Archive for the 'gadgets' Category

Windows 3.1 on a Nokia N95

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

It would appear our Polish friends are beating us on the Archaic-versions-of-Windows-on-mobile-devices front. This fellow used the Symbian version of DOSbox to get a full Windows 3.1 desktop running on an N95. While this may not be the most useful hack in the world, it does bring back memories of many hours of my childhood […]

Xbox 360 Portable

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Ben Heckendorn has released his latest luggable console: the Xbox 360 Portable. It boasts an internal hard drive, built-in Wi-Fi and camera, and an abundance of brushed aluminum. I always enjoy Ben’s awesome console mods. via hack-a-day

Computer-controlled Ambient Orb

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Ambient orbs can be used to display all sorts of information, such as new email or voicemail, the weather forecast, and a number of other items. This one is based on an ATmega8 and can be controlled via serial communication. Includes a simple python script for controlling the color of the orb. via Embedded Projects

VGA to USB Power Adapter

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

gmgfarrand posted this Instructable on how to create a VGA to USB charging adapter. It’s great for those whose netbooks only have two or three USB ports, and would like to charge a cell phone or iPod without tying up a port. Only requires a few bucks worth of parts and some soldering skills. via […]

Analog MIDI Drum Machine

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

R. Scott from quiet_channel built a midi-controlled analog drum machine inside an old recipe card box. He took the rhythm secion from an old Farfisa organ and built a power supply for it. After adding pots to control the volume, he added a midi decoder kit from Highly Liquid to trigger seven drum sounds and […]

Slot Loading Xbox 360

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Xbox hacker [rdc] has spent many valuable hours converting his Xbox 360 to a slot loading system, similar to that found on the Wii. It uses the slot drive from an iMac G3 with a little bit of hacker magic sprinkled here and there to make everything work the way it should. Hopefully he won’t […]

Hall Effect Levitating Magnet

Monday, November 24th, 2008

This levitating magnet uses Hall effect sensors and a microcontroller to adjust the strength of the electromagnetic field. This happens so quickly that the magnet seems to just hover there. Google translated project page via Hacked Gadgets

QWERTY Keytar

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Are you tired of having your attempts to bring back the 80s thwarted by your ever-diminishing bank account and inability to locate authentic instruments? Breakcore musician and European geek Droon has bypassed both of these issues by gigging with a home-made QWERTY keytar, which actually proves to be an effective tool for managing loop-based software […]

Applause Machine

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

The Applause Machine was created by British artist Martin Smith. It produces applause at the touch of a button, “for when your ideas are great, but no one else agrees.” Available in five designer colors. This would also be interesting to hook up to a hit counter for your website. via Gizmodo