some small batch runs. 


March 25, 2013

DeltaMaker – A Delta Robot 3D Printer

at 9:58 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

 _DeltaMaker - A Delta Robot 3D Printer_1


If you are looking to get into 3D printing have a look at this DeltaMaker – A Delta Robot 3D Printer. Their Kickstarter was successful so it will just be a matter of time until these units are rolling off the production floor!

Via: Make

 “Product Hightlights:

  • Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) using 1.75 mm filament – PLA and ABS
  • 100 micron layer resolution capability 
  • 10″ diameter x 11″ tall build envelope (approximate)
  • Heated build platform (optional)
  • Efficient footprint to build envelope ratio
  • Printed object viewable from 360 degrees
  • Rigid aluminum extrusion construction
  • Utilizes open source software tool chain (Marlin, Slic3r, and Repetier Host)”



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