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August 24, 2013

RGB LED Strip Lights controlled by an Android and Arduino system

at 8:03 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


If you need an easy way to control the light color of your strip lights this weekend project uses an android phone to send data to an Arduino via a USB cable. You are able to select various colors on the android device and have the LED strip instantly display what you are doing. I think using an Ethernet connected Arduino and a WiFi app would make for a great addition to this project.

“There are many ways to connect your smartphone to an embedded microcontroller. In this project you’ll use an Android phone in USB host mode. This way, the Android phone both powers and communicates with the Arduino! Even though the Arduino is connected via USB, the communication happens via serial, just like when an Arduino is connected to your computer.”

Gold Scrapping from Electronics is Popular

at 4:34 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


With gold worth some serious money and lots of throw away electronics it seems that gold scrapping is more popular than ever. Seems like people are even making a name for themselves like Scrapper Girl.





August 23, 2013

How Wire Braided Shielding is Made

at 6:37 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment


You have probably seen shielded wire before, when you strip the insulation off there is often a thin metal foil or tight braided wire beneath. Watch the video above to see how the Braided Shielding is Made. Turns out it is quite the elaborate mechanical machine that is involved here!

Die Machined in a Sphere by a 5 Axis CNC Machine

at 4:19 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment


Check out the video above of a Die Machined in a Sphere by a 5 Axis CNC Machine.

Via: HG Comments

August 22, 2013

100 Year Old Thumb Drive

at 9:22 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks



If thumb drives were made 100 years ago it would look something like this steam punk version over at Jeff Avery’s Blog. Jeff built this with his son who wanted a cool and unique thumb drive. Nice thing about this one is you will never be stuck in the situation where someone else thinks it is theirs. The outer shell is made from some copper pipe and an end cap that is soldered in place. The USB drive was stripped from the case so that it is as small as it can be and was hot glued in place.

Zcapture Kickstarter

at 8:56 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

 Zcapture Kickstarter


Jared Bouck from InventGeek sent us some information about the latest project he is working on. We have seen lots of his previous project here over the years.  Zcapture is the latest thing out of the idea engine… Check out the Kickstarter for more information on how you can get one. The system will allow you to take some great looking 360 degree pictures of products. You have probably seen this type of technology on car company web sites but it is not often seen for smaller items, the result is a great immersive look at the product since you are able to spin around to any angle and zoom into what you want to see.


August 21, 2013

Sunrise Alarm Clock

at 9:24 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Sunrise Alarm Clock


Waking up gradually is a great way to start your day. There are two methods that are normally done to do this sound and light.  I often set my phone to gradually increase the alarm volume over several minutes. This sure beats the other standard alarm clock that is loud enough to wake up everyone in the house and only have one volume level. I have been wanting to make a gradual light alarm clock for some time now but never got around to it. This Sunrise Alarm Clock by Jason Poel Smith from diyhacksandhowtos.com might be just the way to make it happen. It uses a plug in timer to power a 5 volt USB power supply. You set the timer to turn on when you want to wake up, this will then power up the USB supply and energize the circuit. The circuit uses an RC time constant to slowly bias a transistor that will slowly turn on the array of white LEDs.


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