Build This Space-Saving Workstation for your DIY Electronics Projects

Normally, DIY electronics projects require a lot of room to spread out and specialized tools, but this simple, tiny workbench by Instructables user gizmologist bucks the trend. It offers storage for tools and room for a breadboard, Arduino, and a few other gadgets, all in a portable package. » 4/11/15 6:30pm 4/11/15 6:30pm

A Circuit That Breaks Records, Runs At One Trillion Cycles Per Second

The Pentagon's advanced concepts research wing has attained a crucial technological milestone by building the world's fastest integrated circuit. Clocking in at a full one terahertz, it's 150 billion cycles faster than the previous record. The stage is now set for some unprecedented new technologies. » 10/28/14 12:35pm 10/28/14 12:35pm

Meet the scientific accident that could change the world

Last year, researchers at UCLA made a rather fantastic, if serendipitous, discovery. A team of scientists led by chemist Richard Kaner had just finished devising an efficient method for producing high-quality sheets of the Nobel-prize winning supermaterial known as graphene... with a consumer-grade DVD drive. That… » 2/26/13 12:40pm 2/26/13 12:40pm

Breakthrough: Electronic circuits that are integrated with your skin

A team of engineers today announced a discovery that could change the world of electronics forever. Called an "epidermal electronic system" (EES), it's basically an electronic circuit mounted on your skin, designed to stretch, flex, and twist — and to take input from the movements of your body. » 8/11/11 5:22pm 8/11/11 5:22pm

Blinky Light Combination Lock Keeps Aliens out of Your Quarters

When I see scifi flicks from the 1960s and 70s, I always love the blocky, blinky lights on all the computers. Though they were obviously considered "futuristic" at some point before we all started fetishizing miniaturization and gesture-based computers. But now the DiY geeks over at Hackaday have found a way to make… » 6/13/08 3:48pm 6/13/08 3:48pm

Nanowire Power Shirt Generates Electricity While You Wear It

Now you can power your cell phone just by wearing a special shirt made of two tiny layers of nanowires that rub against each other as you move. These super-conductive wires are "piezoelectric," generating energy through pressure and movement. The result is a shirt that generates more electricity the more you move… » 4/02/08 3:31pm 4/02/08 3:31pm