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Do it yourself, dude!

diy June 28, 2006 posted by

Roll your own solar heater…2.

DIY Solar Heater Panel Mark 2. Cheaper ($5.00), hotter (170 degs F) and easier to build. That’s what we call progress. And it looks so beautiful, in a post-apocalyptic, art trasheau kinda way. Nice.  After our first attempt at a home built proof of concept solar thermal panel, we were a bit disappointed with the results. It took about 4 hours before the thing started work, and was a bit costly (at over 50 dollars) to make. I knew it…


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diy June 21, 2006 posted by

How to make a headphone.

How to Make a Head Phone. DIY glorious-ness.  My name is Prince Dzuckey. I am a boy of Takoradi Technical Institute, Takoradi, Ghana. I like making projects on my own. I made my own headphones. Here are the steps…


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diy June 19, 2006 posted by

DIY homebrew games on your PSP.

How to play homebrew games on your PSP. Hint: it’s all about the firmware, baby!  Want to play Nintendo, Super Nintendo, GameBoy, Turbo Grafx 16, and Sega games on your PSP? Look no further, this article will guide even the most inept PSP user to be running homebrew in no time. To run homebrew on your PSP you will need to know which “firmware” version your PSP is. If you don’t know which version you have, go to Settings >…


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diy May 30, 2006 posted by

Cheap n’ Easy Photo Frame.

The DIY Cheap n Easy Photo Frame. OK, so we’ll go with the cheap, but easy? Mmm…  Now, the screen can only take 7.5 volts of power. Much more than that, and it’ll fry. The adapter that comes with the viewer is labeled for 12 volts (but I was measuring 15 with my multimeter… all lies!) and so you’d think that the viewer needs 12 volts to run. Not so! I just so happened to test if it would run…


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diy May 23, 2006 posted by

DIY Teddy Bear Remote.

The DIY Teddy Bear Remote. Er…can we just say that that’s the weirdest looking ‘teddy bear’ that we’ve ever seen. Anyhoo, so’s not to spoil the fun let’s just go along with it and enjoy. Yeah, why not eh?  The teddy bear remote sits nicely on your sofa or bed and can be used to control your iPod or computer. It’s a cute modification to an RF remote control and is surprisingly soft! The project is difficult to make and…


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diy May 10, 2006 posted by

Xbox controlled.

The Ultimate Remote Controllable Xbox Controller. Why? Er…  What is this? It’s a system that will allow basically anything that can talk udp to control an Xbox. Why would you want to do this? I have no idea. I have my reasons, maybe you have some too.


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diy April 21, 2006 posted by

DIY Solar panelling.

The DIY Solar Panel Project.  Crude but effective way to heat water for your various purposes using nothing more than a simple design and some grass. Sorry plastic. Yes plastic. Not grass. Prepare for Peak Oil now!  The water in the panel heats up and moves up the little path you have made for it, in the process it gets very warm, so be careful…If you leave it in the sun it will start to thermo siphon pretty fast as…


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diy April 18, 2006 posted by

DIY bike spoke lights.

DIY Bicycle Spoke Light Kit. $37.50 gets you a bike kit that will make you the envy of your neighbours and friends. Or ex friends. Whichever comes first. More here.  The spokepov kit includes parts and circuit board for one basic configuration SpokePOV with 1K of memory (for one static image) and 60 high brightness LEDs (30 on each side). Available in red or yellow in both BMX (6.5″ long) or MTB/Road (9.5″ long) and blue in MTB/Road!


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diy April 10, 2006 posted by

DIY LCD Photo Frame.

The most marvellous Mike Haney of Popsci has produced a fascinating account of building a DIY LCD Photo Frame out of an old decrepit IBM laptop, some string and a copy of the free Slickr screensaver. Super delicious for just $80.00 and a packet of crisps, Mikey.  But the real star of this project is Slickr…a screensaver that displays a constantly updated slideshow of images from my account on Flickr.com, a free photo-sharing site. I can even set it to show…


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diy April 4, 2006 posted by

DIY eyes.

DIY Ultrasonic Radar. True geeks don’t let their robots stumble around in the dark, they equip them with home made ultrasonic radar systems. No more bumping into chairs and grannies. And that goes for the robots too. Warning: not for the code cuttingly challenged.  The Devantech SFR04 Ultrasonic Range Finder indicates the distance to the closest object within range. Echo’s that arrive later are received and processed, but subsequently ignored. For a true radar all signals should be taken into account. So, time…


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diy March 23, 2006 posted by

DIY Toilet Paper Cannon.

The DIY Toilet Paper Cannon. Er…apparently there is a significant market in the world for building your own air powered gun for shooting…ah…full rolls of toilet paper into trees. You couldn’t make this stuff up, could you? Could you? Ah well. So the plans for this poop puppy…sorry…will set you back a rock bottom…oops…price of $10.61. Oy yoy yoy!  TP is very fun to launch. You can launch a whole roll of toilet paper and watch it un-roll through the air (be…


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diy March 20, 2006 posted by

DIY MP3 player.

The DIY MP3 Player. Pfaff, iPods? Sissy toys. Real men put together their own open design MP3 player. It may not look too purty, but it’ll play music all right. You need more? Oh and the main module costs a whopping $19.99. Yeah.  The main goal of this project is to create an open design for a portable MP3 player, in both hardware and software. The secondary goal of this project is to make it as simple to construct, and…


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diy March 6, 2006 posted by

DIY GPS Controlled Nixie Clock.

GPS Controlled Nixie Clock Kit. Build your own geekalicious Nixie clock with this groovy kit. Just the job for those rainy nights in Georgia. $329.00.  GPSII takes advantage of the NAVSTAR precision timekeeping system to deliver a clock with “beyond question” accuracy. There are no other satellite controlled clocks offering a comparable level of performance, and embedded features at a hobby kit price. GPSII uses a Direct Drive Nixie Tube display. No multiplexing was used. Although more complex; Direct Drive…


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diy March 2, 2006 posted by

DIY LCD Projector.

The DIY LCD Projector Project. Cut price, cut fingers?   The principals that make projection in general possible are very simple in concept. You need simply 4 requirements to be met: a light source, the brighter the better; some form of imagery medium, film or LCD it’s all the same conceptually; a focusing mechanism to help provide a crisp image; and finally a display medium.


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