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Raspberry Pi: Up and Running

Raspberry Pi: Up and Running

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46xfsX-qOw0] For those of you who haven’t yet played around with Raspberry Pi, this one’s for you. In this how-to video, I walk you through how to get a Raspberry Pi up and running. It’s the first in a series of Raspberry Pi videos that I’m making to accompany Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, a […]

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An Introduction to the Arduino

An Introduction to the Arduino

This video is a vey basic introduction to the Arduino. So if you have a friend or relative who has been asking “what’s an Arduino?” You can point them here. They’ll get an overview of what it is and what’s possible with it.

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How-To: Get Started with the BeagleBone

How-To: Get Started with the BeagleBone

If you’re excited about getting into embedded Linux platforms for electronics projects, Matt shows you how to get started on the BeagleBone. By the end of this how-to video, you’ll be able to blink and LED, but hopefully you’ll be inspired to to take something on that’s a little more complex.

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How-To: Holography

I always assumed that the process of making a hologram was so complex that it was limited to only those with access to expensive lasers and other fancy optical equipment. But when I heard that the Maker Shed started carrying Litiholo’s Hologram Kit, I was surprised that such a thing existed and I was eager to give it a try. After carefully following the directions, my first hologram was visible, but just barely. This was better than I expected, actually. The manual stresses that controlling vibration is the most important factor in creating a good hologram, but I live in a busy Brooklyn apartment building that often feels the low rumble of the subway trains rolling by. I tried to make another, but this time I increased the exposure time from five minutes to fifteen as the instructions suggested. The result was a surprisingly sharp hologram of a toy car.

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How-To: Shrinkify Your Arduino Projects

How-To: Shrinkify Your Arduino Projects

Shrink your Arduino down to a single 8-pin ATtiny chip. Matt shows you how, based on a tutorial from MIT Media Lab’s High-Low Tech Group.

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Enough Already: The Arduino Solution to Overexposed Celebs

Enough Already: The Arduino Solution to Overexposed Celebs

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little sick of hearing about the same people on TV over and over again. I came up with this Arduino-based solution to mute my TV so that I don’t have to hear about Donald Trump’s feud with whomever or Charlie Sheen’s most recent rant. Using the Video […]

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How-To: PVC and Cable Dyeing

I’m not surprised about the popularity of Sean Michael Ragan’s PVC dyeing technique write-up on Make: Projects. So many projects we feature use this boring white pipe because of its low price, widespread availability, and versatility. Since PVC doesn’t take paint very well, this PVC dyeing technique is perfect for adding those crucial finishing touches […]

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