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  • Save yourself a trip to the body shop with this DIY rear-view camera

    Posted April 23, 2013 - 11:53 am

    With the aid of a Raspberry Pi, you can add a proximity sensor for backing up to just about any car.
  • 11 DIY iPhone projects for the crafty geek

    Posted January 14, 2013 - 9:00 am

    With a little tinkering, you can do more with your iPhone than the Average Joe.
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    Sci-fi vehicles become reality for geek mechanics

    Posted August 29, 2012 - 9:46 am

    Videos of Batman BatBike, Star Wars hover-bikes hit the InterWebs.
  • 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.
  • Want to build your own electric go-kart? Now you can

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Remember the Chibikart, the electric go-kart that goes up to 20MPH that we covered a few weeks back? Its creator Charles Guan has designed a new version, known as the "Democratic People's Republic of Chibikart", that excludes parts (hand-wound motors, factory-special batteries) and building techniques (CNC milling and lathe-work) that are hard to obtain outside a university or research setting. Even better: he posted step by step instructions so you can make your own.
  • This DIY robot can feed you, be controlled with just a look

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Is there anything a robotic arm can't do? They can juggle balls, manufacture microchips, and crush humanity.
  • Select the right storage for your custom-made PC

    Posted March 4, 2012 - 8:38 am

    Your data and programs need a home, and 1TB hard drives are now commonplace. But bigger isn’t necessarily better: Solid-state drives have decidedly smaller capacities, yet offer a noticeable bump in performance. As for other storage media, if you want to install disc-based programs or watch Blu-rays and DVDs on your PC, grab an optical drive. They’re inexpensive, and prices for blank discs have dropped too.
  • Interface board adds USB to DIY projects

    Posted December 26, 2011 - 10:17 am

    This prototype chip board will add USB connectivity to any cool project you're working on instantly.
  • Profiles in Geekdom: Ben Heck, Serial Modder

    Posted November 7, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    If you enjoy tinkering with gadgets, Ben Heck is one name you're probably familiar with. Ben--his full name is Benjamin Heckendorn--is a serial modder, best known for his various console hacks. In addition to creating assorted mods and DIY projects, Ben also runs a successful video podcast, element14's The Ben Heck Show, where readers can submit hack challeneges for him to solve.
  • Can Newegg survive the post-PC future?

    Posted September 27, 2011 - 9:23 am

    Upgrading your desktop PC's video card was once a rite of passage for geeks -- and could also be a gateway to building a computer from the motherboard up. More often than not, those geeks bought their components from Newegg. But the tablets and ultrathin laptops that are today's hot sellers don't let you so much as swap in more RAM. What's a component retailer to do in world without user-serviceable components?
  • Geek 101: What is Arduino?

    Posted September 10, 2011 - 8:52 am

    This little circuit board is at the heart of many DIY projects, from robotics to art projects and just about everything in between.
  • 3D printing used to create spare parts, save money

    Posted August 13, 2011 - 8:55 am

    It's happened to us all: You buy a new toy or gadget and you run home to try out your new purchase only to find out a piece is missing or broken. That excitement quickly disappears and frustration sets in. However, 3D printing could have the answer! What if you could just print your own spare part? Instructables user dscott4 did just that.
  • Home automation: Inside a DIY smart house

    Posted July 2, 2011 - 6:00 am

    Imagine a house where your appliances run themselves, where lights adjust without you having to get up, and where your snail-mailbox would send you a message when you get a package. It sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but thanks to some nifty home-automation technology, this is all possible today. (Talk about living in the future!)
  • 9 DIY projects for the crafty geek

    Posted June 20, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Have you ever looked at the dust settling on your workbench and thought, "this weekend, I'm going to use this bench and make something cool"? Here are nine ideas worth trying.
  • Make your own tech accessories

    Posted March 28, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    Ingenuity: It's the stuff of legends in the geek world. After all, why should you waste your hard-earned cash or spend hours at the old electronics store to purchase items that you can otherwise make yourself? We're not suggesting that you need to become an everyday geek MacGyver, but it's worth knowing that a number of household goods can serve as excellent substitutes for computer or gadget accessories that you'd otherwise spend a chunk of change on.
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    Make your own real Android robot [video]

    Posted March 8, 2011 - 9:29 am

    Android's little green robot mascot is pretty cute. Even one of Apple's biggest fans could admit he's cooler than a slightly bitten fruit. So seeing how commonly hacked Android is, when Instructables member Tanabata decided to hack a figurine to make it responsive--the Android robot is, of course, the natural choice.
  • DIY geek haven needs your help

    Posted December 31, 2010 - 9:54 am

    Noisebridge is a San Francisco-based hackerspace and DIY community center--in other words, if you're reading this blog and live in the Bay Area, the work it does would probably be right up your alley. But according to a report last week from San Francisco's Uptown Almanac blog, Noisebridge is in financial trouble, and could close in the coming weeks.
  • A serious misuse of engineering skills

    Posted November 19, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    Technology is wonderful; so is gravy.
  • Make Your Laptop MagSafe With DIY Mod

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 11:36 pm

    Have you ever tripped over your laptop's power cable, bringing it crashing to the ground? A recent do-it-yourself mod hopes to prevent just that from happening.
  • How to Make New Stuff From Your Piles of Obsolete Tech

    Posted February 2, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    A new book shows you how to make usable items from old PCs, cell phones, scanners, printers, and other dead tech gear.
  • Building a computer from spare parts

    Posted July 31, 2008 - 3:19 pm

    After almost 30 years of playing with computers, I've accumulated a lot of stuff: motherboards, monitors, modems, processors, memory, graphics cards, TV tuner cards, drives (CD, DVD and hard -- both internal and external), cases, keyboards and mice. I think there's even a Bernoulli Box sitting on a shelf somewhere. I was pretty sure that I still had enough parts left to put together at least one complete computer. Turns out I was right -- and any self-respecting geek should be able to do the same. What follows is a step-by-step account of how I put together a new computer from old parts at a bare minimum cost.
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