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April 20, 2013

Name the Thing Contest – 228

at 9:17 am. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is a breadboard power supply. This contest will run for one week (April 20 – April 26, 2013). 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 July 6, 2013

The item to guess was Sucrose

The winner is Nathan S. (there were 102 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.


Keyboard Chair

at 4:10 am. Filed under Computer Hacks

_Keyboard Chair


Doesn’t look all that comfortable but this Keyboard Chair sure is unique. I am curious where all the keyboards came from? I hope they were salvaged but they were probably purchased for this sculpture. They should have completed it by mounting a right and left side of a split keyboard on each of the arm rests. The chair could then have a single keyboard USP jack and actually be used to type.

Via: Adafruit


April 19, 2013

Make a Bubble Tube Lamp

at 7:45 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


You may have seen these bubble lamps on some old ornamental items such as jukeboxes. It uses methylene chloride which boils at a low temperature. The effect shows a bubble that forms at the bottom next to the heat source and as it rises the bubble gets smaller and smaller until it simply disappears.


April 18, 2013

Raspberry Pi 3D Printer Demonstration

at 2:14 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Jon Wise demonstrates his Raspberry Pi 3D Printer, he is using a pen in the demo but it can use an extrude to print items. The mechanical movements leek very complex when compared to a standard XY table that is controlled using 2 stepper motors. The Pi has enough number crunching ability to get the job done though. I can’t wait to see this printing a complex shape, the movements are interesting to watch, it reminds me of the robot hands that use angular joints to move around.

April 17, 2013

Laser Cutting 3D Objects

at 7:29 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, Educational

 Laser Cutting 3D Objects


When think of what a laser cutter can do you normally think of cutting things and etching surfaces. I never would have thought of making something 3D other than making notches that can link together. This video shows a technique that holds the material being worked over the main laser cutter bed using some stilts. Cuts are made in acrylic and since acrylic bends when heated the laser is used to slowly warm the material where it is needed to be bent. Since the work is sitting off the bed it can droop when heated. To see more information on this Laser Cutting 3D Objects method have a look here.


April 16, 2013

AZIZ – LED Microscope Illuminator Project

at 8:09 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

AZIZ - LED Microscope Illuminator Project


While watching the video I was wondering why there was so much complex electronics for the AZIZ – LED Microscope Illuminator Project. I was thinking that a simple dial to vary the intensity would be all you would need. If you are thinking the same thing have a look at the video starting around the 4 minute mark. By having modes that allow you to spin lighting patterns and vary the light between the diffused and bright white LEDs you can enhance chip markings tremendously.

The system controls 64 LED using a Texas Instruments TLC59116 constant-current PWM LED driver chip, and an Atmel ATTiny1634 8-bit microcontroller. Code and schematics are available if you would like to make your own.

Thanks for the tip Stephan.


April 15, 2013

Rave Shades – LED Glasses

at 7:46 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks

Rave Shades - LED Glasses_3


These Rave Shade – LED Glasses look like a ton of fun. They are Arduino based and use 74HC595 shift registers to light all the LEDs. At first I though it was a silly design since with a PCB sitting on your face you would not be able to see anything. But later I saw the small circles that are cut into the board which allows you to presumable see most things in front of you. To program new pattern some computer software is used which generates the pattern code to be downloaded to the Arduino. eXtremeSomething is selling kits but he is waiting till 10 people pays for a kit before pulls the trigger on the order. Sort of like a mini Kickstarter (he lives in the UK and Kickstarter doesn’t operate there). Be sure to follow the project Facebook page if this interests you!



Rave Shades - LED Glasses Rave Shades - LED Glasses_2

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