Projects

Need inspiration? Find it here! These tutorials feature special projects broken down into steps to illustrate how you can use various concepts, skills, and technologies to build awesome stuff.

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Hackers in Residence: The Sound Visualizer

March 23, 2015

A fun project that uses a Raspberry Pi and a custom Java app to create your own sound visualizer using a RGB LED matrix.

E-Textile Art Pin

March 12, 2015

Create a quick and easy piece of e-textile art using a LilyPad LED, battery holder, conductive thread, and coin cell battery.

Light-Up Valentine Cards

January 27, 2015

Light up your love with paper circuits - no soldering required!

Hacker in Residence: The Harmonic Skew Zoetrope

January 27, 2015

Check out Hacker in Residence, Jesse's awesome Harmonic Skew Zoetrope in this project tutorial.

LilyTiny Plush Monster

January 27, 2015

Craft a stuffed monster while exploring the LilyTiny preprogrammed microcontroller. This is a project based on the Plush Monster Activity created at MIT's High-Low Tech Lab by Emily Lovell, Jie Qi, and Natalie Freed.

Alphanumeric GPS Wall Clock

January 26, 2015

This is a GPS controlled clock - a clock you truly never have to set! Using GPS and some formulas, we figure out what day of the week and if we are in or out of daylight savings time.

RedBoard Santa Trap

December 25, 2014

A fun holiday project to try for anyone looking to catch Santa on Christmas!

Actobotics Basic Differential Platform

December 22, 2014

Get started with Actobotics with this simple vehicle. Then expand and customize it for your own evil robot empire.

21st Century Fashion Kit: Inflation

December 10, 2014

Learn how to use a blower and thin sheet plastic to create designs that change shape and volume!

Let It Glow Holiday Cards

November 20, 2014

Craft a glowing card for friends and family this holiday season with paper circuits - no soldering required!

21st Century Fashion Kit: Electrochromatic Circuits

November 5, 2014

Diana Eng walks you through a magically appearing design made with an thermochromatic pigment.

Cackling Apple Head Witch

October 30, 2014

Make your own cackling apple head witch to scare all of the trick or treaters this Halloween!

Humidity-sensing LED Flower

October 28, 2014

How about that humidity? This tutorial shows how to add sensing capability to the 21st Century Fashion Kit's RGB flower project.

Twinkling Trick or Treat Bag

October 2, 2014

Make a light up goodie bag with conductive thread, LEDs, and the LilyTwinkle!

E-Textile Mask

September 19, 2014

Use LilyPad LEDs, a switched battery holder, and coin cell battery to make a fun light up mask for your next costume party.

Hacking Your Maker Faire Badge

September 18, 2014

How to hook-up, program, and modify your Maker Faire Badge for electronic fun.

Hackers in Residence - Cosmic Ray Detector

August 11, 2014

Learn how to detect cosmic rays with this simple and cheap detector, built by Hacker in Residence Pete Marchetto.

RGB Panel Jumbotron

August 5, 2014

This tutorial will show you how to combine a webcam, a 32x32 RGB LED panel, and a Teensy 3.1 to stream video from the webcam, pixelate it, and display it on the LED panel - LIVE.

Hackers in Residence - The ElectricBone

June 25, 2014

Drum machines and keyboards have been the standard for making digital music, but how do you make electronic music if you're trained to play the trombone? One of our Hackers in Residence, Carlos Mello, took it upon himself to find a solution to that very question.

Soil moisture-sensing by hacking a solar light

June 19, 2014

How to take a solar powered pathway light from a hardware store and make it into a crude soil moisture sensor.

Internet Datalogging With Arduino and XBee WiFi

June 19, 2014

How to combine an Arduino, XBee WiFi module, and handful of sensors to create a live stream of "Office Conditions". Storing light, temperature, carbon-monoxide, and methane (for science!) readings on the Internet.

Light-Up Father's Day Card

June 9, 2014

Light up your dad's day with this electronic pop-up card!

Are You Okay? Widget

May 23, 2014

Use an Electric Imp and accelerometer to create an "Are You OK" widget. A cozy piece of technology your friend or loved one can nudge to let you know they're OK from half-a-world away.

Old Tutorials

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