This Arduino-Style Board Uses Intel's 37-year Old 8086 Chip

Card-based computers keep getting more powerful, unless you're Matt Millman. Because this chap has decided to build an Arduino-style board that's powered by a giant of computing history – Intel's 8086 processor, which is now 37 years old. » 2/16/15 8:15am 2/16/15 8:15am

Lonely Hacker Builds Arduino To Trade Pokemon With Himself

Pokemon: to catch them all, you have to have two of everything—two Game Boys, two (slightly different) copies of the same game and, if you're lucky, a friend to play with. Trading monsters was addictive, fun and included forced social interaction! Well, it used to: someone just built an Arduino so he could trade… » 2/14/15 1:00pm 2/14/15 1:00pm

Build a Tiny Version of Those Pricey Word Clocks On the Cheap

If you're enamored with the Qlocktwo's clever word-based approach to displaying the time but not to the point where you're willing to drop $1,500 on one, here's a much simpler and cheaper alternative you can build yourself. » 12/01/14 10:59am 12/01/14 10:59am

These Five Gadgets Are Now In MoMA's Permanent Collection

A microcontroller. An experimental synthesizer. A kit for building game consoles. You can read about these things online, you can buy them online, and you can build them yourself. But starting this year, you'll also find them in arguably the most important modern art museum in the world. » 11/11/14 12:59pm 11/11/14 12:59pm

Arduino's New 3D Printer Will Cost You Less Than $1000

Arduino is at the heart of do-it-yourself electronics, and now the company wants to make inroads into additive manufacturing with its 3D printer: The Arduino Materia 101. » 9/30/14 6:46pm 9/30/14 6:46pm

Hacker Controls This Rave-Approved LED Suit With an NES Power Glove

The Power Glove was the quirkiest little peripheral ever devised for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Although if found only limited use on that platform, modern day tinkers with access to cheap and simple microcontrollers can now turn these 25-year-old video game artifacts into futuristic wearables. » 9/28/14 2:20pm 9/28/14 2:20pm

Unravel the Mysteries Of the Arduino With This Crash Course Starter Kit

If there's one common feature among all the cool hacks and DIY projects you'll find online these days, it's that they're usually made with an Arduino microcontroller of some sort. But if you lack the programming and electronics know-how to use an Arduino to bring your own creations to life, this simple starter kit » 4/23/14 11:20am 4/23/14 11:20am

This Incredible Robotic Building Set Is Like Lego Come to Life

In today's toy-scape, robotic building sets have handily made the transition from fad to staple, and for good reason—they are awesome. But in a world where Lego Mindstorms reigns king, nothing has managed to combine function, universal appeal, and straight up fun quite like TinkerBots. This could be your kids'—and,… » 4/10/14 7:00am 4/10/14 7:00am

Make an Awesome First Impression With a Tetris-Playing Business Card

In a time when business cards seem more obsolete than ever, more and more people are coming up with fantastic ways to modernize them. And no one will probably make a better first impression than Kevin Bates, who created this business-card-sized Game Boy clone called the Arduboy that's just 1.6 millimeters thick. » 3/03/14 2:20pm 3/03/14 2:20pm

Playing Flappy Bird inside this box is way more fun than on your phone

Missed out on your chance to download Flappy Bird? It's okay. You can just make a DIY box version of the same game. It looks way more fun. That's what Fawn Qiu did. She made an IRL version of Flappy Bird using an Arduino sensor, two servo motors, a reed switch and magnets. Oh and of course the box where it all happens. » 2/18/14 9:05pm 2/18/14 9:05pm

A High School Student Built This Surprisingly Capable Flight Simulator

Do you remember how you spent your high school years? Odds are you were more concerned with your social status than actually doing something useful with your life. Not Dominick Lee. Instead of parties and homecomings he designed, built, and programmed an impressive low-budget flight simulator that's going to all but… » 10/23/13 10:00am 10/23/13 10:00am

Why Is A Cheap Color Sensor Such A Big Deal?

We expect our devices to know what's going on. Automatic doors, smartphones, temperature control systems and beyond all perform actions when they detect certain conditions. And it seems like it would just be convenient to put cameras on everything so devices could have eyes on all different situations. It would also… » 9/01/13 6:12pm 9/01/13 6:12pm

Parabolic Soap Bubbles Are All About Math...And Bubbles!

Childhood summers are all about blowing iridescent soap bubbles out of plastic wands. It seems like a short-lived activity, but somehow it provides endless fascination. Involving an Arduino and some stepper motors might seem like overkill, but these parabolic bubbles are pretty mesmerizing. » 7/14/13 4:15pm 7/14/13 4:15pm

This 8-Bit Annoying Person Remover Has Great Prank Potential

If you start wasting somebody's time at NASA, this is how they're going to get you out of their office. Or, it's how JPL engineer Mark Rober will, anyway. This hacked Nintendo console will definitely put you on notice. » 2/28/13 1:20pm 2/28/13 1:20pm

The Coolest Light-Painting Device Yet

Forget you Maglite, your glowstick, and definitely your cellphone, there's a new, cooler brush for painting with light. It's called the LightScythe. It's a long wand of computer controlled LED lights, and with it you can create some amazing images. » 3/25/12 8:30pm 3/25/12 8:30pm

How to Turn Your Old Netbook into a Mobile Security System

The problem with most security cameras is that they're fixed—you've got to install multiple units around your house if you want to cover every room. Instead, the Oculus Telepresence system simply mobilizes your webcam-equipped netbook for sentry duty. » 12/20/11 12:40am 12/20/11 12:40am

Pixelated Graffiti Printer Uses Spraycans Instead of Ink Carts

The Graffiti Research Lab is back again with another open source project that lets untalented wannabe Banksys easily tag an entire wall with a customized dot matrix message. But we highly doubt they'll be laying down the works of Shakespeare. » 10/31/11 4:00pm 10/31/11 4:00pm

Singing Busts Arduino Project Brings All the Campiness of Disney to…

Disney's Haunted Mansion is one of those corny staples you just have to hit when you visit the Magic Kingdom. But Disney World is far for some. Why not bring parts of the experience home for Halloween? » 10/23/11 10:00am 10/23/11 10:00am

Modder Recreates First PC from Scratch

The Kenbak-1 is 40 years old, runs at 1 MHz, and can't do very much besides blink. But computers had a humble start in this little guy, and modder Mark Wilson replicated the antique with 21st century parts. » 10/03/11 4:40pm 10/03/11 4:40pm