• Google’s smart contact lenses could aid the visually impaired

    Posted April 21, 2014 - 6:00 am

    In today's accessible technology roundup: Google wants to embed cameras in contact lenses, Apple gets a patent for a new GUI for touch devices to improve accessibility and a hacker develops a virtual cane for the blind
  • Bitcoins, you blockhead! [CARTOON]

    Posted December 20, 2013 - 7:00 am

    If “A Charlie Brown Christmas” were made today, there’d probably be a few changes
  • Friends don’t let friends code drunk

    Posted December 18, 2013 - 7:00 am

    Drinking and programming often go together, but is that really a good idea?
  • What would Linus say? Arduino used to create more soothing blankets

    Posted August 21, 2013 - 11:41 am

    Researchers create smart e-textiles to help those with sensory issues
  • WIN THIS BOOK: Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects

    Posted June 28, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    We've got 5 copies to give to some lucky ITworld readers. Enter now for your chance to win!
  • Terrify your friends and family with homemade animatronic eyes made with Arduino

    Posted June 13, 2013 - 4:46 pm

    You know those paintings that show up in nearly every episode of Scooby Doo that follow the gang with suspiciously active eyes as they pass by? How would you like to create your own animatronic eyes and be basically the best neighbor on the block this October?
  • Arduino's first robotics kit is coming, and it rolls around like a Roomba

    Posted May 20, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    Arduino has already made it easier to build your own electronics projects. Now, the microcontroller board maker is about to enter the robotics market with what it calls the first official Arduino on wheels.
  • Let Google+ try and guess your mood (and other stuff you missed)

    Posted April 4, 2013 - 10:57 am

    Today's installment features a mechanical Etch-A-Sketch, emoticons and a lot of sticky notes.
  • This Arduino hack makes reading RSS feeds more fun

    Posted August 4, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Looking for a way to keep an eye on RSS feeds throughout the day? You could be sensible and use a good RSS reader, or you could do something like the Arduino RSS Feed Display.
  • iPhone-driven laptop on wheels brings new meaning to portable computing

    Posted July 21, 2012 - 7:45 am

    It's not unusual for an iPhone to be used to operate remote control gadgets like the AR Drone quadrocopter or to work with your computer, but this hack by Avadhut Deshmukh combines those with a laptop on wheels.
  • Robotics starter kit helps you build your first bot, just needs your code (and funding)

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Do you ever dream of building a robot army to take over the world, but you don't quite have the know-how to create a robot from scratch? Sometimes, knowing a bit of code isn't enough to complete a DIY project--you need to make sure all of the different hardware components correspond with each other before you can get your project up and running.
  • Arduino and LEDs help you give everyone the Look of Disapproval

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:08 am

    The Look of Disapproval (made using the unicode character for the letter "tha" in the Indian language of Kannada and an underscore) is possibly my favourite emoticon-come-meme going. It even rivals the popularity of the more violent Table Flip meme. If you also happen to like using the scathing glare around the web, how about bringing it to life with some LEDs?
  • Review

    Noteworthy alternatives to Arduino

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:49 am

    The Arduino microcontroller is an easy way to get into electronics, and it can help you develop some awesome projects involving robotics, home automation, and the like. A huge community of Arduino users exists, and they've assembled tons of tutorials and code examples that are easy to modify and learn from (see "Geek 101: What Is Arduino?" for a brief overview).
  • Channel 'Minority Report' with Arduino motion control glove for Kinect

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:39 am

    As you all know by now, the Kinect is a pretty epic piece of kit. But did you know that you can use the Kinect to pause, rewind, or fast-forward any video you watch using your Xbox 360? It's true--but it's also awkward to do at best.
  • Old dot matrix printer tracks tweets, makes obsolete tech almost useful

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Twitter tickers have been around for a little while now, but this creative use of an old dot matrix printer by a modder named Kenneth is really a fun way to utilize old technology.
  • Arduino helps monitor your plants, nurtures your precious saplings

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Gardening can be quite rewarding, but it can also take up a quite a bit of time. There is software out there that can make it easier to monitor your garden, but if your plot is larger than just a couple of plants, these can't always help. Fortunately, Invest Geek developed the Arduino Automated Nursery to help give your plants the best start in life.
  • MaKey MaKey turns everyday objects into a touch interface

    Posted May 26, 2012 - 7:30 am

    MaKey MaKey is a new Arduino interface board that let's you convert everyday objects into touch-based input contraptions. Instead of using your mundane keyboard and mouse, this board lets you type and click with odd objects like pennies and candy, for example.
  • Feeling lazy? Let Android and Arduino stir your pots instead

    Posted May 26, 2012 - 7:25 am

    If you're anything like me, everything around you can distract you from cooking--something I'm not particulalrly good at. While something is simmering, you may float away to do something on your computer, only to come back later and find you've ruined the food. If you have an Android phone or tablet though, Ben Heck's latest hack gives you an assistant to help save your meal.
  • Interactive mirror on the wall won't say you're the fairest of them all

    Posted April 28, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Ever wish your mirror was a little more interactive when you were getting ready in the morning? OpenGadgets devised a small mod capable of not only giving your mirror more life, but it can also be controlled with an Android phone.
  • This Arduino-powered robot doodles better than a spirograph

    Posted March 31, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Ever wanted to create ultra-cool graphics and patterns, but don't quite have the steady hand to keep them tidy enough? Step aside and let the Arduino-powered DoodleBOT do it for you!
  • Arduino Hack Pulls Bedroom Curtains For You, Could Make You Lazier

    Posted January 15, 2012 - 8:40 am

    Looking for a good way to pull open those blind in the morning without needing to get out of bed? Arduino has you covered in this hack.
  • Crash course: Embedded programming with Arduino

    Posted December 20, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Demand for embedded programming is growing like crazy, so anyone looking for some job security might consider becoming an ace embedded programmer. It helps to have some programming experience, but even raw beginners can get started inexpensively and learn on their own. One of the friendliest introductions to embedded coding is Arduino, which is a popular open embedded hardware and software platform with hundreds of howtos and projects to try out. Here are the basics of both electronics and Arduino coding in a fun project.
  • Meet eSleeper, the automated Arduino-powered kitteh bed

    Posted December 3, 2011 - 9:40 am

    Cats make it no secret that, not only do they like to sleep whenever and wherever they can, but they like to do so in maximum comfort. A modern take on the cat bed, named eSleeper, will not only make your kitteh happy, but also the nostalgic geek inside you.
  • BoardX Stacks the Deck Against Arduino

    Posted November 26, 2011 - 10:48 am

    Arduino is a great microcontroller, but when you want the ability to easily scale your project or exchange components quickly, that's where BoardX really starts to shine.
  • Arduino strikes again, this time in vintage form (video)

    Posted October 1, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Yeah, I know; you’re probably getting sick of hearing about all the cool things people make using the Arduino microcontroller, but check this: A 1975 Bally Wizard pinball machine transformed into an atomic-synced alarm clock. A what? A rad-looking pinball machine with bad-ass chicks and dudes who light up, sound to wake you up, and a clock to tell you time until you go to bed.
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