We’ve seen a rush of DIY robotic and computing kits for kids as popularity has risen over the last year. Companies like littleBits and Kano have introduced a handful products that put the power of computing into the hands of everyone. A new subscription service called Thimble recently launched on Kickstarter with eyes on delivering a project each month. Based on the reception its received, there is plenty of interest from campaign backers.
DIY Stories December 28, 2015
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Halloween is right around the corner, and the Web is flooded with costume ideas. This year, forego the predictable store-bought getup and get creative! DIYing your Halloween costume is a great way to upcycle found objects and design a project that fits your budget and skill level. From beginner-friendly to a bit more advanced, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that are guaranteed to turn heads.
DIY Stories September 8, 2015
Raspberry Pi has changed the way we look at microcomputing, access to technology and computer programming. It has opened the door to bringing these small devices to schools for educational programs of all kinds. Today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation officially launched a new touchscreen display that truly makes it an all-in-one alternative.
DIY Stories July 28, 2015
Repairing your phone or computer is surprisingly easy if you follow iFixit’s online guides. To ensure you have the right tools for the job, 9to5Toys Specials has bundled together iFixit’s Pro Tech Screwdriver Set with a high quality Jimmy Tool for $60 with free shipping.
The Pro Tech includes fifteen fixed-blade drivers that cover 90% of the screws you’ll encounter in electronic devices. They have shafts made from SVCM steel alloy, and black oxide tips to prevent corrosion. The premium feel is enhanced by comfortable rubberized handles and spinning caps to help with applying pressure. In this bundle, you also get a Jimmy Tool for prizing open tiny parts. It is made from steel, and while the blade is thin enough to fit into the tightest of cracks, the handle is designed to be ergonomic for any hand size. expand full story
DIY Stories July 27, 2015
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There are literally millions of things you can create with an Arduino, which is why it is a great way into electronics. This bundle actually puts an Arduino (Uno) in your hands, along with an entire kit for making circuits — breadboards, jumper wires, lights, buzzers, and plenty more. You get a good instruction booklet in with this gear, but to help you to move into more advanced Arduino-based projects, this bundle also comes with three courses. In no particular order, these show you how to self-build a RC car and set up various forms of environmental monitoring, while you can also learn about the Internet of Things (smart devices). It is a pretty comprehensive line-up for anyone wanting to get started with Arduino.
- ARDX Arduino Starter Kit (incl. Arduino Uno + 13 circuits)
- Arduino Step-by-Step ‘Your Guide to the Internet of Things’ Course
- Arduino ‘Make a Remote-Controlled Car’ Course
- Beginning Arduino ‘Make Your Own Environment Monitor System’ Course
DIY Stories March 25, 2015
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The big news of the morning comes way of the Raspberry Pi foundation, which has announced its latest generation microcomputer. Starting today, the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will be available for purchase at the same $35 price point that we’ve come to expect. The big jump in performance will open a whole new world of computing for hobbyist, hackers and educators.
DIY Stories December 11, 2014
First off, you don’t even need to buy a new pair of gloves to start using your iPhone in arctic-like conditions. There are several Do-It-Yourself methods to add touchscreen capabilities to any pair of normal gloves. The easiest ways include sewing conductive thread into the fingertips or dabbing some AnyGlove formula on areas you wish to make touchscreen compatible.
If you’re not the DIY type, then continue on for the best touchscreen gloves I’ve found: expand full story
DIY Stories October 7, 2014
Kano, the company that raised over 1.5 million dollars via Kickstarter last year, has announced that its DIY computer kit for kids is available for sale today. What was once done by Steve Jobs in a California garage can be accomplished by your child in your living room. The thing that really makes it great for kids (and parents too) is the price.
DIY Stories July 24, 2014
Littlebits Electronics makes a large line of magnetic electronics modules (or Bits) that can be used to create a number of different gadgets and devices without the need to know how to code or to pull out a soldering iron. While there a number of different bundles that can be purchased, the Bits range from switches, light dimmers, sensors, small motors, and even Korg made a littleBits DIY synthesizer kit.
Until now, the prototyping and hobbyist platform didn’t allow for creations that were connected to the internet, so littleBits has decided to introduce the new cloudBit module.