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March 18, 2015

Eagle Films Flight From World’s Tallest Building

at 1:09 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks


Birds are amazing. We have recently seen quadcopters that are allowing us to take virtual flight but nothing can compare to what birds do naturally. Check out the world record flight of this eagle from the tallest building in the world. The short video is above and the full length one is below. When the eagle sees the handler and starts the dive he sure gets up some impressive speed!


March 17, 2015

DIY LED Display using WS2811 LED Strips

at 2:07 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you are looking to build a large low resolution screen stringing a bunch of WS2811 LED Strips together might be just the thing. ejunky66 shows us how you can make a cool flexible DIY LED Display using WS2811 LED Strips. The strips are stuck onto a plastic sheet, they are linked together in small grids that are then connected to the computer controlled interface. This panel won’t be cheap but can scale up much larger than your big screen TV and looks impressive from a distance. Nice thing is it can be rolled up or curved around surfaces. 


March 14, 2015

Custom DIY RFID Smart Lock

at 7:42 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


RFID technology has rapidly been getting cheaper and simpler for the DIY enthusiast to get into over the years. The video above uses a Raspberry Pi and doesn’t have build instructions but that doesn’t matter much. Any microcontroller can easily connect to the heart of the access system which is the actual RFID reader. An Arduino could be used instead, it could be made stand alone instead of network connected for a simple setup. Julian Ilett picked up one of these inexpensive RFID readers, it looks very impressive for the price. 


Name the Thing Contest – 273

at 5:05 pm. Filed under Contests



The prize this week is a ESP8266 Serial WIFI Wireless Transceiver Module so you can add WIFI to your next project. This contest will run for one week (Mar 14 – Mar 20, 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.

Below is a picture of the prize.




March 12, 2015

3D Scanning Using an xBox Kinect

at 6:06 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks


Hoffman Engineering shows us how to do some DIY 3D Scanning Using an xBox Kinect. The output of the process can then be used to print on a 3D printer. He is using the first generation xBox Kinect which can be found quite cheap used since the new version is now out. He is using the free version of Skanect to get the data in. The software uses all of the Kinect sensors to grab all of the data to render the full image by just moving the device around the object.

March 10, 2015

Crocs Drone Delivery system

at 9:24 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment

Crocs Drone Delivery system 


Crocs are comfy shoes but picking them out in the store might be a bit challenging. First you might have to walk through some aisles, then you might need to speak to a customer representative for your size. Until we can have Amazon drop your new pair of Crocs on your doorstep we can have a drone pick and drop your favorite selection to you. Of course this is not practical but does show some interesting concepts that will be common when this technology drops in price. 

Via: Engadget and IEEE Spectrum




March 9, 2015

Video Game Repairs

at 5:31 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Game Hacks


Video game play used to be an activity that was played in an arcade with a pocket full of quarters. There is still a huge following for these classic games. Thanks to the repair work that guys like arcadeuk do they will be kept running for years to come. It is interesting to see that there are lots of mods that improve things like the need for battery backups etc. I am glad that there isn’t the same nostalgia keeping 286 computers running!


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