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New Project: LED Matrix Dessert Tray

Everyone loves dessert, but what if they could light up and play animations? I’ll show you how to make a dessert tray with a built-in LED matrix.
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New Project: Build a Motorized System for Raising and Lowering Hanging Plants

Hanging plants are a great way to add some green to your house. I designed a simple system for raising and lowering hanging plants with an electric motor.
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New Project: Build Sensors for Squirt Gun “Laser” Tag

Everyone loves water gun fights in the summer. But you can always make something better by adding electronics to it. So I designed a set of water sensors and buzzers that will beep when they are hit with the spray of a water gun. This lets you play a g…

New Project: Build a Motion Sensing Alarm You Can Disable with a Resistor

I designed a DIY motion-sensing alarm that is controlled by a resistor. When an intruder is detected, a siren sounds that can be deactivated by touch.
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New Project: Make a Box Set for Your Favorite Series

In this project, I am going to show you a simple method for creating custom box sets of whatever kind of media you are collecting.
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New Project: Adjustable Control Circuit for Heating Elements

Most soldering irons are either on or off; it would be much more useful if you were able to change the temperature of the iron. So I designed a simple control circuit that will let you adjust the output of a heating element.
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New Project: Sensor-Triggered Toy Race Car Timer

Racing toy cars, like Pinewood Derby or CO2 dragsters, is a lot of fun. But if you want to compare the results of multiple races, you need be able to accurately record the finishing times of each one. To do this, I designed a timer circuit that will au…

New Project: Wind-Powered Music Box

I designed a simple wind-powered music box
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New Project: Motion Activated Water Gun Turret

How to use motorized nerf guns and water guns to make automated gun turrets
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New Project: Make This Mini Star Wars BB-8 Ball Droid with a Hacked Sphero

As an industrial designer, I’ve been particularly fascinated by products that have personality and emotion. And I think the droids in Star Wars have always been really great at capturing a character without facial expression and drawing you in. A…