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April 7, 2014

USB SD Card that looks like a Apple II Floppy Drive

at 3:53 pm. Filed under Funny Hacks

USB SD Card that looks like a Apple II Floppy Drive


If you don’t look at the scale of the things around it you might think this drive was ripped out of some vintage gear. It is actually a fully functional USB SD card reader that looks just like an Apple II Floppy Drive.

“A typical USB SD card reader is boring. Why not show your retro affiliation with a Disk II styled reader? Modeled after the iconic Apple II floppy drive from 1978, the shell is 3D printed SLA, painted beige to match the original.”

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March 14, 2014

Voltage Testing Screwdriver Failure

at 11:51 pm. Filed under Funny Hacks


Have you ever used one of those neon screwdriver voltage testers? I haven’t seen them for a long time but I remember seeing one in a few tool boxes while growing up. I didn’t realize how dangerous they are if the voltage is more than it was designed for! For an interesting experimental test of an insulated screwdriver rated at 1000 V have a look at the 4:45 mark. What is your best guess at what voltage this German made high quality screwdriver will fail at?



February 27, 2014

iPhone Unlocks Door with the help of a Raspberry Pi a Wood Spoon and a Tea Cup

at 11:50 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Funny Hacks


Fabrizio Giordano used some items in his kitchen to allow him to remotely unlock his apartment door. When you are in an apartment you will quickly eat up your damage deposit if you start drilling holes for wires and screw things to the walls and doors. With a bit of tape and some wires hanging in some creative ways Fabrizio was able to mount his unlocking mechanism so that he can now use his phone to do some fancy remote unlocking. The taped on wooden spoon might look a bit unsightly but when you compare it to the professional method which usually involves cutting in a door strike into the frame of the door I think he selected the best method.

January 26, 2014

Coke Bottle Test Cheat

at 12:04 am. Filed under Funny Hacks



We have all been there. Cramming all the formulas for a test into your brain isn’t working, and of course this isn’t a real world scenario since in the real world you can use whatever reference materials you need to aid you in completing a task. In my opinion the real result is knowing how to solve problems with formulas, not necessarily the strict memorization of them. That being said please don’t complain when you are kicked out of school for cheating with your bottle of coke…


January 11, 2014

Crashed Ferrari Coffee Table

at 5:07 pm. Filed under Funny Hacks

Crashed Ferrari Coffee Table


When a Ferrari is crashed and squished into a small metal cube what good is it? Well Charly Molinelli of Molinelli Designs used some creativity to make it an amazing coffee table.

Via: TechEBlog


December 19, 2013

Microcontroller based Useless Machine

at 5:06 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks

 Microcontroller based Useless Machine  useless_machine_arduino_controlled


We have seen a bunch of useless machines in the past but this Microcontroller based Useless Machine is a lot more fun since unlike the original versions there are almost endless possibilities on what will happen when the switch is toggled. Rest assured the machine will turn it off, but how it will go about doing it will chance every time! With the clicks and knocks as it starts up and what seems to be a shy arm at other times is hilarious. An ATMGEGA 328P waits till an interrupt is fired when the switch is thrown and uses two servo motors to get the job of switching the switch back off. One servo can open the hatch and the other controls the arm that turns the box back off. Of course this switch isn’t controlling power to the project but rather just switching an input on the controller. I wonder if there was a decent sized capacitor onboard if the switch could actually turn off power and use the remaining charge to move the servos back to the default position before the power drained?



December 1, 2013

Toymail – Kid Communication Tool

at 9:16 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Funny Hacks

Toymail - Kid Communication Tool


Gauri Nanda, who is well known for her rolling alarm clock called Clocky has teamed up with her friend Audry Hill to build a new product called Toymail. It’s a fun way for people (parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc) to stay in contact with kids. The cute toy mailbox contains electronics which allows it to send messages back an forth to a smartphone app. If you hurry you can still get in on the Kickstarter.

“Our Mailmen™ have WIFI built in. Setting up your toy so that it can send and receive Toymail is as easy as downloading the Toymail app onto your phone. All software updates are wirelessly transmitted to your Mailmen.

Toy Features 

  • Five Toymail characters (and many more on paper that we’d like to bring to life!) 
  • Built-in WIFI that connects Mailmen to your home WIFI network in minutes 
  • Mailmen check for messages every several minutes 
  • Mailmen alert you of new messages with whines, whinnies, growls, and snorts 
  • Kids can reply to the last sender any number of times directly from their toy
  • These replies are stored in your Toymail app account
  • Mailmen are always on between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., ready to receive new messages”




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