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December 17, 2013

Hacked Gadgets 2013 Holiday Comment Contest

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The new year is just around the corner, how would you like some cool swag from Hacked Gadgets to kick it off? There will be 4 winners this time around. We will be giving away a cool binary watch to a lucky winner, two subscriptions to Nuts and Volts will be going to two more winners, and finally an Arduino Pro Mini will be given to the 4th winner. Entry into the contest is simple, just leave a comment for any article from now till December 31 2013. Enter as many times as you want, just please don’t leave spam comments since these will be deleted as usual. As a matter of fact you can start by leaving a message below on this contest article. The email address of the comment will be used to identify and notify the lucky randomly selected winners. Please note that email addresses left when commenting is never made public.


Added January 24, 2014

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest by leaving a comment!

The winners are:

Watch: chipmikro for comment 16

Nuts and Volts Magazine: Roger for comment 47

Nuts and Volts Magazine: Josh for comment 1

Arduino Pro Mini: IJ for comment 2


Cool Contest Prizes


A cool Binary LED Watch that doesn’t look much like a watch until you activate it. Get ready to brush up on your binary math if you want to read it though.

1 Year of Nuts and Volts. For an example of what you can expect, have a look at the projects that were covered in this edition. “Computer To Computer Link Using Laser Pointers Computer Related by Ed Ringel Establish serial communication between computers or microcontrollers over low power laser beams. Phone Ring-A-Thing Control Home Automation by John Mastromoro Use your cell phone and this device as a receiver/decoder system to perform remote functions. Experiements with Alternative Energy Nuts & Volts Special by John Gavlik Learn the fundamentals of renewable energy through this educational series. This month: Build a Double Wide Sun Tracker. “


Please note due to the nature of the subscription the winner will need a US address. Not to worry though if you win and you are not in the US we will offer you something that you can use.

A second person will also get 1 Year of Nuts and Volts “Nuts & Volts is written for the hands-on hobbyist, design engineer, technician, and experimenter. The diversity of subjects appeals to all levels of experience and spans such topics as amateur robotics, circuit design, lasers, computer control, home automation, microcontrollers, data acquisition, new technology, DIY projects, electronic theory, and more, not to mention the popular BASIC Stamp.”


Please note due to the nature of the subscription the winner will need a US address. Not to worry though if you win and you are not in the US we will offer you something that you can use.



An Arduino Pro Mini will be go to someone who is in need of adding some processing capability to their breadboard.

“The Arduino Pro Mini is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega328. It has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 8 analog inputs, an on-board resonator, a reset button, and holes for mounting pin headers. A six pin header can be connected to an FTDI cable to provide USB power and communication to the board.”


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53 Responses to “Hacked Gadgets 2013 Holiday Comment Contest”

  1. Brian Says:

    Consider this my entry into the contest!!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Count me in!

  3. Michael Says:

    This is the greatest idea of a binary watch I ever seen.

  4. Fry-kun Says:

    That’s a stylish take on a binary watch!

  5. buildpcb Says:

    count me in! please!

  6. IJ Says:

    Something tells me this marketing campaign well be a huge success. Brilliant!

  7. ellisgl Says:

    I told you not to over charge those caps!

  8. Dave Says:

    And the top photo on this page is what happens when we put foil in the microwave

  9. Jeff Says:

    As if I needed another reason to check your site everyday! I had never even heard of nuts and volts, I could see that being a Christmas present for my nephew.

  10. Josh Says:

    I would love some Swag for Christmas!

  11. JM Says:

    Nice Watch.

  12. Annie Says:

    Those where tantalum caps.

  13. Mike Says:

    Happy holidays to all!

  14. Dougal Campbell Says:

    Schweet. Here’s hoping you can post more frequently next year. We want MOAR! 😉

  15. jeff Says:

    I want free stuff

  16. chipmikro Says:

    Really nice gift for christmas!! Happy holidays to all!!

  17. Trav Says:

    This is so much easier than “name the Thing” contest. I just wish you would post the answers sooner. I get all impatient waiting for the answer to the ones I don’t know.

  18. Csaba Says:

    The watch is realy cool. I can’t resist to leave a comment. :-)

  19. Bela Says:

    My favourite is the Arduino.

  20. salec Says:

    Oh, goodies! :)

  21. Tim Says:

    This is awesome.

  22. Chef Says:

    Sounds awesome! I’ve always wanted a mini.

  23. Dan Says:

    And this is my comment, happy holidays!

  24. Eric Says:

    what a great contest! happy holidays

  25. Rick Says:

    Looks like lots of stuff for good girls and boys! Enter me in spite of that!

  26. dino Says:


  27. Steve Says:

    That’s the BEST binary watch ever! What’s the model? I gotta have one of those.

  28. Jon Says:

    oooo. I could use the Arduino.

  29. Frederik Says:

    Very nice price pool!

  30. William Says:

    Dat watch, so sleek.

  31. Gonzalo Says:

    Woooooooow!!! I need the watch!!!

  32. Dustin Says:

    Awesome contest. Count me in. :)

  33. Camilo Jimenez Says:

    Really cool watch!

  34. Johny Says:

    Happy holidays everyone!

  35. Wolfgang Says:

    There are only 10 types of people who can or cannot read that watch.

  36. Z45 Says:

    Sorry guys, the watch is mine!!!!

  37. dizzy Says:

    Happy hacking!

  38. Steven Blaser Says:

    I am a math guy. Yep an actual BS in Mathematics. I would really like to win that Binary watch.

  39. Nathan Says:

    hello all

  40. M. Scott Says:

    Man! I’d love to get a hold of that Nuts and Volts! Never heard of them, or this site, but it looks like I’m gonna be a regular now, this place has some great stuff!

  41. Anup Says:

    Get me the board… Get me the board..!!! :) :)

  42. Cathy Garrett Says:

    Drop a comment in any article? Would this article itself qualify?

    I know they’re not an advertizing supporter, but you could have offered a subscription to Circuit Cellar as well as N&V.

  43. Derek Tombrello Says:

    As someone who has just recently (two months ago) had my very first article published by Nuts N Volts magazine, the last hobbyist electronics magazine published in this country, I would love to extend my subscription by another year. And that watch is totally cool! Consider me entered! lol :)

  44. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Cathy,

    Yes, your comment counts. We will take Circuit Cellar into consideration for next time.

  45. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Derek,

    Congratulations on getting published.

  46. krusty Says:

    Super competition :) Merry Christmas!!

  47. Roger Says:

    I was REALLY good this year but no one brought me any gifts.

  48. gecko Says:

    Awesome! Count me in.

  49. Josh Says:

    Awesome! I want the board!! 😉

  50. Kimm Says:

    Happy holidays everyone!

  51. Kim Says:

    Merry Christmas!!!

  52. pyross Says:

    Really cool prizes!!

  53. Bertrand Says:

    Thanks for all the info on this website!
    Hope I will won the arduino to start to play 😉

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