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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!


March 8, 2015

PCB Case

at 6:22 am. Filed under DIY Hacks

PCB Case_3


When you design a PCB you have lots of ability to route the edges and internal shapes the way you want. Why not use the same material that is used for the circuit board for the actual case? FR4 PCBs are thin, strong, silk screened, have smooth edges, can have very precise holes drilled anywhere you like. These are all good qualities to have for case design. This is the reason ElectroDacus decided to make his Solar BMS (Solar Battery Management System) like this. If you are interested in the product there is a Kickstarter for it with lots of time left and good traction.  

Via: EEVBlog Forum.


PCB Case 


PCB Case_2 

March 7, 2015

Name the Thing Contest – 272

at 2:50 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 7 – Mar 13, 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.




Fly Swatter Compact Fluorescent Light Hack

at 2:25 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Fly Swatter Compact Fluorescent Light Hack


If you have one of those electronic fly swatters kicking around you might want to hack it into a cool looking light. Steven from RimStar has just completed his Fly Swatter Compact Fluorescent Light Hack. The fly swatter is powered from 3 volts (2 AA batteries). The circuit produces a high voltage that electrifies a grid which the fly will short out through his body. The grid is removed and the circuit is modified slightly to optimize it for use with a CFL bulb.



Fly Swatter Compact Fluorescent Light Hack_2

March 6, 2015

Auto Tracking Camera Build

at 5:01 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Ben Heck shows us how you can be a one man video recording machine. Don’t you hate it when you need to reposition the camera for multiple shots. Using a PIXY he was able to make a system that will look for a certain color and then reposition the camera for the perfect shot. Ben makes good use out of his 3D printer to make many of the parts for the system. I have never heard of the acetone method that Ben uses to make the 3D parts stronger, it allows the printed layers to bond beter.



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