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  • All these chargers are driving me crazy

    One of the drawbacks of technology is with each new piece of gear, you get a new charger. After awhile you find every outlet in your house is filled with chargers and adapters. I don’t know about you, but this drives me crazy. When I want to charge something I have to remember where I put the damn charger, and then find a place to plug it in. Lucky for me, Make Magazine found someone… Read More

  • Robot Lord reports "GARBDHLEOOOOO"

    Make shows off a clever voice synthesizer connected to an accelerometer that blows out a strange voice-like noise when you move it around. It doesn’t do much, but clearly this will be valuable when robotic spiders start falling from the sky and need to control for the Doppler effect as they shout out orders to the humans below. via BBG Read More

  • WineGong – Might be your next doorbell

      Is this doorbell classy or nerdy? We can’t decide. Part of us digs the natural material and wine glasses, but then, it is a DIY project that involves gong’n two flutes all controled by a homebuilt circuit board.  The setup is quite easy: - The two glasses (Butlers) are srewed to a wooden board (OBI)
    – The servo (Conrad) is attached to the board via angle brackets (OBI)… Read More

  • Mod your old NES into a DVD player

    Yes! This is awesome. Of course, anything related to modding an NES is awesome. Personally, I don’t watch DVDs that much — or if I did, the player’s guts wouldn’t fit into a Nintendo. Still, this is a cool mod and if you have a non-working NES sitting around (that you don’t feel like fixing), it won’t run you more than $40 or $50. Now if I were modding an… Read More

  • DIY USB hot plate – I could actually make this

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1582942/diy_usb_cooking_pan.swf This little USB-powered hot plate looks simple enough that even a bonehead like yours truly could put one together. A couple USB wires, some bits of porcelain, and a couple pans are all you need for a functional whatever-it-is. Of course, since it needs two USB ports, you’re out of luck if you have a MacBook Air. Proven… Read More

  • Combine your keys with your multitool


    This looks pretty awesome, but it’s difficult to say just how practical it is until you try it. I’m willing to do it, but first I need a nice Leatherman. The process looks surprisingly easy, assuming you have some sort of way of cutting hardened steel. You just use one of the multitool’s bits as a guide and then drill the right size hole — presto! I think… Read More

  • Citizen Engineer: GSM

    Citizen Engineer from citizen engineer on Vimeo. Friends of the Crunch Limor Fried and Phil Torrone are putting together open source DIY videos at CitizenEngineer.com. They’ll be talking about esoteric subjects like GSM, electronics, and circuit bending. Their first video, about SIM cards, includes plans for making your own SIM card reader. It’s an amazingly detailed video and… Read More

  • Tuning-in Tokyo: A circuit-bent Acorn A300

    Do not watch this video hung-over. Or at least turn down the audio. Kick52 ostensibly improved his Acorn A3000 by adding a set of interesting switches and dials that make a horrible squalling reminiscient of my days in a Turkish prison. via Make Read More

  • Are you nerdy enough to rock this DIY Iron Man arc reactor?


    I triple-dog-dare you to wear this out to a nice bar one night. I guarantee it’ll get you ladies. Hey, it worked for Tony Stark. It helps if you grow a goatee too, like this joker. Hey, he looks like a nice guy, I’m not going to mock him, but really this is some seriously nerdy stuff here. It ain’t easy, either — you have to wire up your own LEDs and mold the plastic… Read More

  • Useful: Missile throwing robot

    If you’re the tinkering type, then you might want to check out this little slice of heaven. It’s a missile launching robot, I think, that doesn’t tame the savageness of man, but rather entertains you for all of two minutes. The fun, I’d expect, is in making it; the necessary parts are all there for your enjoyment. As I’ve said before, my knowledge of hacking… Read More

  • How to make your own film, if you dare

    With a bit of technical know-how and a fair amount of free time, you could have your very own, home made film… for cameras! Plastic and goop go in one end, and camera film comes out the other end. This is not a trivial undertaking. The Flickr set contains all the pictures and instructions you need to go about making your own film. A fun weekend project, if nothing else. via Make Blog Read More

  • Build your own laser text mini projector

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    You don’t need an imaginary cellphone to project text onto someone’s person. This device, which can be put together after a quick trip to the hardware store, places laser text onto any surface; it’s powered by magic, as a matter of fact. You’re given a maximum of 20 characters to play with at any one time, which is more than enough to project dumb slogans like… Read More

  • Shoot your alarm clock with a Sega Phaser

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1158522/phaser_blasted_alarm_clock.swf
    Phaser Blasted Alarm Clock! – video powered by Metacafe Another great project from Make. You basically use a phaser to shoot your alarm clock to make it snooze. Definitely not difficult and loads of fun — except for sleepover guests who think you’re crazy. Weekend Project: Phaser blasted alarm clock! Read More

  • Hamster powered generator: It's real

    [photopress:_hamster_power_generator_light.jpg,full,center] You want to be green, don’t you. You get sick at the thought of those orphans the Chinese burn for fuel, and what it does to the air. You need to do your part to counter that. You need a Hamster Powered Generator. Just like the jokes you’d tell about your first beater car, the HPG is a hamster wheel that turns a dynamo… Read More

  • Video: How to turn a sphere inside out

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-6626464599825291409&hl=it Maybe you woke up today and said to yourself, “You know, I’d love to watch an online video and be made to feel like a complete dunce.” If that’s the case, then block out 20 minutes from your schedule and watch this video on how to turn a sphere inside out. I’m glad to have majored… Read More

  • Fabricate Tasty Objects Out Of Sugar

    Evil Mad Scientist may have a scary name, but his creations are simply delicious. This genius whipped up a 3-D fabricator that can create objects out of granulated sugar. These tasty treats can then be used for impressing little children with a taste for sweets. As long as you can design something in AutoCAD (I’m assuming here), you can have it printed out in the tastiest form known to man. Read More

  • Worms Can, Ah, Make Music Too

    Cross one part DIYer, one can of worms, and a whole lot of electronic circuitry and what do you get? A bunch of worms trying to become the next Aphex Twin. The device you see the worms crawling on is an electronic touch contact feedback device. In short, you touch it, the circuits become connected, and sweet blips and beeps are produced. Fun for all ages, but a total blast when you throw a… Read More

  • BlinkyBugs: The Coolest DIY Project You'll See Today

    PT over at MAKE has a great post on BlinkyBugs. These electronic critters are made up of LEDs, a watch battery, and a little coper tubing. You can really get creative and add pipe cleaners for that “fuzzy insect” effect. Each BlinkyBug will light up when picked up or moved thanks to a little set of antenna that act as a circuit. The project requires a little bit of soldering… Read More

  • Build Your Own Simon

    The team over at MAKE are always whipping up exciting new projects that most of us will never even dream of doing. But if you’ve got a soldering iron and a bit of free time (not to mention cash), you can be on your way to programming and building your first electronic game. MAKE’s new “Build Your Own Electronic Game Kit” comes with everything you need to re-create… Read More

  • SXSW 2007: Phil Torrone Keynote


    I’m sitting at Phil’s keynote, crazy rave music is playing, people are dancing with glow sticks (not really). We’re just sitting here waiting for it to start. Keep checking out going to live blog this one. Read More