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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.
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.
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.
If you’ve recently started making things with electronics, you know how steep the learning curve can be. Fortunately, littleBits are an easy way to start experimenting with all kinds of projects. You can connect real-world components to the cloud instantly, program If This Then That recipes, and even connect it all to an Arduino. Here’s how to get started.
Portable battery packs for your smartphone or tablet are handy. You could buy one, but you can save money by making your own.
DIY musical instruments are a whole different ball game. If you’re looking for a place to start, Adafruit has a guide to building your own MIDI controller using an Arduino.