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Magic Wand Flashlight

This year for Halloween my son wanted to be a wizard. To go with his costume, I made him a flashlight wand that’s turned on with a magnetic reed switch.
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New Project: Control Halloween Effects with DIY Infrared Remote Controls

In this project, I’ll show you how to set up some simple infrared remote controls for effects that you can use in your haunted house this year.
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New Project: Weave a Giant Frightful Spider Web for Halloween

For Halloween this year I’m making giant spider webs to decorate outside my house. These are easy to make, and all you need is a roll of shrink wrap.
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New Project: Limit TV Time with an Arduino-Controlled Relay

Most of us spend far too much time in front of the TV. So I designed a system that will automatically limit when and how much the TV can be on.
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New Project: Remote Controlled Confetti Cannon

Confetti cannons are great, but sometimes you want to set them off remotely. Here’s how to make one that can be triggered wirelessly with a remote control.
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New Project: Build an Automatic Photo Rig for Perfect Panoramas

Make an automatic camera rig for shooting high-resolution panoramas with a point-and-shoot camera.
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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: How to Make Custom Shields for Your Microcontroller Board

Shields are great for connecting external circuits to your microcontroller board. In this project, you’ll learn to make your own custom shields for Arduino.
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New Project: Make a Rainbow Chandelier Out of Test Tubes

I came across a design for a chandelier made from test tubes that were filled with colored water, so I decided to make my own version of the project.
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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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