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Dorm Room RFID Lock Mechanism

Dorm Room RFID Lock Mechanism

Learn how to create your own RFID locking mechanism using the Parallax RFID module.  If you’re unfamiliar with RFID, don’t miss our comprehensive RFID tutorial.  The project uses the rather old school Basic Stamp instead of 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...
Servo Powered Hexapod Robot

Servo Powered Hexapod Robot

This is a simple hexapod robot controlled by the Pololu Micro Maestro 6-channel servo controller. The total parts cost is about $72. For complete build instructions,...
Build your own Self-Balancing Segway

Build your own Self-Balancing Segway

This DIY Segway-like scooter is an exceptional guide to building your own self balancing transportation machine. Although Dean Kamen was first with his patented Segway scooter, they are actually surprisingly simple to build. We had covered some...
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Incredible Balancing, Climbing and Jumping Robots

Incredible Balancing, Climbing and Jumping Robots

The first robot is called the iLean. It’s basically two wheels attached to a pole which it plants on the ground and balances upon. It then turns its wheels inward and climbs up the pole while maintaining perfect balance. Next is the iHop which is...
Hexapod Robot with Claws and Webcam

Hexapod Robot with Claws and Webcam

Just when you thought that Hexapod robots were the best, the guys of at the Tekkotsu lab at Carnegie Mellon University develop the Chiara robot, a fully articulated 6-legged robot, which claws and high-end webcam for precision navigating and...
Cheap, Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote

Cheap, Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote

Using infrared (IR) light pens and the Wii Remote, it is possible to create very low-cost multi-point interactive whiteboards and multi-point tablet displays. Johnny Chung Lee, Carnegie Mellon University. The software can be downloaded at ...
Use a NES Controller on a Nintendo DS

Use a NES Controller on a Nintendo DS

By hacking an original Nintendo controller (NES) connection into the Nintendo DS, you can control all your old school NES favorites the way they were meant to be played. Furthermore, below you’ll see another hack where you can use a SNES...
How to Build a Laser Spy Microphone

How to Build a Laser Spy Microphone

Listen to conversations over long distances with a homemade laser listening device. All you'll need is a laser pointer, tripod, old pair of headphones, photocell, a recording device, and the step-by-step instructions in this how-to video. The...
How to Hack the Esquire E-ink Cover

How to Hack the Esquire E-ink Cover

See the innards that power Esquire magazine’s new E-ink cover.  Six cell batteries and a few ICs are all that power the two screens.  It appears the screens are actually displaying color but they indeed aren’t.à They simply alter...
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