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Homemade Portable 8-Bit Computing
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1/31/2014   2 comments
Missing the fun of programming a TI-84, but wanting something with a few more features, Jack set out to make something new.
Wearables Create Immersive Fiction
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The future of wearables just might not be exactly what most people think! What about entertainment and immersion?
What They Didn't Tell You in Engineering School, Part 1
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1/30/2014   19 comments
Surprisingly enough, engineering school doesn't teach you everything.
Building a Thermochromic Curved Display
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1/30/2014   8 comments
An interesting homemade display takes a different path than usual with surprisingly good results.
Cellular Controlled, 3D Printed, Rodent Chaser
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1/29/2014   3 comments
Scratch scratch scratch... Are those rats? Better build a robot to go investigate!
Shrinket, the DIY Trinket Clone
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1/28/2014   Post a comment
Building a clone isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes it is a fulfilling and fun project.
80s Wearables: Puma & Adidas Were Ahead of the Game
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1/27/2014   9 comments
The concept of the wearable fitness tracker was already tried in the 80s but met with harsh criticism. What does this mean for the wearable future?
Spreading Microcontroller Love Through Free Blinky PCBs
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1/27/2014   Post a comment
Giving away toys is always good, but giving away toys that can help you learn microcontrollers is great!
Raspberry Pi Drives Lego Car
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1/24/2014   2 comments
Lego and engineering crash together to create an amazingly fun toy yet again. This time, there's a Raspberry Pi in the mix.
6 Giant Spider Bots You Can Ride
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1/23/2014   8 comments
One person's nightmare is another's wildest dream. If the thought of giant steel spiders piloted by peculiar individuals sounds good to you, check out these six eight-legged examples.
PegLeg, My First Robot
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1/23/2014   3 comments
Jeremy learned a lot building PegLeg, and he ended up with a pretty neat robot in the end, too!
10 Spider Bots That Make Your Skin Crawl
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1/15/2014   10 comments
Creepy crawly computerized critters for your enjoyment.
Everyone Needs a Spiderbot, No One Knows Why
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1/10/2014   2 comments
Everyone who has seen this video instantly exclaims their desire for one, but what would they do with it?
Antique Electronics Autopsy: Knock-Em Out Boxing
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1/10/2014   10 comments
The search for technical information on this mysterious game begins. See if you can find more than Caleb Kraft did.
DIY Lego Upgrade to 2.4 GHZ
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1/9/2014   7 comments
Lego makes an incredible building system but its controls fall short if you want to make radio-controlled cars. Brian shows us a fairly simple upgrade that makes a huge difference.
Contextual Electronics: Learning Electronics Online
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1/7/2014   5 comments
Contextual Electronics takes a new tack to teaching electronics online, where resources surprisingly lack diversity. It improves the situation with online courses and individual help, and it teaches you how to spec your own parts.
Speed2Design: The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory
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1/7/2014   2 comments
A tour of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at Johnson Space Center in Houston shows what water and space have in common.


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