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MetaWatch

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HardwareFor those of us who love gadgets - MetaWatch. A development system on your arm. Cool!
 
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Raspberry Pi

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HardwareThe Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. Itís a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming. The community hangs out at the Raspberry Pi forums, and the Embedded Linux RPi wiki pages.
 
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Papilio

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HardwarePapilio is an interesting FPGA platform. Currently, the hardware is Papilio One plus a number of add-ons ("Wings") , but more boards are in the works. The really interesting thing is the software. There is an ArduinoCore (AVR8) and a matching IDE, which allows you to run arduino sketches on the platform. How cool is that? Then there is the ZPUino, a 32-bit SoC (System-on-a-Chip) based on Zylin's ZPU 32-bit processor core. This also comes with a Arduino-style IDE. Wonderful!
 
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Quick tip: making network cables

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HardwareNeed to know how to make a Cat 6 patch cable? ComputerCableStore has How To Make a Category 6 / Cat6 Patch Cable, or How to Make a Category 6 Patch Cable from LANshack.com.
For Cat 5 info, see How To Make a Category 5 / Cat 5e Patch Cable - Straight and Crossover - DIY.
 
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Arduino True Battery Capacity Tester

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HardwareFrom Instructables: Arduino True Battery Capacity Tester (Li-Ion/NiMH/NiCD/Pb). You need an Arduino board, a LED, a FET, and a 2.2 ohm 10W resistor. Oh yes, and a display. This project is both cool and useful.
 
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XuLA-200

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HardwareThe XuLA-200 is an interesting FPGA board. Everything is open source, and it's quite affordable. Granted, there isn't much external circuitry, but that is perhaps why it doesn't cost more. Oh, and if you need a cheaper one, look at the XuLA-50.
 
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Open-USB-IO

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HardwareOpen-USB-IO is an interesting board. From the web site: "The Open-USB-IO board will plug into the USB port on a Linux, Mac or Windows computer ( XP, Vista or Windows 7) and provide a variety of digital and analogue inputs and outputs including 7 motor drivers. No special software drivers are required just a simple command line or GUI program. You can control the hardware from command line, script, or your own programs on the PC. You can also program in assembler or C the ATMEGA32 microprocessor that is the heart of the board."
 
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Arduino - 40 cool projects

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HardwareAre you the hardware hacking type? And don't know what to make next? Take a look at Top 40 Arduino Projects of the Web for some serious inspiration. Very, very cool!
 
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Open Workbench Logic Sniffer

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HardwareThe Open Workbench Logic Sniffer is an open source logic analyzer with a USB interface. The hardware is designed for the SUMP open source logic analyzer client and toolchain. This project is a collaboration between the Gadget Factory and Dangerous Prototypes.
 
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Cyclops - cheap 3D scanning

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HardwareNeed a cheap 3D scanner? The Cyclops might be the answer.
 
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