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Arduino

DIY Mini Telegraph

DIY Mini Telegraph

Telegraphs were once the fastest way to send messages over a distance. While they’re long since obsolete, DIYprojects decided to build a modern take on the paper strip telegraph, using an Arduino Mini, a motor, wood, and a pen to write down text messages. Build guide here.

DIY Wire Bending Machine

DIY Wire Bending Machine

We’ve seen industrial machines that can bend wires into shapes, but thanks to 3D printing and low-cost controllers like Arduino, you can make your own desktop machine now. How to Mechatronics shows us exactly how. Grab the full instructions, models, code, and schematics here.

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Toa Mata Robot Band

Toa Mata Robot Band

A band of LEGO Bionicle musicians gets outfitted with servos and bang out some catchy beats, with the help of an Arduino Uno board, and the Clavia Nord Beat iPad sequencer app.

Video Game in a Box

Video Game in a Box

To showcase their Teagueduino hardware platform, Teague Labs created this physical side-scrolling ‘video game’ based on Super Mario Bros. Looks pretty entertaining based on reactions.

RPS Playing Glove

RPS Playing Glove

Never be without a Rock, Paper, Scissors sparring buddy again with Steve Hoefer’s Playing Glove: this arduino gadget will not only play against you, but learns from your moves.

DIY: Arduino Bee Camera

DIY: Arduino Bee Camera

Kudos to Frans, aka fotoopa (Belgian for photo-grandpa): he’s built his own Arduino Bee Camera Rig that uses crossed lasers to photograph insects as small as 2 mm while in flight.

DIY: Quaduino

DIY: Quaduino

If you liked Parrot’s AR.Drone, build your own using Arduino; Paul Rene’s aptly-named Quaduino features four rotors, pitch/roll//yaw controls, a compass, barometer, and accelerometer.

DIY: Weather Clock

DIY: Weather Clock

Sean Carney’s Weather Clock looks old fashioned, but it’s actually high tech: an Arduiino scrapes data from the Internet and displays temperature and conditions using two servos.

DIY: Batlamp

DIY: Batlamp

While it may not be bright enough to signal the Dark Knight, this Batlamp is ideal for do-gooder decorating; made with cardboard and RGB LEDs, the lighting is controlled by Arduino.

Video: Happiness Hat

Video: Happiness Hat

Coming to a customer service desk near you, the Happiness Hat is disturbing yet awesome: a servo motor moves a metal spike into the head whenever it notices you’re not smiling.

Video: Football Hero

Video: Football Hero

Sony Music and freestyle footballers (that’s soccer for Yanks) gives Guitar Hero a more athletic kick with Football Hero: it’ uses Arduino, pressure sensitive pads, and Frets on Fire.

Tweeting Kegerator

Tweeting Kegerator

We’ve seen Twitter for power usage and watering plants, but the Tweeting Kegerator is easily the most useful: it monitors beer temp, handle pulls and brew levels; follow it on Twitter.

Puff The Robot Dragon

Puff The Robot Dragon

The union of a dragon cutout and an Arduino tracked platform, Puff is designed put out fires with puffs of air; he even has a panic mode that makes him flee after too many failed attempts.

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