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Humidity Sensor

We currently have a moisture issue in our basement and are looking for a DIY fix. Our solution is to use an Arduino DHT22 Humidity Sensor and a fan.  This sensor cost about $9.50, which is one of the cheaper humidity sensors out there.  For right now we are just prototyping a Read more…

Hardware Hacker

The Hardware Hacker

A new book buy Andrew “bunnie” Huang has just arrived called The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware.  This looks to be great read.  Bunnie is the maker of such products as the much loved Chumby (we had one), the opens source computer Novena and others. “Huang’s journey starts with his first visit Read more…

VCR Cat Feeder

DIY Pet Feeders

Sometimes you need to go away from home and can’t get a relative or neighbor to feed your pet.  Well, this is where DIY pet feeders come in.  A littler tinkering, some soldering, some code and presto, a pet feeder. See the four different versions below.   VCR Cat Feeder Read more…

Valentine Robo Grinch

Valentine’s Day DIY Projects

Are You Ready For Valentine’s Day? Less than two weeks away, it is time to make your special someone a present. Below are five DIY projects that involve gluing, soldering, microcontrollers, painting and general making to create  gifts for Valentine’s Day.     LED Magnetic Heart Mastelios on Instructables created Read more…

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

If you have never used a Raspberry Pi it is a small computer that can be used to make many neat projects like a retro gaming console. Instructables has a great class on learning the Raspberry Pi. This class takes you through all the beginner steps and makes a photo booth.   Read more…

Soldering Tip Cleaning

Damp Sponge Vs Brass Sponge

What should you be cleaning your soldering tips with?  Some soldering stations like the Weller WLC100 come with a sponge that you dampen.  Others come with a brass sponge or brass tip cleaner pad. Using the sponge is easy enough.  Just remove it and get it wet.  Make sure to squeezes as much Read more…