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April 29, 2015

Robots Pulls up to 2,000 Times Its Weight

at 9:05 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment


This Robots Pulls up to 2,000 Times Its Weight! It is tiny like an insect and like many insects they can control massive amounts of weight in comparison to their weight. We need to see this technology applied to dragsters, say goodbye to wheel slip. 

Via: TheVerge

 “The super-strong bots – built by mechanical engineers at Stanford University in California – will be presented next month at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle, Washington.

The secret is in the adhesives on the robots’ feet. Their design is inspired by geckos, which have climbing skills that are legendary in the animal kingdom. The adhesives are covered in minute rubber spikes that grip firmly onto the wall as the robot climbs. When pressure is applied, the spikes bend, increasing their surface area and thus their stickiness. When the robot picks its foot back up, the spikes straighten out again and detach easily.”

April 27, 2015

Vacuum System for Deposition

at 1:30 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks

Vacuum System for Deposition_2 


Jerry Biehler is working on a Vacuum System for Deposition. It was removed from a university and needed quite a bit of work. Looks like there is still a lot of things to be done but it is sure a nice looking piece of equipment!

“So, some of the specs:

• 26″ Stainless bell jar, appears to be a Cha. The lower ring looks to have been added later and is held in place by clamps. The base has a rotary feedthrough for the shutter and a bunch of standard 1″ holes for other feedthroughs.
•​ Leybold XTC film thickness monitor and Airco crystal head
​• Lesker Ion Gauge Controller
​• Varian Extrion thermocouple gauge and system control panel
​• Varian 6″ Diffusion Pump
​• Leybold Ruvac WA-150 Roots Blower
​• Leybold D30AC Roughing pump
​• Water cooled evaporation transformer and control, control is homemade and transformer appears to be a varian.”


Vacuum System for Deposition

April 25, 2015

DIY Fuel Injector Tester

at 6:40 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


Fuel injectors are in all modern vehicles but you have probably not played with one since it is not a common replacement item. Jeremy Lang demonstrates his Fuel Injector Test system and shows off how an injector works. If you are interested in building your own Jeremy has made the build details available here (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lw8dl8vt7igtgxh/AADgvF_Ska-24dXnZktGyuZPa?dl=0).


Name the Thing Contest – 279

at 3:11 pm. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is a HMC5883L Triple Axis Compass Magnetometer Sensor so you can add some directionality to your next project. This contest will run for one week (April 25- May 1, 2015). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be 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 Dec 6, 2015

The item to guess was a Solenoid.

The winner is Tommy T.  (there were 148 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.




April 24, 2015

Arduino Mega based Speedometer and Tachometer

at 5:09 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks


Gravi Capa is building a great looking Arduino Mega based speedometer and tachometer. It is still a work in progress and hopefully Gravi shares all the build details when he is complete. You can see the display performing a self test above and a rev test below when he tied it into his Honda motorcycle. The LED based display should look great in all lighting conditions!


April 23, 2015

Dead Macbook Pro Logic Board Diagnosis

at 7:06 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


Louis Rossmann shows us how he troubleshoots a Dead Macbook Pro Logic Board. He goes deep into the diagnosis using his microscope and a nice big monitor to nicely view the schematic. You can tell that he has been through this circuit many times since it seems to be a familiar as the back of his hand. 

“Here I diagnose a board that has issues on PP3V42_G3H which caused issues with the MCP, whose clock circuit is powered by PP3V42_G3H! I go through my diagnostic process and mindset, and follow from beginning to end as I resolve the problem.”

April 22, 2015

DIY Mini Gimbal Project

at 11:40 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


There are quite a few camera gimbal projects around. They allow for smooth fluid video capture even when hand held or mounted to things like quad copters. You can purchase kits and fully assembled systems but by looking at a few and getting an idea of the basics you should have enough knowledge to build your own. 





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