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Looking for cool electronics building kits

I've been building guitar pedal kits from buildyourownclone, and it's been great fun. I'm running out of pedals I want to make for myself, and am looking for other projects, like this stereo tube amp, and maybe this sous vide. Can you recommend more electronics projects (preferably kits, so I don't have to scrounge for parts) that are cool and look good at the end? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Suggest Electronica Suggestive of Electronics

I like songs that evoke images of circuitry, complexity, and digital processes. What are some songs and artists that convey this feeling? [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated on Mar 18, 2013 - 24 answers

Digital Electronics: Keeping a logic level high or low for one minute

I want to use a timer (minimum on time is one minute) to turn on my coffee maker. The ON-OFF button on the coffee machine is a momentary contact push button which is read by a logic board. Can I use the (isolated) relay contacts on my timer to close that push button for one minute, the minimum on-time of my timer? [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Mar 15, 2013 - 6 answers

best sound system for hearing movie dialogue

Ever since the DVD age began, I've noticed that music and sound effects in movies are always WAY louder than the dialogue. It's really annoying. Will a properly configured surround sound system fix this? What is the right way to set up surround sound speakers? Are sound bars any good? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 11, 2013 - 12 answers

What's the best e-reader for me?

I know pretty much nothing about the e-reader market right now, but I'm thinking about taking the plunge. Given my particular requirements, what is likely to be the best e-reader for me? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 7, 2013 - 35 answers

Securing Various Electronics in the South Pacific

What would be the best ways to secure multiple laptops, smartphones, cameras (physically, and also to catch thieves) in a "rustic" foreign country... keeping in mind I need to fit everything in luggage or fashion it out of raw materials in country. [more inside]
posted by DaftMythic on Feb 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Cell phone repair trouble

I'm trying to fix my phone. How do I deal with a very tiny, hard to get at screw with a stripped head? [more inside]
posted by delezzo on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Warranty providers show earlier purchase dates for Amazon electronics?

I've had this problem twice now: I purchase an electronic item from Amazon and when I call in for service under warranty, I'm told that their records show a different, much earlier purchase date. [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Feb 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Need help restoring bricked Verizon Galaxy Nexus

My rooted verizon galaxy nexus won't boot and I need help recovering it (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Feb 24, 2013 - 3 answers

me want magic screen box

I would like to purchase an off-brand tablet computer from a discount electronics website. I know nothing about components or specs or anything- the only info I have to go on is bigger number is good. Please help me. (sorry but this post got way too long, you've been warned.) [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Feb 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for the perfect iPad 4 case

I just bought an iPad 4, and (since I rarely spend this much on myself) I'm really paranoid about taking care of it. All the special snowflake details inside... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Feb 21, 2013 - 12 answers

What soldering iron should I buy?

I'm starting to mess around with electronics as a hobby and need to buy a soldering iron. But which one? Bonus question: a cheap, effective multimeter? [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Feb 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Do I need to replace the whole radio in my car?

I have a 1995 Toyota Corolla Conquest who's factory standard radio has just died (I think). It made a slight noise last night and cut out, and is now just flashing 01:00 on the clock with no buttons responding at all. I thought maybe the fuse had blown so I checked the radio fuse, but it doesn't look to have blown (something I suspected as a time keeps flashing on the display and I thought a blown fuse wouldn't allow any electronics to work). Also the cigarette lighter still works and that is connected/part of the radio fuse. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Jan 31, 2013 - 9 answers

How to get a plastic case made for a prototype product.

I am making a prototype of a consumer electronic device, the final product will be housed in plastic. I want to get a case made for the prototype that will resemble the final product. The case design is nothing complicated, essentially a rectangular box with some rounded corners and some holes for buttons, etc. I have designed the look of the outside of the case in adobe illustrator (top, bottom, front, rear and side views). The case will have a top shell and a bottom shell that fit together. What is the best way to go about getting maybe 2 cases made for prototypes? I am thinking either cnc or 3d printing, but I don't know what the best route to making a 3d model is from adobe illustrator or anything...
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Jan 18, 2013 - 16 answers

Please help me fix my iPod!

My wonderful iPod, going on nine years now, seems to have finally gotten to the point where I can't fix it anymore. I've replaced the hard drive, battery, hard drive cable, and logic board, and yet all it does is turn on, show the Apple logo, and turn off, repeating over and over. What else could be wrong, and how can I fix it? This is a B&W 4th gen iPod, originally 40 GB.
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Why are my headphones not playing vocals?

I have a pair of Monster Inspiration. I'm trying to play Madness by Muse but if I plug the headphones completely into the iPod or computer, I can't hear the vocal parts at all. If the jack isn't completely in, then I can hear it perfectly. Why is this happening?? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Dec 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Need a hobbyist electronics shop in Toronto

Where in Toronto can I buy small cylindrical rechargeable 3.7V Li-ion batteries like the UltraFire, hopefully at a reasonable price? (or maybe they were 3.6V, I can't recall) [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Dec 23, 2012 - 5 answers

More than one color to resistor number, what to do?

Resistor color coding (the electronic color coding) has more than one color combination to resistor value. How do you know which one to use? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Dec 23, 2012 - 4 answers

How to watch Yogaglo on my TV?

I want to watch videos from a yoga website (Yogaglo) on my TV. The tools I have available to me are: MacBook, xbox 360, and Apple TV. Can I make it happen? [more inside]
posted by Anonymousness on Dec 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Need help finding a small, cheap, Arduino-ready solenoid valve or pump assembly

I need some help building a gadget with an Arduino board. Specifically, I need help finding a way to dispense very tiny quantities of fluid (10 μL) once an hour. The valve assembly is the part I'm having trouble with... [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Dec 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Selling a used iPad - need tips

How should I price a used iPad 1? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me keep my dad industrious and happy this Christmas

Help me find the perfect Christmas present for my "Maker" dad - ideally it would be an set of plans on how to craft something from scratch, rather than a kit of physical parts. [more inside]
posted by muddgirl on Nov 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Making AppleTV work with an old TV

I have a Sony flatscreen TV: KLV-26HG2 LCD WEGA Color TV. It is a couple of years old. I would like to use Apple TV with it, but the Sony lacks the HDMI port that I need. Is there some sort of device that I could plug into the Sony that would have the HDMI port on the other end, so that I could then plug that into the Apple TV?
posted by Mr. Justice on Oct 21, 2012 - 7 answers

What is the best electronic device for this task?

Help me find a device (or two devices) that will take pictures, and then easily convert these pictures to PDFs. Alternatively, persuade me to buy an iPad! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Oct 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Pls recommend an electronics timer that can run for a minute, shut down for a minute then restart..and continue looping that pattern.

Pls recommend an electronics timer that can run for a minute, shut down for a minute then restart..and continue looping that pattern. [more inside]
posted by audio on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Hardware prototyping advice?

I have a design for a new keyboard. Any ideas/advice on where to look for help with the circuits, driver programming and anything else I'm forgetting? [more inside]
posted by TheNegativeInfluence on Oct 1, 2012 - 8 answers

French arptor for lights bought in N.A.

What (European) plug adaptor do I need for this plug (attached to a set of fairy/Christmas lights)? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens on Sep 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Electronics in St. Petersburg, Russia

I messed up my travel packing, and I now need to buy a charger for a Canon S95 camera battery in St. Petersburg, Russia. Is there any place where I could get one for a reasonable price? I'm staying downtown.
posted by Jakey on Sep 10, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I stop IR remotes interfering with my other electronics?

My subwoofer and amp both respond to the other's IR remote control. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Aug 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Recommended PS3 repair specialist in Vancouver, Canada?

Recommended PS3 repair specialist in Vancouver, Canada? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Aug 10, 2012 - 2 answers

How do you salvage perfectly good but filthy electronics and tools?

Your best hacks for cleaning filthy items such as computers, electronics, tools? [more inside]
posted by momochan on Aug 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Snail trails on Garmin Nuvi 255W

Snail trails on Garmin Nuvi 255W. When out and about this device is now making pale blue 'snail trails' on the map tracking the car from A to B. It is working as it should otherwise. Does this mean that the device is on its way out? I checked some forums but could find any mention of this bizarre behavior.
posted by lungtaworld on Aug 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Mac brain transplant

Can I just take the guts out of my old Mac Pro and put them in my new Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Aug 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Techie Birthday Present

My wife's birthday is coming up in early September and I need help finding a birthday present Fast as I'm going to be tied up the next couple weeks. She likes "toys" like remote control cars, helicopters, preferably that she can build herself. I got her a helicopter last year and a remote controlled car kit already so those ideas are out. She has a basic arduino kit and is always looking for a new project. She also likes cool gadgets for cooking, grilling. And she's into all kinds of music. She has an iPod, iPad, a Mac, a PC (several, actually). I'd like to keep it under $150 if possible. Your ideas would be most appreciated!
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2012 - 20 answers

DIY LED Light Panel

I would like to learn more about electronics and circuitry by making a LED light panel. I have questions about how to calculate the number of LEDs I need, soldering, and how to diffuse the light. [more inside]
posted by gagoumot on Aug 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Best device/devices to stream music from a HD to surround sound receiver and read e-books?

I need advice choosing electronic device/s to perform 2 different tasks (e-books and streaming music from an external HD to Surround sound receiver) [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst on Aug 1, 2012 - 7 answers

How to build a faraday cage

I'm interested in making a strong faraday cage device to protect my stuff, one that is walk-in. [more inside]
posted by Query on Jul 27, 2012 - 11 answers

My TV is dead.

I have an Olevia LCD TV bought in 2008. For about a week, it would have no sound on any input after being turned on but a quick power cycle would fix it. Now it's stone-cold dead. No glowing LED on the power button like normal and it is definitely plugged in properly to a live outlet. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by 5ean on Jul 22, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I split HDMI audio off to headphones?

I'd like a splitter/dongle that I can plug an HDMI cable into that will pass video onto a monitor, but will allow me to plug headphones in to capture the sound. Does something like this exist? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Jul 8, 2012 - 7 answers

What is this particular kind of button called?

What is this particular kind of button called? A picture! [more inside]
posted by richrad on Jun 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Two laptops, just taking up space

What can I do with these old laptops? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Peripheral comfort zone?

What ambient temperatures are safe for typical consumer electronic devices? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on May 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Please help me ID this TO-220-3 IC

What kind of IC is this? Picture shows a TO-220-3 IC with the label S9010, B5 and a manufacturer logo of a sort of stylized C. It is installed in the Q1 position so I assume it is a transistor. [more inside]
posted by KevCed on May 12, 2012 - 7 answers

No seriously, a large print Arduino would be great...

Back in the days of yore, my (almost) 77 year old father was quite the geek and maker, but never a programmer. Fast- forward to today and he can no longer work on big building projects and spends much of his time with his iPad and TV. We've been discussing what kinds of "doing" projects he'd like to work on, but the obvious contender of an Arduino is maybe a little difficult as I'm not in Australia to help him out with the programming side of things. What great projects have you known senior geeks to get into? [more inside]
posted by pipstar on May 9, 2012 - 8 answers

man vs locked car

What laws or rules govern automobile door locks in the United States? [more inside]
posted by jepler on May 3, 2012 - 20 answers

Please help me see the light

Please help me find a component photocell (photoconductor) that works well in the IR range. I'm trying to find a photocell that works in the micrometer wavelength range. The market is full of Cadmium Sulfide (CdS), but those peak at a little less than 1 micrometer wavelengths. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Apr 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Make my stereo glitter and hum.

My stereo needs more blinkenlights. Point me to some neat projects I can do. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Apr 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Power surges from rapid on/off?

Does flipping a switch on and off rapidly damage electrical equipment? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Mar 24, 2012 - 12 answers

New soldering iron! What should I make?

I am the proud new owner of a soldering iron. What are some good first projects? Must be cheap and at least marginally useful. Blinky lights are a plus! [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 15, 2012 - 17 answers

I'll Ignore You If You Promise Not To Kill Us

According to this post, electronics rule violations on planes won't really put my safety in jeopardy (by bringing the plan down or anything) but am I supposed to ignore blatant electronics usage during take-off and landing? [more inside]
posted by shew on Mar 11, 2012 - 22 answers

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