Instructables: exploring - technology - recycling - featured http://www.instructables.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:58:42 PDT BLOX v1.01 How to get an unlimited supply of electronic components for under $10. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-get-an-unlimited-supply-of-electronic-compo/
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By: Chuck Stephens

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Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:05:32 PDT
Repurpose an old wifi router for the internet-of-things http://www.instructables.com/id/Repurpose-an-old-wifi-router-for-the-internet-of-t/
Repurpose an old wifi router for the internet-of-things - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FEY/3RRP/HVGXM5OM/FEY3RRPHVGXM5OM.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEY/3RRP/HVGXM5OM/FEY3RRPHVGXM5OM.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEY/3RRP/HVGXM5OM/FEY3RRPHVGXM5OM.SMALL.jpg danasf The popularity of internet-connected devices built with Arduino shields or single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone has exploded, but for simple tasks like controlling a relay, reading a sensor, watering your garden or lighting LEDs there's an overlooked (and often free) option: o...
By: danasf

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Wed, 21 May 2014 18:35:01 PDT
Recycling CPUs Processor Heat http://www.instructables.com/id/Recycling-CPUs-Processor-Heat/
Recycling CPUs Processor Heat - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F7W/0IO6/HVQFD783/F7W0IO6HVQFD783.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F7W/0IO6/HVQFD783/F7W0IO6HVQFD783.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F7W/0IO6/HVQFD783/F7W0IO6HVQFD783.SMALL.jpg ssarthak598 This Project involves conversion of waste heat released by the processor of the computer to Electrical energy using the peltier Effect. The electricity is generated by the peltier tiles which are placed across temperature difference between the bottom of the laptop, which is hot and the ambient air...
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Wed, 28 May 2014 05:46:30 PDT
Programmable LED Firefly Jar http://www.instructables.com/id/Programmable-LED-Firefly-Jar/
Programmable LED Firefly Jar - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F55/596C/HVJ3AFN6/F55596CHVJ3AFN6.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F55/596C/HVJ3AFN6/F55596CHVJ3AFN6.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F55/596C/HVJ3AFN6/F55596CHVJ3AFN6.SMALL.jpg danasf This is a fun, beautiful and inexpensive project that makes a great gift! I first started making these over a year ago and my original prototype (and many others) are still running strong.Building a firefly jar only requires an hour or two of your time, and ever the fan of creative re-use, many of t...
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Fri, 23 May 2014 10:54:46 PDT
All You Need To Know About a Relays http://www.instructables.com/id/All-You-Need-to-Know-About-Relays/
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By: theedisoneffect

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Mon, 12 May 2014 02:44:55 PDT
Microwave isolation transformer http://www.instructables.com/id/Microwave-isolation-transformer/
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By: Gabse

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Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:47:44 PDT
Poorman's Flash For Lomography http://www.instructables.com/id/Poormans-Flash-For-Lomography/
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Sat, 2 Nov 2013 07:06:54 PDT
(POP)culture http://www.instructables.com/id/POPculture/
(POP)culture - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FUC/7SEJ/HAQ37LII/FUC7SEJHAQ37LII.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FUC/7SEJ/HAQ37LII/FUC7SEJHAQ37LII.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FUC/7SEJ/HAQ37LII/FUC7SEJHAQ37LII.SMALL.jpg garthitecture This project used 1,581 recycled soda bottles to create a canopy for shading from the sun.  The project incorporated 3D modeling and scripting software to generate the desired surface created by the bottom of the soda bottles. The project sought to stimulate creative alternatives for recycling and r...
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Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:49:09 PST
Credit Card Holder Made From A Keyboard http://www.instructables.com/id/Credit-Card-Holder-Made-From-A-Keyboard/
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By: kevinjameshunt

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Sat, 7 Jul 2012 16:28:32 PDT
Casting a Large, Light-Weight Telescope Mirror from Recycled Glass http://www.instructables.com/id/Casting-a-Large-Light-Weight-Telescope-Mirror-fro/
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Mon, 4 Jun 2012 16:56:08 PDT
Notebook from old Floppy Disks http://www.instructables.com/id/Notebook-from-old-Floppy-Disks/
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Fri, 3 Jun 2011 14:07:06 PDT
Arduino Controlled Can Crusher With LCD Readout. http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Controlled-Can-Crusher-With-LCD-readout/
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Sat, 23 Apr 2011 18:51:35 PDT
SMS controlled Wireless Irrigation System http://www.instructables.com/id/SMS-controlled-Wireless-Irrigation-System/
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Fri, 11 Feb 2011 06:10:17 PST
Bargain-Price Book Scanner From A Cardboard Box. http://www.instructables.com/id/Bargain-Price-Book-Scanner-From-A-Cardboard-Box/
Bargain-Price Book Scanner From A Cardboard Box. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FF9/E4RY/G43EJWQG/FF9E4RYG43EJWQG.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FF9/E4RY/G43EJWQG/FF9E4RYG43EJWQG.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FF9/E4RY/G43EJWQG/FF9E4RYG43EJWQG.SMALL.jpg daniel_reetz Who doesn't want access to their books, notebooks, magazines, class notes, and other stuff everywhere, all the time? The thing is that often these things are a pain to scan. I have a really good solution for that, but it's expensive and can take a whole weekend to build. How do you scan a book, maga...
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Sat, 9 Jan 2010 12:40:22 PST
Foot Mouswitch... http://www.instructables.com/id/Foot-Mouswitch/
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Thu, 16 Sep 2010 20:17:40 PDT
Ball of Death: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Apple Pro Speakers http://www.instructables.com/id/Ball-of-Death-or-How-I-Learned-to-Stop-Worrying-an/
Ball of Death: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Apple Pro Speakers - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FJN/G3EK/G0KQM7W1/FJNG3EKG0KQM7W1.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJN/G3EK/G0KQM7W1/FJNG3EKG0KQM7W1.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJN/G3EK/G0KQM7W1/FJNG3EKG0KQM7W1.SMALL.jpg macpower  I've always said that since disposing of the "beige box", Apple has always led in the industrial design area. The integration of form and function can't be touched by any other manufacturer in any industry (Porsche comes close). It's a shame to clog up landfills with something attractive and durabl...
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Tue, 13 Oct 2009 12:34:43 PDT
Addressable Milk Bottles (LED Lighting + Arduino) http://www.instructables.com/id/Milk-Bottle-LED-Lights-Arduino-Controlled/
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Sat, 18 Apr 2009 15:58:41 PDT
Computer Recycling and Repurposing http://www.instructables.com/id/Computer-Recycling-and-Repurposing/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FPZ/5AMO/FRJKN3QF/FPZ5AMOFRJKN3QF.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPZ/5AMO/FRJKN3QF/FPZ5AMOFRJKN3QF.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FPZ/5AMO/FRJKN3QF/FPZ5AMOFRJKN3QF.SMALL.jpg Instructables Guides Computers contain so many useful parts and components that can be recycled, reused and re-purposed, that it's a shame to simply throw them away. PC fans make great air filters, mother boards can become jewelry, hard drive platters beautifully turn into clocks and power supplies, and cd drives magic...
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Mon, 23 Feb 2009 12:19:07 PST
Get Big Money for Scrap Batteries http://www.instructables.com/id/ScrapBatteryMoney/
Get Big Money for Scrap Batteries - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FG3/Y5IZ/FGFRD4YA/FG3Y5IZFGFRD4YA.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FG3/Y5IZ/FGFRD4YA/FG3Y5IZFGFRD4YA.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FG3/Y5IZ/FGFRD4YA/FG3Y5IZFGFRD4YA.SMALL.jpg TimAnderson I just got paid $300 cash for two dozen old lead-acid batteries. Here's how.A lot of readers are asking: Where do I get dead batteries?:I mostly got these batteries by seeing and asking for them. New cars wreck batteries pretty quick because the car computer never really turns off. So if the car isn...
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Mon, 19 May 2008 18:21:18 PDT
CD Rack From Old CDs http://www.instructables.com/id/CD-Rack-From-Old-CDs/
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Mon, 12 May 2008 17:40:48 PDT
LED super geek sandal http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-super-geek-sandal/
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Thu, 7 Feb 2008 06:00:13 PST