Instructables: exploring - technology - electronics - arduino - featured Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:15:06 PST BLOX v1.01 Yet Another DIY Flex Circuits Tutorial
Yet Another DIY Flex Circuits Tutorial - More DIY How To Projects]]> fkeel There are several guides on Instructables which explain how to make your own flex-circuits. I've been making these for years now, and thought I'd share my own workflow. I learned how to do this on Instructables myself. Be sure to check out the flex-circuit tutorial where I learned about all of this ...
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Tue, 6 Jan 2015 07:06:03 PST
Make your own LED Bar
Make your own LED Bar - More DIY How To Projects]]> GreatScottLab In this project I will show you how I build my own LED Bar around my 15x10 RGB LED Matrix. It has a top shelf which is made of acrylic glass and it lights up with the push of a button. With the help of a WS2812B LED strip I can change the color of the top shelf and also use animations to light it up...
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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:12:39 PST
Winter Weather Face Shield with Defogger Fans
Winter Weather Face Shield with Defogger Fans - More DIY How To Projects]]> JLung Mark 1 Winter Face ShieldLooking for a way to protect my face from harsh winter conditions, without enduring damp scarves pressed against my mouth or the excessive, mummy like, wrapping of my head, I created headgear with a magnetic visor that is defogged by tiny 5 volt fans.This instructable will g...
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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:53:20 PST
Resistor companion
Resistor companion - More DIY How To Projects]]> kokpat I know how to calculate the resistance of the resistor, but as a hobbyist, I never remember the color code and the equation. Moreover, I did not get the difference between "orange" and "red" color for those old 5% carbon resistor.One of the direct method to know the resistance is using multimeter, b...
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Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:34:57 PST
Digital Chord Chart
Digital Chord Chart - More DIY How To Projects]]> MushfiqM This instructable was created in fulfillment of the project requirement of the Makecourse at the University of South Florida ( charts are diagrams like these that teach you chords or scales by telling you where to put your fingers on a guitar fretboard. How cool would it be ...
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Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:54:46 PST
Persistence of Vision Bauble. POV Decoration.
Persistence of Vision Bauble. POV Decoration. - More DIY How To Projects]]> martin.fiddy Persistence Of Vision Bauble. POV decorationIt’s the time of year to get the tree up and decorate it with all the wonderful lights, tinsel and baubles. And this project is about Baubles, whenever I put decorations on a tree I can’t help but wind up the baubles and let them spin and wind themselves u...
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Mon, 8 Dec 2014 06:49:15 PST
Halloween Talking Skull with Animated Eyes
Halloween Talking Skull with Animated Eyes - More DIY How To Projects]]> terrylcrow For Halloween I made a talking skull prop with a moving jaw and animated eyes that reacts to door knocks. It came about from my interest in the Arduino microcontroller.Basically I got an Arduino board and wrote some C code to control everything, and got a companion board to process the audio, and c...
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Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:08:46 PST
DIY Solar+Wind House
DIY Solar+Wind House - More DIY How To Projects]]> Jonathanrjpereira Human Dependence on ElectricityElectricity is one of the most important need of the 21st Century. Most human beings are dependent on electricity for their daily needs such as Charging their Smart Phones, Powering their houses or even their cars, etc. Most of the electricity we use in our houses are ...
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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:43:07 PST
Motorized Evil Shield
Motorized Evil Shield - More DIY How To Projects]]> robdavinci In this Instructable You'll learn how to build a Motorized Villain Shield so we can join forces against The Super Heroes and take over the world. This is a Motorized Shield made out of cardboard 1/8" thick, and controlled by a large continuous rotation servo motor. The circuit is a servo motor driv...
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Wed, 5 Nov 2014 20:36:01 PST
"Easy" Made Railgun
"Easy" Made Railgun - More DIY How To Projects]]> kzhang7 Claim : I do not take any responsibility for anything that happens. This is a project for people who have electricity knowledge background. Do not attempt this unless you have experience with high voltage.First of all, I would like to thanks my parent, my uncle Paul. I made my design easy and cheap ...
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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:24:18 PDT
Retro Tech Shades
Retro Tech Shades - More DIY How To Projects]]> Aidan25 My friends John, Jared and I were challenged to design, prototype, and make a piece of wearable technology. We came up with a product, a pair of interactive wayfarers sunglasses. They have a photo-resistor right above the nose to detect the amount of light in the area. If it starts too get dark...
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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:51:34 PDT
Planterbot - The Plant Monitoring Robot
Planterbot - The Plant Monitoring Robot - More DIY How To Projects]]> appleman123987 Hello everyone !Please vote for me in the tech contest!.In this instructable I am collaborating with Akin Yildiz an instructables author that creates instructables that help plants grow you should really go check out his account: planterbot is a p...
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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:09:41 PDT
Computer aided plant care system
Computer aided plant care system - More DIY How To Projects]]> Akin Yildiz hello everybody,UPDATE 10/25/2014: Planterbot-The-Plant-Monitoring-Robot/ ( big thanks to appleman123987 !!! ).this is an update to my previous post, "easy & cheap auto-grow system" - which didn't have the computer on it yet (please read as well to get up to speed) this instructabl...
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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:45:57 PDT
Automated Garden
Automated Garden - More DIY How To Projects]]> randofo The last garden I planted next to my desk at work did not go so well. It suffered from a lack of sunlight as well as my hectic work schedule (i.e. lack of watering). It never managed to get quite enough sun or water. After a long mourning period had passed, I decided that the best way to improve ...
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Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:15:05 PDT
Automatic bike lights
Automatic bike lights - More DIY How To Projects]]> simsalapim It's funny how small things sometimes can be so hard to remember. Stuff like watering your plants, putting your phone in silent mode during a meeting and locking the bathroom door.Plants may die, colleagues may glare and the embarrassment of bathroom blunders may wear off. But there are situations w...
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Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:44:59 PDT
Making a USB Game Controller
Making a USB Game Controller - More DIY How To Projects]]> NextFab Here at NextFab, we designed a fully functional, USB game controller for Philly Tech Week. This project will be particularly tricky without some more serious electronics equipment or a local makerspace with the proper tools, but we thought we would post our walk-through in case you do have the acce...
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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:36:25 PDT
DIY Small Bench Power Supply
DIY Small Bench Power Supply - More DIY How To Projects]]> newtonn2 This is a small bench power supply that I made some time ago, and because I was very busy I couldn't do the instructable for it. I do apologise for taking so long, I hope it was worth the wait :).After making my Mini Adjustable Power Supply I was very happy with it, but I was missing a more accurate...
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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:59:29 PDT
Mapping the innards of a keyboard
Mapping the innards of a keyboard - More DIY How To Projects]]> Sylkhr Hey!This is an instructable about how to map the innards of a keyboard. More specifically, we're going to try to find which contacts connect with each other to create each unique keypress. For those less versed in how keyboard's internals work, the next step will be a quick explanation, with some li...
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Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:54:12 PDT
$1 DIY Conductive Ink and Paint from Fire! (non toxic, homemade, cheap)
$1 DIY Conductive Ink and Paint from Fire! (non toxic, homemade, cheap) - More DIY How To Projects]]> makerboat Turn fire into electronic conductive ink, build electronic circuits, create paper musical instruments and inputs for your Arduino board!UPDATE (08/18/2014)If you would like to avoid the process of making your own charcoal and blending it into a paint, I bought very inexpensive 'powdered active carbo...
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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:25:06 PDT
CUSTOM BUILD 4WD BLUETOOTH RC ROBOT USING PVC - More DIY How To Projects]]> tominjose Hi guys this is my second project done by pvc , you may wonder why i choose pvs to built my projects, coz i have bunch of pvc which are leftovers of my house plumping work .and i dont wanna waste them . PROJECT DETAILSThis is a si...
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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:10:08 PDT
Controlling Motors with a Cell Phone
Controlling Motors with a Cell Phone - More DIY How To Projects]]> thiagohersan I’m working on a project where I want to drive two motors based on signals coming from a cell phone. Something simple. Something that activates every time I get a text message on my phone. There are many ways to do this, I’ll outline the ones I tried and why they did or did not work for me. 99 pro...
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Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:43:58 PDT
littleBits 8-bit Jukebox
littleBits 8-bit Jukebox - More DIY How To Projects]]> littleBits The 8-bit Jukebox is a chiptune music box powered by littleBits’ new Arduino module. The module is programmed with 4 different songs that playback with a retro, video-game-styled 8-bit sound. To select which song you would like to play, just insert one of the 4 song cartridges into a slot on top ...
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Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:21:17 PDT
Electronic Sensor & Component Tester
Electronic Sensor & Component Tester - More DIY How To Projects]]> Jonathanrjpereira This circuit is a low cost Electronic Sensor & Component Tester which is powered by a 9V, 300mA Battery. It does not include any Integrated Circuit(IC), Sensor or Digital Display. This circuit can be used to test any faulty components. Unlike a Digital Multimeter it will not display the values of th...
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Sat, 31 May 2014 06:44:23 PDT
A little breakout board for DIP ICs with output resistors
A little breakout board for DIP ICs with output resistors - More DIY How To Projects]]> Aars_Man_Tiny Hello all.This is my first instructable! If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to send me a PM.After receiving my cheap (horribly packaged, that's what you get for being a cheapskate) 74HC595 shift registers from China a short while back, I decided it was time to give them a try.I made...
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Thu, 15 May 2014 07:14:22 PDT
Wearable Message Board
Wearable Message Board - More DIY How To Projects]]> mroy15 I had several 8x8 LED matrices with a MAX7219 driver board lying around for a clock/message board project i'm working on.  I'm heading to RobotFest in MD this weekend with my kid and thought it'd be fun to make a wearable message board to clip on my backpack since I had the parts lying around.   ...
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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:00:20 PDT
Car Digital Compass & Thermometer
Car Digital Compass & Thermometer - More DIY How To Projects]]> JeonLab I'm not really good at finding places and direction but at least I'm able to read maps and compass. These days, GPS navigation systems are getting more popular, so probably some people would say why I need a  compass. Well, first off, I like gadgets and if I can make one, that will be much better to...
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Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:49:43 PDT
HIGHFIV3D: Desktop Reassurance Device
HIGHFIV3D: Desktop Reassurance Device - More DIY How To Projects]]> andrewt I had this idea of making an interactive fixture for giving high-fives. Sometimes you need a little dexterous pick-me-up, but actually getting someone to commit to a slap up top and follow through with a heartfelt "You're Awesome!" is pretty hard to come by. Think the double slap popularized by Go...
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Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:56:03 PDT
GLO: The Midnight Message Board and RSS Display
GLO: The Midnight Message Board and RSS Display - More DIY How To Projects]]> Adi M As a little kid, I remember the Glow in the Dark stars and shapes one could stick on their ceiling for night time view, frankly I remember the shapes being extremely boring Older, equipped with some basic electronics knowledge and a deep interest in innovative display systems, I thought of a way of...
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Mon, 6 Jan 2014 14:26:04 PST
Salvaging Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs)
Salvaging Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) - More DIY How To Projects]]> Josehf Murchison Almost all electronics have some sort of human interface, from blinking lights and beeping speakers to seven segment alphanumeric and Liquid Crystal Displays. This Instructable is about salvaging and testing Liquid Crystal Displays, and a couple tricks I know to make salvaging them more successful. ...
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Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:23:20 PST
Aqua Garduino Mini @hydroFishAqua82
Aqua Garduino Mini @hydroFishAqua82 - More DIY How To Projects]]> mcmcccarthy Arduino Powered Micro Aquaponic System with Pi Camera and Twitter Feed We are creating an automated aquaponic system with mobile updates via Twitter. Sensors and motors will be controlled from an Arduino while the entire system, including mobile updates, will be orchestrated by a Raspberry Pi. Tw...
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Sat, 14 Dec 2013 09:51:20 PST
Paperduino 2.0 with Circuit Scribe - Paper Arduino
Paperduino 2.0 with Circuit Scribe - Paper Arduino - More DIY How To Projects]]> Electroninks What if making an Arduino, or wiring up an Arduino was as easy as printing one out? In this tutorial we printed our own Arduino Pro Mini board using a pen plotter and the Electroninks Circuit Scribe (a rollerball pen with highly conductive ink). Within 15 minutes we printed the board, placed compone...
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Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:49:57 PST
4X4X4 LED Cube w/ Arduino Uno
4X4X4 LED Cube w/ Arduino Uno - More DIY How To Projects]]> laurenk As someone who is very new to digital electronics this LED cube was fun to make, challenging and a great lesson in soldering. If you have some patience (64 LED's to solder!) and steady hands, this project will be well worth it in the end! Materials & Tools Materials: -64 LED's ( I used 3mm one...
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Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:25:54 PST
A Self-Contained Data Logging Anemometer
A Self-Contained Data Logging Anemometer - More DIY How To Projects]]> ptorelli I love collecting and analyzing data.  I also love building electronic gadgets.  A year ago when I discovered the Arduino products, I immediately thought, "I'd like to collect environmental data."  It was a windy day in Portland, OR, so I decided to capture wind data.  I looked at some of the instru...
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Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:41:48 PDT
Track-and-explode wolf collar...
Track-and-explode wolf collar... - More DIY How To Projects]]> ewout Don't worry! First, this is a rebuild out of a movie so it won't explode for real and it won't be worn by a real wolf. However there is fursuiting for which I am a big fan of and my own character (fursona) is a wolf and lives in a world of technology and total military control. This collar will give...
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Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:11:05 PDT
Darkness Map Data Collection Device
Darkness Map Data Collection Device - More DIY How To Projects]]> gennaveeva The Darkness Map encompasses both data collection and visualization of nighttime light levels. You can add to the map by downloading the app for iPhone or Android, but you can also contribute data by creating your own data collection device. This tutorial will cover how to build an Arduino powered d...
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Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:53:50 PST
Wall Sconces with Hidden Weather Display and Tangible User Interface AdielFernandez Videos of project in action below!!! Disclaimer: This is an abbreviated description of the project since I did not have time to do a full step-by-step instructable in time for a contest. However, I will gladly make a step-by-step 'ible if there is enough interest. If you like it, please take a mome...
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Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:54:45 PST
555 Crriter Repellent
555 Crriter Repellent - More DIY How To Projects]]> Bot1398 Many of the citizen scientists all around the world might have faced this problem that thier sunflower or any other plant is eaten up by critters before it even fully grows , so I have come up with a very simple solution to this problem , expose the critters to high frequency noise which they woulde...
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Sat, 19 Jan 2013 02:17:29 PST
Wake-up light (no arduino)
Wake-up light (no arduino) - More DIY How To Projects]]> Giedow Hello instructables people, Every morning when my alarm rings I have trouble getting out of bed. (so I am always late) To help me wake up I wanted to buy a wake-up light, it's supposed to help you wake up by giving the impression of a sunrise by getting brighter every minute after the alarm goes. Un...
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Sat, 13 Oct 2012 14:10:23 PDT
DIY 9V Battery Clip razvan_iycdi Hi, people! In this instruct able I will show you how to make a 9 volt battery clip out of... a 9V battery :)... and some wire. So, let's get started, shall we?
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Mon, 9 Jul 2012 18:01:05 PDT
Daft Punk LED Matrix Breakout Board
Daft Punk LED Matrix Breakout Board - More DIY How To Projects]]> caitlinsdad I was always impressed by the Daft Punk Coffee Table.  Being able to light up a bunch of LEDs and flash them in patterns has so many applications.  It was one of the reasons why I bought an Arduino seeing how it could control a matrix of LED lights. This is my attempt at building the Daft Punk Coff...
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Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:53:40 PDT
How to Make a PIP-Boy (Prototype)
How to Make a PIP-Boy (Prototype) - More DIY How To Projects]]> Aleator777      So what exactly is a PIP-Boy, you ask? For those unfamiliar, a PIP-Boy is a device used by the protagonist in the popular Fallout series of video games for navigation, radiation detection, data storage/playback, and inventory management. Being a major fan of the franchise, I decided I wanted to...
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Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:52:36 PDT
Power Supply unit for arduino power and breadboard
Power Supply unit for arduino power and breadboard - More DIY How To Projects]]> Avadhut.Deshmukh how you can take a computer u hv old (power supply unit) and turn it into a power supply that will power your Arduino and give you all the amperage  you need as well as your standard 3.3 volts, 5 volts, and 12 volts for any accessories/electronics used on your breadboard And arduino power ,led 5v,12...
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Mon, 16 Apr 2012 01:23:58 PDT
How-To: Motors
How-To: Motors - More DIY How To Projects]]> audreyobscura Servos and Steppers and Gears! Oh my! Some of our favorite hobbyist electronics utilize motors to mobilize, making them fun and awesome! Including a motor in your project could be challenging, especially if you have never worked with them before. The following Instructable will explain how motors ...
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Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:46:08 PST
Building an Electronics Enclosure
Building an Electronics Enclosure - More DIY How To Projects]]> pcmofo If you have ever wanted to put a bunch of electronics into a box together, or make a custom control panel this instructable might help. I will show you how I mounted and wired electronics inside an electrical box as well as how I mounted buttons, switches, and connectors on the outside of the box. ...
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Tue, 6 Dec 2011 06:11:47 PST
Magical Location Clock engrstephens !!This is my first instructable. I will be refining this after the contest as necessary but for now, here it is! I got the idea from a popular book and movie (I’m sure you can guess!). Combining Google Latitude with NOAA and Arduino and we can make some magic! Materials: 1. Arduino 2. Adafru...
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Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:08:21 PDT
FUNBOT jadberro Its a custom made toy that's made from scratch, it is literally made to last and not break every once in a while. Enjoy ! I would personally like to see this developed into a "make your own toy thing". 2 DIY IR proximity sensors. 1 Light dependent resistor 1 l293d motor driver 1 at...
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Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:30:54 PDT
PS1 Controller Joysticks with Arduino
PS1 Controller Joysticks with Arduino - More DIY How To Projects]]> Finnio Idea: To take one of my old Playstation 1 controllers and extract the dual thumbstick setup so that it can be easily used in a microcontroller project (in my case: with the Arduino) without extra libraries or drivers that you would need if you want to use the entire controller. Please let me know w...
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Thu, 9 Jun 2011 20:47:23 PDT
Q&D-Poor man's-Skinner-Sadist-Jeopardy game
Q&D-Poor man's-Skinner-Sadist-Jeopardy game - More DIY How To Projects]]> cuachalanga In this instructable you will learn how to make a Q&D-Poor man's-Skinner-Sadist-Jeopardy game . First off, the disclaimer: I'm not responsible of whatever you do. You have to know that with a great power comes...bla-bla-bla. Just be careful and remember that electricity reserves respect. While the ...
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Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:19:38 PST
Arduino + Laptop Touchpad
Arduino + Laptop Touchpad - More DIY How To Projects]]> japala Yes, this is more or less your average touchpad that one can find from inside a laptop. This model, like majority of touchpads out there operates with PS/2 standard. This means that it can be directly plugged in to a PS/2 connector and with proper drivers, function as a mouse. As it happens the PS/...
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Fri, 4 Feb 2011 08:03:42 PST
Arduino Basics: Making Sound
Arduino Basics: Making Sound - More DIY How To Projects]]> frenzy The arduino is surely the little micro controller that could. you can do so much with it! We at instructables have been having so much fun with our arduinos, we wanted to show the instructables community how to do some of the basics! This first tutorial will go over how to make your arduino make si...
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Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:49:34 PST