the punchable alarm clock

Punch Me Alarm Clock

my kinda hack right here which im sure many of you can relate to. this alarm clock is not just an alarm clock. it is one that is scared. scared of shock. thus, if you punch, kick, chuck a dremel at it when the alarm goes off, it will remain quiet. this is no simple hack mind you, but it’s not too hard if you can solder onto a pcb board and read hand-made plans just fine. a little more soldering and you’re done! you can now kick you alarm clock at will to make it snooze. you snooze, alarm clock = lose. very nice hack [mr. hackadayfan]

i highly reccomend checking out the “greatest hits volume 2” video. lots of laughs.

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hackaday lazy afternoons

Lazy Afternoons

back again with the insanely unofficial hackaday lazy afternoons! i’ve decided the following:

lazy afternoons will happen three two times a week. wednesday and friday.
hackaday links will also be back. on mondays only. mondays because that gives all you beautiful people out there time to email me some great stuff over the weekend for both links and lazy afternoons. and if you want to get your stuff on here faster, include either of the following in the subject line when sending us an email:

lazy afternoons: lazy afternoons – blah blah blah
hackaday links: hackaday links – blah blah blah

got it hotshot? good. on with the lazy afternoon, which today, is going to be especially lazy. normally, they will be easy to do hacks, or once in awhile, something just outright lazy.

the S.S. More Powerful Than Spiderman, Batman, Superman, and the
Incredible Hulk Put Together
by [big al]
Cardboard Box Boat
we got the challenge in our email to “make a cardboard box boat that rivals ours”. thanks, but no thanks. maybe one day we’ll make an urban one for west philadelphia, but we really have nowhere to use it or try it out. but, if our readers to, we ask that you try it. because this is just lazy. it’s not only a cardboard boat. it’s a real one you can use. you can paddle it, stand in it, lay around in it. whatever. there’s no website, but by looking at some pictures you can see that it’s not too hard to make with glue, duct tape, and cardboard boxes.

that being said. go forth and make cardboard boats. next monday we’ll be back, in the hammock, with another lazy afternoon.

lazy update:
our reader eirik went and made a coin ring out of a Norwegian 5 kroner (which is about 3 mm larger than an American quarter). check out the pics! goes to show that you can be a popular rap star/hacker.

ring 1
ring 2

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tv-b-gone now b a cellphone


Allright, we all should know about the handy device that came out awhile back called tv-b-gone and how it shuts off tv’s by holding down a button. problem is, it’s pretty easy to spot if you’re an awesome best buy security guard wearing that coveted yellow shirt, so you’re risking revealing yourself somewhat by using it. however, if you were to say, disguise it completely as a cellphone by totally redoing the whole thing, then you may be able to casually stroll by those TVs while “chatting on the cellie” and get out alive.

by alive we mean casually strolling out of best buy or an electronics store. very impressive idea here.

thanks [AJ]

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the poor man’s segway

Skate Segway

Well, maybe it’s not entirely a Segway, but it’s the right idea. these ubc students went and drew up the plans for a skateboard based segway-like vehicle. they dubbed it “emanual” after the skateboard trick called the manual (come on, you at least played tony hawk for playstation right?). they awesome part is that it works. took a few years, but hey, good things take time. it uses electronic tilt sensors to keep you from falling over and has it’s own control system.

thanks [DBS]

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coin to bling conversion

Coin Ring

now this is truely going beyond the boundries of hacking. to even conjure up this kind of hack is not only awesome, but technically illegal because you can’t destroy money here in the USA. Well if you’re willing to risk breaking that law (we sure are) and you’ve got a silver dollar handy (or a quarter works we’ve gotten emails about). you just basically, bend the coin inward, polish the outside like a ring, then hollow out the inside to fit your finger.

thanks [AJ] and to all readers for letting us know how to identify currency <3

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hackaday lazy afternoons

Lazy Afternoons

ok this is totally unofficial and spur of the moment, but let me explain this tomfoolery.

since i started writing for hackaday and jason has become a father full time (congratulations so much by the way), it’s been a very interesting transition for me and i’m loving all you readers more and more. the tips and comments (good or bad) i truely appreciate and it shows that whether you love or hate the hack of the day, you’re here for good fun hacks.

so…we’re going to try this whole “lazy afternoons” thing. basically, you send in your hack, and during the afternoon, i check my gmail, see what’s up, find an interesting and (here’s the important part) easy to make hack, and post your hack up here for all hackaday readers to try out for themselves. not everyone can afford $600 for an android head, let alone know how to solder even sometimes. that’s ok. the important part is that you’re interested. so i present to you:

the world’s simplest FM radio jammer sent in by [megabite1]
FM Radio Jammer
we’ve all been there before. maybe we’ve even been guilty of it, but there will always be that person with the radio blasting unwanted music at a time that is not convienient for us. don’t get me wrong here, i don’t mind the occasional Run DMC “hard times” at 2am, but sometimes I need that sleep. so with a 100mhz crystal oscillator and a piece of wire acting as an antenna stuck in it, you can properly jam all 100mhz FM stations and apparently possibly the whole FM band. he says these are a bit hard to find, but dig around or try a place like mouser for one. either way, it’s good for some temporary relief when you need peace and quiet.

so until next time hackers, enjoy your lazy afternoon and keep sending in hacks. we love ’em. no worries, hackaday links will return soon.

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