Jason Poel Smith

Jason Poel Smith

My name is Jason Poel Smith. I have an undergraduate degree in Engineering that is 50% Mechanical Engineering and 50% Electrical Engineering. I have worked in a variety of industries from hydraulic aerial lifts to aircraft tooling. I currently spend most of my time chasing around my new baby. In my spare time I make the how-to series "DIY Hacks and How Tos."

Latest from Jason Poel Smith

main image

Backyard games like Cornhole are a lot of fun. But you can make them even better by adding lights and sounds. By hooking up some simple electronics, you can make the board light up and play a victory fanfare whenever someone scores. Here is how to make it. Read more »

final

Everyone loves water gun fights in the summer. But you can always make something better by adding electronics to it. So I designed a set of water sensors and buzzers that will beep when they are hit with the spray of a water gun. This lets you play a game... Read more »

IMG_5185b

Combine building blocks and your favorite pictures to make fun custom puzzles. Read more »

IMG_4676

I designed a DIY motion-sensing alarm that is controlled by a resistor. When an intruder is detected, a siren sounds that can be deactivated by touch. Read more »

Main

In this project, I am going to show you a simple method for creating custom box sets of whatever kind of media you are collecting. Read more »

vlcsnap-2014-04-10-12h37m35s140b

This gripper takes advantage of "jamming" semi-fluid coffee grounds. Read more »

IMG_4285

Most soldering irons are either on or off; it would be much more useful if you were able to change the temperature of the iron. So I designed a simple control circuit that will let you adjust the output of a heating element. Read more »