Evil Mouse Prank


Joe Bowers is sneaky, resourceful, and rotten to the core. Whatever you do, don’t get in a prank war with him. Returning to my desk from a coffee break, I sat down, grabbed my mouse, and … nothing. The cursor was stuck to the left wall of my monitor. I... Read more »

Simple, Cheap, Multi-Channel, Sound-Reactive EL Wire


Most EL wire displays are static, because they use an inverter that simply turns the EL wire on (i.e. constant-on). Sound-reactive inverters are available, but most of these are only “single channel”, so the wires are either all on or all off. To really make your display dynamic you need... Read more »

Luminch One


Luminch One is an interactive lamp controlled by the movements of your hand. Wave your hand over it to turn it on or off, or move your hand up or down above it to change its brightness. Inside the lamp, an Arduino hooked to an infrared distance sensor tracks your... Read more »

Trippy RGB Color-Mixing Nightlight


For this variation on the original Trippy Nightlight an inexpensive (> $2.50) USB AC charger provides a traditional nightlight plug-in-the-wall form factor. To simplify the main circuit board I removed the download circuitry from the board and instead programmed the PICAXE 08M microcontrollers on a separate breadboard. Instead of a... Read more »