electronics

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.


How To Get Started On DIY Projects With LittleBits

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.


All The Common Electronics Components Explained For Beginners

Electronics components range widely in size and function. From a beginner’s point of view, it’s hard to know where to start digging in. Programmer Christopher Pratt made a nice little beginner’s guide over at Medium that runs through all the essentials to get you started.


Make Your Own Portable Battery Pack With A Longer-Lasting Charge

Portable battery packs for your smartphone or tablet are handy. You could buy one, but you can save money by making your own.


Build Your Own 16-Button MIDI Controller With An Arduino

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.