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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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posted in Health, Fitness, Sports, News

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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posted in Computer Gear, Kid Gadgets, News

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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posted in Articles, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Do-It-Yourself, How-To

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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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News

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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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News

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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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews, Watches, Clocks

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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posted in Home, Kitchen, Miscellaneous, News

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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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

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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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News

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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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News

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

If you live in an apartment where you can't make permanent changes or in a 60-year-old house with 4"-thick plaster-and-lathe walls that make finding the wall studs impossible like I do, you may have thought a wall organizer unit and desk like the one in the photo was impossible for you.  Usually this type of [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, News

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

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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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews

Adafruit , run by the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Limor "Ladyada" Fried, has announced the Gemma, a wearable micro-controller board with just a 1” diameter. The Gemma uses an Atmel Attiny85 and is programmable with the Arduino IDE through a micro-USB cable. It has three programmable I/O pins, one analog input, and two Pulse-Width [...]

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posted in Geek Toys, News

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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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News, Wireless

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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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, Reviews

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 Mini [...]

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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, Music Gear, News

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 six [...]

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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, News

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 and [...]

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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News