Fubarino Contest: A Shifter With An Easter Egg


A few months years ago [Wes] shared a project of his on the Hackaday Forums (yes, we do have a forum and you should check it out). He created a shifter for some sim racing, greatly improving on any system that uses a keyboard.

The shifter is made out of some scrap wood, a cutting board cut with an H-gate shape, and a few arcade microswitches. A giant bolt locks into a few cabinet clasps for each gear position, and the set of microswitches connected to a USB game pad tell [Wes's] virtual car what gear he should be in.

It’s a great build, but because this is an entry for our Fubarino contest, [Wes] needed to put an easter egg with the Hackaday URL in there somewhere. To solve this problem, [Wes] upgraded the electronics with a Teensy 2.0. When the gears are shifted into 1st, 3rd, 3rd, and 7th, the Teensy blinks the URL in Morse and opens up a web browser that loads up Hackaday.

Not only is it a great build, it’s also a very, very subtle easter egg for our favorite website. Demo of the egg below.

This is an entry in the Fubarino Contest. Submit your entry before 12/19/13 for a chance at one of the 20 Fubarino SD boards which Microchip has put up as prizes!


  1. Alex says:

    Is the cabinet clasp a common part of home-made gear shift mechanisms, or was that Wes’s own ingenuity? Either way that is a pretty clever idea. Looks like the whole build is pretty simple and effective.

    • dALE says:

      It is a clever design.

    • AndreRomao says:

      He mentions in the write up that he got the idea from someone else on a forum, but it’s still a really clever idea :) The funny part is, I bought a few of those exact same clasps from Home Depot about 4 years ago, but I never got around to building a shifter (I bought a real race car right around that time and stopped sim racing, pretty much..). I can’t remember, but I either read the same post he did and got the idea from that, or I might have made the post myself! This is awesome, either way, I’m glad it seems to work really well!

  2. bob says:

    Months? The post on the forum was from 2011, and it was featured on the website around the same time.


    It still is a cool hack, but these over sights happen all to much.

  3. Polaczek says:

    Useless comment here, but he sure loves his DeWalt. I’ve starting buying more DeWalt stuff recently too, seems to be decent enough quality. But I am a wired guy, not cordless for me.

  4. Simon says:

    That’s a nice shifter, and smartly made. I presume the upper template could be replaced or further restricted to limit number of gears.

    He mentions two modes of operation (H-box and sequential), but not how the ‘grips’ are disabled. How about making the yoke (with grips) rotate by 90′ to prevent them gripping?

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