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New Raspberry Pi Zero W: Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for $10

The Raspberry Pi Zero, released in November of 2015, surprised users with its $5 price tag and gumstick-sized design. Since then, the Pi Foundation has updated this tiny Linux-based single board computer once, last summer’s addition of a ribbon-cable camera port. And now they give it another boost, …

Play a piano duet with Google's AI partner

When Google tries to educate public about its AI research, it often releases tools that playfully explain the grittier, technical corners of artificial intelligence. Like, say, neural network software that looks at objects through your device's camera and spits rhymes about everyday objects. But …

The Netflix Halloween Doorbell Tends to Trick Or Treaters So You Can Relax

Netflix has been absolutely rocking with their DIY projects lately. They’re back with a new project just in time for Halloween. They call this the “Netflix Halloween Doorbell”. It’s a customizable device that puts on a show for trick-or-treaters and directs them to the candy… so you can just keep …

Talk to Your Friends Like a Star Wars Droid with Particle Photon

Ever wished you had a secret language that only you and another person understood? These droid masks make that dream come true! When one person speaks, the rest of the world hears sound effects in the style of the droids from Star Wars, but the companion helmet translates that back to English. In …

Physics

The History of Batteries on Collin’s Lab

It’s always a thrill to see a new Collin’s Lab on Adafruit. Collin has an impressive ability to teach electronics and other often intimidating technical subjects in a way that’s crystal-clear, approachable, entertaining, and surprisingly informative. I thought I knew the thumbnail history of …

Charge One Phone from Another with a Custom USB On-The-Go Keychain

When you’re away from home, it can be frustrating when one of your devices runs out of battery power. It is even more frustrating when your other devices still have power but you have no way to recharge the dead device from the live one. To solve this problem, I created a simple keychain using a …

Micro USB

Win 'The ONE Light Keyboard' for Learning to Play Music

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with The ONE Music Group to give <i>MacRumors</i> readers a chance to win a 61-key portable Light Keyboard that's designed to integrate with an iPhone or iPad to help you learn how to play music.<p>Each key is backlit and touch responsive, lighting up in time with …

Tour the Most Interesting Home in Miami Beach, Listed at $3.5M

Are those elephant tusks in the living room?<p>Are those elephant tusks at the entrance to the living room? And walls in the backyard clad in ipe wood and artificial grass, neighboring a giant tiki hut?<p>This 6,660-square-foot home in Miami Beach with seven bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms has to be among the …

Miami

Tiny Apartment? Check Out These Loft Beds For Adults

The college dorm staple is being reinvented by a custom furniture designer.<p>Designer Roberto Gil has been making custom furniture with a small team of woodworkers in his studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for over two decades. Though his company, Casa Collection, started out doing custom cabinetry jobs …

Apartments

The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, we’re now entering what I call the “Experience Age.”<p>When was the last time you updated your Facebook status? Maybe you no longer do? It’s been …

App Store

5 Clever Architectural Strategies For Conserving Water

The AIA recognized these five buildings for their water-wise approach.<p>It’s been a soggy spring on the West Coast, as El Nino rainstorms have recharged many of the reservoirs. But experts say it’s not enough to wash away the specter of drought on this perpetually parched region of the country. While …

Architecture

How Self-Driving Cars Could Revolutionize Road Trips

Vacation, anyone?<p>Driving on an open highway and exploring new territory evokes adventure and excitement. It’s no wonder that road trips are the plot line of some of the greatest films and books ever created and that there’s a resurgence of vacationers hitching Airstreams to their cars.<p>When Honda …

Autonomous Cars

This Battery-Free Computer Sucks Power Out Of Thin Air

A quarter-sized computer could change everything from wearables to architecture.<p>Today, the biggest hurdle when it comes to designing new gadgets is battery technology. These big, bulky things restrict the forms our smartphones, computers, and wearables can take, and unfortunately, battery …

Internet of Things

The Mesmerizing How-Tos of “Primitive Technology”

Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos on survivalism, bushcraft, backyard knifemaking, and the like. This is not because I’m some sort of doomsday prepper or endtimes weirdo. I just find the ingenuity and resourcefulness in many of these videos to be inspiring. And highly …

Make:’s Guide to Backyard Forts, Treehouses, and Other Fun Playspaces

Many of you reading this will likely have fond memories of building forts, treehouses, clubhouses, and the like when you were kids. My friends and I had a veracious appetite for such dwellings and built treehouses, underground forts, forts made from piles of firewood, and more. We once built an …

Arduino Releases MKR1000, IoT Development Environment, and Community Project Platform

With today’s Arduino Day festivities, the co-founders made three announcements for their users: First, the Arduino MKR1000, a tiny, feature-packed board initially introduced at the tail end of last year, is now shipping. But alongside that, and potentially much more significant, Arduino announced …

Construct a Giant LED Video Screen

It’s a giant DIY TV! When you’re done building it, making the lights do what you want is as easy as editing a video — no coding required. Hang your LED screen on a wall, or take it to your next outdoor festival and blow people’s minds.<p>I’ve written open source code to upload any video from anywhere …

Light a Fire to Access This Post-Apocalyptic Digital Safe

While most so-called “preppers” prepare for impending calamities by stockpiling food, water, and other necessities, one might also need information on how to survive. Most likely this wouldn’t involve logging onto a secret data cache with a smartphone, but you never know.<p>Artist Aram Bartholl …

How to Build a Potato Tower or Other Easy Spud Planter

You might think that growing potatoes is the kind of thing you need a lot of time, attention, and garden space to undertake. But the opposite is actually true. All you really need is a container of some sort, a few seed potatoes, some compost and fertilizer, and regular watering. I’ve seen people …

Keep it Safe: The Essentials for Making Better Electronics Enclosures

Virtually every electronics project will end up in an enclosure. The project box is an essential, unsung hero of the electronics world, and how you design yours can be the difference between your installation coming off without a hitch or disappearing in a cloud of blue smoke.<p>LAYOUT & PREP<p>To get a …

Hide a Collapsible Table Behind a Framed Artwork

I first saw this idea in the 1973 DIY classic <i>Nomadic Furniture</i> — a picture frame that folds down to become a table. Recently, I found a German site selling a similar design for almost $1,000. I’d always wanted to build one, so I took on the challenge of matching the Germans’ quality at a better …

Carve a Stamp Out of an Eraser with an Aluminum Can

Recently, I saw some really impressive DIY calligraphy pens made out of soda cans, and I wanted to take that same idea and see if I could apply it to some other tool. The sharp edge of a cut aluminum can would lend itself well to the easy-to-carve material used for linocut printing and …

Lego Combines Coding and Robotics with New Educational Program for Kids

At CES 2016, Lego Education announced Wedo 2.0, which combines Legos, software, and real world projects to teach 2nd to 4th grade students about science and technology. Among other new features, updates include compatibility with more platforms, a move from USB to BLE connected robots, and tools …

Take a Video Crash Course in Beginner Electronics

In 2008 and 2009, <i>Make:</i> produced a wonderful series of videos, called <i>MAKE Presents</i>, done by the inimitable Collin Cunningham. The idea was to create a series of highly entertaining, user-friendly, and informative videos that would explain the rudiments of electronics — the basic components, tools, …

How to Use a Multimeter Video Tutorial

Martin Lorton is a solar power and electronics enthusiast. On his YouTube channel he has a number of really excellent video tutorials covering many aspects of electronics and electronics measurement. His 3-part series on how to use a multimeter is one of the best I’ve seen.<p>Many years ago, in …

KeKePad Wearable Board Brings Easy Alternative to Conductive Thread

In the world of wearables, smaller components are better. Smaller means things are easier to transport and more comfortable to wear against your body. Michael Yang, co-creator of KeKePad and a Maker with an interest in smart clothing, discovered this for himself when he started making his own …

Wearable Tech

How to Build a Cheap Wi-Fi Controlled Water Valve

One day a co-worker of mine asked me if I knew of a way to control an irrigation system from a smartphone or computer. We did some research and quickly found that it was very expensive to purchase a system with this capability, so we wondered if we could build it. This happened to be right around …

Upgrade Your Winter Arsenal with an Automatic Snowball Launcher

Feeling as though he just couldn’t compete with the unbound youthful energy of his kids, Mark Rober built a fully automatic snowball launcher to even the playing field.<p>He and his brother worked together to make this piece of frigid artillery out of a standard leaf blower. The construction is fairly …

Ammunition

How to Use Night Shift Mode in iOS 9.3

Night Shift, a major new feature iOS 9.3, is a display-based setting that lets you "warm up" an iPhone or iPad's screen at night to cut down on blue light exposure. Similar to f.lux on the Mac, Night Shift will automatically change the color temperature of an iOS device's display to reflect the …