alarm clocks
How to Build an Alarm Clock That Can Only Be Silenced by a Nerf Dart

The most dangerous object in your home isn’t the stove, the clothes iron, or that chainsaw in your garage. It’s your alarm clock’s snooze button that makes it so easy to go back to bed each morning. Silencing that alarm shouldn’t be so easy, so Christopher Guichet built an alarm clock that can only be deactivated with a perfect shot from a Nerf blaster. Read More >>

Marvel at This Bagpipe-Playing Robot, and Then Cringe at the Music it Plays

At no point in the history of humanity did anyone ever ask for a bagpipe-playing robot that would never get tired. But this is exactly what Instructables’ XenonJohn has built with his Ardu McDuino bot that uses a pair of 3D-printed prosthetic hands to autonomously play a bagpipe’s chanter. Thanks? Read More >>

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How to Make Your Own Sonic Tractor Beam at Home

We’ve all been there: building a scale model of the Death Star in our basement and thinking, “I just wish this had a tractor beam to grab onto my tiny styrofoam Millennium Falcon.” Now, thanks to a team of scientists, you can put the finishing touches on that model with your very own sonic tractor beam. Okay, maybe we haven’t all been there, but I’m sure someone has been there. Read More >>

How to Build a Low-Budget Roomba

If you hate vacuuming as much as you hate spending money, it turns out you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on an autonomous robotic vacuum like the Roomba. With some scavenged electronics and a cheap handheld vac, you can just build your own. Read More >>

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11 DIY Projects to Turn Your House Into a Smart Home

The smart home revolution definitely isn’t happening overnight. Even with a flood of new devices and platforms available, most of us are still only inching toward fully automated homes. Still, you can take matters into your own hands and speed up the rate of progress with these DIY smart home systems. They’re easy to build and most can be up and running in under an hour. Read More >>

Think of the Things You Could Do With This AA-Sized Genuino Board

Cheap, easy-to-control Genuino boards (known as Arduino in the States) are the bread and butter of garage inventors the world over. Regular Genuinos are already pretty small, but the AAduino design shrinks things down to the size of — you guessed it — an AA battery. Read More >>

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If You Have a 3D Printer You Can Make Yourself a Cheap Robotic Lawn Mower

A decent robot mower will set you back a couple of thousand quid, considerably more than the robot vacuum that’s patrolling your living room for dust. But if you’ve got access to a 3D printer and a bit of electronics know-how, you can print and build a robotic mower for a fraction of the cost. Read More >>

True Hero Builds a Stereo That Automatically Blasts Music Back at his Loud Neighbours

You unfortunately don’t get to choose your neighbours, but you do get to choose how you deal with them. A YouTuber named Jamil went with a more passive-aggressive approach for dealing with his loud neighbours. Read More >>

Make Yourself a Working Thermometer Scarf That Actually Shows the Temperature

Feeling extra-confident in your crafting skills after knitting yourself a pair of Netflix-pausing socks? Take your newfound skills to the next level by now making yourself a comfy cosy scarf that not only looks like a giant thermometer around your neck, it works like one too. Read More >>

The New Arduino Board Uses Intel’s Tiny, Low-Power Curie Chip

This is the latest addition to Arduino’s line-up of budget-friendly development boards, and it uses Intel’s titchy Curie chip to power itself along. Read More >>

This Arduino-Style Board Uses Intel’s 37-year Old 8086 Chip

Card-based computers keep getting more powerful, unless you're Matt Millman. Because this chap has decided to build an Arduino-style board that's powered by a giant of computing history – Intel's 8086 processor, which is now 37 years old. Read More >>

Build a Tiny Version of Those Pricey Word Clocks On the Cheap

If you're enamoured with the Qlocktwo's clever word-based approach to displaying the time but not to the point where you're willing to drop £636 on one, here's a much simpler and cheaper alternative you can build yourself. Read More >>