“It’s very easy to get intimidated,” says Hamayal Choudhry, the robotics engineer who co-created the smartARM, a robotic hand prosthetic that uses a camera to analyze and manipulate objects. “You have this idea for a project, then think, I don’t know a thing about this.” Here’s how Choudhry and his partner Samin Khan,…
If you have trouble waking up in the morning, annoying alarms are a tried and true way to force yourself up and out of bed. YouTuber Normal Universe’s method for dealing with this was to make an alarm clock that requires a shot from a Nerf gun to turn off.
When it comes to tasty beverages, there’s more satisfying as getting a fresh can of soda from a vending machine. With this fun DIY build, you can get that experience right from your own locker.
Android/iOS: If you want to control a Raspberry Pi or Arduino connected device from your phone, you’d usually need to know at least some programming. Blynk is an app that makes it easier to control those devices from your phone.
It’s easy enough to build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi, but if you really want to step things up, Tinkernut shows you how to hook one of those devices up to a Teddy Ruxpin.
We’ve seen plenty of custom controllers over the years, but for those who prefer the tactile feel of a keyboard, Adafruit has put together a guide to make your own little keyboard-gamepad.
If you really want to spice up a New Year’s Eve party, you don’t want to rely on some boring old TV announcer or phone to tell you the time. Over on Soldering Station, they show you how to build your own countdown clock.
We’ve seen Raspberry Pi-powered weather stations before, but if Arduino is more your style, Instructables user Tecwyn Twmffat made one with three Arduinos.
You have a timer and clock in just about every single device out there these days, but if you want to build you own, Instructables user GeraldF6 shows you how to do so with a Arduino.
Sometimes, the best gift you can give is the ability to make something completely new. For the DIYer in your life, a solid new tool, starter kit, or organization tool will make them as happy as can be.
If just flipping a switch to turn a light on or off is too boring you, sudomod has a guide to convert an old Nintendo Zapper into a controller for turning your lights on and off.
Digital photo frames are great, but when you’re using one to display a slideshow, it tends to look terrible when it displays photos in the opposite orientation of how you have it set up. Over on Hackaday, Tim made a frame that automatically rotates to show the best picture.
Plastic pumpkins are a mainstay around Halloween, but if you want to give the ubiquitous little candy holder a bit more character, Adafruit has a guide for adding lights and custom sounds.
Halloween’s around the corner, and if you’re looking to make your own costume, Ben Heck and his crew take on a superhero costume, and in turn show off how to do a ton of different costume-related projects.
Have a horrible, no-good, terrible commute every day? To make things a little easier on yourself, Arduino shield-maker 1Sheeld shows off how to hack a clock to change color depending on traffic conditions.
Have an old USB keyboard you love, but wish was wireless? DIYer DastardlyLabs shows off how to make your own little adapter that’ll convert just about any old USB keyboard to Bluetooth.
In this project, we create a joystick-controlled laser by connecting two servos to a joystick and using this setup as a pan-and-tilt controller for a laser pointer.
We’ve seen plenty of surveillance cameras built from a Raspberry Pi, but MakeUseOf has a fun twist that also allows you to control the movement of the camera.
Have an ancient cell phone sitting around? Tinkernut shows you how to make use of it by turning it into a smartwatch with an Arduino brain.
Crushing cans against your head is great fun, but if you really want to impress everyone around you, doing so with a machine you build yourself is considerably more entertaining.