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Spark Goes Cellular With The Electron

A few years ago, small and cheap WiFi modules burst onto the scene and with that the Spark was born. It’s a tiny dev board with a TI CC3000 WiFi …

Metaflop Lets You Create and Customize Your Own Fonts for Free

If you're looking for the perfect font, but can't seem to find it, you might be able to make it. Metaflop Modulator makes it easy to create custom …

Make Your Bed Each Morning to Kickstart Better Habits

Making your bed is one of those habits that feels pointless. You'll mess it up every night and no one will ever see it made, right? Well, except you. …

The Most Useful YouTube Resources for Budding Video Producers

You don't need a huge production budget to make YouTube videos. As the site's grown in popularity, though, you're much more likely to get noticed …

Stephen King on Writing: Throw Out Your Thesaurus

The super-prolific Stephen King has doled out lots of advice for budding writers, including the recommendation to cut down your text. Here's another: …

Steep Tea for a Short Time to Get More Caffeine from Your Cuppa

Tea is a wonder drink for health but tea lovers also drink it for the enjoyment and an alertness boost. If you care about the amount of caffeine …

Where to Get Started with the Intel Edison

The Intel Edison is a DIY electronics board that we haven't talked a lot about here on Lifehacker, but is incredibly popular for internet of things …

The Equalizer Desktop

Flickr user Elizabeth has a great-looking desktop that puts her music front and center. Plus, it's really easy to set up. Here's how she did it.<p>This …

Spritz Seedlings with Water to Avoid Ruining Them

When you're starting your garden, you have a lot to think about. Before you do anything else, get the seedlings going indoors.<p>Instead of pouring …

SNES Controller Modified to be Completely Wireless

[Pat] was looking for a way to wirelessly control his Fire TV unit. He could have just went with one of many possible consumer products, but he …

SNES

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My 3D Printer

So, you’re thinking about finally buying a 3D printer? All the cool kids have one. Plus, how hard can it be anyways? Well, before you pull the …

3D Printing

Making the Dune “Pain Box” a Reality

If you are unfamiliar with Dune, then you may not know what the pain box is. The pain box is a fictional device that produces an excruciating burning …

Use the Force, Luke…to Turn Off Your TV

Have you ever wanted to turn on or off your TV just by thinking about it? We love this hack mainly because it uses an old Star Wars Force Trainer …

Arduino

Another Garage Door Opener, This Time With Security

We’ve been seeing a lot of garage door opener hacks, whether it’s because one person inspired everyone else to build their own Internet-connected GDO …

Home Automation

CNC Milling Photos with a Halftone Generator

Looking for an awesome way to mill out a photo or graphic? Check out [Matt Venn]’s halftone gcode generator which creates halftone CNC toolpaths from …

OK Google, Open Sesame

There are a myriad of modern ways to lock and unlock doors. Keypads, Fingerprint scanners, smart card readers, to name just a few. Quite often, …

Arduino

DIY Through Hole Plating Like a Boss

We’ve seen plenty of professional looking, homemade PCBs over the years. But this is the first time we’ve seen such professional vias and through …

Ramp Up, Don't Warm Up, During Strength Training

When you're lifting weights, warming up can be a guessing game. Do too little and you won't be ready for your real sets. Do too much, and your real …

How a Few Handwritten Letters Helped My Career

Taking the time to write someone a letter—without requesting anything or asking for favors—can actually be a great way of making professional …

Employment

Find the Perfect Fiction Book to Read with This Massive Genre Poster

If you're looking for a good read, this graphic plots all of fiction's main genres and some of the best books in each.<p>This massive plotting of …

Dead Simple Hologram Effect

We’ve all seen holograms in movies, and occasionally we see various versions of the effect in real life. The idea of having a fully three-dimensional …

The Best and Worst States When It Comes to Your General Well-Being

Your well-being is how comfortable, healthy, and happy you are, so it's important to maintain it. According to the nationwide polls from Gallup and …

Paper Cutter Becomes A Laser Engraver

Small and powerful laser diodes are getting cheaper and cheaper, and there are a few commercial products that give anyone the ability to cut paper …

CNC Plotter Uses Only the Good DVD Drive Parts

It wasn’t that long ago that wanting to own your own 3D printer meant learning as much as you possibly could about CNC machines and then boostrapping …

Arduino

How Green Screen Worked Before Computers

If you know anything about how films are made then you have probably heard about the “green screen” before. The technique is also known as chroma key …

Chroma Keying

Bringing Your Design to Market

While many of us have made and documented our open source projects, not many of us have tried to sell our design to the masses. [Scott] developed, …

Building Things with Lean Pipe

Sometimes you just want to build something quickly and easily. Maybe you just need a basic structure for your actual project, or perhaps you want to …

3D Printering: Hobbs Meters And 3D Printer Reliability

It’s been a little over a year since Makerbot introduced their new line of printers, and since then there have been grumblings about the quality of …

Slick Bathroom Mirror is All Tricked Out

A Mirror surrounded by a string of brightly lit lamps is something you usually get to see in a Movie Star’s dressing room. [pickandplace] was …

Arduino

Ridiculously Complicated Home Automation Made Simple

[Eric T] wrote up his insanely-comprehensive home automation setup. What started out as a method to notify him when his dog barked grew into a …