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Drum Kit Kit


The kit contains the electronic parts required to make a drum kit. This includes the circuit board, resistors, diodes and pins. You supply the Arduino and the material to make the actual drum pads. Below you will find easy instructions for making traditional-looking drum pads, but you could also stick... Read more »

Arishok Costume & Weapon


If you haven’t played the game, check out the interesting trailer online for Dragon Age II. In it you will see a clearly identifiable villain. Long white hair, horns, red tattoo on the chest, boots, pants, coveralls, shoulder pads, sash, criss-cross straps, and a painstakingly brilliant weapon. These are all... 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 »

Non-Pesticide Patio Pest Control Device

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  • 12/18/2012 @ 10:45 pm

How to fabricate, out of mostly recycled materials, an ultraviolet nighttime bug trap, since ultraviolet light attracts most insects. Tired of nighttime critters and drowning in bug spray? Try this blacklight device to control mosquitoes and other nighttime insects. Read more »

Corrugated Glow


A friend of mine recently finished a deck remodel, whose highlight (literally) is a transparent corrugated roof that diffuses sunlight in a delightful way. This inspired me to find some way to continue that glow after sunset, in the form of a lantern illuminated by tea light candles. There are... Read more »