Items tagged with DIY

Sometimes, it's enlightening to see what people are willing to do in order to bring the rest of us joy. Take stop motion animation, for example. It can take tens or hundreds of tedious hours to produce something that's worth watching. When watching a video like that, though, it's easy to have an idea of what to expect. Other times, you might have no idea what's coming, such as with a video posted at the end of October by YouTube user Mickey W. To give people a chance at winning one of its 34UC87C ultra-wide monitors, LG hosted a contest to get people to build computers out of cardboard. You no doubt already have some images springing to mind. Mickey W took things to the next level, though. His... Read more...
It might have taken nearly an entire year to arrive, but the official touch display for the Raspberry Pi is here. Fortunately, the long wait isn't being met with an overpriced product - that'd be rather atypical of the Raspbery Pi foundation. Instead, you'll be able to get a very capable 7-inch touch screen for about $60 USD. With a resolution of 800x480, this is far from being a "high-resolution" panel, but the feature set more than makes up for that. It takes advantage of the RPi's DSI connector, which allows users to continue using the HDMI port for other purposes - and it is possible to use both the touchscreen and external display at the same time. Another cool perk: the chassis can be had... Read more...
It might be hard to believe, but the Raspberry Pi finally has an official case, and it's one that's had quite the journey to come to fruition. While a case might seem like a simple endeavor, RPi's Gordon Hollingworth notes that the beginnings of this one began two-and-a-half years ago. It's a good thing that the end result looks great: One of the biggest design goals of this case was to make it attractive, but affordable - two aspects that are sometimes rare to be see together. After all, no one really wants to use an "ugly" case, but if you're going the RPi route to begin with, you probably don't want to pay as much for the case as you did the hardware. In this "case", you won't have to, as... Read more...
As part of its 'Make it Digital' campaign, the BBC will be giving a staggering 1 million mini DIY PCs, called 'Micro Bit', to year 7 (sixth grade) students across the UK later this year. The goal is to help students become familiar with product development, which will be aided by the launch of coding-based programs at the same time. These Micro Bit PCs are similar in context to the Raspberry Pi, although they are much simpler in design. That being the case, the BBC is not considering it a competitor to existing products, but instead something that might spur kids to want to make the jump to more complex DIY boards and likewise, projects. When the coding programs go live, students will be able... Read more...
As Intel (and other chip makers) have been able to shrink its processors, integrate more features, and reduce power requirements over the years, manufacturers have been able to fit them into smaller and smaller form factors. That means notebooks and tablets have gotten thinner, lighter, faster and more portable over the years, of course, but it also means that desktop systems no longer need to be big boxes crammed with numerous components and cooling hardware. In some ways, Intel’s NUC series of products are the epitome of this dynamic. Intel’s NUC systems are ultra-small form factor systems that pack almost all of the features of a full sized desktop, but with minimal expansion options. Intel... Read more...
Where DIY PC boards are concerned, Raspberry Pi was an undeniable spearhead. As soon as the original unit came out, a flurry of competitors came to the surface, each with their own little twist. That's great for the consumer, but not great for RPi, which persisted for a couple of years without releasing a substantial update. Well, with the just-released RPi 2, we're brought back up to speed (no pun), and there's more than one reason to get excited: RPi 2 isn't just faster, it also brings Windows 10 support. Oh - and because of the class of device this is, a copy of Windows 10 will be free. On the hardware side, the biggest boosts to this second-gen RPi include the CPU and RAM. The CPU gets a... Read more...
Netvertibles, Chromebooks, and Xbox consoles turned into laptops. We've seen all of that, but a 3D-printed laptop huddled around a Raspberry Pi? It sounds like nerd heaven, and it's now a reality. The Pi-Top is very likely the world's first 3D-pri ted, Raspberry Pi-powered laptop, and rather than just being a one-off project, it's one that you can enjoy yourself. The Pi-Top's creator is offering DIY kits up for sale, with a price point that's actually fairly accessible for the average (okay, maybe skewing hardcore) hobbyist If you have access to a 3D printer, you can print the shell on your own and embed the Raspberry Pi afterwards. If you're still lacking a 3D printer, you can buy the cast directly... Read more...
When the Raspberry Pi first hit the scene, the appeal and demand couldn't be avoided. But that being said, I personally didn't forsee the absolute explosion of mini-PCs that would follow. Simply put, if you are in the market to build a quaint little PC, you sure do have a great selection to peruse, with SolidRun adding more quality offerings to the pile. The company's CuBox-i mini-PCs come in a 2x2x2" form-factor and can be had in four different flavors, starting at $45. Each use Freescale's i.MX6 SOCs, with a single-core kicking-off the low-end, and a quad-core, the high-end. As you might expect, the specs can vary wildly from top-to-bottom here, with the bottom two models offering 10/100Mbit/s... Read more...
When Maingear computers first stepped out with their high-end SHIFT line of gaming and workstation PCs, we took note and were genuinely impressed; a bit of rarefied air if you will.  It wasn't so much the component selection that stood out, but it was the excellent build quality and the SHIFT's 90-degree rotated layout that caused our double-take, and ultimately put Maingear on the map as a major player in the space... Maingear's products may not be the low price watermark, but they definitely set the high quality bar up a notch or three. Recently, Maingear announced that they'd be offering a DIY SHIFT chassis and cooling system kit for a limited time, to folks that might want to try their... Read more...
Alright, we'll come right out and gush a little bit. Our cynical, sometimes overly-critical opinions can occasionally be tempered by momentary flashes of greatness. We see a lot of high-end (and low-end) gear around here, so after a while, you can't stop your eyeballs from glossing over and a yawn from escaping from the cranium. However, when Maingear computers first stepped out with their high-end SHIFT line of gaming and workstation PCs, we took note and were genuinely impressed; a bit of rarefied air if you will.  It wasn't so much the component selection that stood out, but it was the excellent build quality and the SHIFT's 90-degree rotated layout... Read more...
We’re making our way around the show floor at the Consumer Electronics Show and have some interesting tid-bits to share with you all from our tours of the Intel and SuperMicro booths in the Central and South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.             Not surprisingly, much of Intel’s focus this year has been on Ultrabooks. There are Ultrabooks virtually everywhere and all of Intel’s major mobile partners have shown off current or future Ultrabook desings in their respective displays or in Intel’s. There is a large tower at the corner of Intel’s gigantic booth with a myriad of Ultrabooks on display from partners like... Read more...
Open source? Check. Linux? Check. Under $100? Check. It's time to meet BeagleBone, a new $89 open source hardware platform, giving electronic enthusiasts a smaller, friendlier and more affordable treat. It's a platform aimed at those who love building things. It's the latest open source development platform that easily enables incredible inventions like wirelessly networked autonomous robots, self-teaching electronics education kits, intelligent digital signage, flexible retro-gaming devices, home automation and much more. The Arduino has seen much success in this industry, and it's about time we had a few more options to pore over. BeagleBoard.org is pleased to introduce the newest member of... Read more...
In lieu of our regularly scheduled episode of Two and a Half Geeks this week, we decided to feature a rather lengthy video we put together with our podcast host, Iyaz, for his show This Old Nerd, detailing the steps necessary to assemble a system from start to finish. One of Marco’s incredibly cute daughters also makes a few surprise cameos throughout the vid if you pay attention to what’s going on in the background... For many of you HotHardware regulars, this video may be a bit elementary, but if you’ve never built a system before or have friends or family thinking about taking the plunge, we hope this helps demystify some of the process. A special thanks goes out to our friends... Read more...
As power users, we sometimes take for granted the process of putting together a new PC. For most of you reading this, rolling your own rig is old hat by now, but not everyone falls into this category. If we think back to our very first build, most of us would agree that the concept was a little daunting at first, at least until it came time to dive in and plug all the parts in.We can preach how it easy it is to build your own machine until we're blue in the face, but none of it matters until you take that leap and find out for yourself. Hoping to push you in that direction, Nvidia has put together a DIY bundle they're calling the GeForce PC Kit. Here's what you get:ProcessorIntel® Pentium... Read more...
We know what you're thinking. You're thinking that this is just another netbook by yet another manufacturer trying to ride the wave of popularity -- and at a glance, we'd say you're right. Upon further investigation, however, you'll find that OCZ Technology's Neutrino is actually a horse of a different color, so to speak. Design-wise, it's a perfectly average netbook, and if you check out the basic specifications, you'll see more of what you're used to. But if you read a little further, you'll notice a few key omissions. And unlike most machines, it's what the Neutrino lacks that differentiates it from the pack.Somehow or another, OCZ has managed to deliver a unique netbook well over a year since... Read more...
Imagine, if you will, having a basic checkup without even having to go to your doctor's office.It's not quite so extreme, but a partnership between IBM and Google makes that concept seem, perhaps, not so far-fetched. With software deveoped by IBM and Google Heath's medical record database, a patient's vital stats - heart rate, blood pressure, blood chemistry, for example - could be sent swiftly between home and the doctor's office with just the click of a button or two.The project dovetails nicely with President Obama's pledge of $20 billion in the current economic stimulus package for improving and enabling e-medical record-keeping.All this, of course, is concerning some about the privacy issues.... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the first 15” DIY Notebook SolutionBased on Intel® Centrino® 2 Platform Sunnyvale, Calif.—October 30, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today unveiled their latest 15”Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Gaming Notebook based on the Intel® Centrino™ 2 platform. This next generation laptop offers enthusiasts and gamers and incredible options to perfect their own mobile powerhouse. OCZ continues to expand on their lineup of DIY solutions for users that want to build a notebook that is configured and built for their very own unique application in mind.OCZ’s... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group Introduces Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook Solution and Initiative Developed to offer “Infinite Possibilities,” the OCZ DIY program gives gamers on the go just what they have been asking for Sunnyvale, Calif. - May 14, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled their pioneering Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Gaming Notebook Program. Under this program, users ranging from hardware enthusiasts to mainstream gamers can partake in configuring and building their own gaming-grade mobile solution. The OCZ DIY program enables users to purchase an unconfigured notebook and ultimately customize the system... Read more...
Why wait to play with someone else's Microsoft Surface multi-touch tabletop display, when you can build one yourself! Apparently a big hit at this last weekend's Maker Faire, was an open-source design for tinkerers to inexpensively build  their own multi-touch tabletop display with off-the-shelf components. The design comes from Eyebeam, a self-described, "art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation." "...engineers at Eyebeam... have created a scaled-down open-source version of Surface, called Cubit. By sharing the Cubit's hardware schematics and software source code, the engineers are significantly... Read more...
We’ve just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the build quality, advanced features, and performance of the Synology Cube Station CS407.  This do-it-yourself NAS device and server comes configured "bare-bones", ready for installation of up to four SATA hard disks with RAID 0, 1 and 5 capabilities.  In addition to its compact form-factor and clean lines, Synology's CS407 provides product differentiation through support for a multitude of cross-platform features like UPnP MultiMedia support, iTunes server functionality, a Web Server with PHP and MySQL support and even an integrated photo management system called PhotoStation2 that has a decidedly "flickr-like" look and... Read more...
Acrosser Technology announces the availability of AR-B1652 a 3.5" Single Board Computer (SBC). It features fanless operation and low power consumption. The integrated VIA S3 ProSavage 4 Graphics core, supports dual independent displays with resolutions up to 1600x1200. The SBC offers numerous peripherals such as 10/100 Ethernet, Audio in/out, USB, UDMA33 IDE interface, RS232/485 interface and CF II slot as SSD solution. With a 3.5" form factor and the above features, it is well suited POS, KIOSK, automation and other applications. "Acrosser Technology is shipping a 3.5-inch SBC (single-board computer) powered by a two-chip Via... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We've just posted an article at HotHardware.com detailing the process of assembling a Centrino Duo Whitebook. We give plenty of background information regarding the different platforms and discuss the pros and cons of the DIY notebook market. Here's a snip from the piece... "Desktop PC owners have enjoyed this level of flexibility for years and a migration to a Notebook platform quickly reminds us how we have taken this all for granted. Consumers are starting to demand the same level of flexibility that they enjoy with Desktop PCs now their Laptops, however. The large value-added resellers like Dell, HP and Sony have heard our cries and have begun offering more options... Read more...
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