Do you know a kid that likes to pretend that they are a wizard or a fairy princess? How would you like to give them a toy wand that can turn on/off electronic devices like magic? You may even be able to teach them a thing or two about electronics in the process.
In this project, I show you how you can make magnetic switches that can be used to activate a circuit just like a regular momentary switch. This lets you add magnets and magnet sensitive switches to toys so that they can interact with each other
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
What do you do if the power is out but you need to charge your cellphone to make an emergency phone call (or play Angry Birds). Don't worry there are plenty of power sources all around you that you can tap into. One of them is phone line. Even when in a blackout, there is still electricity in the phone line. This is because the phone company has their own independent backup power system. All you need to tap this power is a simple voltage regulator. Here is how to set it up.
Monday, April 29, 2013
You can get the detailed step by step instructions for this project here.
Monday, April 22, 2013
This is my first project that I made for Make Magazine's new DIY Hacks & How Tos YouTube series.
We are all familiar with garden fixtures like wind chimes and solar path lights. In this project, Jason Poel Smith combines these two elements and teaches you how to make wind-activated hanging lights. These DIY garden decorations light up and flicker like fireflies whenever the wind blows. The stronger the wind, the more active they are.
Like any decoration, it don't need to be confined to a garden or back yard. They can also light up the edge of your roof or your porch. You can even bring them in doors and set them across from your A/C vent.
Complete step by step instructions instructions for this build can be found at: http://www.instructables.com/id/Wind-Activated-Garden-Lights/
Yesterday, Make Magazine launched my new video series on their YouTube channel. I am producing a new project every week and they are hosting it on their YouTube channel and blog. Here is the launching blog post. http://blog.makezine.com/2013/04/22/introducing-diy-hacks-and-how-tos-a-video-series-with-jason-poel-smith/
Thursday, April 4, 2013
At one point or another, you have probably been frustrated by the limitations of a standard office stapler. They can only staple 3.5 inches into a page. So if you are working on a large or oddly shaped project, then you are usually stuck trying to staple into carpet or a piece of cardboard and then bending the teeth of the stapler down by hand. I think that a better option would be to make a stapler that can be separated into two parts, placed on opposite sides of a paper and aligned with magnets. Here is a simple example of how this could be done.