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The USB Keys in the Urinal
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
Sometimes it's the people on the inside, not the outside, who unwittingly present the biggest security threat.
The Martian: A Delightful Exploration of Math, Mars & Feces
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/11/2014   6 comments
How many cubic feet of soil can you fertilize with your excrement? This is the kind of problem that has to be solved if you're stranded on Mars and have to grow food to survive.
Surprise TOQ Teardown at EELive!
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4/10/2014   1 comment
You never know what will happen at EELive! You may be asked to do an impromptu teardown. You may walk away with some new toy!
Join The Balancing Act With April's Caption Contest
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4/10/2014   58 comments
April's caption contest is a delight. Enter your best caption for a chance to win.
Kangaroo Bot Hops With Extreme Efficiency
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4/9/2014   1 comment
In the world of robotic animals, Festo is certainly a shining star. Their latest creation, the Kangaroo, shows off interesting methods of recapturing pneumatic energy.
March's Caption Contest Winner
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4/7/2014   Post a comment
The caption contest winner for March is announced!
Open-Source Robotic Arm Comes to Life
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4/3/2014   Post a comment
An open-source 3DOF robotic arm is so very appealing. Being cheap and accessible makes it irresistible.
Giant Wearable LED Matrix
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4/2/2014   Post a comment
A wearable LED matrix is always fun, especially if it is big enough to be seen from blocks away!
Antique Electronics Autopsy: 1953 RCA VoltOhmyst
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3/26/2014   16 comments
Jump inside a 1953 RCA VoltOhmyst for a look around. Antique Electronic Autopsies are a visual celebration of electronics of the past.
DIY Talking Multimeter for the Blind
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3/26/2014   5 comments
Building a voice module that reads the serial output of a multimeter is a noble cause, even if it isn't particularly cost effective.
Tiny Arcade Machine Holds Raspberry Pi
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3/26/2014   3 comments
This itty-bitty arcade machine packs quite a punch. You can play all kinds of games, thanks to PiMame.
Fluke Turns Tables & Donates to SparkFun
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3/25/2014   18 comments
Fluke responds to the confiscated shipment of multimeters meant for SparkFun.
6 Science Fiction Authors Turned Inventors
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3/24/2014   13 comments
Here are six great examples of science fiction authors who truly inspired new technology.
A $30K Fluke in SparkFun's Imports
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3/24/2014   8 comments
Fluke protects its trademark and SparkFun loses $30,000. I'm conflicted, what do you think?
Live Chat With Open-Source Hardware Panelists
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3/24/2014   3 comments
Join our live chat this Wednesday for an opportunity to ask our open- source hardware panelists for their thoughts!
Leveraging Open Source for Your UI at EE Live!
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
Using open source can greatly improve the quality of your UI at considerably cheaper cost. Come to EELive! to learn how.
3D-Printing a Real Canal House With the KamerMaker
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3/22/2014   Post a comment
3D-printing an entire home is a daunting task -- but one that KamerMaker is up to!
Quick Tip for Beautiful Solder Points
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3/21/2014   7 comments
Beautiful soldering shouldn't be ignored. Make your circuits look pretty because you never know who will be looking.
RotoMAAK: Rotocasting Done Right
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3/21/2014   Post a comment
Reduce the time required to reproduce parts considerably by rotocasting instead of repeatedly 3D printing. The RotoMAAK is a low-cost solution for rotocasting on Kickstarter.
The AT-ATX Power Supply
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3/20/2014   3 comments
Everyone has a power supply, this guy has an AT-ATX. Rebel scum watch out!
3D Printed RFID Ring
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3/19/2014   Post a comment
Wearables don't have to be flashy or fancy. They just have to be useful -- and not horribly ugly.
Stop Surfing the Learning Curve
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3/19/2014   15 comments
Stop surfing the learning curve and develop a skill. You're just postponing your own advancement.
Easy Design in Your Browser With EasyEDA
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3/19/2014   2 comments
The future of EDA might just be cloud based. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Robot Baboon Walks on 2 or 4 Legs
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3/18/2014   Post a comment
This primate-inspired robot is capable of changing from quadrupedal walking to bipedal without issue.
Junk + Arduino = SVG Plotter
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3/15/2014   Post a comment
Creating a new printer from an old printer is an interesting exercise in mining trash for parts.
A Real Ping Pong Bot
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3/14/2014   2 comments
Are table tennis playing robots real or not? Some are, and some aren't.
3D Scanning With Kinect & Windshield Wiper Motor
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3/14/2014   Post a comment
A DIY scanner that's big enough to scan an entire person.
Elegant Nixie Clock Hangs on the Wall
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3/14/2014   1 comment
Nixie clocks are a dime-a-dozen and typically bulky -- lacking all elegance; this DIYer has created a uniquely appealing version.
LEDC: Business Card-Sized LED Clock
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3/13/2014   1 comment
Looking for a fun project to show off? A simple clock catches people's attention, especially if it's the size of a business card.
BeagleBone Black: Detecting Dirty Dishes
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
A BeagleBone is employed to help keep the dirty dishes from piling up in a hackerspace.
Brian's Portable Electronics Lab
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3/11/2014   4 comments
There's a pretty good chance you've used your dining room table for a project at some point. If you've done that, you should check out this portable electronics lab.
Kitsy Helps DIYers Shop Bills of Materials
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3/10/2014   Post a comment
Here's a novel, smart approach to creating a useful bill of materials for DIY tutorials.
Designing & Building a Custom Mechanical Keyboard
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3/10/2014   2 comments
Mechanical keyboards, for some people, are a must. That loud click clack just puts the mind at ease. However, if you want a custom one, you're going to just have to build it yourself.
March's Caption Contest Is Up, Or Is It Down?
Design Contests & Competitions  
3/5/2014   97 comments
Give us your best caption for a chance to win the original print, in color, with your caption on it!
Accidental Arcs: 8 Power Line Failures on Video
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3/5/2014   7 comments
Power line failures are quite the thing to behold. Join me as we witness a few very impressive ones.
February's Caption Contest Winner
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3/4/2014   Post a comment
Everyone's bets were placed, but only one can be the winner of a fantastic comic and a fantastic development board.
Minimalist Game System Fits in Your Wallet
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3/3/2014   5 comments
Though this simple and elegant game system fits in your credit card slot, you don't want to sit on it.
Making OLEDs At Home
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3/3/2014   3 comments
The roadblocks between you and a finished project may be many, some of which you'd never expect: People are more difficult than technology.
NesPoise: A Poseable NES Arcade
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2/28/2014   Post a comment
A stunning design for a video game system is born while admiring a lamp.
Wearable Reader: Let Your Fingers Do the Reading
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2/26/2014   9 comments
Assisted reading through electronics is a difficult problem to solve, but the FingerReader tackles the task quite well.
Making a Chocolate Extruder for Your 3D Printer
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2/26/2014   16 comments
Extruding chocolatey treats from your 3D printer may sound impossible, but surprisingly you can do it fairly easily with a little ingenuity.
Arduino Revives Broken Radio-Controlled Car
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2/25/2014   2 comments
When it's time to learn how to use your Arduino, your hardest task might be just deciding on a project or platform. Try fixing a broken toy -- it's the perfect solution.
Understanding and Using C Pointers
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/25/2014   11 comments
What? An entire book just about pointers? Embedded systems expert Jack Ganssle says this new book about using pointers in C is surprisingly worthwhile.
Arduino-Based LuxBlaster Tempts Vengeful Driving
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2/24/2014   6 comments
Having insanely bright headlights blinding you as you try to drive down the road can be incredibly frustrating. Retaliation on an annoying tailgater can be quite tempting sometimes.
Modifying a Lawn Mower for Remote Control
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2/24/2014   1 comment
If pushing a lawn mower seems like torture, take Kurt Larson's example and modify that mower.
DIY Wearables: A Homemade Smart Watch
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2/21/2014   7 comments
Building your own smart watch is not only possible, it looks fairly easy and cost effective!
3D-Printed RGB LED Bracelet Uses Accelerometer
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2/20/2014   3 comments
Wearable electronics can be pretty too! This bracelet is a shining example.
Expanding the Memory of Your Microcontroller
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2/19/2014   Post a comment
The memory available in modern development boards may seem gargantuan compared with boards in the past, but that won't stop us from craving more.
Building a Solar-Powered Compact USB Charger
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2/19/2014   2 comments
Keeping a solar charger around is always a good idea. This design is elegant and useful.
Reviving Teddy Ruxpin for Modern Microcontroller Fun
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2/19/2014   4 comments
Teddy Ruxpin may just be a fun memory for many of you, but it also just might be a really fun project to bring back to life with some modern microcontrollers.
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The USB Keys in the Urinal
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Security is a major obsession today, particularly as the industry makes the shift from traditional, standalone devices to the design of connected, networked systems that are “always ...

Engineer's Bookshelf
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The Martian: A Delightful Exploration of Math, Mars & Feces
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To say that Andy Weir's The Martian is an exploration of math, Mars, and feces is a slight simplification. I doubt that the author would have any complaints, though.

Design Contests & Competitions
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Join The Balancing Act With April's Caption Contest
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Sometimes it can feel like you're really performing in the big tent when presenting your hardware. This month's caption contest exemplifies this wonderfully.

Engineering Investigations
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Frankenstein's Fix: The Winners Announced!
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The Frankenstein's Fix contest for the Tektronix Scope has finally officially come to an end. We had an incredibly amusing live chat earlier today to announce the winners. However, we ...

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