Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Print your own PCBs

August 12, 2014 Leave a comment,bid_26,aid_274323&dfpLayout=blog

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DIY Plastic Injection Molding

June 7, 2013 Leave a comment

3D Printing is relatively slow.  And while the quality of 3D printed parts from entry level machines is acceptable for prototypes, it’s not up to par with most professional consumer level products.

Check out this video on a Hobbyist DIY Plastic Injection Molding System from LNS Technologies that was recently featured on Kickstarter.  Make and perfect a prototype part or invention with a 3D printer, then produce it in medium quantities with a setup like this.  Awesome!

Low Cost Android TV Box

May 20, 2013 1 comment

Android for your TV in an affordable package; the Mini XPlus!  Looks like you could use it for all sorts of things, too.  Wifi, an A10 processor, HDMI, USB; all for $69.99.  The Miniand site has a few other hackable platforms that also look interesting.

PlayLater: Online PVR Bliss?

March 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Check out  I’ve been researching ways to cut cable without getting the shakes too hard.  This looks like a potentially handy tool.

On another note, I wonder if this is another way to get your Netflix content on a Linux box.  It’s probably a few extra steps, but might be handy.

Let us know if you’ve tried it out!


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Free VPS

March 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Ever wanted a server “in the cloud” so you could do things like proxy web traffic, or put up a PageKite for personal use?  Unfortunately, a VPS is expensive for the average DIYer who wants one for occasional personal use.

If you only need a light-weight VPS, search no more.  Buy a Raspberry Pi and put it in a Colo for free!  Follow the link to EDIS and see if they might be a good option for you.  If nothing else, it just might put you on the list of who’s who of nerddom.

Please Gadget Freak! Don’t make me open source everything.

February 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Gadget Freak is a Design News program that features DIY projects by inventors and hackers from across the net.  Sometimes the projects are very polished, sometimes they look pretty cobbled together.  That’s the beauty of it.

My only complaint is submissions have to be full disclosure.  The following is an email I sent Design News to open their open source policy up a bit.

To the Gadget Freak Editor,

I love your Gadget Freak column.  It seems like a pretty unique thing on the net, which is saying a lot these days.

I like Gadget Freak because I can see what other DIYers are building.  It inspires me to do better, and gets me excited about the efforts we experimenters are doing collectively.  You can see some of my projects at

I’d like to recommend you create another category of Gadget Freak submission that doesn’t require complete disclosure.  I’d love to read about Gadgets even without being able to recreate them.  I value and participate in the Open Source movement, but it doesn’t apply to everything.  I’m sure people would still submit projects without the $500 reward if they could have it appear on your site for all to adore.

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Rover 2 SpyTank Teardown

February 9, 2013 44 comments

Brookstone Rover 2.0 SpyTank Teardown

Brookstone SpyTank

Brookstone SpyTank

The Brookstone SpyTank is a track-driven spy cam with night vision that you can remote control using a tablet computer.  It includes auditory listening and loudspeaker functionality in its arsenal of intelligence gathering weaponry.  Drive it around to surveil targets, gather intelligence, and master your environment.  Your home may never be the same.

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