Install an iPad in your Car

Install an iPad in your Car

We’ve seen a few ways to install a computer or Xbox 360 in your car but this sleek integration of an iPad into the dashboard of a Toyota Tacoma is far more impressive.  The video above is the first of several which show you how to replicate the...
DIY Interactive LED Stair Lighting

DIY Interactive LED Stair Lighting

Learn how to spice up your boring staircase with interactive LEDs to illuminate each step. As the video above demonstrates, the LED lights switch on one at a time when a person begins their journey up or down the stairs. The lights get...
Nintendo DS LED and Force Feedback Mod

Nintendo DS LED and Force Feedback Mod

Here’s another superb mod from f00f00 detailing the process of adding force-feedback to a stock Nintendo DS using LEDs and a vibration motor.  With limited space inside the DS, he used all surface mount parts and a circuit board smaller than a...
PSP Mod with LEDs and VU Meter

PSP Mod with LEDs and VU Meter

For the part of the mod, you can learn how to make a custom surface mount PCB to install an LED audio meter in your PSP.  We’ve covered a variety of VU meters in the past which illuminate LEDs based upon the intensity (volume units) of an...
DIY Virtual Windows & IR LEDs + Wiimote

DIY Virtual Windows & IR LEDs + Wiimote

Why wake up to the same view each day if you can wake up somewhere different?  Using a Wiimote, Mac, and infrared LEDs, you can create your own virtual windows which change as you move locations within the room.  You can download WinScape for...
Chess Opponent DIY Robotic Arm

Chess Opponent DIY Robotic Arm

Playing chess against an on-screen computer is one thing, but it just doesn’t match the realistic feel of a live chess game.  By programming a Lynxmotion robotic arm in Python, this chess player created his own robotic opponent.   The Python...
Superb 3-Axis LEDs Ball

Superb 3-Axis LEDs Ball

Let’s face it, LEDs are the reason most of us got into electronics in the first place .   This superb project uses one blue, red, and green LED and spins them on three different axes.  A complex project with stunning rave-like results...
Cooperative Grasping and Transport using Quadrotors

Cooperative Grasping and Transport using Quadrotors

these cooperative quadcopters make us think again. This is an extension of the same project that produced those impressive aerial acrobatics. It may not be as flashy, but watching groups of the four-rotored flyers grab onto and lift loads is quite...
PR2 Robot Fetches Beer from the Refrigerator

PR2 Robot Fetches Beer from the Refrigerator

Those crazy programmers over at the Willow Garage are at it again. This time around they’ve created a robotic wench to deliver the beer. When thirst strikes you can fire up a web interface and drag a picture of your beer into a shopping basket....
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...