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May 31, 2012

Arduino Automatic Plant Grow Center

at 11:15 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Don’t we all want our personal green house with all of the automation that allows the plants to grow to their full potential. Tom from Invent Geek sent in their latest creation that Jared Bouck built, it can do help you automate your plant growing by using their Sprout Board which is Arduino powered. The structure is built from off the shelf parts and hand full of electronics bring it to life.


May 30, 2012

Dangerous Prototypes at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2012

at 3:25 am. Filed under Electronic Hacks


 Ian from Dangerous Prototypes went to the Bay Area Maker Faire 2012 and video documented a ton of it. He had a booth, went to a bunch of the events and didn’t seem to get burnt out! Watch the video below to see some of the great projects that were on display at the event.


May 29, 2012

Solar Powered Pool Pump

at 3:44 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks


Lots of people use solar power to supplement things like lighting power but why stop there? has built a solar system on top of his pool pump to allow him to run the pool filter pump all day long for free. He currently has four 120 watt panels running a Hayward Ecostar pump.

May 28, 2012

Sound controlled RGB LEDs

at 6:34 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


 Brian Neltner sent in some information about this Sound controlled RGB LED project that he designed. He has a Kickstarter running right now to try to build a 10X10 grid of them for Burning Man. Brian provides the full schematic for those who would like to build their own.

“The goal of the SaikoLED Audio Responsive LED Module is to provide a fully autonomous device capable of collecting audio from the ambient environment and do audio analysis on built in hardware which produces PWM signals capable of controlling ultra high power LED lighting. By putting both audio processing capabilities and a microphone onto the actual LED light, it becomes possible to make arrays of modules of arbitrary shape and size.”



May 26, 2012

Bluetooth NES Controller

at 11:59 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks, Game Hacks


 Dustin Evans used an old NES console, a Arduino Mega, a BlueSMiRF and some LEDs to allow him to play some old school emulated NES games on his cell phone in style. When turned on the BlueSMiRF searches for a device to connect to, once successfully paired to your phone you are now ready to take a journey back in time and start playing your favorite mario adventure. 


May 24, 2012

Parallel Tracking and Mapping for Small Augmented Reality

at 8:26 am. Filed under Computer Hacks


Wow, this Augmented Reality technique looks like it works very well!

Via: Procrastineering

“Video results for an Augmented Reality tracking system. A computer tracks a camera and works out a map of the environment in realtime, and this can be used to overlay virtual graphics. Presented at the ISMAR 2007 conference.”

May 23, 2012

Differential Probe Project

at 8:14 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


If you need to measure household AC voltage with your grounded scope this Differential Probe Project might work well for you.


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