DIY Stories December 28, 2015

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.

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DIY Stories December 21, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box – Up to 69% off Top-Selling Tools: MagLite LED Flashlight $20 (Reg. $27), much more

Fill your toolbox or check the DIYer off your Christmas list with today’s Amazon sale on top-selling products from Black & Decker, DEWALT, Porter-Cable, Dremel, Seek, MagLite and others. There’s something for every skill level and several options are priced at $30 or less. As usual, free shipping is available for Prime members or on orders of at least $35. Here are our top picks from the lot:

MagLite LED 3-Cell D Flashlight (made in America): $19.99 (Reg. $27)

A premium drop resistant and water resistant flashlight renowned for its quality, durability and reliability.

DIY Stories October 12, 2015

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.

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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.

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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

Make your own miniature 3D printed, Raspberry Pi-powered Game Boy emulator

An interesting 3D printed, raspberry Pi-powered Game Boy emulator has popped up on Thingiverse recently. The DIY project combines the versatility of the small Raspberry Pi computers with some intelligent 3D printing to create what is essentially a mini portable Game Boy/SNES handheld console.

At just 75% the size, it has a much smaller footprint than the original Game Boy, and is just a fraction of the size of the giant Raspberry Pi-powered Game Boy emulator we detailed previously.

Packed with a Raspberry Pi A+, a slightly modded controller set-up (inspired by the SNES), and a 5V smartphone battery pack, the 3D printer files for the case and D-pad are provided on Thingiverse.

While you’ll need a 3D printer, a basic knowledge of the Raspberry Pi universe and a bit of ingenuity, it is possible to put one of these suckers together yourself. The instructions aren’t exactly detailed, but they do provide the necessary 3D printer files and a basic rundown of how to put it together.

Source: Slashgear

DIY Stories July 1, 2015

July 4th is the perfect day for an outdoor get-together, but the cost of food, drinks, and entertainment adds up quickly. Save a few dollars, help the environment, and create a new space by DIYing some of your outdoor decor with both new and re-purposed items. expand full story

DIY Stories May 27, 2015

9to5Toys Specials is currently offering the Complete Arduino Starter Kit and Course Bundle for $76 with free shipping. It contains all you need to begin making your own inventive projects..

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

Get 85% off the bundle here.

DIY Stories March 25, 2015

When we first introduced you to Kano, it was coming off a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and preparing to ship its first round of DIY Raspberry Pi systems for kids. Today, they’ve made an announcement that brings the Kano OS to more users than ever before. expand full story

DIY Stories February 2, 2015

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.

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DIY Stories December 11, 2014

I’m going to be moving from the sunny shores of Florida back up to the frigid Northeast this winter. Once I got over that fact that I won’t be able to go to Disney World every week (OK, I’m still not fully over it but that’s another discussion) I started tracking down my old winter clothes and snowboard gear. Before moving to Florida touchscreen devices hadn’t permeated my entire life. But now, I’m connected 24/7 and couldn’t imagine having to choose between using my iPhone 6 and keeping my hands warm.

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.

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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.

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