December 29, 2010, 12:17 PM — 2010 has been a great year for homemade hacks and mods. Not content with rooting phones, modders took to all areas of tech to fiddle, from PC casemods, to farming aids, to clothing. Below are a few of GeekTech's favorite hacks from over the last year.
Star Trek Doors
If given the choice, even non-Star Trek fans would lust after these bedroom doors. The doors were created using PIC micro-controller, an air compressor and a door split in half, a door track, solenoid-operated valve, and various other pneumatic fittings. Rather than reaching out for a doorknob, just press a button and the doors will slide open and close slowly after a few seconds. Check out the video and get full instructions on Marc DeVidts' blog.
iPad Retro Gaming
The iPad also was the basis of a few nice hacks. There was the ChromePad, which allowed the Chrome OS to run on the iPad, as well as hacks that gave it Verizon connectivity and, yes, Windows 95 support--now that's mind-boggling. But one of the coolest was a hack that let you play retro games on the tablet, with a Wiimote no less. You did need a jailbroken iPad first but for a Nintendo emulator, it's worth it.
The Coffee-Powered Car
For a while now, scientists have been trying to work out ways to make cars run without the need for precious oil. Electricity, water and even cow dung have been explored to varying successes. So who would have thought coffee would get cars up and running in the morning? The car in question had been heavily modified in order to allow it to run on coffee for a British TV show. Although this would seem an efficient way for future cars to run, it needs very regular stops and drinks around 56 espressos per mile (and you thought you had a caffeine addiction...).