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Bring connectivity to your devices with the Electric Imp

By: Paul Grunwald
on Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The Electric Imp is now out of beta and shipping developer kits. The Imp is an SD-card sized WiFi (802.11b/g/n) module with built-in antenna, 6 I/O, Arm Cortex M3 Micro-controller, and a Cloud-based infrastructure for programming and control. The I/O supports serial, I2C, SPI, A2D, D2A, and PWM interfaces. The Imp uses the Squirrel programming language,Read More…

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npw Build Your Own Kaleidoscope Kit review

on Monday, January 28th, 2013

Some of my favorite childhood toys include a Spirograph set and a kaleidoscope. I’m still fascinated by geometric art and actually ordered a couple modern Spirograph type sets for myself this past Christmas. I always thought it would be really cool to make my own kaleidoscope, so when I was asked by the UK basedRead More…

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4 LEGO books that will take your model building to the next level

on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Did Santa bring you a bucket of LEGO bricks and now you have no idea what to build with them? Never fear my brick snapping friends, I have 4 books that will have you building cool stuff (or dreaming about building cool stuff) in no time.

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Portabee – 3D printing gets cheaper and more portable

on Saturday, December 15th, 2012

I have no idea what I would make if I had a 3D printer at my disposal, but I just know I want to play with one… The new Portabee 3D printer is an attractive option because it’s reasonably priced at $480 unassembled (don’t worry, there’s no soldering involved and only takes a couple of afternoonsRead More…

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Add light wherever you need it with this battery-powered LED ceiling fixture

on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Just as the title says, you can add a pendant lighting fixture wherever you need one without having to pay an electrician to run wiring to that location.  The Battery Powered LED Pendant Light from Solutions installs with the included bolts.  The shade cover and the ceiling cover are both stainless steel with your choiceRead More…

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Eargear – Customize your favorite earphones for a perfect fit

on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Earphones are great because they are so portable. But the vast majority of them do not fit right or fall out easily. Eargear is a silicone based polymer that can be molded around your favorite earphones to create a custom fit. Similar to the professionally created ear monitors that your favorite musicians use, Eargear isRead More…

Careful With that Axe, Eugene!*

on Monday, December 3rd, 2012

I’ve seen a couple of TV shows about luthiers, and building guitars seems like a very interesting activity with a beautiful and useful end product.  Of course, it takes skill to make the wooden enclosure for any guitar, and the electronics for an electric guitar only adds to the complexity of the project.  This MiniRead More…

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Logitech Alert Commander now available for OSX

on Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Last year I reviewed the Logitech Alert 750i Master System and continue to use it to this day to monitor both the interior and exterior of our home. One of my main Cons of the system was that its main control software was Windows-only. With Boot Camp running Windows to set it up and theRead More…

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How to: Google Play Store Greasemonkey script – scroll your installed apps and filter your free/paid apps

on Saturday, October 27th, 2012

While the Google Play Store is evolving slowly, one of the biggest pains is the way that it displays all the apps installed on a device in a set of pages. If you have a look above, I’ve got eleven pages of apps installed on my Thinkpad Tablet. Reviewing my apps means clicking on theRead More…

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Black and Decker 4v MAX Gyro Screwdriver review

on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

We all love power tools, but let’s be realistic:  Unless your tools are part of your job or you’re a serious handyperson, most power tools are overkill.  Yes, I’ve been guilty of using a $400 cordless uber-drill to tighten a cabinet hinge.  But what’s this odd-ball, palm-sized thing?  A Gyro?  Isn’t that meat eaten insideRead More…

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Using an old Apple iPad keyboard dock with your iPhone 5

on Saturday, October 20th, 2012

So, got a new iPhone 5 but can’t find a charging dock?  Bluetooth keyboards aren’t your style?  Well, do you have an Apple iPad keyboard dock?  All you’ll need is the Apple’s $29 Lightning to 30-pin Adapter.

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Make Your own Pen With a Hair Dryer and Plywood

on Saturday, September 29th, 2012

The DIY Pen is a unique kit from Fraser Ross art & design studio who is based in Glasgow Scotland. The kit combines plywood, rubber heat shrink tubing and ballpoint pen components. The plywood sheet holds the individual parts that create the skeleton of the pen. It also doubles as a fixture for the last step which requires aRead More…

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Worx SD Power Screwdriver – I am the Law

on Saturday, September 29th, 2012

One of the biggest pains with using drills and power screwdrivers is having to change bits all the time, however Worx has come up with a neat solution.  The Worx SD Power screwdriver is powered by a 4V Li-Ion battery and comes with a handy LED work light.  It’s big selling point is the sixRead More…

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Makerbot Replicator 2

on Friday, September 28th, 2012

3D printers are getting smaller, lighter, and cheaper.   Makerbot has just announced their Replicator 2 , their fourth generation “prosumer” printer. Made from powder-coated steel and PVC and acrylic panels, the Replicator 2 is being touted as a “Desktop 3D Printer”.  It measures only 19.1 x 16.5 x 14.7 in  [49 x 42 x 38 cm] and weighs only 25.4 lbs  [11.5Read More…

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NewerTech Power2U AC/USB Outlet Review

on Sunday, September 9th, 2012

For a majority of us (especially those who regularly visit the Gadgeteer), the number of power-hungry tech-devices we must plug in is ever growing. Keeping those devices charged up while keeping the cable clutter down is a never-ending effort. To assist tech-toy junkies accomplish just that, NewerTechnology has released the Power2U AC/USB wall outlet, which replacesRead More…

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Handle on Demand (HoD) Review

on Saturday, August 25th, 2012

I am extremely skeptical of the “as seen on TV” items you find in the stores these days. But I was in need of something to help me carry and install many very heavy and awkward sheets of glass. The professionals use specially designed, relatively expensive suction cups to lift glass panels and stone slabs.Read More…

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Spikenzie Labs Solder: Time II Review

on Friday, July 27th, 2012

The Solder : Time II™ watch kit from Spikenzie Labs is a build-it-yourself watch kit that features a 7 X 20 dot matrix red LED display with a programmable Arduino microcontroller.  To me, quite simply, it’s a fun afternoon DIY kit with red lights.  What could be better? According to Spikenzie Labs, The Solder :Read More…

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Schlage Keyed Entry Lock With Built-in Alarm Review

on Thursday, June 28th, 2012

We all probably have lock-sets on our entry doors, and I’ll surmise that most of those aren’t alarmed.  As a matter of fact, I’ve never thought it was necessary to have an alarmed door knob/lever.  However, Schlage is trying to change my opinion with their FE51 series of Keyed Entry with Alarm lock-sets.  Will myRead More…

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Red Bull is sponsoring a Maker’s Contest where you could win $10,000

on Sunday, June 17th, 2012

If you are a builder, maker, inventor, hacker or a person who just likes to tinker, then you should consider trying out for the Red Bull Creation contest where you could end up winning $10,000 worth of tools and cash. The way it works is that you register on the Red Bull Creation site andRead More…

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The Ball Claw Review

on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I am in a never ending battle to keep my hectic life less cluttered. This fact spans all aspects of my world…from my office space, to my desk at home, to our garage, and everything in between.  Kurt Kay & John Kurcheski of K Concepts have designed an interesting device for mounting some of yourRead More…

Choc Edge 3D Chocolate Printer

on Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Just a little too late for Easter, but Choc Edge has just released their 3D chocolate maker.  We’ve covered 3D printers before but most of those just make inedible plastic models. Using CAD/CAM software you can extrude 3D chocolates into whatever shape tickles your fancy. The first 10 machines will be auctioned on Ebay andRead More…

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Hack Your Own Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad

on Thursday, April 12th, 2012

I’ve tried a lot of Bluetooth keyboard cases for the iPad, and they all suffer from the same complaint.  Regardless of any other features they may offer, all keyboard cases have undersized keyboards.  If you’re a true touch-typist, like I am, you’ll find it very hard to type on these small keyboards because your fingerRead More…

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Sugru – Hack it Better in Primary Colours

on Friday, April 6th, 2012

In my review of Sugru I mentioned that it would be great if it came in primary colours, which would give you yellow and reds and allow you to mix almost any colour. Well they must have listened to me. Announced today, it’s now available in packs of  8 x 5 gram packs of red,Read More…

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Scotts Snap Lawn Care System Snap Spreader Review

By: James Goforth
on Friday, March 30th, 2012

This post brought to you by Scotts®. All opinions are 100% mine. When Julie asked if I would like to review the Scotts® Snap® Spreader System and Snap-Pac fertilizer, I told her I would be glad to.  I love having a nice yard to show off to everyone. Mowing is one of my favorite things toRead More…

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Sugru – Hack Things Better Review

on Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Around my household I’m known as McGyver because of my VERY improvised solutions to fixing things. The issue I have though is that often my fixes don’t even last as long as an episode of McGyver  When I first came across a product called Sugru, my mind boggled about the many different ways that thisRead More…