Android-Controlled LED Light Shirt


Write an Android app to control an LED light shirt. The app communicates to an ATmega128 via a BlueSMiRF Bluetooth transceiver. The microcontroller outputs data on the SPI to daisy-chained shift-register-controlled constant-current regulators driving RGB LEDs. Read more »

Teleclaw: Remote Robot Gripper

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It might have been Robots of Saturn that first got my young brain thinking about building a mechanical man. In that obscure 1962 sci-fi adventure novel, Dig Allen and his fellow teenage space explorers transfer their thoughts into the bodies of teleoperated robots to mine Saturn’s dangerous rings for precious... Read more »

Blendophone: iPhone + Arduino + XBee + Blenders


Ever been scared to venture into the world of controlling AC power from your microcontroller? Me too. And that’s smart, because household AC can hurt/maim/kill if you’re not careful. The PowerSwitch Tail is a safe, easy-to-use AC relay that is triggered with a mild-mannered 5V DC signal from your Arduino... Read more »



In this fun and easy project (which originally appeared in the Spy Tech edition of Make Magazine), you’ll connect a shirt-pocket “amplified listener” hearing aid with an in-car FM transmitter to create a wireless bug. Then you’ll tuck them inside a hollowed-out book with the microphone (mic) concealed by the... Read more »

Arduino Mail Notifier


Many inventions/hacks often arise out of the need to solve a problem. The Arduino mailer notifier project was no exception. My workshop is in my backyard. During the day, I am far away from my mailbox. Using two Arduinos, some cheap RF modules, and a light sensor, I was able... Read more »