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Music with the Virtual Laser Harp

Music with the Virtual Laser Harp

Laser harp inventor Steven Hobley is back with another exceptional project.  We covered his outstanding laser harp build last year and was also included in our Top 40 Arduino Projects.  So what’s so cool about a harp anyways?  It’s...
DIY Surface Mount Soldering using a Skillet

DIY Surface Mount Soldering using a Skillet

You may remember the Sparkfun article a few years ago when they experimented in using a skillet to reflow solder on SMD parts. Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries has made a new version of the skillet that has an Arduino for a brain and can process...
Make Gears of War Lancer from a Nerf Gun

Make Gears of War Lancer from a Nerf Gun

Got a few Nerf guns laying around, perhaps a toy chainsaw here and there Us too. You could gut them, put a bunch of LEDs inside, install sound effects, a quick paint job, and there you have it, your very own Gears of War Lancer. The chain on the...
How-to: Build a IPhone-Controlled R/C Car

How-to: Build a IPhone-Controlled R/C Car

Layering different simple systems together to perform one complex task is really at the heart of what engineering is all about. In this project we show how it is possible to utilize different technologies and piece them together to controll an...
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Make your Own 21st Century Sundial

Make your Own 21st Century Sundial

If you thought sundials were a thing of the past, think again. The only difference is that this time around things are much more high tech. Over at 5volt there is a fantastic tutorial demonstrating how to build your own laser sundial. The great...
Flip Float: A DIY Camera Stabilizer

Flip Float: A DIY Camera Stabilizer

A brief video explanation of the construction of what I'm calling the Flip Float. It's a mini camera stabilizer inspired by the Steadicam Merlin and other DIY camera projects. My goal was to create a small compact design that could fit in my...
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...
Wiimote Controlled 15 Ton Robotic Claw Arm

Wiimote Controlled 15 Ton Robotic Claw Arm

Although you can't play with Wiimote controlled 15 ton grapples in the living room. This hack isn't anything like the Lego Mindstorms NXT Robot controlled with a Wiimote or the Wiimote operated Lawnmower. This one has gone king-size. This thing is a...
How to: Free Electricity from a Phone Jack

How to: Free Electricity from a Phone Jack

Learn how to get free electricity from your home telephone line just by watching this video. Save money on your power bill, and hack into the electricity coming out of the phone jack. The phone company doesn't monitor electricity usage, so you...
Interactive, Multi-Touch Bar Counter

Interactive, Multi-Touch Bar Counter

The iBar is an intelligent touch surface display which let’s patrons interact with it while they enjoy a drink.  Similar to Microsoft Surface, the system detects when you place objects upon it and re-acts accordingly. How it works: Basically,...
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