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February 12, 2016

Glass Sculptor

at 3:24 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks


Making things out of glass can be very fast and efficient. Have a look at this video that shows how glass bottles are produced, after watching this you will appreciate how versatile glass is as a raw material. Jack Storms does things in a much different way, rather than melting and heating his art he creates by grinding and cutting. The video below is beautiful and reminds me of the build up of processes that are often seen in a silicon wafer.

Via: Make

“It wasn’t until later in life that Jack discovered his passions in contemporary art and graduated at age 30 from Plymouth State University with a BA in Art focusing primarily on studio production.  It was during his junior year there that he happened upon what would eventually become an entryway to his legacy, the studio of a glass artist that was close to his school where he was producing a phenomenally rare style of glass art work combining lead crystal and dichroic glass using a cold-glass process.  The process itself which required weeks and weeks to produce even one completed glass sculpture was incredibly intense and physically challenging, and the number of glass artisans working in this form of fine art could be counted on one hand. ”


February 9, 2016

Soft Robots

at 10:08 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment


When most people think of a robot it contains hard fixed parts that move with certainty and could cause some damage to things around it if there was a collision. These soft robots are the opposite of the type we featured in the past that humans could ride on, and if there was a bug in code have a bad day on. A soft robot has compliant pieces that can interact with people without danger of damage to the robot or person. At 2:40 you can see some promising applications in the medical field.

February 8, 2016

Lego Paper Airplane Maker

at 10:45 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


You can build some really cool stuff with LEGO. With enough gears and bendy bits you can make this Lego Paper Airplane Maker which can take some paper in one end and shoot our a paper airplane out of the other end. Arthur Sacek spent some quality time building this creation for Arrow.

Via: Gizmodo


February 7, 2016

Name the Thing Contest – 292

at 6:26 pm. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is a relay module to get your next project started. This contest will run for one week (Feb 7, 2016 – Feb 12, 2016). 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.

Below is a picture of the prize.


4 relay module






Automated Telemarketer Blackhole

at 2:52 pm. Filed under Funny Hacks


We all hate telemarketers and scammers. They often call us and have a script that they go through with a point of not taking no for an answer. It is very hard to nicely tell them that you are not interested. Lenny from Toao.net is an automated system that answers the phone and interacts in a plausible way as an elderly male. Next time you get a telemarketer call you why not transfer them over to Lenny at 1-347-514-7296, it looks like the line is taken down from time to time when prank callers abuse the line.

“The 99% are the telemarketers who don’t respect the Do Not Call List.  Or they purchase a copy of it, and market specifically to it.  Perhaps they’re exempt from respecting the DNCL, and they call people who are listed just because they can.  They run credit card or vacation scams.  They spoof their Caller ID so you think it’s your neighbour calling you.  They call at 9PM and wake your kids up.

For those telemarketers, there is Lenny.  Lenny is a hilarious set of very convincing recordings designed to fool telemarketers into thinking they’ve called a real person.”


February 6, 2016

Air Hockey Robot

at 4:54 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks


This project uses a vision system that looks for puck and determines the best location to move the mallet. The processor power is coming from a Intel MinnowBoard Max. Details and code can be found here if you would like to build your own.

“The goal of the this project was to prove out the real time properties of the IoT Core OS. We chose the air hockey table due to the requirements involved in tracking a moving object across a plane and responding appropriately. The robot uses a color blob tracking camera to detect the location of the puck on a table surface, and uses stepper motors to move a striker mallet to intercept the puck. Additional sensors help detect goals and the XY mallet position. All of these devices hook into a MinnowBoard Max, which is responsible for taking in puck position data and calculating motor movements in response.”



February 4, 2016

Novena Laptop Build

at 10:29 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


Novena is an open hardware computer by Bunnie that recently raised over $780,000 in a crowd funding campaign. The Ben Heck Show is building a custom computer around this platform. Everything is custom on this laptop build and no details are rushed including the difficult keyboard LED lighting.


  • Freescale iMX6 CPU — same footprint can support dual-lite and quad versions:
    • Quad-core Cortex A9 CPU with NEON FPU @ 1.2 GHz
    • Vivante GC2000 OpenGL ES2.0 GPU, 200Mtri/s, 1Gpix/s (*)
    • NDA-free datasheet [1] and programming manual
  • Internal ports & sensors:
    • mini PCI-express slot (for wifi, bluetooth, mobile data, etc.)
    • UIM slot for mPCIx mobile data cards
    • Dual-channel LVDS LCD connector with USB2.0 side-channel for a display-side camera
    • Resistive touchscreen controller (note: captouch displays typically come with an embedded controller)
    • 1.1W, 8-ohm internal speaker connectors
    • 2x USB2.0 internal connectors for keyboard and mouse/trackpad
    • Digital microphone (optional, not populated by default)
    • 3-axis accelerometer
    • 3x internal UART ports
  • Fun features:
    • 100 Mbit ethernet — dual Ethernet capability allows laptop to be used as an in-line packet filter or router
    • USB OTG — enables laptop to spoof/fuzz ethernet, serial, etc. over USB via gadget interface to other USB hosts
    • Utility serial EEPROM — for storing crash logs and other bits of handy data
    • Spartan-6 CSG324-packaged FPGA (PVT uses LX45: 43k logic cells, 6.8k slices, 54.5k ff, 401kb distributed RAM, 58 DSP48A, 2088kb block RAM) — has several interfaces to the CPU, including a 2Gbit/s (peak) RAM-like bus — for your bitcoin mining needs. Or whatever else you might want to toss in an FPGA.
    • High-speed I/O expansion header”






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