Balancing robot

This is a project that I’ve had on the back-burner for a while, but recently got around to finishing. It still needs some tuning but it’s getting there. Since I wanted to be able to control it from my phone, it uses a Raspberry Pi Zero W to handle WiFi communications. For a cheap, easily […]

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Tube headphone amplifier

I decided to build a tube headphone amp because I’ve been aware of them for a while, but I wanted to see how much of a difference they actually make to a listening experience. I decided to go with an amp that uses a twin triode 12AU7 tube, which has two advantages: Runs on 12V, […]

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Installing i3-gaps on Ubuntu 16.04

A lot of the online guides broke when i3 acquired the new dependency xcb-util-xrm, and I’ve also had trouble with the xorg-macros package, so this post is just a collation of fixes, really. First, ensure i3 is not installed! I installed it before I tried to setup i3-gaps, hoping it would make installing the dependencies for i3-gaps […]

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Mechanical keyboard build

Edit: Since posting, I have had a lot of messages about this keyboard. I will gladly make these to order if people would like. Get in touch at customkeyboardsbyben@gmail.com if you are interested.   This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while but never got round to. I was initially going to design […]

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Bluetooth Speaker

Recently I was given an old iPod dock for parts. Since I had some spare 3″ speaker drivers lying about, I decided to salvage the circuitry from the dock and make a portable speaker. First, I had to make an enclosure. I used some scrap oak floorboards that I found in our shed, along with some pine […]

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