The April Fool’s episode, Screaming Altoids!

Here it is the very first project just in time for April Fool’s day!

I call this one “Screaming Altoids”. It’s a simple 555 timer oscillator put inside an Altoids tin. When the unsuspecting consumer of said Altoids opens the tin, WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it emits a loud squealing sound that’s quite annoying!

The parts list is pretty minimal on this project. It’s a fun and easy build so hack one together!

1 – Altoids tin
1 – 555 Timer chip
2 – 100 ohm resistors
1 – 2.2 mF electrolytic capacitor
1 – 100 mF electrolytic capacitor
1 – 9 volt battery
1 – 9 volt battery clip
1 – micro switch
1 – tiny speaker
Some fine hook up wire.

Here’s the schematic and a pic:


Finished project

The video:

First Hack is Built

Yawn! Monday morning…. got the coffee in front of me getting this busy week started.
This is moving week! Yes that’s right, at the same time that I start a big project like this I decide to move! Actually it just kind of worked out that way. The people I rent from informed me that they had another place vacant two miles away from here for a bit more per month. The cool part is, it has a three bay garage attached! Perfect place to set up a new shop! So, since I knew I’d be busy packing and such this week, I spent yesterday building the first project.

It involves a 555 timer, a speaker, a vibrating phone motor and a tin full of Altoids! I need to shoot some more video then edit it into a final cut. Once that’s done I’ll upload it to YouTube. It’s a good project for April Fool’s Day since it’s a practical joke sort of thing and it only takes a few parts to build it.

After that, I’ll be busy getting settled in so the next hack will be posted by Friday April 8th, and every Friday thereafter.

Hope you all have a great week!

Dino ­čÖé

Welcome to Hack A Week!

It’s not about computer hacking, it’s about hardware hacking!

Hi I’m Dino Segovis, a self taught electronics and hardware “hacker”.
It’s going to be a wild ride here for the next year as I work to come up with, and document one “hack” or “project” per week! Yes, that’s right, 52 hacks to dream up over the next year! Some will be electronic, some will be gadgets, some will be crafty but they’ll all be posted here!
The full site will have it’s first hack posted by April 1st so bookmark the page and come back to check things out!
I also have a YouTube channel to accompany this website and I’ll be posting videos of all the hacks there.
Thanks for visiting and Keep on Hackin!… Dino Segovis