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This Tesla coil car alarm system will not only save your car from being stolen, but will also cook any potential thief as if they were BBQed on site. Check out the link for pics of the construction of this beast, and be careful next time you try to jimmy... Read more »

If you were at Maker Faire Austin, you may have seen this honky-tonky belt buckle Ryan from SparkFun built which incorporates an MP3 player. It even has an MMA7260 Triple Axis Accelerometer on it to create a hip-thruster interface (i.e. you change songs by thrusting your hips). Oh, THAT’s not... Read more »

the cheapest gift: your old, flat tires for artistic reuse “When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his... Read more »

Here’s some video of Sean Reynolds’ UAV that uses an Arduino Mini, Maxbotix ultrasonic sensors, and a HMC6352 compass module for autonomous flight control. Wash UAV: Final Demo [via SparkFun] Read more »

Nice history and how-to at Popular Science on making vinegar at home… Vinegar is one of those ingredients that people don’t think of as often as they should. It is mostly just seen in salad dressings and pickles, which is a shame, because there is a whole world of flavor... Read more »

BUGbot Wheels Module by Ilan Moyer- Ilan Moyer stopped by the Test Kitchen for a visit. With the CAD files he downloaded from BUG he was able to fabricate a base for wheels. The wheels use DC motors and a motor driver. They are programmable over serial, but we were... Read more »

IEEE Spectrum: The Rise of the Machines – Robot density around the world…- There are now 1 million industrial robots toiling around the world, and Japan is where they’re the thickest on the ground. It has 295 of these electromechanical marvels for every 10 000 manufacturing workers–a robot density almost... Read more »

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