electronics

Build An Intruder Detector With A Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a great little computer to use for a home surveillance system, but most of the projects we’ve seen have been a bit more advanced. Bitreactive put together a guide for a simple Raspberry Pi alarm that detects motion and sends you an SMS if something happens.


Build A Universal Smart Remote Control With An Arduino

Universal remotes are great but often rather pricey. If you want to make your own, Make shows you how to use an Arduino Yun to make a smart remote control you can control from any web browser.


Make A Motion-Triggered Night Light For Under The Bed

If you’re tired of bumping into things when you get out of bed in the middle of the night, this DIY project may be for you. LEDs mounted under the bed turn on when you get up or approach the bed, but only if the room is dark.


Build Your Own All-In-One Internet Radio Player With A Raspberry Pi

If you’re a big fan of internet radio, UK Tech Reviews has a guide for building your own little internet radio device using a Raspberry Pi and a touchscreen. The end result here is a nice, self-contained system that includes a simple interface for playing different stations with the touchscreen.


Build In Progress Shares DIY Projects Before They're Finished

Sites like Instructables and Make are great for sharing your DIY projects, but sometimes you need a little help along the way. Build in Progress is a site that lets you share your projects as you make them.


Build An Internet-Connected Alarm Clock With An Arduino

Your smartphone makes a great smart alarm clock, but not everyone wants their phone next to their bed all the time. Instead, Make shows you how to build an internet-connected alarm clock using an Arduino and Google.


This DIY Internet Speedometer Visualises Network Speed In Real Time

There are plenty of ways you can go about monitoring your network performance, but this setup using a BeagleBone Black is always running and visualises your speed in a fun, colourful way. It lights up a tri-colour LED strip based on the current speed of your network.


Easily Back Up And Clone Raspberry Pi SD Cards

The Raspberry Pi is a great little machine for all kinds of experiments, but since it’s often pushed to its limits, it’s nice to have backups around. Blogger Matthew Hoskins shows how to backup, restore, customise and clone your Raspberry Pi SD cards right on the Pi itself.


Build A Wireless Home Security System With An Arduino

Making your own security system isn’t too hard. If you’d like one that is cheap and simple, Instructables user deba168 shows how to make a wireless motion detector with an Arduino.


Five Retro Operating Systems You Can Run On The Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a great device to experiment on and since it’s easy to swap out operating systems on a whim, it’s fun to run old ones that you don’t have a lot of use for. To that end, here are a few of our favourites.