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Build Your Own Raspberry Pi and XBMC-Powered Touchscreen Car Computer

Normally a touch-sensitive car computer would cost you pretty big bucks to buy and have installed, but Instructables user Zaqq shows us how you can …

The Cylon Jack-O’-Lantern

Glen A. Larson could be considered an American hero. He is the television producer responsible for bringing such gems as <i>Battlestar Galactica</i> and <i>Knight Rider</i> to the small screen. He has also displayed a fondness for red lights that scan back and forth, which featured prominently in the …

Arduino

Make Your Own Cardboard Robot

Goodbye, clunky metal robots. A neat new ‘bot from a German robotics design studio is a DIY affair that lets any Maker with an X-Acto knife slap together a programmable, moving machine.<p>ZURI’s exterior structure is just paper and cardboard, and can be assembled with a few basic tools, like a ruler, …

Robotics

How To: Play Music Using Floppy Drives

We’ve seen these videos pop up all over the internet over the past few years. We’ve even shared a few on Make’s blog. The most prolific poster of these videos showing floppy drives playing music is youtube user MrSolidSnake745. He’s got this down to an exact process and seems to enjoy sharing his …

2-Player Pong Game with Arduino Uno

Classic Pong game using an Arduino Uno and a Nokia 5110 screen.<p>Classical Pong game implemented on an Arduino Uno using a PCD8544 LCD screen which is better known as the Nokia 5110 screen.<p>Player bars are controlled by a potentiometer for each player. If you want the bar to go left, just turn the …

HackEDA hits Kickstarter, makes Arduino board design a drag-and-drop affair (video)

Writing code for an Arduino-friendly board is relatively easy; creating the board is the hard part, unless you live and breathe electrical engineering. If HackEDA has its way, however, the design process could be almost as easy as window shopping. Its new Kickstarter-backed project lets tinkerers …

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Seven-Segment Matrix

June’s Component of the Month is the diode, and a 7-segment display actually consists of seven light-emitting diodes! So, why not matrix them up?<p>Skot Croshere built a matrix out of 512 7-segment displays: he calls it the DigitGrid:<p>The DigitGrid is an array of seven-segment displays. There are 4096 …

300: Rise of an Empire, A 300 Spin-Off Based on Frank Miller’s ‘Xerxes’

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for <i>300: Rise of an Empire</i>. Directed by Noam Murro, <i>300: Rise of an Empire</i> is based on Frank Miller’s …

Movies

Front Page News: Maker Faire North Carolina on Saturday

Maker Faire North Carolina producer Jon Danforth is pretty thrilled with their front-page splash earlier this week on the Triangle’s largest newspaper, The Raleigh News & Observer. “What that means is that North Carolina has maybe finally realized at an institutional level that making is real and …

Tested In-Depth: Getting Started with Arduino

Our friends from Tested have released Know Your Arduino: A Practical Guide to The Most Common Boards. The guide is accompanied by a 30-minute video, below, with Will and Norm, where they show boards ranging from the Mini to the Mega, and then demo specific applications like gaming on the Esplora or …

Arduino based Indoor Environmental Quality Station - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog

Fridge Door Alarm

Fridge Door Alarm Circuit<p><b>Description.</b><p><b>T</b>his is a fridge door alarm circuit, which produces an audible alarm when fridge is left open for a preset time. …

Arduino Pong!

Projects With Ryan Slaugh: Hack-Bot

By Ryan Slaugh<p>In this video I will show you the steps to building your own robot and talk a little about the programming it to move. I wanted to create a robotics platform that allowed me to modify things anytime I needed to. I also wanted to build it with parts that I had around my shop …

Tweetosapien: Hack a Robosapien With Arduino to React to Tweets

A really fun project sent into us by Thomas Meghe. He’s translated it all from his native French, which is a technical achievement itself. If you’d like to see the original, you can find it here.<p>Bored of your favorite Twitter client ? No problem, here’s the solution ! In this post we are going to …

Arduino-Controlled Artificial Window

German maker Helmut Wittek created a fake window to brighten up a windowless room. It has white, yellow, red, and blue LEDs triggered depending on the time of day, creating a sunrise at dawn and a sunset at dusk. The video shows the effect sped up, 3 seconds per hour.<p>This tutorial describes the …

Fix Google+'s Biggest Annoyances with These Userscripts

Last week at Google I/O, the company's social network got a big facelift. In some ways, it looks great, but it also introduced a slew of new …

The Microcontroller and Motor Driver Circuit Board

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Autonomous Object Avoiding Robot<p>The circuit board was designed using the Eagle Schematic and PCB design …

Introducing New Column from Arduino’s Massimo Banzi

<i>Ask any maker what the hottest subjects are in DIY electronics these days, and odds are the first answer will be Arduino. Since the earliest boards were built in 2005 to enable students to run interactive design projects with open-source tools, the platform has become a world-wide phenomenon,</i> …

My power supply: from desktop to benchtop.

My power supply: from desktop to benchtop.<p>Mocking up the Final shape: not soldered up, though, and the terminal on the left will be painted Yellow or Blue and will be higher than 12v. <b>*I CAN just combine a 12v and 5v for 17v total, right? *</b><p>I liked Someone's idea to paint it that "Danger!" yellow and black stripe scheme, but that can wait for when I do one up with a voltmeter.<p>Not totally comfortable with a 3 pole mains switch yet, so, just the green soft power on will have a switch. Also and LED, …