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October 30, 2013

at 5:21 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks

Using a Parallax Propeller chip Luis created a way to add some realism to his RC truck. Hazard lights flash and even make the clicking relay sound when activated. The propeller plays the wav files that bring the truck to life. Nice effect when the truck starts moving, you can hear the motor start to pick up speed. There is a product called sound racer that lets you bring your real car to life by making it sound like it is much more powerful than it really is. You can see it in action below. I would like to test this system out with a car that has some massive subs.


October 28, 2013

Jack-o’-lantern Halloween Project

at 9:23 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


If you want to scare some kids as they approach your house to get some candy on Halloween have a look at this project by GreatScott. He uses an Arduino which has an ultrasonic sensor connected to it. The sensor detects when someone gets into the scare zone. To scare the curious kid some LEDs light up the pumpkin and a buzzer sound. This idea could be adapted many ways, I could imagine having a hanging skeleton in the corner of the porch and a large vibrating motor behind it which comes to life when you approach.  If you are interested in building this you can find the file here.

October 26, 2013

Name the Thing Contest – 241

at 7:35 am. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is an 6V 0.6W Solar Cell. This contest will run for one week (October 26 – November 1, 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 November 3, 2013

The item to guess was a MODEL-AIRPLANE-ENGINE.

The winner is Chris B. (there were 216 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.



Ball-Balancing Robot

at 7:09 am. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

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So if making a robot that can be remotely controlled wasn’t a tough enough challenge the guys over at Ufactory decided to make one that can roll around on a ball. Great looking design and it sounds like they are going to do a Kickstarter for it and release it as open source hardware to the community. I can’t wait to see a larger version that can be ridden around!

Via: Make

“The hardware may include: Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic sensor, Wireless module, WIFI module, Camera, Kinect, STM32 MCU, Atmega16 MCU, Brushed DC motor (with gear box), encoder, DC motor driver, Controller power supply and motor power supply.”



October 24, 2013

Inside an Inexpensive Air Hogs RC Helicopter

at 5:02 am. Filed under Toy Hacks


There are a ton of these tiny RC Helicopters around, lots of them use IR light to send signals from the remote to the RC Helicopter. Arduino versus Evil took one apart to see what makes it tick. The helicopter doesn’t have much payload capability but it seems to be quite nimble. Since it is just IR it should be simple to reverse engineer the commands for various movements. Once the codes are in hand you would be able to use something like an Arduino to take control although without a complex vision system I am thinking you would just be giving a human another way of flying the toy.



October 21, 2013

Arduino RC Car

at 9:20 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks



RC cars are fun but why let the fun end at driving it around with the supplied remote? Shazin Sadakath got a car and tore it apart to see what made it tick. He took an Arduino and was able to hack it into the car circuit to be able to control all of the car functions with the digital IO Arduino pins. After learning how to interface with the car the next step for him was to connect an ultrasonic sensor to the Arduino so it could see some of it’s surroundings. The end result will eventually include GPS, camera and an Android cell phone connection.  I am looking forward to seeing the end result.


October 19, 2013

Quadrotor with Machine Gun

at 1:48 am. Filed under Insane Equipment


We saw a Hexacopter Delivery Platform yesterday. If your RC vehicle is flying in an environment that is a bit more hostile why not implement a few of these Machine Gun Quadrotors. With a few of these able to step in when enforcement was needed I don’t think anyone would be messing with the delivery of books.

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