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July 1, 2011

DIY Time Lapse Camera Systems

at 5:08 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Top 5 and Top 10

SeamusTheTinker built this Time Lapse System using a Parallax microcontroller, VEX Robotic Design System pieces and a bunch of other various bits and pieces. In the end the rig is capable of taking some great growing plant pictures.

“The camera is a Casio QV8000-SX, using the built-in time-lapse mode.  The motor controller is based on a Parallax BASIC Stamp 2 OEM module that I had left over from a previous project. It uses a Scott Edwards Electronics 2×16 serial character LCD module with four button keypad for feedback and input.”

Brian Grabski built this DIY Curved Track Time-lapse Dolly which has a main structure made out of wood but since Brian is a woodworker the system is built very well. Watch the video below to get a peak of what is possible with this system.

“The time-lapse video dolly is electronically controlled, allowing the user to adjust both the speed and direction of which the dolly travels.  The dolly moves down pipe tracks at a rate of about 2′/hr.  It is equipped with an electronic kill switch that cuts the power to the 1 RPM gear motor when the dolly reaches the end of the elevated tracks.  This allows the user to set up the shot and leave without risking damage to the dolly and his equipment in the event the dolly overruns the length of the track.”




June 4, 2009

Top 10 WALL-E Hacks

at 5:25 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks, Game Hacks, Insane Equipment, Top 5 and Top 10, Toy Hacks, What Were They Thinking


It has been almost a year now since the Disney movie WALL-E was released, Hacked Gadgets featured some mods that were made but there has been a huge WALL-E following and countless hours spent making case mods, reproduction robots and other hacks. Thanks to the huge WALL-E mod community for the interesting creations, if you only have time to look at one hack scroll down to the bottom and look at #1 you will be amazed! I couldn’t find any build details on the above video, I think that it was created for Disney to promote the movie but if you have some additional information I would love to hear about it.



10. WALL-E Laptop


This video shows the amazing process of turning a normal looking laptop into a WALL-E Laptop. The airbrushing technique is wonderful.





From far this WALL-E build looks like the toy you can get from the store, it isn’t until you look closely that you can see it is all LEGO!

"A few months ago, I decided to build Wall-E, from the Disney movie that is just around the corner. Meant for a display in July, I finally was able to focus on the model and build it within three weeks – with lots of down time. Wall-E uses 2 Power functions IR controllers, so he can move and move his neck up and down. Also, his arms are on ball joints, so while not motorized, they can be posed. A mount is on the side for the arms to rest, but can be replaced with grill plates to be more accurate."



August 3, 2007

Top 5 Brake Light Hacks

at 5:07 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Top 5 and Top 10

I am not sure how legal these break light and tail light hacks are but they sure look great. Check with your local police department before installing this type of equipment, or install a switch to go from stock to cool.



“My 98 Mitsubishi Eclipse LED taillight conversion with 7-segment sequential turn signals and sequential brake lights. All custom built.”



Sequential tail lights on an Impala.


May 5, 2007

Top 5 Airsoft Hacks

at 6:33 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, Top 5 and Top 10, Toy Hacks

This Vex Robot has been equipped with an airsoft gun for self defense. Click here to read more about Vex.

RC and airsoft is a good combination, have a look at this cool rolling gun platform.

“RC toys are always fun, especially when you can add weapons…
I was given this RC car for christmas, and it came with a switch on the remote for lights you could turn on. I tore off the body and clipped the wires to the lights. It turns out they put out a nice 10v signal. I quickly grabbed my tiny breadboard and using its adhesive, glued it to the RC car ( there was a perfect plateau to fit it on). Then I headed to dunhams and bought the cheapest electric airsoft gun (25$) and attacked it with my dremel… With a 6v DC relay I put it all together and oila, a sweet RC car with a fully automatic weapons turret! ”



April 6, 2007

5 Strange Japanese Robots

at 5:15 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, Funny Hacks, Insane Equipment, Top 5 and Top 10, What Were They Thinking

Floor Cleaning Robot / DVD Projection System

We have all seen strange combination products in the past but I would have never thought I would ever see a robot that will clean your floor then play your favorite DVD movie. If you have $85,000 dollars to spare this robot could be yours.

“Floor-cleaning DVD player
Yoichi Takamoto, president of Japanese robot manufacturer Tmsuk, unveils a new guide and floor-cleaning robot, the RIDC-01, at a press preview in Tokyo yesterday. The robot can recognize human voices and is also equipped with a projector on its head, on which it can display DVD movies or information. It is 1.3m tall and weighs 100kg, and carries a ?10 million (US$85,000) price tag. ”

Via: Japundit


Robot Guard / Fire Fighter

This multi talented robot will roam around keeping the peace, if it sees a fire it can also put it out. By the looks of it when it has done its work for the day you could surf the net using the huge LCD panel that is built into its chest.



March 12, 2007

5 Cool Self Balancing Skateboards

at 11:42 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, Top 5 and Top 10

Balancing One-Wheeled Scooter


“It’s very similar to a snowboard to ride, requiring no user input other than the movement of your body mass. Leaning forwards and backwards controls the velocity and moving your weight from heal to toe controls the turn radius. It’s easy and very intuitive to ride.

The main controller is a PIC16F876A running at 20mHz. Pitch angle feedback is provided by an ADXRS300 Rate Gyro and a ADXL202 dual axis accelerometer from Analog Devices. The gyro signal is integrated and mixed with 0.5% of the gravity signal from the accelerometers (this corrects for drift). There’s a better way to do this – it’s called a Kalman Filter and is one of the next improvements I’ll make to the control.”


January 27, 2007

Top 5 Coil Guns

at 5:20 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, Top 5 and Top 10

Here is a list of 5 cool coil guns, either one would be fun to try out. Remember that coil guns can be dangerous, if you build one and shoot out your eye don’t say you weren’t warned.


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