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July 31, 2013

450mph Land Speed Record Project

at 11:45 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


This project will get funded at $200,000. They are hoping to get it flying across the ground at 450mph! With dual 2000 horse power engines it has tons of power to get the job done. Good luck on Danny Thompson continuing what his father Mickey Thompson started.

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Streamliner Facts:

  • The skin of the car is made-up entirely of 68 hand formed aluminum panels. They are connected to the subframe via simple Dzus buttons.
  • The streamliner has two engines, one on either side of the cockpit. The original 1960s setup delivered nearly 1800hp. Our new engines provide close to 4000hp.
  • The engines are dry blocks (waterless), which means all of the cooling is provided by the fuel. A single run will consume approximately 50 gallons of nitro blend fuel.
  • The car ends its runs nearly 500 pounds lighter due to fuel consumption.
  • The tires are a prototype nylon weave backed with banded steel. There is only 1/32 of an inch of rubber. Any more would spin off due to heat and expansion. They are custom made by Mickey Thompson Tires.
  • Primary stopping power is provided by dual parachutes that deploy four foot blossoms. We also have four carbon fiber disk brakes just in case.”


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450mph Land Speed Record Project

July 29, 2013

AnalysIR – Arduino based IR Remote Control Analyzer

at 9:36 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks


AnalysIR  is an Arduino based IR Remote Control Analyzer. This system will help you get some use from the mountain of IR based remote controls most of us have laying around.

Via: Arduino Blog

“AnalysIR is made up of 3 components:

  • AnalysIR Windows PC application.
  • An Arduino (or other MCU type platform such as Raspberry Pi, Pic, MSP, AVR etc) with an inbuilt serial over USB, connected to the PC.(Not included)
  • An 3-pin IR receiver (circa $1) which uses one digital input pin and works off 5V or 3.3V power supply and GND”


July 28, 2013

Arduino Based Aquaponics

at 4:05 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks


Arduino Based Aquaponics uses apduino to get things done. Kretzinger is able to configure the system to work as desired based on sensors and a large number of controlled pumps. He can get automated text messages when events occur or when something is going wrong with his system. He has plans to grow his system to use all of the spare land he has around his house before he scales up to a separate location.

“APDuino allows Kretzinger to read the sensors in his garden without any programming. Now Kretzinger’s garden can send him tweets or Facebook updates if something is going wrong and Kretzinger can adjust the water flow, pH and temperature from a smartphone.
Now, what started as a hobby may provide Kretzinger with the boost to compete as a small farmer. His plan is to keep it urban (or suburban). He’ll use unused backyards or vacant lots to grow his produce and he’s created a prototype tower (PVC structures similar to those in our videos of Rob Torcellini’s greenhouse and of rooftop hydroponics on Manhattan restaurant Bell, Book & Candle). “

July 27, 2013

Heart Simulation Project

at 12:04 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks



This Propeller based heart project demonstrates how a heart actually works. The board looks great and the shape is heart shaped like a real heart (not the shape of the valentines chocolate boxes).

Thanks for sending this in Jim.

“This wearable LED heart simulator pendant was inspired by my work as a cardiovascular surgical nurse as well asmy love of electronics.  It simulates the electrical activity of 17 different rhythms and when paired with the heart backplane, it becomes an audio and pulse simulator as well.”


Name the Thing Contest – 234

at 11:44 am. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is an Arduino Mini Clone. This contest will run for one week (July 27 – August 2, 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 August 3, 2013

The item to guess was a Rotary encoder

The winner is spinoinside  (there were 178 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.



July 26, 2013

Chess Playing Robot

at 10:27 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 Chess Playing Robot 


An Arduino is being used here to power this Chess Playing Robot game that Max Justicz built. The assembly is built using drawer slides, some of these are very tight with some smooth ball bearing action. Nice thing about this platform is it could be used to play any board game that needs to have pieces moved around or as Max mentions, it could be made into a CNC machine.

“The board works like any other xy table, with a few key differences.  First, the x axis has an extra servo attached to it, which raises and lowers a magnet.  The magnet is attracted to pieces on the chess board above, allowing them to move.  Second, embedded in the board are 64 magnetically activated reed switches, allowing the arduino to know the location of each piece.”


Chess Playing Robot_2

July 25, 2013


at 2:53 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Educational, Electronic Hacks


Check out the cool WaterColorBot. It was dreamed up by Super Awesome Sylvia and helped to be created by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. I can see this be a great project for older school kids to put together and have the younger school kids use it. The Kickstarter has been funded so this is something that we will be seeing around. The robot is built from CNC router cut plywood that also got a great looking laser etched name. There is a bit of assembly but looks like it would go together quite quickly. I can see this cranking out some cool designs over and over to be sold at school events to raise money instead of selling cookies or washing cars.





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