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Most read Gadget Master posts in 2014

Most read Gadget Master posts in 2014

Here’s a Gadget Master Top Ten, but let’s ring in a change to mark December – let’s take a look at the year as a whole, to see the most popular posts of 2014…

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Light up your bicycle wheels

Light up your bicycle wheels

  Monkeylectric has been making things to make pictures in bicycle wheels for a while.

Its Monkey Light gadgets involve a strip of RGB leds that mount in the wheel radially.

Flashing the leds as the wheel rotates makes a picture appear – a sort of circular raster-scan.

Anyway, its latest…

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Make a hoverboard

Make a hoverboard

IMHO, many leaf bloweresget used to blow litter and leaves into the street, where it becomes sombody-elses-problem.

How much better, should you have four of them, to make a hoverboard.

Mr Hoverboard shows you how.

That said, it suffers from those tricky hovercraft issues of lack of steering…

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Lighting professionals let off steam

Lighting professionals let off steam

There was a lot of serious technology at Lux Live, which is an LED lighting show held in London once a year or so.

And right in the middle of it was SKK, a very serious lighting company, which had let its hair down and given its architectural design team…

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DIY surface-mount

DIY surface-mount

Who said surface mount was the end of DIY electronics?

Well, the teeny tiny parts mean it is for a lot of people, but not for Brian Dorey.

Who has made his own pick and place machine….

Now that is what I call a challenge.

Read all about it on…

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Bringing back the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Bringing back the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Chris Smith, who originally wrote games for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, has designed a machine that will play all the original games.

Now there is a crowd-sourcing campaign on Indiegogo to get it into production.

If all goes well, it will come with 1,000 games pre-loaded, and…

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Space engineer designs wireless sticker activated padlock

Space engineer designs wireless sticker activated padlock

Another spot on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website.

Locking or unlocking your padlock with a wireless link from your smartphone is one thing, but an engineer from the Mars Rover design team has gone one “small step” further.

Ryan Hyde has created a padlock which can be locked and unlocked…

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From Mindstorms to Intel Edison for low-cost Braille printer

From Mindstorms to Intel Edison for low-cost Braille printer

This one is worthy of attention for a whole host of reasons.

Not only is a young Gadget Master successfully punching well-above his weight, his original development of Lego’s Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit is now being used to provide a low-cost Braille printer.

The BBC has reported…

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Gadget Watch: Asus ZenWatch brings Android Wear to your wrist

Gadget Watch: Asus ZenWatch brings Android Wear to your wrist

My impression was that things had gone quiet on the smart watch front, with the Android Wear announcements and the Apple Watch heraldry, but here comes another.

Asus is one of the more interesting companies in the Gadget space, IMHO, and they have launched the ZenWatch, with its curved glass…

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A TI TMS9900 take on "eyeballing for donations"

A TI TMS9900 take on "eyeballing for donations"

It’s always great to hear the Gadget Master blog has helped inspire real Gadget Masters. Stuart C., for example, received our newsletter a week or so ago that highlighted a “Classic” post involving the use of an Arduino to rotate an eye ball and collect donations in a tin…

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