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January 30, 2015

Simple 3D Gesture Control IC by Microchip

at 9:50 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

Simple 3D Gesture Control IC by Microchip_2 


With this new MGC3030 IC by Microchip we are sure to see some new projects take advantage of it for inexpensive 3D gesture control. They have a dev kit that should make it simple to test some design ideas quickly. 

Via: Electronics Lab and EE Times

“Housed in an easy-to-manufacture SSOP28 package, the MGC3030 expands the use of highly sought after 3D gesture control features to high-volume cost-sensitive applications such as toys, audio and lighting.

The simplicity of gesture-detection integration offered by the MGC3030 is also achieved through the company’s free, downloadable AUREA Graphical User Interface (GUI) and easily configurable general-purpose IO ports that even allow for host MCU/processor-free usage. An on-chip 32-bit digital signal processor executes real-time gesture processing, eliminating the need for external cameras or controllers for host processing, and allowing for faster and more natural user interaction with devices. “

Simple 3D Gesture Control IC by Microchip


DM160226_MGC3030 Woodstar Development Kit_Angle_7x5 REVIEW

January 29, 2015

DIY AVR Function Generator

at 10:36 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

DIY AVR Function Generator


The Big One built this DIY AVR Function Generator, it is housed in a nice looking Hickory enclosure, has some buttons for adjustments and a 16×2 text LCD as a display. He is also working on a power supply that will be housed in the same enclosure type. 

“What this function generator can do: 

  • Generate square waves at up to 10MHz, either directly output from an AVR’s pin, or buffered via an op amp (the slew rate of the op amp will determine the upper limit of the square wave output). The square wave output is in the range 0 – 5v.
  • Generate a number of sampled waveforms from between 2.56kHz and 10Hz (in 10Hz increments). Sampled waveforms include Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth (up and down), Staircase (up and down), and Square. These waveforms are output in (user selectable) 0 – 5v or -5 – 5v range.
  • Generate a PWM signal appropriate for controlling hobby servos. The user selects a PWM phase between 500us and 2540us., with a set period of 20000us.”


DIY AVR Function Generator_2


January 28, 2015

Mechanical Pencil Hacked into a 0.5mm Precision Solder Dispenser

at 8:35 am. Filed under DIY Hacks

Mechanical Pencil Hacked into a 0.5mm Precision Solder Dispenser


Thin solder is nice for doing delicate work since you can control the amount of solder applied with ease. The issue with solder is the thinner it is the easier it is to bend and deform while you are using it.  removed the lead from a mechanical pencil and Hacked into a 0.5mm Precision Solder Dispenser. This is a cool idea and cheap since mechanical pencils can be had for under a dollar. 


January 27, 2015

FPV Quadcopter Shooting Roman Candles

at 5:29 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks, What Were They Thinking


Fellow Canadian PIEROGRAM had some experimental fun when he was at the cottage this summer. If you have a quadcopter and want to live on the edge, strapping some roman candles to the quad might be a bit of dangerous fun. Of course don’t blame me if you burn down your house, start a forest fire or blind someone! 


January 26, 2015

Heat Reclamation Chimney

at 11:36 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


Ben shows us how he built a mock up of a Heat Reclamation Chimney. The idea is to capture some of the heat that exits through the chimney. When you have a look at a hot water tank or furnace that is basically what those devices are doing. Normally there is a heat source at the bottom and exits from the top, the rising heat passes through pipes that are filled with water to extract the heat. Ben has a much simpler system, he is using an increased exterior surface area brick. There is then an air space created around the chimney where a variable amount of air can be pulled out of into the room. There are some other people experimenting with this concept like Stasys Blazonis with his Chimney Heat Exchanger Project. Another area that is gaining in popularity is waste water heat recovery.


January 24, 2015

Name the Thing Contest – 267

at 10:33 pm. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is a ESP8266 Serial WIFI Wireless Transceiver Module so you can add WIFI to your next project. This contest will run for one week (Jan 24- 30, 2015). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for. Don’t need a make or model, just what what the thing is 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 Feb 28, 2015

The item to guess was a JL Cooper Electronics Soundchest II Vintage Drum Machine .

The winner is Taylan  A.  (there were 69 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.




Arduino Powered Thermostat

at 9:43 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Arduino Powered Thermostat


Your thermostat is probably one of the most boring pieces of technology in your house. This Arduino Powered Thermostat lets you take control over your furnace and make it work the way you want it. 

“The three zone system  is also equipped with DS18B20 temperature sensors, DS1307 RT Clock, 16×2 character display, LCD keypad Arduino shield, along with various miscellaneous wire leads, connectors and resistors. 

On the software side, hbomb9000 used an add on for SublimeText known as Stino, as well as two libraries: OneWire and DallasTemperature.”

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