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Robotic EV Charger by PowerHydrant

  In the near future when autonomous vehicles are buzzing around they will need to have some method of charging themselves. ARMdevices.net interviewed Kevin Leary from Power Hydrant who has a solution to this issue. With this system an elect...
by Hacked Gadgets on Dec 18, 2016

Super Secure 4 Factor Lock Box Project

      Adarsh Jayakumar, Timon Amirani and Cameron Boroumand developed a Super Secure 4 Factor Lock Box Project for their Cornell University ECE 4760 final project. It uses a typed code, 3 pots set to a specific value, a knock senso...
by Hacked Gadgets on Dec 12, 2016

CVT Transmission Basics

  Engineering Explained goes into some details about how CVT Transmissions work. Love them or hate them it is an interesting piece of tech.   “A continuously variable transmission (CVT) (also known as a single-speed transmission, step...
by Hacked Gadgets on Sep 3, 2016

Cheap DIY CNC Build

  NYC CNC has built a CNC machine that is accurate and made from inexpensive parts.   “Products used in the video: GRBL Alternative for Arduino CNC: http://amzn.to/1C4KZxt Dial Indicator: http://amzn.to/1DuvGQC Indicator with Mag Base...
by Hacked Gadgets on Aug 25, 2016

Waveform Generator Record Player

  When you need a Waveform Generator but just have a Record Player the obvious solution is to create a Waveform Generator Record Player.  This creation uses a 3D printed head for the record player arm and has some simple optics mounted. Simil...
by Hacked Gadgets on Aug 20, 2016

Tesla Gigafactory Tour

    The Tesla Gigafactory is still being built. It is huge but the building will be much larger when completed. Tesla and Panasonic are in a joint venture in this building. Full production is slated for 2018. Full production will be 500,000...
by Hacked Gadgets on Aug 6, 2016

DIY Circular Stepper Motor Clock

    Looking for a clock build? This DIY Circular Stepper Motor Clock looks like fun and the parts would be very inexpensive.   “The idea behind the clock is a circle with a circumference of 72cm (28.3465 inch’s) that ticks...
by Hacked Gadgets on Jul 25, 2016

SwagBot is Herding Australian Cattle

  Automating crop harvesting is one farming duty that robotics is good at but dealing with animals that are lose in a field is another story. The SwagBot is a robot that will soon be tending to the animals in the field. Via: IEEE Spectrum “...
by Hacked Gadgets on Jul 19, 2016

Monoprice MP Mini 3D Printer

  This might be the time to jump onto the 3D printer bandwagon. The place that provides cheap good quality cables looks to now be the place to pick up a cheap and reliable 3D printer. At $200 it has some features that you wouldn’t expect t...
by Hacked Gadgets on Jul 8, 2016

DIY Smart Glasses

  HARRIS’ ELECTRONICS is developing a prototype set of Smart Glasses. This is not an easy task! You can read about the development challenges here. Thanks for the tip James. “The glasses themselves are based around an STM32F051K8 mic...
by Hacked Gadgets on Jun 26, 2016

Custom Word Clock

  Jeremy Blum built this Custom Word Clock. It has lots of non electronic parts such as the great looking case. Good thing Jeremy is no longer at Google and is now working at Shaper with use of a wood working shop. We have seen lots of word cloc...
by Hacked Gadgets on Jun 17, 2016

Water Droplets Captured using a High Speed Camera Rig

    Check out these Water Droplets Captured using a High Speed Camera Rig. This system uses an Arduino to activate a solenoid, the solenoid releases a drop from a water container mounted at a specific distance above the table. The water fa...
by Hacked Gadgets on Jun 12, 2016

Introduction to Analog to Digital Conversion (ADC)

  Bil Herd goes through a great Introduction to Analog to Digital Conversion. These days it is very simple to grab an analog reading and use it with a microcontroller with ease. This is because modern microcontrollers often have one or many ADC...
by Hacked Gadgets on Jun 7, 2016

IOT Long Runtime

    With the adoption of IOT long runtime on battery power is something that is a huge concern. We don’t mind charging our smartphones daily but if we have a dozen IOT devices in our home we would like them to be invisible and just op...
by Hacked Gadgets on May 28, 2016

Huge Welder, High Current Tester

  John Ward shows us his new test device. Not exactly a bench mounted piece of gear! This Oil Filled Oxford Welder can be used in cases where you need to pump out some serious current, this is ideal to test to destruction items such as wires,...
by Hacked Gadgets on May 25, 2016

Check Out This Awesome Beat Making Machine

This awesome looking analog beatmaker machine was created by artist Koka Nikoladze. He calls these machines ‘Koka’s Beat Machines’. Nikoladze is a violinist and composer, as well as a technologist, and combines these skills togethe...
by Gadgetzz on May 24, 2016

Spring 2016 Cornell University ECE 5760 Advanced Microcontrollers Final Projects

  It is that time again! There is a new batch of Cornell University ECE 5760 Advanced Microcontrollers Final Projects. If you have done any PID work in the past the FPGA controlled Magnetic Levitation by Gautham Ponnu, Ryan Land, Nathan Spallo...
by Hacked Gadgets on May 22, 2016

Bike2 – Chainless Electric Bicycle

  Interesting concept, lots of the bikes we see today are mechanical bikes first with some add on electronics and motors that make them electric assisted. The motors are normally hub motors that are mounted within the wheel(s). The electronics c...
by Hacked Gadgets on May 7, 2016

Digital Caliper Data Plug Build

  Bob over at Making Stuff didn’t want to purchase an expensive cable for his digital calipers, instead he decided to build it. A small 3D printed grooved part with a few connected wires is all that is needed to connect to the data output...
by Hacked Gadgets on May 6, 2016

Laser Transmits Audio Over 100m

  If you are looking to send some data or some audio over a fairly long distance wirelessly you can have a look at this very cheap solution if line of site will work. Iforce2d is using a very inexpensive laser diode and receiver to get the job...
by Hacked Gadgets on May 2, 2016


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