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Video: Looking for one last DIY project before the holidays? Adafruit has a guide for making your own 8-bit Super Mario tree topper using an Arduino, LEDs, and a few other tools.
We’ve talked before about choosing the right electronics board for your project, but venerable DIYer Ben Heck takes a deep crack at it as well, breaking down using a discreet logic, microcontroller, or a Raspberry Pi.
The Arduino is a cheap electronics board that allows you to make your own electronics without a ton of coding experience. We love the Arduino, but like any electronics project, coming up with ideas for what to build is tough. Whether you’re just looking for inspiration or just need a place to start, let’s take a look at ten of the coolest Arduino projects.
Video: Alarm systems are complicated affairs. However, if you’re just looking to catch a sandwich thief at work or a cat spilling over all you water bottles, then Make shows you how to build an alarm system with an Arduino and a USB camera.
If you enjoy filming your adrenaline-infused adventures with an action camera, this data logging “blackbox”can record real-time data and then display it on your videos in post-production editing.
If you long for the days of pixely music visualizers, then look no further than this guide from Adafruit to make your own tiny little spectrum visualizer using a Genuino.