A new book buy Andrew “bunnie” Huang has just arrived called The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware . This looks to be great read. Bunnie is the maker of such products as the much loved Chumby (we had one), the opens source computer Novena and others.
“Huang’s journey starts with his first visit to the staggering electronics markets in Shenzhen, with booths overflowing with capacitors, memory chips, voltmeters, and possibility. “
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Sometimes you need to go away from home and can’t get a relative or neighbor to feed your pet. Well, this is where DIY pet feeders come in. A littler tinkering, some soldering, some code and presto, a pet feeder. See the four different versions below.
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DIY guitar effects pedals combine the electronics and music worlds. Here we are barely scratching the surface of this fun hobby.
Basically for building a pedal you have 3 main options. You can modify an existing guitar pedal, buy a kit or make one on your own based on schematics.
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It is fairly easy to monitor moisture levels of your indoor plant soil using a microcontroller like an Arduino Uno .
It is a little more work to do this for outdoor plants because you probably need a weatherproof housing. Some more complicated projects even go on to turn on your outdoor water for you.
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Are You Ready For Valentine’s Day?
Less than two weeks away, it is time to make your special someone a present. Below are five DIY projects that involve gluing, soldering, microcontrollers, painting and general making to create gifts for Valentine’s Day.
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Fans of the Harry Potter movies will remember the Weasley family clock that tells where everyone is. For more about the clock see the
Harry Potter Wiki.
Of course something like this makes for a great project. We have rounded up four versions of it below and what they use to make them work.
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If you have never used a Raspberry Pi it is a small computer that can be used to make many neat projects like a
retro gaming console.
Instructables has a great class on learning the
Raspberry Pi. This class takes you through all the beginner steps and makes a photo booth.
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Over at Instructables, user braulio777, show you how to make a voltmeter with an Arduino. Also using a 10k resistor, 100k resistor and OLED display. We like the simplicity of this setup.
Interesting project on how to make a circuit board using a laser printer , photo paper and a silver adhesive.
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A while back I made a holiday present for my sister of a temperature monitor for her greenhouse. The monitor is in her house and the temperature sensor sits in the greenhouse. I used 2 Jeenodes, battery, tmp36 temperature sensor, LCD screen and a few leds.
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