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Detroit Fair: BigDog

Detroit Fair: BigDog

There are just two weeks left before the first-ever Maker Faire Detroit, taking place on July 31 and August 1 at The Henry Ford. Motor City is a Maker City, and it's exciting to see it all coming together. Among the creative projects coming to the...
Peggy 2.0 LED Array Running Video at 30 fps

Peggy 2.0 LED Array Running Video at 30 fps

This is a demonstration of my modified Peggy 2.0 LED sign. In this video I'm using a custom Quartz Composer plugin that transforms movie frames to a serial stream to pipe 30+fps video to the display. More information (plus pictures/videos) at...
DIY Home Automation: iPhone Controlled TV Lift

DIY Home Automation: iPhone Controlled TV Lift

This hacker used the power of his iPhone to be able to control a TV lift in his home.  It’s a pretty simple device (obviously it just conceals or displays his flat screen TV), but iPhone control makes everything more impressive.  Especially the...
Arduino Robot that Finds and Blows out Fires

Arduino Robot that Finds and Blows out Fires

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Build a Giant VU Meter Using Light Bulbs

Build a Giant VU Meter Using Light Bulbs

Basically, a VU Meter measures loudness (volume units) of an audio signal. But this blinking VU meter project catches the eye more than the ear. The construction of the VU meter using 12 flashing bulbs is relatively simple. At the heart is a 12...
DIY Football Hero using an Arduino

DIY Football Hero using an Arduino

We’ve seen plenty of guitar hero projects and even a laser harp hero, but now we have a football hero (Soccer for us Americans).  Made for the music industry, the director pulled together a team of DIYers and football players to make the game...
New PS3 Laptop With HDMI Display By Ben Heck

New PS3 Laptop With HDMI Display By Ben Heck

Ben Heck is at it again with his newest PS3 laptop.  This little beauty features a 17 inch 720p LCD screen, a pair of stereo speakers and built in headphone jack for some serious portable gaming power.  The unit also features a HDMI cable for...
Embed Yourself in Live Video Games

Embed Yourself in Live Video Games

Hey, although this probably won’t end up in your living room anytime soon, it still rather awesome. The game has various settings where you can give yourself super human powers. For example, if you scream, your kicks and punches have more...
Build a Remote Control Deadbolt

Build a Remote Control Deadbolt

Using some affordable home automation equipment, learn to build a simple remote control deadbolt.  The system is actually incredibly simple using a solenoid and the X10 Keychain Kit (easy to use and under $12 on ebay).  We have tons of DIY...
How to: Gears of War Lancer Nerf Gun Mod

How to: Gears of War Lancer Nerf Gun Mod

These guys got an assault rifle, a mechanic chainsaw and a bunch of LEDs to create a Gears of War Lancer gun. But even while they used a toy chainsaw and a Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6, the final result looks great in...
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