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 [...]

Posted in: Home and 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 [...]

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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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 [...]

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, [...]

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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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 [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, Music Gear, News
Worx SD Screwdriver

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 and 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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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 [...]

Posted in: Bags, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, iOS

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 [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News

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 [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews

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 [...]

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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 [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News

DIY Classic Desk Lamp


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 [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News

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 [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews

If you're looking for a cool gift for your favorite ukulele player, this is it. It's a kit for a folding soprano ukulele. The parts are made of laser cut bamboo. All you need is some sandpaper, glue and a few other miscellaneous items and you'll be able to build your own instrument that just [...]

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Everything in the package

I enjoy making stuff, and I love electronics, so I generally really like electronics kit projects. The SpikenzieLabs Solder:Time Watch Kit seems like a great option for someone like me. This is actually a hackable watch- they provide the source code and other info, as well as convenient pads on the circuit board to tap into. The [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews, Watches and Clocks

The Solder : Time from Spikenzielabs is an easy to solder wristwatch kit that has a laser cut acrylic casing that allows you to see the internal PCB, electronic components and battery (CR2032). There's a velcro wrist band included, but you can also wear it as a badge with optional badge clip. This looks like [...]

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News, Watches and Clocks
connectdesign-DIY case

One really nice thing about being an iPhone owner is that the third-party accessories market is so enormous that one is never at a loss for accessory options.  However, there is a trend in phone cases in general to lean towards the sleek and industrial or luxurious, often leaving those whose tastes tend toward the [...]

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