DIY

  • If You Watch One Video Featuring An Arduino-Powered Stepper Motor Music Box Today, Make It This One

    If You Watch One Video Featuring An Arduino-Powered Stepper Motor Music Box Today, Make It This One

    Today in devices that use stepper motors to make beautiful music we present to you this Arduino-powered, Raspberry-Pi containing music box that uses simple stepper motors to grind out merry tunes and a pair of servos to supply a percussion backup. The box, created by Jeremy Weatherford, is surprisingly simple. The Raspberry Pi contains the music and activates the stepper motors at the right time. Read More

  • The Biggest Joystick

    Up Close With The Biggest Joystick In The World (That We Know Of)

    A member of the Udoo team, Michelangelo Guarise, was at the Maker Faire in New York this weekend with a special treat: something that appears to be one of the biggest working joysticks in the world. Built by the Udoo team, the massive stick and two Frisbee buttons allowed children of all ages to play emulated games on a little LCD screen connected to Guarise’s creation. Udoo, as… Read More

  • UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    Is there anything a robotic system for the extrusion of plastic in to solid forms over time can’t do? We present to you today the Pi-Top, a Raspberry Pi-based laptop that is completely 3D-printed and lasts hours on a single charge. The kit, which will launch as a Kickstarter soon, offers a 13.3-inch screen and a little keyboard and trackpad combo for data entry. Viola! A little open… Read More

  • Plan B Uses Old Printer Parts To Create Detailed 3D Models

    Plan B Uses Old Printer Parts To Create Detailed 3D Models

    If you’re bored this weekend, go ahead and tear apart your old inkjet printer and grab a few pieces of aluminum. Then head over to Yvo de Haas’ website and get cracking. His new project, called Plan B, is an open source 3D printer that lets you print solid plastic objects by binding a thin layer of plastic powder with an old printer head. How does it work? Well the Plan B is a… Read More

  • Indian Inventor Makes A Decidedly Unsexy (But Cool) Open Source Glass Clone

    Indian Inventor Makes A Decidedly Unsexy (But Cool) Open Source Glass Clone

    Now don’t laugh. I see what you’re about to say: this project looks like a mess. But trust me when I tell you this thing could be slapped to your face sooner than later, provided you prefer not to trust Google with your location, photo, and activity data and provided you’re a lover of open source hardware. The guy in the picture, Arvin Sanjeev, is an inventor. He built an… Read More

  • This DIY Game Boy With A Raspberry Pi Inside Can Play All Your Favorite Classic Games

    This DIY Game Boy With A Raspberry Pi Inside Can Play All Your Favorite Classic Games

    A hack project by DIY enthusiast and gamer John Hassl has given new life to the original Game Boy, thanks to a helping hand from the Raspberry Pi, the $35 complete computer that fits in the palm of your hand. The project features Hassl cramming the Pi into the case of an original Game Boy, and running classic game system emulation software on the Pi to give you access to all your favorite… Read More

  • SeeMe, Which Lets Members Create T-Shirts With All-Over Designs, Launches Its First App

    SeeMe, Which Lets Members Create T-Shirts With All-Over Designs, Launches Its First App

    SeeMe, a design community that claims more than a million members, has launched its first mobile app on iOS, which can be used to take photos and turn them into T-shirts. To be sure, there are tons of DIY T-shirt design companies out there, but SeeMe hopes to differentiate with its shirts, which feature all-over designs. Read More

  • This DIY Geocaching Bracelet Shows The Power Of Wearables

    This DIY Geocaching Bracelet Shows The Power Of Wearables

    Geocaching is a fun activity that involves finding little things hidden in the real world. The kids and I try to do it when we travel and we usually end up circling a bush for a few minutes before we all go and get ice cream. However, if you’re Greg Mayer you get down and dirty and create a crazy watch that can point you to distant GPS coordinates like some sort of computerized… Read More

  • The PiPhone Is A DIY Cellphone Powered By Raspberry Pi

    The PiPhone Is A DIY Cellphone Powered By Raspberry Pi

    The Raspberry Pi is a mini computer, just like most smartphones, so it stands to reason that you can create what amounts to a home-brew cellphone out of a few store-bought electronics parts. That’s just what David Hunt did. By connecting a RaspPi to a GSM module, a small TFT screen, and a battery, he’s essentially created a the DIY-est of DIY cellphones. Read More

  • The Rabbit Proto Can Print Real Electronics

    The Rabbit Proto Can Print Real Electronics

    Stanford students Alex Jais, Manal Dia, and Rohan Maheshwari have created a 3D printer that creates electronic traces – the flat metallic connections found on circuit boards. By replacing a standard plastic extruder on a 3D printer, the Rabbit Proto can “print” electronic wires inside a solid object, allowing you to build a sort of hybrid system that is both structural… Read More

  • High School Students End The Scourge Of Watery Ketchup With 3D Printing

    High School Students End The Scourge Of Watery Ketchup With 3D Printing

    Kids these days! If they’re not wilding and smoking doobies, they’re using CAD/CAM software and a lot of engineering insight to build a ketchup bottle cap that ensures that you will never have to deal with the messy separated liquid that squirts out before the actual ketchup does. Read More

  • Print Your Own Offline Glass

    Print Your Own Offline Glass

    Remember a few months ago when I talked about the Offline Glass, a clever hack by a Brazilian ad agency that ensures that you and your good friends will be focused on chatting and drinking rather than futzing with your cellphones? Well now you can 3D print your own glass on almost any printer. Read More

  • How To Play Quake (Again) On Your Raspberry Pi

    How To Play Quake (Again) On Your Raspberry Pi

    A month ago, the folks at Raspberry Pi announced that they now had access, thanks to Broadcomm, to an open driver for the BCM21553 cellphone processor chip. This meant that DIYers now had complete access to the board and would be able to access the onboard Raspberry BCM2835 chip (a similar chip to the BCM21553) with an open source driver – as long as someone ported it over from the BCM21553. Read More

  • Build Your Own Makerbot-Inspired Robotic Tattoo Machine

    Build Your Own Makerbot-Inspired Robotic Tattoo Machine

    I actually checked to see if today was April Fool’s but, seeing as how it wasn’t and seeing as how it would be quite simple to recreate this cool piece of hardware, I figured we could check it out. Basically it’s a DIY tattoo machine that uses a Makerbot base with a needle attached to the extruder. To use it you simply strap your arm to the platform (!!!) and wait for the… Read More

  • Start Your Weekend Right With This DIY Drink Mixing Arduino Project

    Start Your Weekend Right With This DIY Drink Mixing Arduino Project

    While this is no Monsieur, this DIY Arduino project may be the next best thing. The system uses a kitchen scale, a little amplifier, and an Arduino Uno (you can add in a Bluetooth chip if you want this to be wireless.) You place the shaker on the scale and a connected Android device prompts you to put in various boozes, measuring each pour in real time. When you’ve poured in enough… Read More

  • Sugru To Offer A Kit To Attach Anything To Anything

    Sugru To Offer A Kit To Attach Anything To Anything

    While attaching one thing to another is a fairly basic process – epoxy is still a thing, after all – what do you use if you want to occasionally remove that thing from the other thing? The answer? Magnets. And Sugru. Read More

  • Cuttable, Foldable Sensors Can Add Multi-Touch To Any Device

    Cuttable, Foldable Sensors Can Add Multi-Touch To Any Device

    Researchers at the MIT Media Lab and the Max Planck Institutes have created a foldable, cuttable multi-touch sensor that works no matter how you cut it, allowing multi-touch input on nearly any surface. In traditional sensors the connectors are laid out in a grid and when one part of the grid is damaged you lose sensitivity in a wide swathe of other sensors. This system lays the sensors out… Read More

  • LittleBits Brings Open-Source Electronics Home

    littleBits’ Exploration Kits Will Make You Think Differently About Building Hardware

    Whole worlds have been built out of LEGO and K’Nex and Meccano and a seemingly endless supply of childhood wonder, but the world is changing and so too are our toys. That’s where an ambitious New York hardware startup comes into play — littleBits is trying to create a sort of LEGO for a new generation of tinkerers. The company just recently launched its new batch of… Read More

  • Bizness Apps Launches DIY Website Builder, Looks To Become A Full-Service Digital Marketing Suite For SMBs

    Bizness Apps Launches DIY Website Builder, Looks To Become A Full-Service Digital Marketing Suite For SMBs

    Once upon a time, if you wanted your own website, you either had to speak fluent Internet, or write a large check to someone who did. However, thanks to the laundry list of companies and services that have sprouted over the last five years — like Weebly, Wix and Squarespace, to name a few — the barriers to building a snappy website have vanished. Today, website creators are free… Read More

  • Snapguide Picks Up Another $3M, Redesigns Its How-To iPhone App

    Snapguide Picks Up Another $3M, Redesigns Its How-To iPhone App

    Snapguide, the crowdsourced, how-to app founded by a veteran from Yahoo Pipes and another from Google’s Chrome business, is not yet focused on generating revenue, but it’s quietly building up a platform with an eye to doing so very soon. Today, the startup is announcing two pieces of news that will help it get there: another funding injection of $3 million; and a redesign of its… Read More