Conductive Paint Turns Plain Old Paper Into Playable Instruments

Handing a trumpet to a child and expecting some Louis Armstrong skills is a tall order, but it’s possible to get them producing basic tunes with a simple sheet of loose leaf. MusicInk allows kids to paint—and play!—a plain old piece of paper like a musical gizmo. The ...

i2c / SPI character LCD backpack

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Meet Dave, A 19-Year-Old Craft Beer With A $2,000 Price Tag

Hair of the Dog releases a few bottles of Dave a year. In September, the 12 bottles of Dave on sale for $2,000 each sold out within a few hours.Hair of the Dog releases a few bottles of Dave a year. In September, the 12 bottles of Dave ...

'Terminator arm' churned out of 3D printer

3D printing can render everyday artefacts in clear plastic, so we can see in unprecedented detail how they work – and this exquisite model of a prosthetic arm is a brilliant example. It is one of the highlights at the London Science Museum\\'s 3D printing exhibition, which features ...

Robot that writes thank you notes :)

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle"

Logging power meter statistics with an Arduino and light sensor

There are several methods of capturing the data from electricity meters - some can be quite complex including hacking the wireless signals from newer meters, or connecting to wired data ports. However some meters simply blink an LED after a kilowatt-hour of energy has been consumer, and with one of these meters at hand, Arduino enthusiast Nicolai has done just that by creating a circuit with a light sensor and Arduino to track the "blips" from the power meter. To make the data more accessible, the Arduino is then connected ...

Experimenting with ultra-low power Arduino circuits

The need for energy efficiency may not spring to mind when creating general Arduino-based projects as a fair amount of them may not leave the comfort of USB power. However if you\\'re designing remote data-logging devices running from solar-charged batteries, or placing the device in a somewhat inaccessible location - the longer it can run from a set power source the better.For some interesting experiments in running an Arduino-compatible circuit for longer, the people behind the \\'heliosoph\\' site have demonstrated various methods of using sleep mode, experimenting with the AVR ...

IKEA or Death

IKEA is that friendly shop where you get cheap furniture from the inside of a giant, unending warehouse. Black metal is the kind of music that sounds like someone screaming while trapped inside a burning church. They each possess a fervent fan base. And to tell you the ...

We paid $634 million for the Obamacare sites and all we got was this lousy 404

It’s been one full week since the flagship technology portion of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went live. And since that time, the befuddled beast that is Healthcare.gov has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress.The ...

3-in-1 Beer Hunting Tags

These iconic, industrial style tags do triple duty as gift tags, cellar trackers, and sharing memories for the beer geek in all of us. Cellar TrackingIt\\'s impossible to keep track of cellaring and \\'best after\\' dates in a collection of exceptional aged beers. These tags help you see ...

Pokewithastick, an Arduino programmable web-logger/server

[Stewart] tipped us about his very nice project: pokewithastick. It is an Arduino compatible board (hardware, not footprint) based on the ATMEGA1284P which can be programmed to collect and post data to internet logging sites such as Thingspeak or Xively.As you can see in the picture above, it ...

How to Make an Awesome Claymation

The first step to making a claymation is to write a script.While your clay figures are unlikely to be very talkative, that doesn\\'t mean you\\'re not telling a story.Plan out what you want to happen in your short story, and find some appropriate music.It doesn\\'t have to be ...

How The NSA Deploys Malware: An In-Depth Look at the New Revelations

We\\'ve long suspected that the NSA, the world\\'s premiere spy agency, was pretty good at breaking into computers. But now, thanks to an article by security expert Bruce Schneier—who is working with the Guardian to go through the Snowden documents—we have a much more detailed view of how ...

If we want a civilised society, charities can't fill the void left by government

I gave to a local food bank because women with infants are going hungry thanks to the shutdown. But it fills me with furyWith some SNAP assistance suspended, food banks are a lifeline for some. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the GuardianLast week, I made an online donation to ...

Create awesome USB keys with sugru and random objects!

USB keys are sooooo boring !!!! I want something awesome and very personal, it helps that it looks different to everyone else\\' keys and it makes it s... Removing the USB casing is kinda like opening a fortune cookie !!!! Use a scalpel blade to prise open the ...

Autumn Yardwork's a Breeze With This Leaf Smooshing Rake

You might think the cheap plastic rake you grabbed at the hardware store is more than adequate given you really only use it for about one month out of the year. But that\\'s only because you haven\\'t been introduced to Quirky\\'s wonderful new Rake \\'n\\' Tamp which not ...

A Small Duino

The title might sound a little strange at first go but believe me it’s worth reading or at least giving it a try. Majority of the people, mainly the hobbyist or electronic freaks, tend to use ARDUINO as their main developing environment for most of their project. The ...

Temp-Sensitive Automatic Blinds

Any opportunity to shave a few bucks off your power bill is probably worth considering, especially if it’s a device like [Steve Hoefer\\'s] Mini Blind Minder. This little guy staves off (or welcomes) the sun by monitoring the room with a temperature sensor and checking against a setpoint.

Fox News debuts bizarre, giant tablets in its outrageous new newsroom

Fox News has just unveiled a breathtakingly ridiculous newsroom, complete with novelty-sized Windows-based touchscreens, a Twitter wall, and a wannabe Minority Report style display, which it hopes will connect it with generations of viewers who use smartphones and apps.In a video that could be mistaken for a College ...

Web App Source Code Protection Community Group

The goal of this community group is to explore solutions for protecting web app source codes.It is well-known that web page source codes are visible to the public due to the openness of the Internet and the W3C standards. With the advent of HTML5, the web apps become ...