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August 24, 2015

DIY Camera Slider

at 1:26 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

DIY Camera Slider


If you want to amp up your picture taking options a camera slider could be a great option. Purchasing one can be expensive so why not build your own.  has built this one with a great list of required parts and a guide to make it. 




August 22, 2015

Fun with ESP8266 and WS2812B LEDs

at 12:58 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks


CNLohr has been playing with the popular addressable WS2812B LED lights and the powerful (and cheap) ESP8266. In these videos he discusses how to optimize their usage together and provides full source code to get a foot hold on your own experiments.


August 20, 2015

DIY Speaker

at 8:50 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

DIY Speaker_3


There are easier things to make than a DIY speaker but the essential pieces of a speaker are able to be cobbled together in your workshop. It may not sound better than a $5 store bought one but at least you can say you built it with your own hands in your workshop. As Gursimran Singh mentions you might need a small amplifier to get a bit more volume out of the device but the feeling of accomplishment should give you a nice glow that the sound you are hearing is coming from a device that was built using your hands from some scrap parts.

“For this to be made we need:

  1. A cup made of paper in the last second step I would explain you to make it when not having a paper cup.
  2. Insulated copper wire (take it from old cfl or from ting-tong bell)
  3. Magnet(we can get it easily from market)
  4. AUX cable
  5. AUX cable port(get it from old radio)
  6. Duct tape
  7. Paper Sheets.”


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August 17, 2015

DIY Car Compass

at 11:19 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

DIY Car Compass


If your car doesn’t show you the direction you are traveling it would be handy to build this DIY Car Compass. DaAwesomeP built this neat device, most cell phones have this capability but it is nice to have a piece of hardware doing the work in a fixed location. A Pro Mini is used to read in position data from a magnetometer and then output the results on a nice OLED display.

Via: Arduino Forum


  • Arduino Pro Mini 328 – 3.3V/8MHz I got the 3.3v version for simplicity of connecting it to the other 3.3v parts (Sparkfun).

  • SparkFun Triple Axis Magnetometer Breakout – HMC5883L This compass breakout can be mounted in any orientation (Sparkfun).

  • SparkFun Micro OLED Breakout This is the screen form the MicroView, but the Arduino + Screen is cheaper than the MicroView and its programmer (Sparkfun).

  • Protoboard It doesn’t matter what you use, but this is what I got (Sparkfun).

  • Power Source I just cut the end off a 30-pin 5v car charger that I had. It was useless and lying around. The Arduino can handle an input from 3.3v to 12v DC.

  • Thin wire You’ll need this to make jumper connections on the perfboard. My was about 24 AUG. I used both stranded and solid wire for different parts.

  • Headers This will make it easy to attach the components to the protoboard.
  • Why no accelerometer? An accelerometer would allow for automatic adjustment of orientation and declination angle, but this is mostly intended to be a more permanent thing, and you can learn about how the declination angle works.”


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August 16, 2015

DIY Torque Tester

at 11:27 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


 AvE takes apart tons of tools and when he wanted to measure torque he didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars for a professional system. He ordered some parts from ebay, connected them up to an arduino and output some serial results direct on his computer. The main component that is doing the work is a load cell which outputs a small resistance change when force is applied to it, a bit of calibration and he was in business.


August 8, 2015

LightBlue Bean+ Bluetooth Low Energy made Easy

at 11:30 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets

LightBlue Bean+ Bluetooth Low Energy made Easy


LightBlue Bean+ by Punch Through is a cool little device that will bring your next idea to life almost as fast as you can think about it. You can easily tie it to your smart phone using Bluetooth Low Energy. The system is very energy efficient lasting up to 1 year on a charge and getting communication distances up to 400 meters depending on the configuration. They have already surpassed the funding goal so this thing is going to be a reality!


August 7, 2015

Electronic Fire Crackers

at 1:08 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


If you like fire crackers but are in a location where you can’t use real explosives this Electronic Fire Cracker project will let you simulate fire crackers. A smoke machine and some strobe lights will provide the visual effect, a speaker will be producing sound and a raspberry pi will be controlling the show. Some PIR sensors are used to sense people and trigger the effects. The design has been made very robust in a nice industrial manner. The construction is modular which would allow for easy part replacement if needed.

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