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DIY Smartphone Dot Matrix Printer!

I still remember the first printer I had back in 1989, it was “color” dot-matrix printer, top-of-the-line and cost me(or my dad) couple hundred bucks. It was so cool to see bunch of MS-DOS text printed in color, those were the days you rejoiced because you had 256 different colors and printing one page took only a minute.

Well, here’s a cool DIY project to remind you of that, a DIY smartphone dot-matrix printer (sorta) that you have to hold manually. Actually it’s more li

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Bacon DIY – How to Make Bacon Oil Candle!

I know many of you swear by everything bacon, including bacon hot sauce (I covered the launch at Swagapalooza btw, see video here).

Well, did you know you can make Bacon-powered candle simply by melting all the fat from bacon then use it!  Also, this bacon oil candle will surely make your whole house smell like it’s breakfast time all day, which I love by

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LED DIY – How to Make an Animated LED Brick Wall!

Here’s just a simply awesome LED DIY project you can do for your home and impress your friends, learn how to make an animated LED brick wall! This system uses Arduino, I2C protocol, and PC application to control it. This would be wonderful if you could control it with your Android phone.

The total of 121 BlinkM’s are divided into 2 blocks: 1 block of 6 horizontal ‘strands’, and 1 block of 5 horizontal ‘str

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How to Make a DIY Hookah Out of a Fire Extinguisher!

We’ve got lots of smoke shops here in San Francisco where you can blow some smoke with hookahs.  Well, if for some reason your country/city doesn’t have hookah cafes, you can always make yourself a DIY Hookah like this Russian guy did, you can see detailed photos here at EnglishRussia.com.

One Russian guy decided to make a hookah with his hands. He used a flask of an old fire extinguisher, tees, sleeves, caps of the pipes and a hose. As a result he got a fairly good ho

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Android Arduino!

The big news this week from Google’s IO Conference in San Francisco is that Google will be pushing for the development of Android Arduino, inviting all Arduino developers all over the world to utilize the power of Android with Arduino.

I think this is going to be great and I will personally be making some Android Arduino hacks soon so watch out for that.

You can read more about the Android Open Accessory Kit.

The Android 3.1 platform (also backported to Android 2.3.4) int

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How to Build a DIY Energy Meter for Less Than $20!

For those of you who want an inexpensive DIY energy meter that would detect how much electricity you use, you might want to take a look at this hack where the author uses a simple circuit to detect infrared pulses from the electric meter whenever there’s 1 watt of electricity used.

 

via hackaday

 

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How to Build a Portable DIY Face Detection System for under $30!

For those of you who want to build a portable DIY face detection system (without the use of full-sized computers/laptops/netbooks), engineering students at Cornell university have come up with a simple solution using an Atmel ATmega644 8-bit microcontroller, a C3088 camera module with an OmniVision OV6620 CMOS image sensor, Atmel’s AT45DB321D Serial Dataflash, a Varitronix MDLS16264 LCD module for output, a 9-volt battery, and a small wooden s

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DIY Geiger Counter Kit!

We’ve seen a guy who made a DIY Geiger Counter before, for those of you who want to build your own to detect radiation (yes, that what Geiger Counter does, detect radiation, you can read all about it on WikiPedia), you can get this DIY Geiger Counter Kit and build it easily, just some soldering and assemb

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DIY Daft Punk Helmet!

Check out Harrison Krix who spent the last 17 months building this fully-functional DIY Daft Punk Helmet.  This is the most awesome DIY project I’ve probably seen for the last 17 months with every gory detail mastered to perfection. This would be the ultimate helmet to wear to a rave concert.

Here’s a time-lapse video of the DIY Daft Punk Helmet in the making:

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How to Make DIY Credit Card Earbud Holder!

I own a ton of earbuds and I usually store them in earbud cases that I got with my nicer earbuds but for those of you who don’t have an earbud case, I highly suggest you to make a DIY credit card earbud holder such as shown above to protect your investment.

The #1 reason why earbuds fail is because users don’t protect them and put them all tangled in their pockets and whatnot.  When earbuds tangle, there’s more likely chance you are going to break them in places.  I’ve personally broken many ear

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