9 DIY Projects for the Crafty Geek

Make a Color Organ

For all of you d.j. wannabe's, check this out. This video will show you how to create a lightshow using super-bright LED lights and your laptop. Admittedly, the host is a little on the trippy side, but his mechanics are sound and using a little ingenuity, you could come up with a number of different ideas on how to use this technology. Let me know what ideas you come up with.

Bluetooth Hack

This video will show you how to hack a Bluetooth adapter. Is this a useful idea? Considering the limited range of Bluetooth (usually around 1 to 10 yards), I should think so. In the video, the user ends up being able to connect about a three-quarters of a mile down the road. Remarkable!

The Ultimate LED Glow Stick

Around Halloween, glow sticks are widely used to keep trick-or-treaters visible on dark streets. At concerts, people wave them about instead of using lighters (sensible). On the 4th of July, vendors dispatch hundreds of glowy sticks for people to play with and enjoy before the real light show in the sky begins. What if you could build a glow stick that had 2 (yes, two) colors? Watch the video to learn how to create one.

Laser Guided Slingshot? Oh Yes.

Although this may be a bit of a "why bother?" type of project, I think that night-time BBQs and other parties could be livened up with this little beauty. I say night-time as it would be much easier to see the laser on a target. You could also use the aforementioned LED glow sticks to light up the playing field. The days of shooting cans with air rifles is over, my friends.

Laser Communicator? Simple!

This project is obviously not going to change your life. But it sure is neat. Perhaps my eternal love of all things laser (thank you, Star Wars) has skewed my interests slightly. Perhaps. But check out this how-to video. It's laseriffic.

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