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Mesh DIY Kit is designed to make you an inventor

Mesh DIY Kit is designed to make you an inventor

If you are the sort that likes to tinker with things, you might want to check out the mesh creative DIY platform. The idea behind the mesh network products is that you can use the four sensors to create all sorts of notifications systems and more. The sensors, known as Mesh Tags, link with a Mesh Canvas App used for programming the actions.

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MESH offers a DIY platform for non-DIYers

MESH offers a DIY platform for non-DIYers

If you've ever been jealous of all the fancy and creative things hobbyists and makers have been doing with their Arduinos and what have you, but really don't have the patience or the skill for assembling and soldering, someone has just heard your prayer. MESH almost sounds and looks like a toy, but if so, it's a very smart toy at that. It offers non-intimidating modules and an easy to use, drag and drop programming interface to give you an appetizer of what you can do with the right tools and a bit of imagination.

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Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on: first boot on 2nd-gen

Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on: first boot on 2nd-gen

Today we took the Raspberry Pi 2 out of the box and the static shielding bag to give it a first start-up and go. As you'd expect, loading software to an SD card is much the same as it was in the past - except here you're using a much smaller microSD card instead. After that, you've got a more powerful processor and 1GB of RAM to work, so it's time to get quick. Today we're checking in on the basics - getting an operating system running and heading to boot.

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Groundhog Day alarm clock: hacked until real

Groundhog Day alarm clock: hacked until real

It'll only be a matter of time before a clever device-making group makes this alarm clock to do what we're seeing it hacked to do here, but until then, there's this. This is the Groundhog Day Alarm Clock, as made by creative constructor Randofo. This is a Panasonic RC-6025 flip clock, the same model used in the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day. Here it's been broken apart and re-constructed to do exactly what it does in the film - play the same song from the same "radio station" every time you wake up.

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Raspberry Pi 2: the $35 PC gets a big boost

Raspberry Pi 2: the $35 PC gets a big boost

This week we're seeing the next generation in Raspberry Pi technology. For those of you that've never heard of the Raspberry Pi, it's a barebones computer that's made to be exceedingly cheap whilst retaining functionality for do-it-yourself electronics makers. In other words - it's the brain for your next robot. This second major wave release is being put out for the same price as the most recent Raspberry Pi unit, but here you're getting a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU with 6x the performance of the previous best board.

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Raspberry Pi 2 promises 6x the power, 1 GB RAM, same price

Raspberry Pi 2 promises 6x the power, 1 GB RAM, same price

The Raspberry Pi has been quite popular at democratizing the DIY board and reinvigorating the maker culture. Since its launch, however, there have been many rivals that have tried to take a bite out of it, some perhaps more successful than others. RPi, as it is lovingly called, is out for revenge and it will be delivering it through the new Raspberry Pi 2 model B, the successor to the most recent B+ model that kicks things up a notch thanks to a new BCM2836 chip.

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Adventure Time Game Wizard: DIY game building made super simple

Adventure Time Game Wizard: DIY game building made super simple

This week the folks at Cartoon Network are bringing some heat to the mobile gaming worlds of both iOS and Android. They're bringing a game by the name of Adventure Time Game Wizard - working with the Adventure Time cartoon series as a theme and the old-school side-scrolling skeleton of the original Mario Bros as innards. Here we're finding just about the easiest-to-work-with platform for creating game levels we've ever seen. With the added bonus of Adventure Time, of course - that only makes things more slap-happy!

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EVB puts BeagleBone in your LEGO EV3 projects

EVB puts BeagleBone in your LEGO EV3 projects

LEGO is one of the most popular building systems out there for geeks who like to tinker with robotics and DIY construction. The LEGO EV3 kit has a control system brain that allows the projects to be programmed with complex behaviors to do all sorts of stuff. A new brain for the Mindstorms kit called the EVB, which is a shield for BeagleBone Black, has debuted that aims to make projects built with the EV3 kit more functional.

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X-wing rocker for kids built by craftsman

X-wing rocker for kids built by craftsman

If you're a big Star Wars fan with young children, get ready, you're going to find this incredibly adorable and then want one for your own kid. A craftsman from New Zealand who builds wooden toys has constructed a rocker in the design of a X-wing fighter, paired with its own R2-D2 figure. While Steve Coupe has been building toys for some 25 years, this master piece is a one-of-a-kind that is meant to raise money for a children's hospital.

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WarSting Hobbit sword glows blue when near WiFi

WarSting Hobbit sword glows blue when near WiFi

If you have found yourself with spare time on your hands over the long holiday weekend and feel like some DIY tinkering, the folks at Spark.io have an interesting new project in honor of the new The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies movie. WarSting is a plastic sword inspired by Bilbo Baggins' "Sting" sword, which glows blue when Orcs are around. Rather than glowing when beasts are nearby, however, WarSting glows blue when it detects a wireless network.

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