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How to Make a DIY PID-Controlled Crock Pot!

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One of the coolest devices for cooking and brewing is a temperature-controlled crock pot.  I actually have a similar project that I am working on using a PID to control the temperature of my Korean rice wine that I brew at home but you can use this example of a DIY PID-controlled crock pot for many applications.

There are some home appliances you simply can’t buy (way too expensive) but you can make them yourself using a PID controller.

What is a PID controller?

PID controller is basically a piece of computer that can control temperature of another electr

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Langlee Wave Energy to Power Converter!

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Back in 2009, we did go over the Oyster Wave Energy Converter, here’s another good candidate for converting ocean waves into energy.

Imagine this, earth is made up mostly of water and even if we utilized a small number of the raw power from waves, we could essentially power the whole earth! The only problem? The cost to make these wave energy converters. At first, it’s going to be billions of dollars but in the long run wave energy could be powering everything at cost of almost

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iOS5 Beta 5 Gets Jailbreak!

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iOS5 Beta 5 finally gets jailbroken, of course this isn’t a full jailbreak rather a “tethered” jailbreak meant for jailbroken app developers. For all of you interested in early-adoption of the jailbreak, check out the Dev Team Blog.

THIS IS A TETHERED JAILBREAK ONLY! No new exploits are being exposed with this jailbreak (it uses geohot’s limera1n bootrom exploit), but that comes at a cost. You will need to use redsn0w to “Just boot tethered now” to be able to use many things, in

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DIY IED Bomb Detecting RC Car!

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Above video is an illustration of a real IED (Improvised Explosive Device) going off in Afghanistan. As you can imagine when that IED bomb hits a humvee, it’s not going to stay in one piece nor the soldiers inside it.

Well, there’s a solution to that, build a bomb-detecting DIY RC car.

…team is trained to be on the lookout for roadside bombs, but [Ernie] wanted to sent him something cool that could also keep him safe. By adding a camera to the hood of the Traxxis Stampede and using a gun-mountable LCD screen, the soldiers now have a way to see what

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HTC Launches OpenSense Open Source SDK!

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One of the things I like about HTC is that they are going to open source all of their HTC Android smartphones and tablets. Which is great for people who are trying to install new ROMs, unlock their phones, etc…etc…

Finally, HTC launches OpenSense SDK, which is basically a development environment for their HTC devices. The new site also hints at “Unlock Bootloader” feature, which will be coming soon and phones that have been locked as of recently like the HTC Evo 4G, will benefit greatly from users being able to root their phones again.

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DIY Radioactive NUCLEAR Music!

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Ever wonder what radioactive elements would sound like if the isotopes were substituted for music?

Well, Axel Boman has created a website where you can select your favorite radioactive nuclear elements and make your own music. It works rather well and you can create some really soothing sounds.

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Galaxy Tab 8.9 Previewed!

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Lucky attenders of BlogHer got to see hands-on preview of the latest Galaxy Tab 8.9, which is the evil 8.9-inch brother of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

As a user of Galaxy Tab 10.1 for about the last month or so, I would have to say it’s the best Android tablet you can get right now if all you are worried is couch-browsing on a super-sleek device that’s lighter/slimmer than iPad 2. Of course, typing on a 10.1-inch screen is rather cumbersome, I would rather have a 8.9-inch tablet device but 7-inch seems too small.

See a short preview video by folks at Tecca:

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What You Could Do with 65,000 AOL CDs!

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Everyone probably remembers that AOL sent every household in America at least 3 AOL CDs each back in the 90s and it’s no doubt one of the secrets AOL became so big. And indeed it’s ironic that AOL stopped growing once CD spam became outlawed.

Now, what if you could turn many of those AOL CDs into something useful, like an art exhibit that shows how wasteful CDs are (when used in the wrong way), and this is exactly what architect Clémence Eliard and artist Elise Morin did.

I always thought those pile of CDs would one day prove usefu

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Best of HTC Evo 3D Hacks!

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As some of you may know from my other site at HTCEvoHacks.com, there’s been a ton of great things happening with the HTC Evo 3D, which is probably the fastest smartphone on the market right now with its 1.2Ghz.

Well, here’s some of the best HTC Evo 3D Hacks you can check out starting with permanent root:

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How to Make a DIY Dice USB Flash Drive!

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USB flash drives are becoming smaller and smaller, giving hackers and makers more ways to turn mini USB flash drives into more personal items such as this DIY Dice USB flash drive.

The process of making a DIY Dice USB flash drive is actually rather simple, the hardest part is basically cutting a hole out of your dice, which shouldn’t be too hard so long as you have the right tools. This is a great reference for those of you w

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