Monday, March 30, 2015

Emergency Lighting System



Many people keep a supply of candles and flashlights on hand for when the power goes out. But you still have to find your way around in the dark to get them. In situations like this, it might be helpful to have some kind of emergency lighting system that would automatically turn on when the power goes out.

So in this project, I am going to show you how to build a DIY emergency lighting system that will do just that.

For step by step instructions for this project, check out the Instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Emergency-Lighting-System/

Monday, March 23, 2015

How To Make Dinosaur Footprints



What if you walked out into your backyard one day and saw a trail of giant dinosaur footprints? After a few seconds of confusion and disbelief, the excited little kid inside you would take over. You would grab your safari hat and go chasing after that dinosaur.

In this project, I am going to show you how to make giant dinosaur footprints. You can make them as decorations for a party. You can use them to prank people. The choice is up to you.

For step by step instructions for this project, check out the Instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dinosaur-Footprints/

Monday, March 16, 2015

Automatic Dimming Lamp



Light plays an important role in sleep. Bright lights keep us awake and dim lights help us get to sleep. One of the best tricks for getting to sleep is to start turning off lights before you actually go to bed. By gradually reducing the amount of light, it helps you to more gently and easily fall asleep.

But unfortunately, most lights aren't dimmable. And it is pretty inconvenient to have to be constantly adjusting the lights. So I designed a simple LED Lamp with a sleep timer that will automatically dim itself over a set amount of time.

For step by step instructions on how to build this project, check out the Instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Lamp-With-Sleep-Timer/

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Custom Project Enclosure



So you have just finished building an awesome electronics project. Now you need to find a housing for it. You could just stick it in a plain plastic box. But project enclosures that you buy from a store are expensive and are rarely the right size.

So why not build your own custom project enclosure. You can save money. You can make it exactly the right dimensions. And it is one more thing to be proud of.

In this project, I am going to show you a simple way to make custom project enclosures from wood.

For step by step instructions on how to build this project, check out the instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Project-Enclosure/

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Solar Panel Tripod Mount



Solar panels are great for getting power in remote locations. But you always need to find a way to set up the panel once you get there. A great way to do this is with a tripod mount.

A standard camera tripod is light weight and collapses to a very small size. So it is easy to transport. It is also adjustable. So you can always get your panel into the optimal position to catch the sunlight. All you have to do is make a simple adapter so that you can mount a solar panel to the tripod.

In this project, I am going to show you how to make a tripod mount for your small solar panels.

For step by step instructions on how to make this project, you can check out the instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Panel-Tripod-Mount/

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to Solder Without Electricity (or a Soldering Iron)



Soldering is a valuable skill. There are a lot of situations where the ability to repair or modify electronics can really save the day. But most people don't carry a soldering iron around with them. And even if you did have a soldering iron, there is a good chance that you might not have access to electricity.

So today I am going to show you how to solder using random objects that you might find lying around (and a little bit of solder).

For detailed instructions, check out the Instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Solder-Without-Electricity-or-a-Soldering-I/

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Heavy Duty Helping Hands Tool



If you have ever done much soldering, then you are probably familiar with the "Helping Hands" tool. Essentially it is just a pair of articulated clamps on a base that sit on your desk and hold a circuit board for you while you work on it. It may also have a few additional tools such as a magnifying glass mounted to it. This kind of tool is pretty useful but due to its size, its potential applications are very limited.

So I decided to build a bigger and stronger version of the helping hands tool using an adjustable floor lamp and some large spring clamps. This lets you hold larger and heavier objects and gives you a much greater range of motion.

For step by step instructions on how to build this project, check out the instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Heavy-Duty-Helping-Hands-Tool/