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January 11, 2015

Name the Thing Contest – 265

at 7:01 pm. Filed under Contests

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The prize this week is a wireless transmitter for your next project. This contest will run for one week (Jan 11- 16, 2015). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for. Don’t need a make or model, just what what the thing is 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.

 

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PCB Printer

at 6:32 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

PCB Printer

 

You thought that the new ease of getting cheap prototype PCBs made from companies like Seeed was revolutionary, how about a cheap machine that can allow you to print it at home? Looks like Voltera could help speed up prototyping (at least for SMD boards).

Via: Adafruit and Make

 

“Circuit Board Printer

Print dual layer PCBs on FR4 with 10mil space/trace. Our 20mΩ/sq sheet resistance and conventional soldering makes prototyping a breeze

 Solder Paste Dispenser

Forget stencils. Pop your board in and dispense solder paste onto printed OR traditionally fabbed boards

 Reflow Capabilities

With a 550W heater watch your components reflow and skip the hassle of hand soldering altogether.”

 


January 9, 2015

Nokia 3310 Phone Multimeter

at 8:49 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks

 Nokia 3310 Phone Multimeter_2

 

If you thought your old phone in your junk drawer was just good for making calls think again. Check out this Nokia 3310 Phone Multimeter that Mastro Gippo built! It does graphing of voltage and currents, has an ohmmeter and a continuity tester. There are also a ton of other fun features that should have been in place on this phone when it was originally released. 

 

Nokia 3310 Phone Multimeter


January 8, 2015

Wavetek 1045 RF Power Meter Teardown – A Look into 80 Tech Gear

at 8:04 pm. Filed under Teardown

Wavetek 1045 RF Power Meter Teardown - A Look into 80 Tech Gear

 

Easiest way to take a step back in time is to crack open the top of some old tech gear. Kerry Wong got a Wavetek 1045 RF Power Meter from eBay and cracked it open. It was built in the 80’s. I love how far everything is spaced out and that it looks to be built with serviceability in mind. 

Via: Dangerous Prototypes

“All boards are double sided and components are mounted on a single side only (common practice for through hole components placement). After removing the side panel, each board can be taken out by pulling the two tabs on the board. The two boards that are visible from the top are the control board (A1) and the IEEE interface board (A11).”

January 7, 2015

Roost – Smart Battery

at 8:46 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

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Everything is getting “smarter”, how many things are now “connected”? You can add the simple 9 volt battery to the list of connected devices. The Roost is a wifi connected battery that is the same form factor as a 9 volt battery, it connects to your wifi router in your home to allow it to send out notifications. It has the ability to let you know when the battery is low and also when the smoke detector is going off. Since this device is simply able to be inserted in your existing smoke alarms I am thinking that it must be looking for a current draw change when the smoke alarm is in alarm (making noise).

 


Beer Pong Robot

at 6:36 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment

 

When you have a look at this Beer Pong Robot video by Empire Robotics you can see that some cool engineering went into making this robot very accurate (or a ton of takes were taken). The green thing on the end of the arm is what Empire makes, it is an ingenious mechanism for gripping items.

Via: Geeks are Sexy and Gizmodo

“The core principle behind VERSABALL is the jamming phase transition of granular materials. The green ball is filled with a sand like material. When air is pumped into the ball, the ball softens. The ball is then pushed against the target object. Pulling air out of the ball jams the sand like material together, causing the ball to harden. This transition from soft to hard creates the gripping forces.”

January 3, 2015

Name the Thing Contest – 264

at 5:06 pm. Filed under Contests

guess_this_264

 

The prize this week is a wireless transmitter for your next project. This contest will run for one week (Jan 3- 9, 2015). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for. Don’t need a make or model, just what what the thing is 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.

 

guess-vert

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