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My weekend projects, or finding time to fix the little things

on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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 Read More…

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This takes the Spirograph to a new level

on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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 Read More…

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Here’s the perfect gift for the steampunk-loving, chess-playing DIYer

on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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 Read More…

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Spikenzie Labs Solder:Time Desk Clock review

on Sunday, December 1st, 2013

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 Read More…

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Now you can have a dry-erase whiteboard anywhere if you have a paint roller

on Monday, November 18th, 2013

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 Read More…

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CMOY Headphone Amplifier review

on Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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 Read More…

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Make your own school supply case with Duck Tape®

on Friday, September 13th, 2013

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 Read More…

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Makerbot Digitizer – scan it and 3D print it, the future is here

on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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 Read More…

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If Martha Stewart was a gadgeteer, she’d make this Phono Horn for her iPhone

on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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. Read More…

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Build an organized home office without permanently modifying the room

on Monday, June 17th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, 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 Read More…

Hack your nightstand into a Qi inductive wireless charging station

on Friday, April 19th, 2013

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 Read More…

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SpikenzieLabs Calculator Kit review

on Saturday, April 13th, 2013

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 Read More…

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Adafruit Gemma miniature wearable electronic platform

By: Paul Grunwald
on Saturday, February 16th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

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 Read More…

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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 based Read 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 Mini Read 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 six Read 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 and Read 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 finger Read 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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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 this Read More…

Keep Your Gadgets Dry with Neverwet

on Monday, March 26th, 2012

Recently a spate of videos showing a smartphone treated with Neverwet being dipped in water was doing the rounds; however,  Ross Nanotechnology’s  product goes well beyond that.  Neverwet is a spray on or dip application that applies a super hydrophobic coating that completely repels water and heavy oils.  Any liquid placed on the coating literally just Read More…

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Build Your Own Twin-Lens Reflex Film Camera

on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Last year, I reveiwed the Minox Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF 5.0 “tribute” camera (see related products links at the bottom) that reminded me of the old Imperial Reflex 620 Duo camera my mother had owned.  I was very disappointed in the tiny, low-res images captured by that almost $300 toy-like camera.  If only ThinkGeek had the Read More…

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DIY Classic Desk Lamp

on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

It’s not often that you can build your own lamp, but Homeloo offers a series of assemble-it-yourself wooden lamps from Sukoo so you can build your own.  The lamps, like the Sukoo DIY Wooden Classic Lamp shown here, are made of pine wood MDF.  The folks at Homeloo assure us that the temperatures won’t get Read More…

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Nathan’s Wooden Knife Kit Review

on Monday, November 28th, 2011

A while back, Julie posted a news item about a ‘wooden pocket knife.’  I was intrigued: normally, one cuts wood with a knife, right?  So when the opportunity to review Nathan’s Knife Kit from Klecker Knives came up, I had to check it out.  My 8-year-old son had been asking me when he could get Read More…