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Category: Hacks + Mods

Minddrive: a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram-powered Electric Car

Minddrive: a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram-powered Electric Car

Minddrive is a non-profit program in Kansas City, in which students have designed an interactive car-powered by social media. This car is powered through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.…

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Ardumower: The Lazy Man’s Lawnmower

Ardumower: The Lazy Man’s Lawnmower

Some students at the LeCroy Career Technical Center have created an automated lawn mower for a national robotics competition. I say they just didn’t want to mow the lawn anymore. But no matter the reason, they…

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LEGO & Sony Make Bricks with Embedded Technology: Mindstorms EV4?

LEGO & Sony Make Bricks with Embedded Technology: Mindstorms EV4?

The Mindstorms line already makes it possible to create robots, machines and other moving and highly interactive toys out of LEGO. But the company isn’t resting on its laurels. Recently LEGO teamed up with Sony to…

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Airfield LED Kit for Pinball Playfields: Flippin’ Awesome

Airfield LED Kit for Pinball Playfields: Flippin’ Awesome

Thanks to videogames, pinball has been relegated to a niche. But it still has its fans, some so addicted to the machines that they hang entire pinball playfields on their walls as decoration. Jeremy Williams and…

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Bleep Drum Kit: I Don’t Wanna Work, I Just Want to Bleep on the Drum All Day

Bleep Drum Kit: I Don’t Wanna Work, I Just Want to Bleep on the Drum All Day

Back in the 1980s, I always wanted a set of those Simmons electronic drums – not because I had any idea how to play percussion, but because they just looked cool and geeky. Of course, now…

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High School Student Builds Own Submarine

High School Student Builds Own Submarine

Justin Beckerman, an 18-year-old student at Mendham High School in New Jersey has built himself a fully-functional one-man submarine. Yes, it actually works! He has taken it up to six feet underwater. Justin has been building…

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Self-destructing Laptop Hack: Recovery Impossible

Self-destructing Laptop Hack: Recovery Impossible

Growing up, Hack A Day’s Caleb Kraft loved the James Bond movies. But he didn’t idolize 007. Kraft looked up to the guy who provided Bond with high tech and fortuitously plot-relevant gizmos: the Quartermaster, aka…

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Engagement Ring with LEDs: You Light Up My Life. And Finger.

Engagement Ring with LEDs: You Light Up My Life. And Finger.

We’ve seen a ring box that lights up, but this one’s even better. Engineer/jeweler/lover Ben Kokes made an engagement ring with LEDs for his now fiancé Julie. As if making an engagement ring wasn’t awesome enough,…

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Seashell iPhone Passive Speakers: Shellphone

Seashell iPhone Passive Speakers: Shellphone

Thanks to the pathetic speakers on iOS devices, we’ve seen many types of passive speakers come about. A sub-type of these passive speakers are ones that repurpose other items. We’ve seen one made from an old…

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Functional Trash Compactor Replica: Proto Wall-E

Functional Trash Compactor Replica: Proto Wall-E

Most of the replicas I’ve seen are of robots, vehicles and weapons. The inspiration behind Darius Bode’s creations is a lot humbler than that. But it’s one that is quite intriguing when you see it in…

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Cylon Jeep, or KITT’s Long Lost Cousin?

Cylon Jeep, or KITT’s Long Lost Cousin?

One of the things you learn in the world of geekdom is that any time you slap some horizontally-chasing red LEDs into something, it’s instantly transformed into Cylon technology. But I always thought if you did…

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Glowing Star Chuck Taylor Mod Complements Your Converse

Glowing Star Chuck Taylor Mod Complements Your Converse

The simple design of Converse Chuck Taylors make them timeless. It also makes them a tad plain and boring. Adafruit’s mod will make your Chuck Taylors stand out by making the logo on the shoes light…

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Skittles Sorting Machine 3 Sorts Other Types of Candy, Needs Its Name Sorted Out

Skittles Sorting Machine 3 Sorts Other Types of Candy, Needs Its Name Sorted Out

Last year we found out about Brian Egenriether’s pet project – a machine that automatically separates Skittles by color. It’s fun to watch it work, but ultimately it was a novelty invention because it went about…

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Ex-cop Builds a Robot, Surprisingly Not Robocop

Ex-cop Builds a Robot, Surprisingly Not Robocop

When you retire, you have to keep busy. Otherwise life could get pretty boring. Mark Haygood retired as a Baltimore police officer after two decades and now he keeps himself busy building robots – robots made…

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Grand Theft Auto IV Millennium Falcon Mod: Does the Liberty City Run in 12 Parsecs

Grand Theft Auto IV Millennium Falcon Mod: Does the Liberty City Run in 12 Parsecs

Forget the streets of Grand Theft Auto IV, this Millenium Falcon mod will let you take to the skies and… What the hell? Do you see what I see? Chewie, you overgrown furball! You put her…

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NES-themed Arcade Cabinet: Forward Compatibility

NES-themed Arcade Cabinet: Forward Compatibility

It may not be the best arcade cabinet ever, but Redditor mystery_smelly_feet’s arcade cabinet is no slouch either; especially since he made it with his own two hands. Unless of course he has six hands, in…

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