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The ESP8266 is now Arduino compatible, we walk you through installing the development environment and uploading your first sketch. (Part 2 of 3) Read more »

The ESP8266 microcontroller with onboard WiFi

What if you could have an Arduino compatible board, with WiFi, for just $5? Well now you can, because the ESP8266 is now Arduino compatible. Read more »


This year for April Fool’s Day, I decided to build something out of the ordinary. Read more »


This project transforms overhead lighting into kinetic sculptures. Studio Drift, an art and design studio in Amsterdam, has created the silken, flowery “Shylights.” When raised to the ceiling these lights are retracted in their cocoon-like container. They  descend like airborne jellyfish, filling the room with light and movement. In design,... Read more »


You never know when you’re going to need to make an impressive rumbling noise. Maybe you’re putting on a play and need some sound effects. Maybe you just want to make your neighbors really curious about what the heck you’re doing. No matter the reason, making a loud rumbly “Thunder... Read more »

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I am going to show you how to build a DIY emergency lighting system that will automatically turn on when the power goes out Read more »


Humans and robots alike came out in droves to celebrate the robot-themed installment of the California Academy of Sciences’ weekly Nightlife event. In addition to the Academy’s regular aquarium, planetarium, and rainforest exhibits, attendees enjoyed the chance to interact with a variety of robots. Game of Drones had a large... Read more »