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DIY Disco Android Syncs to Android Tablet Music

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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Apple II Plus Computer Hacked as a USB Keyboard!

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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How to Make a DIY Toilet Sound Making Device!

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

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

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

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!

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!

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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Free DIY Furniture Designs and Instructions!

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!

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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