Forget about a magic mirror that tells you what you want to hear. This DIY Raspberry Pi magic mirror can update you on the news and weather while you prepare for your day. All3DP‘s Jackson O’Connell has just published an excellent walkthrough on building your own smart, or magic, mirror using Raspberry Pi, common building materials, and a code repository that’s just waiting for you to make the most of it. It’s hands-down one of the coolest and most useful Raspberry Pi DIY projects I’ve come across.
The CircuitMess Batmobile Kickstarter project launched early Tuesday morning, and was fully funded before most Americans even woke up. Bruce Wayne would definitely be impressed.
Yes, you read that right. The future of STEM is the Batmobile. Warner Brothers Pictures has authorized CircuitMess, a company already in the business of making and selling STEM project kits, to produce the first AI-fueled remote control Batmobile. The brains of this car consists of a dual core CPU, computer vision, and artificial intelligence. It will come with its own remote control, but where’s the fun in that? The real joy in this project is the fact that you will be able to program it to drive itself, detecting objects in its way and navigating around them. The Batmobile project will launch on Kickstarter October 5, but the team already has a VIP sneak peek program that you can take advantage of now.
If you want to keep an eye on the air quality in your home, you can’t go wrong with the IKEA VINDRIKTNING air quality sensor. It only costs $12, and uses colored LEDs to tell you the relative air quality in your home. Maker Sören Beye has extended the capability of the sensor even further, enabling Wi-Fi logging of the data. All you need, in addition to the air quality sensor, is an ESP8266 microcontroller, a couple short jumper wires, a soldering iron, and a long PH0 screwdriver. Oh, you don’t even have to program it yourself, because Beye provides that along with full instructions on Github. It’s a fair bit less expensive, and more fun, than just buying something like the Airthings Wave Mini.Arduin
Sometimes the easy way isn’t the fun way, and this week we’ve got lots of do-it-yourself solutions to share from all of you. Listen as John and Dave share your ideas about automation, launch agents, CarPlay, drive arrays and much more. Of course, it wouldn’t be MGG without your two favorite geeks sharing Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, and their answers to all your other questions, would it? Listen, learn five new things, and don’t get caught!
Steve Wozniak built the Apple I computer by hand, and it sold at US$666.66 when it went on sale July 1976. And with a product called SmartyKit you can build a replica of it.
Besides a cool DIY project, the company behind SmartyKit also proposes it as an educational tool for those interested in knowing what are the main parts of every computer, what a processor is and how it works, how a video signal is formed and how a simple operating system works.
Andrew O’Hara put together a neat DIY video on how to make Apple Watch bands. He tells you what parts and tools you”ll need and how to put it all together.
By putting the band together yourself, you have so many more options opened up to you. Your watch can now represent you and your style without being limited by the Apple Watch market or the steep markups we see for the best bands.
Sell these on Etsy and use words like “bespoke” and “artisanal.” You’ll be drowning in cash.
LAS VEGAS – Kano makes computers and coding accessable to all ages with their built-it-yourself computer kits and easy to learn coding platform. They show Jeff Gamet their product lineup at CES 2018.
Replacing a worn out battery in your Retina MacBook Pro has been pretty much a non-starter until now because iFixit just came to the rescue.
Stylized robot designs have a special place in my heart, and ThinkGeek has one that’ll tug at my heart strings with its forlorn song. The robot is called Orpheus and its a built-it-yourself wooden kit that’s also a music box. It’s posable, lights up, and plays its sad song–Cycle of Happiness–when you wind the key on its back. Orpheus costs US$29.99 and is available only in the US for now. I know, so sad.