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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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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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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I've seen chalkboard paint, but I've never seen dry-erase whiteboard paint before.  With IdeaPaint, you can add a dry erase board to walls, tabletops, or other suitable surfaces using just a paint roller.  (Professional installation is available, too, for the non-DIYers.)  It's available in the standard white, but it's also available in black or in [...]

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Before deciding if you want – or need – the CMOY Headphone Amplifier, there is something any buyer should ask themselves: Why do you want one? Seriously, this is important, because many people will buy a headphone amp for all the wrong reasons. Consider this: If you want an amp to make your music louder and [...]

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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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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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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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