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November 16, 2007

Alan Parekh – Hacked Gadgets Author

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Alan Parekh is an electronic professional who has worked in many fields installing and developing electronic solutions to complex problems. His interests are also focused on software engineering and embedded systems development. Some of his electronic hobby projects and interests can be found at his personal site. Alan holds a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree and is a member of the Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba.

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94 Responses to “Alan Parekh – Hacked Gadgets Author”

  1. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Shariff,

    That project was featured here, click on the link in the article to see the author.

  2. Barry Slator Says:

    I am responsible for the functionality of a “talkback” circuit in a master control room in a radio station. The console operator needs to be able to push a button at the console and speak into a microphone, so the announcer in the booth can hear him/her in headphones. The announcer should also be able to do the same thing on their end. Do you have any suggestions?

  3. Telmo Says:

    Hey Alan. Really like your mini CNC, I also want to make one! I would like to know if it can be used to mill metal (Staneless Steel, and others), or is it only for wood? What program do you use to draw up the plans that the CNC will recieve?TurboCAD? Also, I can’t seem to find the electronical schematics, where are they?

    Thanks alot for the grea gadget.

    P.S – I’am also from Manitoba, like yourself.

  4. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Telmo,

    Actually the CNC was only featured here, there should be a link in the article with more details (if more details were available).Great to hear from a fellow Manitoban!

  5. Tolga Baskan Says:

    Hi, congrulations…all the projects are awesome…I want to learn how to make bluetooth controlled rc car….? do you have the project schematics or electronic plans…

    Thank you:)

  6. MIchael Wernsing Says:

    Hi Alen,
    I saw your project Sun tracker, could i make this or i have to buy? Can you give me more details regarding your project? I need it hardly for my sun-concentrator.
    If yes, can you send the programm to me?
    Your help will be highly appreciated.
    Best Regards

  7. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Tolga,

    Please see the link in the article, I think there was some additional details available.

  8. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Michale,

    I did see some sun trackers available but unfortunately we have none for sale.

  9. Mikulas Says:

    hy alan
    i have a big question.
    i saw 2 projects and i was wondering if u can tell me what are they using.

    Its a digital clock for scooters.
    and has this feautures.
    Show a LOGO.
    2 differnet temperatures
    shows the battery status
    an tachometer shows RPM
    and km/h whit sensor on the front wheel.

    Could u ple tell me how its made

    I know u are a greate mate and i beg u help me



  10. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Mikulas,

    Looks to be some sensors, a microcontroller and a display. Have a look here for an example that may help.

  11. Mikulas Says:

    thanks alan but im not that professional.
    what u say if i get my hands on one of those could we post on your website and make modifications to it? I mean continuing the project that guy has left.
    PS: i have the schematics and soft from that nice motorbike tail light from the Top 5 Brake Light Hacks.
    i could send them over


  12. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Mikulas,

    Sure, drop us a line using this form when your project is done and we can see about posting it.

  13. USB tape drive | IPnerd.com Says:

    […] Alan from Hacked Gadgets has a clever way of repurposing a video cassette tape. This is a great project, and he has a nice cave setup, too. His video shows what the project does, and he does a decent job explaining the reasons and theory behind the build. This project turns a old VHS Tape into a USB storage drive. It looks like a normal VHS cassette tape except for the USB cable that sticks out of the shell. All of the project guts are hiding in the areas around the clear windows so that when you have a quick look at the front of the tape all seems normal. When plugged into a computer the VHS Tape Storage Drive will act as a normal USB drive except when the drive is accessed the tape reel will turn and the windows will light up. This will keep at least one of my VHS tapes out of the landfill. […]

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  15. ShiniGami Says:

    The Wall-E robot was 1 of either 4 or 6. Forgot, friend was working on them, and didn’t pay much attention, was looking more at some pre-viz Avatar stuff they were doing for Cameron more. I could probably find out more, but you could probably find out the same with a google search.

    Dewa Mata

  16. Ron Says:

    Hi, allan P. can you send me the plan for your water balloon launcher?

  17. Mitch Says:

    I was just looking at your article about hacks for dead hard drives. Thanks for putting that up! There’s some fun things on there, but I just have one question. Where can you find dead hard drives? Do you have any ideas? Thanks again!

  18. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Mitch,

    Ask around, I am sure some of your friends have a 286 or 386 in the closet that is useless these days. You can also see some of the computer repair shops but they will be newer versions which may not be the best for all projects. There also seems to be lots of recycling places turning up to recycle e-waste, I am sure they would be happy to give away some of the drives if you are going to build something with them.

  19. KEITH Says:

    Hello Alan, i’ve seen the Skull Bike and i’d love to know more about it and it’s creator, any help you can give me regarding this awesome machine would be soooo appreciated!

    Keep up the work on a great site!

    Kind regards,


  20. Allan Says:

    Just wanted to say HG is a great site, and your work is tryely appricated. Much better than Hack-a-day (arduino-a-day)…

  21. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Keith,

    The creator of the skull bike us unknown as far as I know. By the way, if you or someone else knows some more details I would love to hear about it.

  22. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Allan,

    Glad to have you as a reader!

  23. OEN Says:


    i saw the artical on the furuta pendulum

    and there is this game wat i play with realy good physics engine … and some mod that enable you to programe a chip cald “expression2”

    with that we can do lots of thing you can do in real life
    but thats not wat im here for

    so i set up a challenged for the furuta pendulum
    to make that in the game

    so far people are interested in this

    here is the topic i made

    nice blog/forum


  24. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi OEN,

    Looks good, I see there is already a video demonstration up!

  25. Ramesh Pillai Says:

    Dear Mr.Alan,
    tried searching for a contact who can help me get the Detail(costing) for Philips lumalive textile, am planing to invest in this fabric for our event.
    will be of great help if alan sir can me me the link or email or phone of the contact person.
    waiting for reply
    ramesh pillai

  26. Rick Crammond Says:

    Hi Alan,

    Can you tell me more about how to post a picture in the forum? I’m having trouble with that!


  27. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Rick,

    I saw your post and fixed it. You need to put the URL of just the image on the page, highlight it and click the IMG button (which adds the IMG tags around it).

    The link you were using was to a page that contained the image. To get the actual image location just click on the image and select property.

    Thanks for entering the contest by the way!


  28. Ray Says:

    Hi Alan, I have been trying to locate the webcam rangefinder application but the links to the sites hosting it appear to be incorrect can you tell me where I might contact the developer and/or download the original application?

    Thankyou Ray

  29. Derek Says:

    Hey Awesome builds man, Any chance you have a more detailes on that Iron man laser? You should email me, Derek.memail@gmail.com

    Thanks and all the best


  30. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Derek,

    That project was just featured here. You can leave a comment for the creator within the comments of the article though and the creator should get back to you.


  31. prateek Says:

    hi alan !
    i am deeply interested in robotics and would like u to please tell me how to make a self balancing robot? i used atmel atmega8 for a line follower of mine will it work??
    also plz give me the circuit diagram…..

  32. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Prateek,

    There should be a link in the article.

  33. Fun with Your Kids This Summer: Try Hacked Gadgets from DIY Tech Blog « Moms Gone Geek Says:

    […] Pipe Water Bottle Launcher Written by: Alan Parekh at 10:23 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY […]

  34. Huge 8 Foot Tall R2D2 « SL4MM3R5 Says:

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  35. andrew t Says:

    dude you’ve made some very cool gadets, way to think outside the box!

  36. Fun with Your Kids This Summer: Try Hacked Gadgets from DIY Tech Blog « Moms Gone Geek Says:

    […] by: Alan Parekh at 10:23 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY […]

  37. Patrick Says:

    I liked the Wireless Doorbell into a Remote Control Relay Hack! I built one of them following your instructions and I have
    a few questions. How can I get the relay to latch on and stay on with the first press of the button and then turn off with
    a second press of the button? I don’t want the relay coil to be energized in between button presses in order to save the
    batteries. It should just be energized momentarily to latch on and then again to latch off. Do you have a circuit for that
    or can you show me how to use latching relays to accomplish this?

  38. DIY Fire Bell Alarm Clock - hack247 Says:

    […] Alan from hackedgadgets sent us this project which looks like something I could do with making, getting up in the morning has never been one of my strongpoints! […]

  39. avinash Says:

    hai………. i want to do this as my project…..please explain me in detail……..plz plz plz

  40. Terry Says:

    Hard Drive Platter Motorcycle: do you have plans on how to make this? VERY COOL
    DeLand FL

  41. Thevinh Says:

    Hi alan
    can you send full code of project Alarm Phone Dialer
    link site was crashed http://www.elektronika.ba/505/phone-call-alerter/
    mail quatimen2@gmail.com

  42. rock Says:

    Hey, Alan. I’ve made http://www.reddit.com/r/hackedgadgets and http://www.reddit.com/r/hackedgadgetsrss if you’re interested in participating there.

    I also run /r/gadgets.

  43. Jason Alvarez Says:

    Hello sir i found an IBM 3380 modual in its original packaging from 1982-83
    It is in great condition weighs 70 lbs its has the original RMA paperwork as well. I thought it was a motor at first im wondering what the value is nowaday for something im looking to sell it i just dont know whats fair

  44. leslie smith Says:

    Hi, Our neighbor is hacking our 4 surveillance cameras. First it was a laser attack. then it is a rainbow stripes led lights that shows in my cameras for a few seconds. What kind of led lights is this? I did research but could’n’t find on website. Thanks for your help

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