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May 30, 2013

Control Microbes with your Mind

at 1:06 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets


Thanks to Geva for sending in this great project. A brain monitor is connected to an Arduino so it can detect when the user is concentrating. When this happens a mild electric current is applied to the water in which there are hundreds of microbes swimming about. As soon as the current is applied they immediately start swimming towards the top of the screen where the negative pole is. Kind of freaky, not sure if there are any practical applications for this but it is sure cool!

Want to build your own? Check out how to Control Microbes with your Mind also.

May 28, 2013

Hand Controlled Tetris Like Game

at 9:35 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks


This Hand Controlled Tetris Like Game uses an Altera FPGA to captures a video signal and looks for a players hand skin color. The system tracks their hand movements and looks for the user moving their hands forward and back by determining how tall the skin colored object is over time. The goal here is to prevent the falling tetris like blocks from falling by rapidly pushing and pulling on them. If you want to use this as a starting point for your creation Tian Gao has documented the entire system here.

Thanks for sending this in Tian!

May 26, 2013

Name the Thing Contest – 230

at 12:22 pm. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is a breadboard power supply. This contest will run for one week (May 26 – 31, 2013). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for. Please note the image above is a side view of the thing.

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 a Solder Pot

The winner is Grant T. (there were 212 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.


The Japanese Bullet Train Shinkansen

at 11:10 am. Filed under Insane Equipment

The Japanese Bullet Train Shinkansen


This documentary video gives us a behind the scenes look at the Japanese Bullet Train Shinkansen.

“The Tōkaidō Shinkansen is the world’s busiest high-speed rail line. Carrying 151 million passengers per year (March 2008), it has transported more passengers (over 5 billion, entire network over 10 billion) than any other high speed line in the world. Between Tokyo and Osaka, the two largest metropolises in Japan, up to thirteen trains per hour with sixteen cars each (1,323 seats capacity) run in each direction with a minimum headway of three minutes between trains.”


Animatronic Singing Robot Project

at 3:04 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 Animatronic Singing Robot Project_3


Thanks to Vigo for sending in his latest project. It’s a Animatronic Singing Robot! The mechanism is quite simple but the results are fantastic. I can just imagine using this for a phone call that is video recorded at one end, you could have the puppet move it’s mouth to the speech of the other person and have a full conversation with the puppet.

What is Animatronic Beaker-bot? Well, the Beaker-bot is a animatronic puppet that will “sing” to the sound that I play through him. Meaning, If I hook up an iPod or other music playing device, he will lip-sync his mouth to the music or words. He is also a fully functional puppet with Beaker style head and hand control. He also has a electric button to control his animatronic mouth, and for fans of more classical puppetry, Beaker-bot does have a classic rod to control his mouth as well.”



May 24, 2013

1937 Philips AM Radio Hacked into an iPhone Dock

at 3:49 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

1937 Philips AM Radio Hacked into an iPhone Dock


Oyvind from Build Electronic Circuits sent in his latest project. It’s a 1937 Philips AM Radio Hacked into an iPhone Dock, the project is basically using the nice old housing since all of the internals were discarded. He is using a module that the iPhone plugs into to grab the audio line out from the phone which is fed into the a small amp. A newer speaker was installed since the original one was not working well anymore. He build a custom display module which is controlled by an Arduino and displays the source selected and volume of the system. The result looks much better than a plastic docking box from the store and from what I can tell from the video it also sounds great.


May 22, 2013

Alert Tube – Monitor anything on the Net

at 6:58 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 Alert Tube - Monitor anything on the Net


 If you are tied to your cell phone to monitor weather, calendar events and stocks, the Alert Tube could be the next gadget you need. Michael Watson built is around a Raspberry Pi, it monitors the net for events that you choose and alerts you by light patterns, text to speech or sounds. You can see the entire project build details here.

“The Alert Tube is an open source information appliance that connects wirelessly to the Internet of Things in the cloud. The user interface is dead simple, it communicates data via customized colored light sequences, sounds and text to speech.

The idea for the Alert Tube came from something simple, a clock. You don’t have to turn it on, or boot it up and request information, it simply tells you the time, all the time, without you having to ask. That’s the idea behind the Alert Tube. You tell it what you want and then it continuously displays and/or emits audible information, without you having to ask. Simply walk by and take a glance at it or listen for any important alerts. Set it and forget it!”


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