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Make a "Joule Thief" Circuit to Extract Battery Power

This week, Windell Oskay of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories joins me to teach you how to make a super clever little circuit called the Joule Thief! The Joule Thief allows you to squeeze the life out of what most people think of as "dead"...
How to: Motion Sensitive LEDs

How to: Motion Sensitive LEDs

A table filled with hundreds of LEDs and motion sensors equals LEDs you can control with your hands. Wave your hand over the table and enjoy the show. The kitty might think it’s alive but your guest won’t help but admire! Have fun building it...
Make a Stunning LED Cube

Make a Stunning LED Cube

Here’s an awesome tutorial on how to build your own stunning 8×8x8 LED cube (that’s 512 blue LEDs!).  Each LED can be controlled individually using special software and integrated circuits.  This enables you to program patterns, animations,...
How to make an LED floatie balloon

How to make an LED floatie balloon

Light up your world with these beautiful and easy-to-make illuminated LED...
Infrared Head Tracking For The Wii

Infrared Head Tracking For The Wii

Using the infrared camera in the Wii remote and a head mounted sensor bar (containing two infrared LEDs), you can accurately track the location of your head and render view dependent images on the screen.  This effectively transforms your...
How to: Infrared Home Security Alarm System

How to: Infrared Home Security Alarm System

Kip "Kipkay" Kedersha is known for his intriguing and clever how-to and prank videos, even when he teams up with MAKE Magazine. He will show you how to tweak, hack, mod, and bend any technology to your hacking needs. No electronic device,...
How to: LED Sign using LED strips

How to: LED Sign using LED strips

This OzLabs video demonstrates how to build an LED sign using their flatheaded LED...
Blind Cameras with an Infrared LED Hat

Blind Cameras with an Infrared LED Hat

Add an array of infrared LEDs to your hat to create an invisible mask. Infrared LEDs are invisible to the human eye, but are visible to cameras. Thus, if you throw a dozen of them on your hat, they blind security cameras and hide your face. We...
LED Light Box Thumps to Your Music

LED Light Box Thumps to Your Music

Here’s a super simple DIY project for you – Learn how to solder LEDs to make them soundreactive to your music!  It’s a really fun project and great for those just getting into circuitry.  It’s actually one of the first projects I built...
Epic PSP Mod includes LEDs, Camera, Joystick + More

Epic PSP Mod includes LEDs, Camera, Joystick + More

This modder began with a stock PSP Slim 2000 and transformed it into what it should have been the day it left the factory.  The new model features an extra joystick, 32GB flash memory instead of UMD’s, a second port for charging, built in camera...