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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.
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   2 comments
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.
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.
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.


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