Do-It-Yourself, How-To

scribbler-drawing-robot

Did you have a Spirograph toy?  You remember, those plastic gear-like toys that let you draw amazing geometric designs?  Well, you won't have to expend any effort to draw the designs if you use the Scribbler Drawing Robot from Perpetual Kid.  The Scribbler is actually a kit; you'll need a hot glue gun and hot [...]

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diy-nixie-tube-chess-set

I have a fascination with these cold-cathode tubes commonly called Nixie tubes.  They are no longer made, but there are still some available.  They lend themselves to all sorts of steampunk applications today.  They can light up to display numbers or letters, so they lend themselves especially well to clocks, some of which have been [...]

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wideboy

This post brought to you by Makism. All opinions are 100% mine. If you own a computer, you most likely own an inkjet printer to go along with it. I can remember many years ago when I could only print documents at work because I didn't have my own printer at home. They were just [...]

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Solder-Desk-Clock-01

I am a huge fan of the DIY/maker movement that has come up recently.  Every year since 2010, my significant other and I enjoy going to Maker Faire in Queens, NY.  It sparks my interest in what people create and hack, and gives me ideas of my own.  There are many vendors that show off [...]

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inxus-verve

Hackers, makers, tinkerers (is that a word?), programmers, and general noodlers should check out the VERVE Kickstarter project. The VERVE is a controller that connects to your PC or Mac.  You plug up to 7 sensors into it that can be used to translate your activity into game controls or keyboard commands. The 7 included sensors [...]

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thinkgeek-nixie-tube-thermometer

I have a fascination with nixie tubes, or vacuum tubes that ThinkGeek calls the LEDs of the past.  These tubes aren't being manufactured any longer, but there are still some available that are being used to make Steampunk things like clocks and thermometers.  You'll need to know how to read schematics and how to solder [...]

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ducktape

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine. You probably have a roll of that wide silver colored tape somewhere out in your garage.You know the stuff, that you have to start a tear with your teeth in order to rip off a strip. That type [...]

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mohu_skyhdtv-contents2

Our family has been cable-less for a long time now. We cut the cord on cable TV years ago, and ninety percent of the time we are completely satisfied streaming our content from Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, or the affiliates themselves. But there are definitely those occasions when I wish I could watch sports events live [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
diy-midori-1

A couple years ago I reviewed the Midori Traveler's Notebook and commented that it was too expensive at $60 and that I could easily make one of my own for $20 or less. After I posted that review, I ended up buying all the supplies I needed to make my own covers. The next year [...]

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makerbot-digitizer

Even though I don't own a 3D printer and I have never created a 3D model before, I know that I really want a Makerbot Digitizer. This has to be the coolest gadgets I've read about in a long time. Just place an object on the platform and the digitizer uses laser beams (Yes, frickin [...]

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iphone-phonohorn

Ok kiddies, it's time to put on your Martha Stewart apron and bust out some scissors, glue and construction paper so you can make this cool (and free) sound amplifying dock for your smartphone. Consider this as an upgrade to the DIY Styrofoam Cup Sound Amplifier idea that we brought you a few weeks ago. [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
icup

Gadgeteer reader Gary Henderson sent in a great tip for anyone who wants to increase the volume on their tablet without spending money on portable speakers or other accessories. All you need is a simple paper, plastic or Styrofoam cup and a pair of scissors or a knife. Cut a slot in the cup and [...]

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Dremel-4200-1

I've always heard great things about the Dremel line of tools.  They are known for their good build quality, and can be used for  cutting, grinding, sanding, shaping, and etching various materials.  I recently had the opportunity to review the Dremel 4200 High-Performance Rotary Tool with EZ Change, so let's take a look at what is [...]

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weller-sp25nus-01

  Like many hobbyists, I rely on a good soldering iron.  I've been soldering since the 3rd grade, and I've had quite a few soldering irons over the years.  I'm currently using a Weller soldering station that I've had over 20 years (still going strong), so when I had a chance to try a new Weller [...]

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Remembering all the interest in Julie's recent Gadget Diary about the Qi inductive wireless charger, I know some of you will be interested in reading an article I recently found on the Huffington Post site.  They have an article about modifying a nightstand to turn it into a Qi inductive wireless charging station.  Basically, a [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
calc01

Since the demise of the Heathkit, I've lived with an emptiness in my gadget life.  However hope springs eternal, so when I heard about the Calculator kit from SpikenzieLabs, I was prepared to do whatever it took to review it.  Thank goodness I was selected and could now feed my kit-building addiction.  Hopefully my excitement [...]

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titan_1
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imp_1

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, [...]

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npw-byo-kaleidoscope-1

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 based [...]

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lego-books

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. The LEGO Adventure Book Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaures [...]

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