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DIY Disco Android Syncs to Android Tablet Music

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I’ve just received my first Arduino Uno, my first Arduino, and so excited that I will probably making some fun projects again, all controlled by an Android smartphone or tablet like these DIY Disco Androids that sync to music created by an Android tablet:

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DIY Pool Robot Practicing to Enter World Professional Billiard Championship!

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Have you ever seen a robot playing pool?  That’s right, this DIY Pool robot can play some serious game and even moves around the table to find the best angles. Check out the video after the jump, amazing.

Thomas Nierhoff, a masters student at Technische Universität München (TUM), used a human-sized mobile robot with dual 7-DOF arms that’s able to manipulate a pool cue similarly to how a human does. A camera above the tabl

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Apple II Plus Computer Hacked as a USB Keyboard!

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Maybe you have a bunch of old Apple computers lying around your house?  Why not hack your Apple II Plus computer as a USB keyboard?

Connecting an Apple II keyboard to a computer with USB is surprisingly easy with a Teensy board. Arduino (Teensyduino) code is available at https://github.com/afiler/keyduino . The Apple II uses an ASCII keyboard, which means that rather than returning scan codes, it returns a 7-bit ASCII value. This also means you can’t read the state of modifier keys like shift or control independently.

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DIY Kinect Shopping Cart Follows Wheelchairs!

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For people in wheelchairs, shopping with a shopping cart can literally be a nightmare (unless the store provides you with mobile shopping carts). Here’s a great DIY Kinect shopping cart device that aims to solve that and follows the person in the wheelchair all over the store.

wi-GO is a project that seeks to unite the technological knowledge and liability in the construction of a common path toward integration and improved quality of life. With the aim of building a barrier-free society, the project wi-GO is a robot system based on sensor technology Kinect that enabl

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How to Make a DIY Toilet Sound Making Device!

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If you are looking for ways to trick your visitors in the bathroom, here’s a great way to make a DIY sound-making device on your toilet. The clever part about this DIY is that the sound is activated when the unsuspecting visitor touches the handle and this is done with a wire connected to the metallic pipe. This could be a great way to detect touch on other projects, simple and sound.

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DIY Kinect Dodgeball!

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Want to hack your own Kinect game of dodgeball?

How about this DIY Kinect Dodgeball game that uses Kinect for motion-sensing the player and iPhone/iPad for others throw balls at you?

It certainly is an interesting hack on what you can do with Kinect connected to other media devices.

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House DIY – How to Install 3-Way Dimmer Switches!

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Recently I moved to a new house, finally I have more space to run my blog.  Also, I am doing a bunch of DIYs around the house, like installing this 3-way dimmer switch (to save money on energy and also looks better than old switches).

So, I’ve started a new blog called HouseDIYHowTo.com to focus on these cool House DIYs and HOWTos, you can check out my very first blog post on how to install 3-way

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Fellowes W11C Paper Shredder Review!

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I recently bought the Fellowes W11C Paper Shredder from Amazon (mostly due to its good reviews and longevity), and I have to say, it’s a great paper shredder that can shred your important documents quickly and efficiently.

One of the things I was looking for was durability as I don’t want to have a broken paper shredder after couple months.  Gladly, the Fellowes W11C is a really great, durable paper s

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Magnetic Screen Door!

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Do you need an easier way to get in and out of your door to the backyard?  If so, you might want to check out this Magnetic Screen Door which automatically closes (via magnets) when you or your dog walks through it.

Instead of opening/closing your screen door (which I am sure your toddlers and pets have a hard time doing), you can install this simple magnetic screen door so you keep the bugs out but let your kids and pets freely walk in/out.

Magnetic Screen Door is available on Amazon starting at $

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Affordable Wireless Motion-Sensing LED Floodlight!

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Problem with most traditional wired floodlights is that they must be “wired” and that means drilling holes in the walls of your home and that can sometimes be bad (if you install it wrong).  Besides that, you might actually spend more money as for most motion-sensing wired floodlights are in the $100-200 range.

But why bother with all that when you can get these Wireless Motion-Sensing LED floodlights (that run on three D batteries for a year) and install them everywhere around your house

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