DIY Gadgets

Making your own or hacking gadgets can be great fun, hear we share the various DIY gadget projects that we’ve found or done.

 

DIY Solar System provides a fun way of learning

by Edwin

If you were to be a cat and would like to learn about the solar system, just what would be the best way of getting around doing so? Some folks might say that using sardines or tuna as an incentive would be the perfect way of doing so, but the folks over at Thinkgeek have come up with the $19.99 DIY Solar System, which is a fun way as well since it will allow one to make planets using yarn. And we all jolly well know just how crazy can cats be when it comes to a ball of yarn, although they tend to be more destructive than constructive.

The solar system is our home, where we happen to live on the third rock from the sun in which we call earth. The DIY Solar System allows one to craft out the entire solar system using nothing but yarn, as you wrap balloons in yard alongside a special kind of glue solution, giving the glue some time to harden before you pop those balloons. Once done, it is up to you to paint those planets according to the colors of your choice although it would be best to pull out an encyclopedia and paint them accordingly. Each purchase will also come with a16 page manual that will be accompanied by a trio of experiments.

Slime Time lets you construct a clock with a dose of fun

by Edwin

slime-timeThey say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and I thoroughly agree with this particular statement. In fact, it also makes perfect sense that we learn best when there is no pressure at all, and it happens frequently in an environment of play. Having said that, if you think that your little one has the budding potential to be an engineer in the future, how about picking up the $19.99 Slime Time as a gift set? This particular Slime Time set would allow one to construct a clock that is powered by – yup, you’ve guessed it, slime!

Slime Time would enable one to piece together a simple digital clock, where instead of installing batteries, one would be required to connect the electrodes up to a couple of test tubes that have been filled with electro-goop. This particular goop is said to be able to produce more than its fair share of electricity so that it can power the clock, and at the same time teach you concerning the electrochemical reactions, electrodes, and batteries. Each purchase comes with a 16 page manual to help you get started with a trio of experiments, not to mention sporting a base plate with battery holder, digital clock, 2 test tube holders, 2 test tubes, 2 test tube caps, copper electrode, zinc electrode, copper and zing electrode pair, 2 contact springs, and 2 slime solution bottles.

The Circuit Scribe makes creating circuits as easy as doodling on your notes

by Caitlyn

Circuit Scribe

The world of technology is a fascinating and magical place. However, if you don’t know much about it things can be very overwhelming to learn on your own. Not everyone has their brain wired the same way, and pouring over books may not teach someone as well as hands-on activities would. When it comes to making circuitry, it can be messy, smelly, and time-consuming.

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LittleBits Hack-O-Lanterns – the Newest in Pumpkin Hardware

by Julie

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Its here! You can feel the chill in the air, the leaves are beginning to change colors, and just like that, Autumn is upon us. Soon the kids will dress up as little ghouls and goblins and come knocking for Halloween candies. I love everything about the Fall, and look forward to decorating, and most of all, to making our Jack-o-lanterns. I’m thinking of of taking our pumpkins to the next level this year… Continue reading » LittleBits Hack-O-Lanterns – the Newest in Pumpkin Hardware

More Than Just A Banana Piano shows how one can rock out with fruit

by Edwin

banana-pianoSo, your little one has been hankering after you for the longest time to actually buy a piano so that he or she will be able to compose the next Grammy winning song, and with you as his or her manager, you will end up not having to slog at whatever job you’re at right now. Sure, a real good piano is not going to come cheap even if it is on sale, but this does not mean that you are unable to fulfill your little one’s wish and deepest desire. You, being an oddball yourself, have always taken the route less traveled, which is why you have set your eyes on the $49.95 More Than Just A Banana Piano.

While the More Than Just A Banana Piano is not going to be able to churn out melodious tunes that would send a listening crowd to stand up and deliver a rapturous applause, it will be able to belt out some decent tunes. In fact, the More Than Just A Banana Piano was designed by former MIT students, targeting young inventors and adult tinkerers where the device itself will replace 11 computer keyboard keys and seven mouse actions, and this is achieved thanks to a set of alligator clip cables and a microcontroller-powered circuit board. Squeezing a connected banana will let you play a note on a computer’s piano, and tapping on a drawn picture of up, down, left, and right arrows ought to let one play majority of the online games. As long as the object is able to conduct some electricity, it will work, so go bananas with this!

DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet lets your creative juices flow

by Edwin

diycabinetEver wondered how fun it would be if you were to actually live in an arcade itself? You know, being surrounded by arcade cabinets and all. It would certainly be a dream for a fair number of us out there, but then again, such a scenario is practically impractical in this day and age, although you might be able to pull it off if you were single. What if you do not have to purchase life sized arcade cabinets? What if you were to settle for the wonders of miniaturization, in the form of the $159.99 DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet?

Those who have laid their eyes on the DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet would say that this is the most adorable MAME cabinet to be released so far, but unless you have a penchant for DIY projects, you might want to give this particular one a miss since it requires a fair bit of assembly to get the job done. Also known as the Cupcade, this happens to be a Raspberry Pi-powered micro arcade cabinet kit that is ideal to deliver gaming on the move, wherever you are, without folks around you suspecting anything else other than you being extra productive. You can basically play ROMs that are loaded onto an SD memory card, including the likes of Ms. Pacman, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Arkanoid, DigDug, and Gauntlet, alongside other classic Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) titles at full speed. Just make sure you are pretty adept at soldering and coding before you pick this up.

Build Your Own Jumping Robot and look like a genius

by Edwin

jumping-robotJust because you do not have an engineering degree, or are not schooled in a robotics course when you were at a higher institution of learning, that does not mean you are unable to come up with your very own robot. If the so-called raw materials are easily available to you, perhaps with the right guidance and instruction, you will be able to churn something out? This is what the $49.95 Build Your Own Jumping Robot expects you to experience, and the name of it says it all.

The Build Your Own Jumping Robot happens to be a special kit which will teach the little ones about the world of robotics and mechanics, and it is made possible through the assembly of a robot that can jump. Being particularly colorful so that it can capture the attention of your little ones, this jumping ‘bot will feature clawlike hands and an otherworldly blue helmet. What makes up the central theme and its ability to live up to its name would be a central spring and a pair of snail-shaped cams located within each arm. Each time the robot is turned on, the cams will rotate and compress the spring, and when the spring is released, it is time to see this little robot bounce off the ground like a kangaroo, as it exhibits the concepts of potential and kinetic energy. Do bear in mind that a trio of AAA batteries are required to get this puppy up and running.

DIY Nixie Tube Clock Kit offers retro time telling capability

by Edwin

nixie_tube_clockWhen it comes to telling the time, there are many different ways of doing so. In fact, most of us these days tend to rely on our smartphones and tablets to tell the time, with the humble wristwatch functioning more as a fashion accessory than anything else. Well, for those of you who would like to spruce up your home or office desk with a clock that is bound to elicit conversation whenever someone drops by your abode, then you would not be able to go wrong with the $199.99 DIY Nixie Tube Clock Kit.

The DIY Nixie Tube Clock Kit will let you enjoy fun with the “LEDs” of yesteryear, where this limited-edition DIY kit will target makers. Of course, one will require a decent amount of soldering experience in the first place before you get started on this bad boy, so you will have to have steady hands and an interest too. The ability to read schematics would definitely come in handy as well, and with the DIY Nixie Tube Clock Kit, you can opt to view time in 12h/24h display mode, while an integrated motion sensor lets you change settings accordingly. Heck, it even comes with the ability to set daylight-savings, now how about that? An alarm function also makes it all the more functional instead of being just aesthetically pleasing, and it also packs the ability to transmit IR data packets to another clock. Surely this is not too different from the DIY Nixie Tube Desk Clock.

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