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Featured Hacks

How to Make a Low-Cost DIY Eye-Movement Detector!

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Need to add eye-movement detector for your next project?   Check out what Luis Cruz (a senior in high school) did, a low-cost DIY eye-movement detector. This is amazing, not only that he was able to do it for low cost but this kid is simply GENIUS!

The human eye is polarized, with the front of the eye being positive and the back of the eye being negative. This is caused by a concentration of negatively charged nerves in the retina on the back of the eye. As the eye moves the negative pole moves relative to the face

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Viewsonic G Hack – How to Install GPS on your Viewsonic G!

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Do you have a Viewsonic G Android tablet?  If you do, you probably are saddened by the fact that it doesn’t have GPS on it, meaning you can’t pinpoint your location precisely with 30 feet (cellular location should work though).

If you absolutely need GPS on your Viewsonic G tablet without adding a bulky GPS unit on it, the Viewsonic G tablet actually comes with a slot for GPS, you just need to find the parts and solder it yourself.  You can read up all the full p

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How to Make a DIY Sketch Tracer/Light Box!

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Here’s a fantastic project for make your own DIY sketch tracer/light box with some plastic, wood, and aluminum foil.  The author initially made it for his girlfriend who’s a fashion designer so she can trace her sketches easily but this seems like it has many uses.

My Girlfriend is a Fashion design major working on her MFA, and she often needs to trace her sketches. She uses my animation table but it is a bit too large for her to work with, and she can’t m

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DIY Magnet Eddy Current Simulator Makes You Want to Poop in Your Pants!

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Here’s the most amazing, DIY magnet machine you will see in a long time, this device simulates Eddy Current using toy magnets.  The author built it for his father-in-law’s birthday, I think he should start selling DIY kits so every else can build one.  This is much better than those useless machines we’ve seen for she

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DIY Creepy Box!

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Here’s a really funky project Jeremy Cook invented from scrap parts incluing his old RC car.  The result?  Really creepy box that sorta comes alive.  Muhahahahaha.

This reminds me of the World’s Most Useless Machine, only a bit more creepier.

via hackaday

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Free DIY Furniture Designs and Instructions!

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I’ve actually bought my first electric saw the other day and been cutting up bunch of stuff for practice.  My next goal is to build my own furniture and if you are thinking along those lines, you might want to check out these free DIY furniture designs and instructions.

This is going to be great, I am going to save a bunch of money on furniture.

I’ve got so many furniture designs going that I will never get to make, so I thought why not loan them out for others to see and use as they wi

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DIY LED World Control Panel Kim Jong Il Would Want!

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Want to dominate the world?  Check out this nifty DIY World Control panel that lets you control the world(sorta) with its special buttons.

This could be great toy for your growing-up James Bond and communist toddlers.

My son Harlan and his friend love to play “agents” and he asked me if we coud build “a panel that has a bunch of switches that turn on some random lights”. We worked on it for about 3 weeks, and this is what we came up with.

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How to Make a Router Traffic Counter!

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Here’s a fun way to display how much traffic your router is serving by hacking OpenWRT by adding a bit of code.

(For those of you who don’t know, OpenWRT is an open-source aftermarket operating system for routers that you can install to your router to customize it.  There’s also DD-WRT, which is similar.  I’ve personally got DD-

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Arduino Hack – How to Make an I2C Sniffer!

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I2C is a great way to connect multiple devices for simple networking communication.  Of course, because I2C is not encrypted, others can easily read the info by using an I2C sniffer.

If you want to make such an I2C sniffer, there’s a great guide with source code for Arduino but come to think of it, I can’t really think of any uses for this right now(I know it will hit me after I write this blog post) but it can help you learn more about Arduino and I2C. (

You can adjust the capture windo

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How to Make a Simple Touch Sensor Controller!

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I used to deal with many touch controllers but they cost way too much money as it comes with a touchscreen and all the shebang. Well, if you want to make a dead, simple touch-sensor controller, perhaps for your latest backyard project, there’s a bunch of low-cost chips you can use now, and here’s a great example you can follow with video demo below:

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