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How to Build a Bicycle Generator

Check out this awesome instructable by abemckay which shows you how to build a Bicycle Generator, perfect in case of a “Power Outage Apocalypse”. This is not really for Noobs so please take care when working with electricity.   Using a few easily accessible parts, you can make a bicycle generator that can power various electronic appliances, such as laptops and batteries! Materials needed: Bicycle Stand Bicycle frame 24V  DC scooter motor

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Setting up a 7-inch Touchscreen on a Pi 2 with Windows IoT Core

This article gives credit to Falafel Software and expects that you already have a Raspberry Pi 2 and that it is running the Windows IoT Core operating system. If you don’t currently have this setup it is quite easy to begin by going to the Windows on Devices website.   Disclaimer: Windows IoT Core Insider preview is not an officially released product. Expect some changes as the product matures and is

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How to make a Battery from Trash

This Video tutorial is brought to you by www.bridging-humanity.org a project to help provide LED flashlights and batteries to the poor. In this video we were able to create a series of charcoal batteries wrapped in felt that had been soaked in lye and got a reading of 2.5 volts.     If you want to test this project on your own you will need the following: aluminum foil charcoal or pencil lead

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FONA MiniGSM Phone Module

The FONA MiniGSM Module from Adafruit is an awesome piece of tech perfect for those of you wanting to build a mobile phone or perhaps you want to hook it up to your existing projects and add voice, text, SMS and data. Note that on its own this module doesn’t do much you will need a micro-controller such as an Arduino to drive it.   Here are some features for this device:

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How To Make The Super StarDragon Paper Airplane

Here is a fun little project almost anybody can do thanks to OrigamiAirEnforcer over at Instructables. All you need are some basic stationary items like paper, scissors and some tape (See Full List Below) and you good to go.   Step 1: Materials     1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper (4 boxes per inch) Tape Scissors Pencil Ruler Stapler   Step 2: Begin Construction     First, begin

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The Big Ass WTF!!!! Boombox

Why build a boom box this insane? Because its fun!!! This project is brought to you by Van Damage called the Pelican Case Boombox which took only two days to build.   Check out these cool features: A voltmeter installed on the upper left corner to allow you to see the power level. A charging port so you can recharge the batteries or just run it from the charger. The head unit

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Soldering LED Strips to Make Shapes

Another quick tutorial for those curios minds out there, today kaitlyn1franz on instructables shows us some pretty handy tips for soldering LED strips together to form some rather interesting shapes.   To start here are 3 Very important tips: – Pay attention to the direction to the LEDs. They have Data in and Data out as indicated by the pins and the arrows on the strips. – Make sure you solder the

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Build a Cheap and Easy No-Solder Prototyping Board

Here is a great little tutorial I found over at Makezine courtesy of Casey Shea for all you prototyping enthusiasts. Here is a quick guide on how to create a cheap and easy prototyping circuit board from a piece of wood, some screws and some springs.   Step #1: Design your board   Set the springs down (while not under tension) and mark where you want to attach them to the board.

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Jet Powered Go Kart

Yes that’s right the title does read “Jet Powered Go Kart“ Colin Furze, a plumber from Stamford Lincolnshire has recently left his career to pursue a full time job to do Gadget Geeks for Sky. This guy is well known for making outrages and down right dangerous gadgets such as the The Worlds Fastest Pram dubbed the MEGAPRAM, and holds 4 Guinness World records for The Largest Bonfire (2006), The Longest

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Create Your Own Hologram Effect

Based on a technique called “Pepper’s Ghost” Robbie Tilton shows us how he created a Hologram-like effect using a reflective prism, a technique which basically reflects an image off a reflective surface to create an illusion of a floating 3D object. The “Pepper’s Ghost” effect was first designed with only one reflective surface being used but Robbie decided to take it a step further and use four reflective surfaces giving it

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