DIYers, makers, and anyone else who likes to repair or create things will be interested in learning about FORMCard. What is it? It's moldable bio-plastic cards that come in different colors. To use it, you put the card in hot water, which softens it up enough to become pliable. Shape it as you wish and [...]

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Not only do I have an unhealthy obsession with gadgets, but I'm also a huge fan of science. I regularly find my mind being blown by some new scientific achievement or advancement. My hope is that my children will experience a similar sense of awe when reading or learning about the various sciences. I was [...]

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Check out this pencil sized soldering iron that is powered by USB. It features a super thin tip that is perfect for delicate surface mount (SMD) work and a protective cap when it's not in use. Plug it in to a USB port and it will heat up quickly for those impromptu maker sessions. It [...]

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Have you ever wondered why your cell phone is charging so slowly? Could it be an ill-suited wall charger, a bad mico-USB/lightning cable, or does your phone's battery need replacing? Maybe you've wondered if there are truly any differences between different brands of micro-USB cables or how efficient your 10,000 mAh external battery charger is [...]

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Have you wanted to try your hand at writing a program for the iPhone or iPad, but you don't know how to get started?  One simple, inexpensive way to get your toes wet with Apple's new Swift programming language is with the Swifty app.  You'll learn to program for the iOS platform with Swift right [...]

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We've just started planning for a small kitchen update.  We're replacing the countertop, replacing the flooring, and modifying a cabinet to replace the existing cooktop and wall oven with a slide-in range.  We've been taking lots of measurements, and it's a pain to take a measurement and stop to write each down so we don't forget. [...]

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This looks like a fun do-it-yourself project for you or your kids. It's the D.I.Y. Solar Wood Globe from Brando. The kit comes with everything you need to construct a globe of our planet that rotates when it's exposed to sunlight. The base is made of wood and the globe is made of plastic. A small [...]

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Julie asked if I would like to review the RoboReel Air from Great Stuff. Since Annette had been after me to install updated base trim and casing in our kitchen, this seemed like a great opportunity -- both for me and for Annette. I would get to try out a cool new gadget for my [...]

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If you are a geek, you most likely already know what steampunk is, but if not, it's a sub-genre of science fiction that features steam-powered machinery and gadgets that have been inspired by the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. The folks at Steamy Tech have created a wide variety of kits and [...]

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It is not that the Logitech Alert video surveillance system we use has become all that long in the tooth. It still works well enough. The fact is I want/need to expand my coverage and their outdoor cameras are difficult to get ahold of and surprisingly costly when you do. Julie and I have been discussing surveillance [...]

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With less than two weeks until Halloween, you're quickly running out of time to figure out what you're going to dress up as for the holiday parties you'll be attending. Dracula and Ironman are so 2013, so here's an idea that is not only funny, but also timely. It's a bent iPhone 6 costume that you can [...]

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We just found an inexpensive bike for our daughter to take with her to college, and now we begin the expensive task of collecting all the things she'll need to keep it on the road.  I've been trying to find items for a tool kit that she can carry in her backpack, and of course [...]

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The Kano computer kit was successfully funded on Kickstarter in December 2013 - and when I say "successfully", I mean it got more than 15X its $100,000 funding goal.  Kano will be shipping in July, and the company is now taking pre-orders for those of us who didn't get in on the Kickstarter campaign.  The [...]

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My weekend project - 1

Every once in a while I will get the time or motivation to work on some nagging project that I have been wanting to do for a while. Most of these projects are minor or really inconsequential, but they still bug me. So this weekend's project was to fix my separating Apple iPad 2 cable [...]

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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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