Category Archives: Gadgets

Anything that could be considered a consumer gadget…

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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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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Best 55-inch LED TV Right Now?

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I’ve been personally been looking for the largest LED TV size I can afford under $1,500 but with the latest features such as web access.   Well, there’s a slew of great 46″ LED TVs out there for about $1,000-1200 range but the problem them is that they come with too many features such as 3D, which I would gladly wait couple years before upgrading as I am still currently on my 46″ DLP TV I bought back in 2004 for $2,300.  I would rather sacrifice the 3D features I don’t need and get a larger 55″ LCD TV.  Lo and behold I found a great 55″ L

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DSLR Hack – How to Make a Long-Range DIY DSLR Video Trigger!

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DSLR videography has literally exploded in the last couple years and I am a huge fan (you can read up on my DSLR videography recommendations here); here’s a great hack that can let you trigger video on your Canon DSLR by hacking the IR controller with Arduino so you can turn the video on/off from up to 150-300 feet range.

I had a problem that I needed to solve:

Remotely and

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Canon 24-105mm Zoom Test with Snails!

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This morning I noticed these snails perfectly in the right spot, I HAD to take a video with the Canon 28-105mm lens zoomed in all the way at 105mm to show you.

You can read up on my Canon 24-105mm review and also my recommendations on those who want to start out in DSLR Videography.

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KingMax – World’s First 64GB MicroSD Card!

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Many of you probably have been waiting for the next big storage microSD cards for your smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, and whatnot.

Well, the big wait is over, KingMax has just announced the world’s first 64GB microSD card!  It’s only Class 6, meaning your transfer speeds are not going to be super-fast (like how I like it) but this only means more microSD cards on its way from other companies like SanDisk and Kingston plus faster speeds eventually. (Also read up on the fastest micro

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