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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.
Making a Chocolate Extruder for Your 3D Printer
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2/26/2014   18 comments
Extruding chocolatey treats from your 3D printer may sound impossible, but surprisingly you can do it fairly easily with a little ingenuity.
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.
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.
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.
Electroluminescent Faux Tattoo Using Elastolite
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2/18/2014   2 comments
Why bother with an ordinary non-glowing tattoo when you can now have a freaky electroluminescent one?
Dissecting Disney's MagicBand
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2/14/2014   7 comments
A teardown of the insides of the Disney MagicBand reveals the RFID magic behind Disney's wearable payment and tracking device.
From 0 to Octotrinket in 4 Hours
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2/13/2014   13 comments
A lazy Sunday afternoon results in an elegant prototyping board based off the Trinket.
Antique Electronics Autopsy: 1950s Eico Oscilloscope Model 425
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2/12/2014   32 comments
Exploring a 1950s Eico oscilloscope, inside and out, with fantastic pictures.
Unlocking Hidden Features of Your Tools
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2/12/2014   22 comments
Test equipment manufacturers don't want you to know this: Sometimes we already have better tools than we thought! All we have to do is unlock those features that are hiding inside.
6 DIY Hacks for Measurement Tools
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2/7/2014   13 comments
The glorious thing about engineering is we can engineer anything -- even our tools! Here are some clever DIYers' hacks to test tools.
Drowning an Electric Imp in Oil
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2/6/2014   7 comments
Drown an Electric Imp in oil, and the signal degrades. However, are the reasons for that degradation the ones that you assume?
DARPA Open-Source Catalogue Now Easily Browseable
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2/5/2014   Post a comment
DARPA has released its catalogue of software and publications in an easily browseable format.
Open-Source Aquarium Automation: 5 DIY Systems
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2/4/2014   3 comments
There are a surprising amount of things that can be automated for a complex aquarium. With open-source development boards being very cheap and eaesy to use, there have been many projects surfacing to tackle some of this automation.
Automated Doggy Door Sets Canine Curfew
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2/4/2014   Post a comment
When you need to set firm curfew limits on your pets, sometimes a little bit of electronic help can make life easier.
Raspberry Pi: Hiding a Computer Inside Your Computer
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2/4/2014   5 comments
What better way to contain your Raspberry Pi than to put it inside your desktop!
Robot Writes Poetry With Sand
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2/3/2014   3 comments
Skryf is a mobile text-creating robot derived from a simple CNC concept.
What They Didn't Tell You in Engineering School, Part 2
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2/3/2014   1 comment
So you already know what your education included, what about the real world? How prepared were you for the world of engineering?


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Teensy-Weensy GPAK4 Mixed Signal FPGAs
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The vast majority of the embedded designers I know typically create MCU-based systems -- they rarely even consider using a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).

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A Book For All Reasons
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Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...

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Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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Like many of you, I was saddened to hear the news of Leonard Nimoy's death. His Star Trek character Mr. Spock was an inspiration to many of us who entered technical fields.

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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
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As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

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