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November 27, 2015


at 1:00 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets



If you are looking for a compact development board that has more computing power than your Arduinos this might be the time to take the plunge into the Raspberry Pi world now that the RASPBERRY PI ZERO has been released. TheRaspberryPiGuy gives us the run down. They have made it much smaller, removed all of the larger components and some have been replaced with mini counterparts. If you blow it up during testing, no worries since it costs $5. Need something that will live in a project, again no worries since for this price there would be no need to scavenge for parts in old projects, just buy a new Pi.

“Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5. Zero is a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family, featuring:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
    • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD card slot
  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
    • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm”

November 26, 2015

Burglar Alarm Hacked to Interface with GSM Cell Network

at 12:48 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks


Ian Scott Johnston has a local only burglar alarm that he would like to be able to interface with remotely. He has hacked in an arduino with a GSM module to allow him to control the system via SMS text messages. The enclosure is large enough to house all of the additional modules that he needed. The built in regulator was a linear style which was swapped out with a switching style to keep the heat down with the additional load. The code isn’t available at this time due to security reasons but I am thinking Ian will release it as soon as he strips out his personal SMS number etc which is probably hard coded in the code.


November 25, 2015

Teledyne LeCroy Factory Tour

at 12:40 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


KF5OBS shares a tour of the Teledyne LeCroy Factory. Unlike a high volume electronic manufacturing like TV manufacturing this facility has stations where the equipment spends significant time. They can afford to do things this way since these are not built in the millions. It is interesting to hear that these scopes need to have an antivirus scan performed before it ships. Just like high end sports cars, many of these scopes are being built for a specific customer.

Via: Dangerous Prototypes



November 22, 2015

PCB vias made using Conductive Ink

at 11:46 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks


When you are making some prototype PCBs it is quite simple until you go double sided, now you need to potentially solder through hole components on both sides, stick small wires in each via and solder both sides or insert small rivets in the holes. DIYyouwhere is playing around with a method where they attach a brush to the drill so that they can electrically detect when the metal drill bit drills through the PCB and hits the bottom layer of the copper. As soon as it detects contact the bit is retracted. They now use a syringe of conductive ink to link the copper layers together by squirting some ink in each hole.


November 21, 2015

Name the Thing Contest – 288

at 10:59 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 (November 22 – November 27, 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 Headshell from Tone Arm (on a record player).

The winner is Benjamin C.  (there were 128 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.




Underground Bunker in Backyard

at 12:55 am. Filed under What Were They Thinking


If you are running out of room in your house most people would build an addition, build a room in the basement, re-purpose the garage or move. Colin Furze is not following the normal thinking here. He dug up the backyard of the house tossed in a ton of concrete and steel to make an underground bunker which is hidden from view from pesky neighbors. Watch the video above to get the tour of the bunker. The links below will take you though the build process.

Ep 1 https://youtu.be/8UKNajCgpEs
Ep 2 https://youtu.be/z8yiuJ9yFic
Ep 3 https://youtu.be/p1t7r3SKT2o
Ep 4 https://youtu.be/pR493Pee6Xo

November 17, 2015

HacKeyboard – Hacked Mechanical Keyboard

at 11:46 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

HacKeyboard - Hacked Mechanical Keyboard_3


So if you are looking for a neat keyboard mod I think you can take one or two of the ideas that you can see in the HacKeyboard and run with it. I really like the hidden USB storage drive which is mounted with a secret keyboard sequence. If the keyboard was just regular looking that would be very secure since who would think there was some secrets lurking inside this throw away peripheral. To jazz things up this version also has a key logger so you can see what secrets the users are hiding, there is also a USB hub for productivity and a light show to keep you entertained.




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