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Research project puts Android Wear notifications on a mirror

Research project puts Android Wear notifications on a mirror

Smart mirrors, or mirrors that can display information such as weather, news, and whatnot, aren't exactly a novel idea. Some have even taken great pains to try and make this sci-fi dream a reality. That's not to say we won't be impressed once in a while by implementations, especially those that promise to hook up with devices that we already have in the house, or in our hands, or even our wrists. Redditor Nick Nothom did just that, with his own version of a smart mirror that connected with his Android Wear smartwatch.

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Custom watch tells time in binary

Custom watch tells time in binary

For some tech fans, a geeky watch is a smartwatch like the new Apple Watch or even a Pebble smartwatch. For others a geeky time pieces needs to tell time in some difficult to read way that leaves the uninitiated wondering how it works. There are certainly plenty of watches that are made in a factory that fall into that latter category.

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Scout Alarm DIY security system now ‘Works with Nest’

Scout Alarm DIY security system now ‘Works with Nest’

Scout, the do-it-yourself home alarm system that has standalone connectivity, is now working with Nest. In a blog post, Scout says their system now works with Nest “to enable seamless access and control of your Nest device(s) within your Scout account.” Your Scout Alarm will now work with Nest’s Smoke + Carbon Monoxide detector, as well as Nest Learning Thermostat. Though the reasoning for grouping your thermostat and home security system together might not be immediately clear, Scout has outlined several ways it can be handy.

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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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