My daughter and I have a nice little home makerspace going, but we have been storing all of our components (resistors, capacitors, solder, arduinos, raspberry pis, etc) in plastic boxes stacked into a larger box, which makes it hard to find what we need. It was time to get a cabinet, and this one is perfect, with 44 clear sliding drawers. It's only about 6-inches deep, which is a good thing because it doesn't take up a lot of room on our worktable. It's [amazon_link asins='B003P2UOCO' template='PriceLink' store='boingboing' marketplace='US' link_id='f12ff216-6617-4874-88e5-71855a64f265'] on Amazon.
I use this cheap illuminated magnifying glass to identify loose components: capacitors, integrated circuits, diodes, resistors. The markings on some of the components (like the tiny capacitors) are so small that I can't even see them, let alone make them out. It made the markings easy to read. If you get one of these, you'll… READ THE REST
The Bhamla Lab at Georgia Tech announced that it developed a hearing aid costing less than a dollar. The components are enclosed in a 3D printed case that's worn around the neck with a lanyard. About the image: a. The LoCHAid is shown in its top view, with its 3D printed polyamide (Nylon 12) case… READ THE REST
Ginger of Mods made this incredible Wii Boy Color. He trimmed down a Wii motherboard, hacked the Wii's software so it doesn't need a disk drive, designed custom circuit boards, and 3D printed a case. [via Dooby Brain] READ THE REST
If you're going on a trip, it isn't enough to bring your smartphone and your tablet and your laptop. You also have to bring all the charging cables for your phone. And the one for your tablet. And the charging brick plug-in. And the ones for your laptop. Before you know it, the stockpile of… READ THE REST
For years, karaoke was relegated to those places with a dedicated system and an archive of tracks for use. Now, Karaoke On Demand essentially gives you frustrated artists the chance to bring your song stylings out of the bar and into the outside world 24/7/365…whether the world is ready for you or not. Karaoke On… READ THE REST
With everyone looking for increased portability from all their necessary items, it's a surprise monocular telescopes haven't eclipsed binoculars yet. But it may not be too long before these lightweight marvels are nudging their way past their big, bulkier brother as the instrument people reach for to get a quality view from a distance. While… READ THE REST