Arduino Hacks

Location-Based Game “Urban Defender”

Location-Based Game “Urban Defender”

By using an Arduino, GPS, and an accelerometer, this group put together the “Urban Defender” – A hyper-local geolocation based game which allows users to “claim” various districts of a city by throwing the ball against a wall to claim...
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...
Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock

Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock

Here’s a fantastic project using an arduino, a motor, and a piezo sensor which allows you to both record and detect knocking patterns to unlock a door.  The video below does a fantastic job of demonstrating how it works: It’s completely mobile...
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...
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...
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...
Webcycle: Human Powered Internet Access

Webcycle: Human Powered Internet Access

Is your desire/addiction the web strong enough to pull you away from the information superhighway onto an exercise bike in order to keep you plugged in? The webcycle is a bicycle which controls your internet speed based upon how quickly you’re...
DIY Virtual Robot Controls Physical Twin

DIY Virtual Robot Controls Physical Twin

In this cool project, learn to use a simple robot to manipulate its 3D mirror image constructed in Maya. For the physical robot, he uses 3 servos and a PicAxe 28X1 micro-controller.  Each time the robot moves on its axes, movement is...
Automatic Head Tracking with Arduino

Automatic Head Tracking with Arduino

We’ve seen some infrared head tracking before and now it has been accomplished using the Arduino.  The demo video above shows its interactivity with a flight simulator.  Some modification to the code means this can be adapted for first...
Rocker Scale Measures how Hard You Rock

Rocker Scale Measures how Hard You Rock

As you rock out with Guitar Hero or Rock Band, build a Rockerscale which using your crowd’s volume level, movement, etc. to measures how much you rock.  The project was created by the BBC and is fully documented on their website. ...