Do-It-Yourself

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Invent nearly anything with Makey Makey

In 2015, The Gadgeteer introduced to Makey Makey Go: Makey Makey Go makes your spacebar edible Almost three years later, Makey Makey is back; new and improved. The possibilities are endless with this wildcard of a toy. Turn bananas into a xylophone, your own drawing into a touchpad, play-dough into a game controller, buckets of …

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World Maker Faire New York 2017

This past weekend I attended the 8th Annual World Maker Faire New York held at the New York Hall Of Science. Started in 2006 by the publisher of Make: magazine and sponsored heavily by Barnes & Noble, Maker Faires are “family-friendly festivals of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.” Everything a …

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Make your own paracord survival bracelets and fobs with this easy to use jig

If you’ve ever looked at someone’s paracord bracelet and thought “hey, I could make that”, now you can. The Jig Bracelet Maker Parachute Cord Survival Wristband Maker Paracord Braiding Weaving DIY Craft Tool Kit from Yakura comes with everything you need (except the paracord!) to make your own survival bracelets, key fobs and more.

SimpleUSB Automotive 12V to USB Adapter Dashcam Installation Kit review

I have reviewed (more than) my fair share of dashcams and radar detectors over the past few years. All of these devices require power in a relatively inconvenient place in your car. Typically these devices are installed up near your rearview mirror. Few automobiles have a 12V or USB port anywhere near that location. Running …

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Pay as little as $1 for an awesome bundle of Make: IoT and Raspberry Pi how-to ebooks

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about using Raspberry Pi and Arduino hardware to get into the IoT scene, today is your lucky day. Make: and Humble Bundle Books have teamed up to offer an extraordinary deal that not only rewards you with a great collection of geeky eBooks, but it also helps STEM …

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Low tech solution to finding the right size TV for your space

Figuring out the right size TV to mount on a wall or fit in your entertainment cabinet just got a little easier than holding a tape measure at a diagonal line when you use the TV Sizer. What is it? The TV Sizer is a very low tech solution to a high tech problem. Just …

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Thimble Wi-Fi bot building kit review

I’m sure you’ll be shocked to discover that when I was in high school, most of my elective classes were trended toward science. My two all-time favorite classes where “Power and Energy Technology” and “Robotics”. In both those classes we were tasked with building simple machines using motors, circuit boards, power supplies, etc. I enjoyed …

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RediTape is a duct tape “roll” that fits in your pocket

Duct tape is a must have item for everyone’s toolbox and workshop because it’s such a versatile material for repairing and even making brand new items. The only problem with Duct tape is the form factor. It traditionally comes in big bulk rolls that are inconvenient to store and carry around in a gear bag …

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The minds behind the Misfit Shine create new dimensioning gadget

Hot on the heels of Misfit’s jump into the smartwatch arena, they are now branching out with a new company called InstruMMents that has just unveiled their first product, the 01. Not exactly the most clever name I’ve heard for a first product, but the product itself does look pretty clever. The O1 is a …

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Swann introduces their new Smart-Series video surveillance and home security system

Swann’s new Smart-Series do-it-yourself security system combines wired video surveillance and wireless smart home technology into one integrated solution engineered to deter break-ins and detect intrusion within your home or business. The system includes four weather resistant, 1080p HD wired cameras with 80° viewing angle and night vision with set and forget recording onto the pre-installed 1TB hard drive. …

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FORMCard is exactly like Sugru only different

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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