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Nest iPod-style Smart Thermostat gets a detailed teardown

Nest iPod-style Smart Thermostat gets a detailed teardown

A few months back we reported on a device called the Nest Learning Thermostat. This iPod-esque smart thermostat is available now and comes from Nest Labs - led by ex iPod chief Tony Fadell. The neat little gadget they've created will awake when you walk by, learn your ways and habits, and even save you money while it heats or cools your home. Thanks to Sparkfun we now have additional details and a full teardown of information.

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NES Controller Used to Play Nintendo Emulator on HTC EVO 4G

NES Controller Used to Play Nintendo Emulator on HTC EVO 4G

There's an emulator of every kind on the Android platform right now. Ranging from old-school consoles, to newer (yet still old-school) models, you can find all types of games to play while you're on the move, without having to get your hands on the old-time console. The Nintendo emulators seem to be some of the most popular, and considering the titles available, that's not a surprise at all. But, while playing your favorite games of yester-year may be fun, sometimes playing with your fingers blocking the screen isn't (if you don't have a physical keyboard, of course). So what would be better? How about the original Nintendo Entertainment System's controller? Yeah, we thought it might.

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iPhone-controlled DIY solar-powered tank [Video]

iPhone-controlled DIY solar-powered tank [Video]

As iPhone remote control projects go we've certainly seen bigger than this Arduino-based iPhone-controlled tank, but it does have the benefit of being somewhat more achievable for the average DIYer than a full-sized car, say.  Chris Rojas threw together the tabletop tank from a basket full of SparkFun parts, and now has a solar-powered vehicle he can control from his cellphone.

Video demo after the cut

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WiiChuck makes Wii controller hacks non-destructive

WiiChuck makes Wii controller hacks non-destructive

We've seen some great hacks with the Wii controllers since the console first arrived, and things could get even easier if Todbot has his way.  He's launched the WiiChuck, a tiny plug-in board that slots into the plug of the Wii Nunchuck, and allows you to access all of the controller's connections - its 2-axis joystick, two buttons and 3-axis ±2g  accelerometer - without needing to cut any of the cables.

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