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Featured DIYs

FabFi – How to Make a DIY Long-Range WiFi Network!

For most people trying to install security surveillance cameras on their barn perhaps 1/2 a mile away, you can probably just hack an old Linksys router as a repeater to get the job done or even build a WiFi Cantenna.

But if you want to make a DIY long-range WiFi network like FabFi did in Afghanistan (hooking up literally every village together), you might just want to check out some of their open source instructions on how to do it yourself

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How to Make a DIY Touchpad Input Device!

Adding a touch-input to your next project can enhance its user experience but did you know that a simple touchpad isn’t rocket science but do-able under budget?

Giorgos Lazaridis shows you (and even shares his circuit diagrams) on how to make such DIY touchpad input device, and believe me, no one wants to push physical buttons these days.

I made this circuit, because i faced several problems with the touch-pad for my keycode doorlock project. I tried many dif

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DIY Receipt Printer Racing Game!

How would you make video games in a world where LCD displays didn’t exist?

Well, there’s actually an answer for that, use a receipt printer to literally print your screen while you try to make through the maze, as shown on this DIY receipt printer racing game.

No matter how pointless and wasteful this game seems, I am sure it has some good applications to other projects.

The game is played on a receipt printer, a common device you can see at every convenient store. It prints those papers you usually find crumbled up in your pockets, just to throw the

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How to Install A Chandelier!

Ever wonder if you could a chandelier to your rooms with no hanging lights? If you have access to your attic, this might not be such a hard task so long as you have some tools and wire up some power lines to your desired room.

Here’s three great videos on YouTube that can help you install a chandelier:

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How to Make an Android Bluetooth Garage Door Opener!

Here’s a really simple garage door opener which you can easily to yourself to make an Android bluetooth garage door opener using a bluetooth headset and transistor.

The idea is simple that a bluetooth headset’s amplifier produces a small signal when connected by your Android device, that can be connected to your garage door’s motorhead signal inputs and voila, you’ve got an Android garage door opener with no programming, just hit connect/disconnect on your phone.  Brilliant!

The author has even wrote a

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iPhone-Controlled DIY Disappearing Kitchen Island!

For those of you looking to add more space to your kitchen, you might want to take a look at what Tim Thaler did by building an iPhone-controlled disappearing kitchen island.  Simply genius!

After weeks of online research, Mr. Thaler decided a hydraulic scissor lift would make his dream possible. New, the 500-pound piece of machinery costs close to $4,500, but Thaler was able to find a used model on eBay for $380, including shipping. The lift sits in a uti

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How to get 300Mbps Connection on Wireless N Dual-Band Router!

I’ve recently bought a new Linksys E4200 Wireless N dual-band router that works on dual-band, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (which is a really great router btw, highly recommended).

Well, I’ve connected my main desktop via Wireless N to my new router but my Windows 7 indicates that I am only connected at 130Mbps.

To see your Wireless connection speed on Windows, right click on your wi

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How to Make a Solar Charged Kobo eReader!

Do you have an eReader such as a Kobo or a Kindle that you read often under the sunlight, perhaps at the beach on your smoke breaks?

If so, you might be interested in turning some of that UV rays into charging your eReader as one user did with his Kobo eReader, attaching a 80mA output solar cells to the back of the unit.

Although most eReaders do have good battery life but this could be a good application to refer if you have similar projects.

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How to Forge Your Own DIY Sword from Scratch!

Using some incredible creativity and DIY improvisations, Jesus Hernandez forges his own sword from scratch, starting with making his own steel-forging equipment to experimenting with various different methods to make a Japanese short sword.   The best part?  Jesus did take some detailed photographs and left a long 6-part journal so you can forge your own sword from scratch. (Yes, it was that interesting, I read it all!)

“From Dust to Edge” is the documentation of a long journey in the e

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DIY Android WiFi Controlled RC Car!

Here’s a cool implementation of Android smartphone controlling an RC car via WiFi.  I know there’s a bunch of ways to use Arduino with Android but this is an example that there’s no limits to what you can do with an Android device and your brain.

The RC car (battery powered) is completely controlled by Flyport. The module manages Wi-Fi link to an Android Smartphone and it drives the servo motors (PWM signal). On the following video you see the Android phone internal accelerometers drive directly the RC Car.

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