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Featured Hacks

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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How to Make a DIY Amplifier for Less Than $20!

Dino Segovis from HackAWeek.com, has put an excellent tutorial on how to build your own DIY Amplifier for less than $20 with LM386 chip and parts bought from RadioShack.

As you can see in the video below, this 1/2 watt DIY amplifier is pretty powerful little amp, all encased in an altoids tin. This small amp even has a guitar jack and ability to distort sounds, pretty darn impressive for a small circuit.

I think this is a great, simple circuit for those of you who want to build your amps. In fact, I will have

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How to Make DIY Arduino Ethernet CandyGrabber!

I’ve spent a lot of time at my previous company Comfile building ethernet-enabled devices, which is one of my favorite projects of all time (you can see some of my previous projects after this article at the bottom).

Anyways, Odvratno Zgodan has made a really cool device, it’s an ethernet-enabled DIY Arduino CandyGrabber, which works off Adobe AIR, PHP socket, Red5 server to allow anyone to control his CandyGrabber of the internet. You can try it out yourself here at pimedius.com.

This co

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How to Make DIY Camouflage Book Speakers!

Want to add some sound to your bookshelves without adding big speakers that will take up space?  Here’s an excellent idea, make a DIY camouflage book speakers. (See Steve Hoefer’s full DIY page here.)

My mom actually has two GIANT speakers taking up a whole lot of space on her custom bookshelves (so she can listen to classical music) but this brings up the idea that she can make a bunch of these camouflage book speakers and finally get rid of those old ones.

I think I

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How to Make a DIY Auto-filling Water Dish Machine for Dogs!

Here’s a genius idea for those of you guys with dogs so you won’t ever have to fill their water dish again in your life, perhaps just clean it once in awhile.  It’s an auto-filling dog dish machine that will recognize when your dog’s water dish is empty and fill it precisely to the top. The system uses pretty simple schematics and Arduino so anyone with decent circuit skills should build something similar easily as schematics is provided.

My friend by the way has 5 dogs, this cou

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Four Quadrocopters Fly in Sync!

Probably the tightest flying RC that I have seen with precision and control is the Hexacopter.  Hexacopter is basically like a helicopter but with 6 blades instead of one.

Of course, there’s also quadrocopter, which uses 4 blades.  You are about to see the most fabulous synchronization of four quadrocopters moving in perfect sync and harmony.  You could probably build an autonomous war machine with this, pretty darn cool I’d say.

You will have to amaze your own e

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USB Hack – How to Make Your Own DIY USB Keylogger!

Talk about stealth, this guy has made his own DIY USB keylogger, which is actually USB keyboard adapter with a PIC microcontroller “inside” it as its brains.

Of course, keylogging is probably not legal to do unless you have a good reason like you are an FBI agent spying on suspects/terrorists.

Regardless, knowing how one can make a DIY USB keylogger that is also super-stealth is good to know for your own security that there are smart people o

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