Coolest Builds Of DIY Gadgets

One of the best parts of a DIY project is that you can create something custom that suits your needs perfectly. Whether you’ve always wanted to build your own root cellar or collect rainwater for your garden, this year’s a great time to get it done. For whatever your preferences, here are some projects for you to try out.

PM (along with Shapeways, Ultimaker, and Sphero) partnered with Instructables on the just-concluded Gadget Hacking & Accessories Contest. These smart ideas and clever hacks took home the top prizes.…

Atomic Force Microscope

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To see down to the nanoscale, you need something a little more powerful than an ordinary microscope. And that something—an atomic force microscope—costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. No longer: This project by Whoand shows how to turn a few hundred dollars of components into a powerful microscope.…

Cheap, Nice, and Weird A4 Graph Plotter

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Why draw graphs for high school math class by hand when you can build a machine to do it for you? That was the thinking behind this project by mopsiok, who built this plotter from about $25 of components.…

Hacked Wi-Fi Camera

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Hack into a simple Wi-Fi camera and it becomes something much more powerful: Use its audio/visual tools to give you a first-person view from the drone you’re flying or the RC car you’re driving, or turn it into a telepresence robot. This Instructable by FabricateIO shows you how.…

Modified Toy Spy Camera

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Maybe you are a smooth super-spy, but enemy agents are probably going to notice those enormous sunglasses that are wired with a camera. DIY Hacks & How Tos shows us how to remove the camera and place it somewhere a little more inconspicuous—say, hidden as a shirt button.…

Altoids Microphone

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Once all the Altoids are gone and you’ve got minty fresh breath, you’re left with the classic tin. Follow this project by ASCAS to transform a retro Altoids container into a plug-and-play USB microphone.…

Build Your Own CNC Machine

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Ready to make something that will make even more things? Trochili Design developed this Instructable to demonstrate how to build your own CNC milling machine.…

Oscilloscope

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An oscilloscope, which measures signals that vary over time, is an invaluable tool for the electronics hobbyist. Instructables user Johnag made the top 10 with this plan to build your own oscilloscope with its own touchscreen.…

3D-Printed Speaker Jambox Mount

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So you want to listen to music while you bike, but it’s not safe to wear headphones? No problem. User SillyHuman built this mount to attach a Mini Jambox speaker to a bicycle, letting you rock out while you ride.…

3D-Printed Underwater Camera

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The winner of the Judges’ Prize, user MoonLanding developed a 3D-printable enclosure to turn an ordinary DSLR camera into one that can safely go underwater.…