Instructables: exploring - photos - electronics - featured http://www.instructables.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:44:38 PDT BLOX v1.01 Window to the Night (Night Vision) http://www.instructables.com/id/Window-to-the-Night/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FNS/0ZJ7/HVVKFRVZ/FNS0ZJ7HVVKFRVZ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNS/0ZJ7/HVVKFRVZ/FNS0ZJ7HVVKFRVZ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNS/0ZJ7/HVVKFRVZ/FNS0ZJ7HVVKFRVZ.SMALL.gif mackintoshlinessless The idea of having a night vision device as a child was unthinkable! Only a few years ago, instructions came out on the internet to make this child-hood fantasy a reality. I decided to make my own! This instructable below won't go into detail on the makings (there are numerous sources and dedicated ...
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Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:37:19 PDT
Super Nintendo (SNES) Arcade Machine http://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Nintendo-SNES-Arcade-Machine/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FA2/1UIX/HSM53TUF/FA21UIXHSM53TUF.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FA2/1UIX/HSM53TUF/FA21UIXHSM53TUF.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FA2/1UIX/HSM53TUF/FA21UIXHSM53TUF.SMALL.jpg Nzen Mods The Super Nintendo. A source for some great titles and classics such as Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, and anything else "Super". A great way to have all of these classics relived and put to new use is making an arcade machine based on the famous SNES. To bring a new environm...
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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:19:02 PDT
How to build a Bartop Arcade http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-Bartop-Arcade/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F14/S3F6/HI3TY3YE/F14S3F6HI3TY3YE.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F14/S3F6/HI3TY3YE/F14S3F6HI3TY3YE.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F14/S3F6/HI3TY3YE/F14S3F6HI3TY3YE.SMALL.jpg djkurtz92 Based on some inspiration from Instructables, and a love for vintage video games I decided to build my own bartop arcade. Some one built one on here that I borrowed some of the methods. I too don't like emulation. I like the originals. I could give Step by Step directions on how to build this but a ...
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Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:43:05 PDT
Homemade SNES Arcade Machine http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-SNES-Arcade-Machine/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FT5/SPGW/HPZMRQ0Y/FT5SPGWHPZMRQ0Y.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FT5/SPGW/HPZMRQ0Y/FT5SPGWHPZMRQ0Y.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FT5/SPGW/HPZMRQ0Y/FT5SPGWHPZMRQ0Y.SMALL.jpg djkurtz92 This is my second entry in the homemade arcade machines. A Super Nintendo in a bartop arcade machine. I'm now up to 3 machines. Some of these pics are also of the Sega Genesis Arcade machine that I did not make build pics for. My next machine will be an original xbox running MAME with hundreds of or...
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Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:29:58 PST
Thankful donation jar http://www.instructables.com/id/Thankful-donation-jar/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FRL/AD39/HKM8YVPU/FRLAD39HKM8YVPU.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRL/AD39/HKM8YVPU/FRLAD39HKM8YVPU.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRL/AD39/HKM8YVPU/FRLAD39HKM8YVPU.SMALL.jpg taipeihackerspace This instructable is part of the August Build Night with Jameco at the Taipei Hackerspace. During that event we were making circuits around the 555 timer IC, one basic and fun element of the electronics hacker repertoire, that have a lot of uses and very valuable to know its operation in general. W...
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Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:07:50 PDT
Wall Sconces with Hidden Weather Display and Tangible User Interface http://www.instructables.com/id/Wall-Sconces-with-Hidden-Weather-Display-and-Tangi/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FEH/BB9F/HCB8R3CN/FEHBB9FHCB8R3CN.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEH/BB9F/HCB8R3CN/FEHBB9FHCB8R3CN.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FEH/BB9F/HCB8R3CN/FEHBB9FHCB8R3CN.SMALL.jpg 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
Flexible Circuits http://www.instructables.com/id/Flexible-Circuits/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FKV/CESG/H6DWVLCX/FKVCESGH6DWVLCX.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKV/CESG/H6DWVLCX/FKVCESGH6DWVLCX.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FKV/CESG/H6DWVLCX/FKVCESGH6DWVLCX.SMALL.jpg amandaghassaei I used conductive paint to make a simple flexible circuit that lights and dims an LED depending on how much it is flexed.  I used to work on a project that involved fabricating circuits on contact lenses, where we used micron-precision lithography to lay down tiny conductive traces on the surface of...
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Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:30:17 PDT
Split rail power supply from a single rail supply http://www.instructables.com/id/Split-rail-power-supply-from-a-single-rail-supply/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FNL/P5CD/H3Z3UFRW/FNLP5CDH3Z3UFRW.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNL/P5CD/H3Z3UFRW/FNLP5CDH3Z3UFRW.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FNL/P5CD/H3Z3UFRW/FNLP5CDH3Z3UFRW.SMALL.jpg Harrymatic A split rail power supply is one with a positive voltage rail, a negative voltage rail and zero volts in the middle. This is a really simple but very handy circuit which will provide both a positive and a negative voltage from a single rail power supply. This circuit was originally from a fairly ol...
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Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:54:29 PDT
Easy Conversion : AA to C (Or Any Other) Cell http://www.instructables.com/id/AA-to-C-Or-Any-Other-Cell-The-Easy-Way/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FU5/AOH7/H5Y9VJIT/FU5AOH7H5Y9VJIT.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FU5/AOH7/H5Y9VJIT/FU5AOH7H5Y9VJIT.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FU5/AOH7/H5Y9VJIT/FU5AOH7H5Y9VJIT.SMALL.jpg Siddharth Jain Now, there are already many instructables for the same purpose, but, there isn't any this simple!!!.... After reading this, you shall be able to transform any cell type to any other cell type, given that the former is of the smaller size!!!...(I needed to transform an AA cell to C type for my wall ...
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Sat, 18 Aug 2012 13:52:39 PDT
Soldering a LED to the 'Wrong' Side of a PCB http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-a-LED-To-The-Wrong-Side-Of-A-PCB/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ5/EJ64/H5W8AJI0/FJ5EJ64H5W8AJI0.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ5/EJ64/H5W8AJI0/FJ5EJ64H5W8AJI0.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJ5/EJ64/H5W8AJI0/FJ5EJ64H5W8AJI0.SMALL.jpg AndyGadget Why would you want to mount LEDs on the copper side of a single sided board?  How about if you want to mount a board directly behind a front panel with the LEDs showing through holes in the panel.  You can't put them on the usual side because the other components would stop the board fitting flush t...
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Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:56:41 PDT
Fixing 1/4" Cables http://www.instructables.com/id/Fixing-14-Cables/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FB7/LQVI/H5R9EXTV/FB7LQVIH5R9EXTV.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FB7/LQVI/H5R9EXTV/FB7LQVIH5R9EXTV.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FB7/LQVI/H5R9EXTV/FB7LQVIH5R9EXTV.SMALL.jpg BooRan Being a musician I've had a lot of issues with 1/4" cables.  They take quite a beating over time and tend to quit on you.  Most times I am able to open them up and find that the joints at the wire-plug connection have broken.  It's very easy to fix them and can save you some money if this is a regul...
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Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:08:25 PDT
Interchangeable Multimeter Ends http://www.instructables.com/id/Interchangeable-Multimeter-Ends/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FZ2/GKUW/H4AGLOZ6/FZ2GKUWH4AGLOZ6.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZ2/GKUW/H4AGLOZ6/FZ2GKUWH4AGLOZ6.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FZ2/GKUW/H4AGLOZ6/FZ2GKUWH4AGLOZ6.SMALL.jpg ProfMuggs These are some adapters I made to get more use out of my cheap multimeter. I have a hard time holding the leads on wires and pin headers while I am trying to use my multimeter, so I made these adapters to clip onto various conductors. I know they make separate wires with various types of ends, but w...
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Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:20:47 PDT
Stripboard track cutter http://www.instructables.com/id/Stripboard-track-cutter/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FRV/KP6J/H5ECNHGS/FRVKP6JH5ECNHGS.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRV/KP6J/H5ECNHGS/FRVKP6JH5ECNHGS.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRV/KP6J/H5ECNHGS/FRVKP6JH5ECNHGS.SMALL.jpg scraptopower This is a homemade stripboard cutter. I already have a commercial stripboard cutter, so why make another? My commercial cutter is really horrible to use, the handle is tiny, uncomfortable, and the cutter isn't nearly sharp enough. This makes it frustrating to use. My homemade version is bigger and s...
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Sun, 12 Aug 2012 04:42:21 PDT
How To Quickly Find And Trace PCB Tracks http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Quickly-Find-And-Trace-PCB-Tracks-1/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FRS/AR5E/H5JVORZ4/FRSAR5EH5JVORZ4.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRS/AR5E/H5JVORZ4/FRSAR5EH5JVORZ4.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FRS/AR5E/H5JVORZ4/FRSAR5EH5JVORZ4.SMALL.jpg hertzgamma This instructable will show you how to create a tool that will allow you to easily and quickly find and trace a PCB track. Whether you are creating a PCB or you are modifying or repairing it - this tool will save you lots of time and energy! Stuck with finding a track on a multi-layered PCB? No pro...
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Sat, 11 Aug 2012 03:22:33 PDT
Creating Circuts with Graphite http://www.instructables.com/id/Creating-Circuts-with-Graphite/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FXJ/IRU7/H5E9QC3O/FXJIRU7H5E9QC3O.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXJ/IRU7/H5E9QC3O/FXJIRU7H5E9QC3O.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXJ/IRU7/H5E9QC3O/FXJIRU7H5E9QC3O.SMALL.jpg Hanxonek About: Graphite circuits are a fun and potentially useful trick to create paper thin circuits that can power electronics, although they work best for LED’s, due to the low power consumption and inefficiency of the circuit. Materials needed: - A piece of paper - A graphite pencil (not the #...
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Sat, 4 Aug 2012 18:42:16 PDT
New Terminal Connector Options for Circuits http://www.instructables.com/id/New-Terminal-Connector-Options-for-Circuits/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FFJ/4FKS/H4AGLD17/FFJ4FKSH4AGLD17.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFJ/4FKS/H4AGLD17/FFJ4FKSH4AGLD17.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FFJ/4FKS/H4AGLD17/FFJ4FKSH4AGLD17.SMALL.jpg ProvideYourOwn A common way to connect wires to a circuit is to use a male or female header. While this type of connection is useful, it has two drawbacks - 1) a connector must be fitted to any connecting wires and 2) it isn't a very reliable connection. Screw terminals are often used to remedy these problems, but...
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Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:21:35 PDT
Clamping Sockets on Ribbon Cable http://www.instructables.com/id/Clamping-Sockets-on-Ribbon-Cable/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F19/G9Q3/H1Y07GNQ/F19G9Q3H1Y07GNQ.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F19/G9Q3/H1Y07GNQ/F19G9Q3H1Y07GNQ.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F19/G9Q3/H1Y07GNQ/F19G9Q3H1Y07GNQ.SMALL.jpg amandaghassaei It's a good idea to use sockets and header pins when working with ribbon cable.  They make your projects more modular, portable, and able to be assembled and disassembled rapidly.  You can get 16 stranded ribbon cable, sockets, and male header pins at Jameco: 16 conductor ribbon cable Jameco 28RC16...
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Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:44:26 PDT
DIY 9V Battery Clip http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-9V-Battery-Clip/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F47/0B7W/H4AGJH1R/F470B7WH4AGJH1R.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F47/0B7W/H4AGJH1R/F470B7WH4AGJH1R.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F47/0B7W/H4AGJH1R/F470B7WH4AGJH1R.SMALL.jpg 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
Neat Electrical Component Organizing in Binders http://www.instructables.com/id/Neat-Electrical-Component-Organizing-in-Binders/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FJR/XPZD/H4AGI4N3/FJRXPZDH4AGI4N3.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJR/XPZD/H4AGI4N3/FJRXPZDH4AGI4N3.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FJR/XPZD/H4AGI4N3/FJRXPZDH4AGI4N3.SMALL.jpg frank26080115 I organize my components in 3-ring binders. The things I buy: The largest 3-ring binder I can find, from Staples Small zip-lock bags, from Dollarama Anti-static zip-lock bags, 5" by 3" size, 3M brand from Digi-Key Business card holders for 3-ring binders, from Staples Put compone...
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Sat, 7 Jul 2012 15:48:07 PDT
Double-Layer Capacitors http://www.instructables.com/id/Double-Layer-Capacitors/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FMQ/CP6H/H4AGJ086/FMQCP6HH4AGJ086.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMQ/CP6H/H4AGJ086/FMQCP6HH4AGJ086.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FMQ/CP6H/H4AGJ086/FMQCP6HH4AGJ086.SMALL.jpg ColorBomb  I will be talking a bit about double-layer capacitors and why they are useful. Double-layer capacitors are sometimes called ultracapacitors or super capacitors. I will be calling them super capacitors. What makes a super capacitor super ?  Capacitors have two conductors separated  by an insulator....
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Sat, 7 Jul 2012 07:05:23 PDT
Easy to Make LED w/resistor for Solderless Breadboards http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-to-Make-LED-wresistor-for-Solderless-Breadbo/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FYW/MLKO/H4AGHU14/FYWMLKOH4AGHU14.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYW/MLKO/H4AGHU14/FYWMLKOH4AGHU14.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FYW/MLKO/H4AGHU14/FYWMLKOH4AGHU14.SMALL.jpg ProvideYourOwn There is hardly a project that doesn't require some LEDs. When prototyping, you often need some LEDs for indication and troubleshooting. Of course, each LED needs a current limiting resistor. Therefore, putting these two components into one single package is logical and very useful. I tried cutting ...
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Fri, 6 Jul 2012 00:44:10 PDT
Cheapest Wire-Wrapping Tool http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheapest-Wire-Wrapping-Tool/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F1S/SBUY/H461XBAH/F1SSBUYH461XBAH.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1S/SBUY/H461XBAH/F1SSBUYH461XBAH.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F1S/SBUY/H461XBAH/F1SSBUYH461XBAH.SMALL.jpg sath02 When we are dealing with these sensors: •Flex Sensor •Flexiforce Pressure sensor •Force Sensitive Resistor •HotPot Membrane Potentiometer •etc. It really hard to solder their leads to PCB. Because  these sensors made out of plastic, and they melt easily. One solution is to use wire wrap (30AWG) in...
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Wed, 4 Jul 2012 08:54:21 PDT
How To Convert Fluorescent starter to Thermal Switch http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Convert-Fluorescent-starter-to-Thermal-Swit/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FH9/23JZ/H3XN9HXS/FH923JZH3XN9HXS.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FH9/23JZ/H3XN9HXS/FH923JZH3XN9HXS.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FH9/23JZ/H3XN9HXS/FH923JZH3XN9HXS.SMALL.jpg Husham Samir Fluorescent starter is essentially two bimetallic strips in a sealed glass capsule, with a small gap between them. The principle of this experiment is Metal expansion and contraction . Materials: 1-  12 volt CPU Fan. 2-  12 Volt supply. 3-   Fluorescent starter. 4- Candle. Steps: 1- Break the st...
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Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:15:26 PDT
Fastest way to Hack RC Car H-Bridge http://www.instructables.com/id/Fastest-way-to-Hack-RC-Car-H-Bridge-1/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F46/2LOX/H3XME4X0/F462LOXH3XME4X0.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F46/2LOX/H3XME4X0/F462LOXH3XME4X0.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F46/2LOX/H3XME4X0/F462LOXH3XME4X0.SMALL.jpg Husham Samir I have some broken small RC car without remote control and I was interesting to hack the H-bridge of these car and connect them to micro controller circuit  in order to make for example a line follower robot or obstacle avoidance robot. The common circuit of RC car consist of : 1-Receiver circuit w...
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Wed, 27 Jun 2012 02:33:17 PDT
How to Build and Arm a Scale Model Battleship From Scratch http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-and-Arm-a-Scale-Model-Battleship-From/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F0R/OF1T/H2MYK4PD/F0ROF1TH2MYK4PD.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F0R/OF1T/H2MYK4PD/F0ROF1TH2MYK4PD.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F0R/OF1T/H2MYK4PD/F0ROF1TH2MYK4PD.SMALL.jpg picklwg Welcome to the fascinating world of R/C BIG GUN Warship Combat. So what exactly is R/C Warship combat? It is a hobby where scale model warships, armed with low-pressure CO2 cannons, fire small ball bearings at an opposing ship.  When enough holes are put in the easily punctured balsa wood covered hu...
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Fri, 25 May 2012 19:01:58 PDT
Magical Location Clock http://www.instructables.com/id/Magical-Location-Clock/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FXW/6I2J/GT19NRQN/FXW6I2JGT19NRQN.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXW/6I2J/GT19NRQN/FXW6I2JGT19NRQN.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FXW/6I2J/GT19NRQN/FXW6I2JGT19NRQN.SMALL.jpg 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 http://www.instructables.com/id/FUNBOT/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FGP/PPO3/GPAS1Y5C/FGPPPO3GPAS1Y5C.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FGP/PPO3/GPAS1Y5C/FGPPPO3GPAS1Y5C.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FGP/PPO3/GPAS1Y5C/FGPPPO3GPAS1Y5C.SMALL.jpg 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
Mini Fridge http://www.instructables.com/id/Mini-Fridge/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FIK/WO07/FYNTAF6Q/FIKWO07FYNTAF6Q.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FIK/WO07/FYNTAF6Q/FIKWO07FYNTAF6Q.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FIK/WO07/FYNTAF6Q/FIKWO07FYNTAF6Q.SMALL.jpg CaptPikel So this guy at work got a neat little mini fridge for a can of coke. I thought to myself "I can make one better than that". And so my home made mini fridge was born. It has 3 peltier coolers enclosed is a 4 inch diameter pvc T joint. It's powered (underpowered by about 120 watts) by a 55 watt 5 volt...
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