The 8BitBox is an Arduino powered Bluetooth box, controlled via a Bluetooth enabled Android Device. This project will show you how to control an RGB LED and a piezo buzzer on an Arduino via an Android device. Once finished, you will have a customizable box that can be set to a color and play a tune from your phone. From there, you can easily start adding more features on your own, such as environmental sensors.
Adafruit’s Bluefruit devices are hands-down the easiest way to get Arduino communicating over Bluetooth. Taking inspiration from the helical Guggenheim museum, this project coils a contiguous reel of NeoPixels around a dapper top hat to create a wearable scrolling message display you can control with your iOS/Android phone or tablet.
Here is a quick project for an electronic halloween pumpkin. With a bit of hacking a $1 plastic pumpkin is upgraded: a sensor embedded in the nose detects when people get close and will play scarey sounds and animates LEDs on the face. The sounds are stored on an SD card so its easy to change and customize what the pumpkin says, while the code is written for an Arduino so its easy to modify the behavior. I'm going to have this pumpkin outside my door to freak out the little kids who go to daycare nearby. Boo!
This tutorial by John De Cristofaro (johngineer) aims to teach you how to take photos of your hacks and projects for sharing on the web, and perhaps even in print. It focuses on smaller items, less than 6”x6”x6” in size. Bigger projects present their own unique problems that are beyond the scope of this article. However, you can always “scale up” the methods presented here to take pictures of larger subjects, at least to a point.
When I first saw the Drawdio at Maker Faire I knew it would be a great project for beginners: A lot of fun with instant gratification! Essentially, it's a very simple musical synthesizer that uses the conductive properties of pencil graphite to create different sounds. The result is a fun toy that lets you draw musical instruments on any piece of paper.
A good front-light is essential, not only for being seen, but to see the road. LED lamps will not illuminate the road, and they can be too dim for cars to see you (1W or better LEDs are quite nice as headlamps.) I offer here a simple (but high-quality) design to build your own 5 or 10W halogen lamp, which runs off of a rechargeable 7.2V or 7.4V Lithium Ion battery pack.