RFID chips are everywhere. They're in passports, credit cards, and tons of items you've bought in the last 5 years or so. Big retailers like Walmart started using tracking products with RFID as early as 2004, and today, they're used in everything from mobile payments to hospit ...more
Like looking for lost treasure? There's no need to break the bank for a high-end metal detector — just dig through your junk drawer! In this video tutorial, KipKay shows you how to make a metal detector from a calculator, an AM or FM radio, a standard CD case, and some velcro. ...more
An EMF detector will help you find invisible electromagnetic fields, and you can make an inexpensive one for under ten dollars. This will only detect the presence of a field, you will need other tools to be able to measure its strength.
See how to make a USB motion detector with KipKay and MAKE Magazine! Find out how to turn your PC into an ambush multimedia presenter! Kipkay loves his gadgets! This is combination of a motion detector, a USB interface cable, and a laptop computer.
An EMF detector lets you pick up on electromagnetic fields, a useful tool if you're into amateur ghosthunting. To make this, you will need some wire, a resistor, and an LED. You will also need an Arduino to use as a controller.
Make a simple lie detector that can tell the truth, or a lie. The schematic is on the video. No, it doesn't work on cats.
Are you tired of having spills from overflowing sinks and bath tubs? Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make a water level detector. To make this detector, you will need: 2 wires, a sound signal from a toy, and a drill.
Want to know from which side the wind is blowing? Learn how to make a wind detector with this video tutorial.
When it comes to smartphones, the biggest complaint voiced by most users is battery life. Sure, it's unrealistic to expect your Android device to run for weeks without a recharge, but many folks struggle to even make it through the day without having to top off their battery. ...more
Welcome to Minecraft World! Check out our advanced tutorials and come play with us on our free server. There's no better way to get around, either for recreation or labor, than the minecart. Minecarts can make a laborious job simple and a boring house fun. Minecarts are much ...more
Facebook recently added some features to its Messages, Chat and Groups that a lot of people have found to be somewhat sketchy. Facebook's "read receipts" tell people exactly who has viewed posts and messages, so you can no longer get away with the old, trusted excuse of "What ...more
Minecart rides primarily serve two different functions—transportation or entertainment. We rarely see minecart-based transportation systems in Minecraft these days because most servers support warps or allow users to set multiple homes that they can simply teleport to. That le ...more
Android uses a set of permissions that apps can request to perform certain actions, and you're notified of these permissions each time you install an app. The problem here is the fact that you aren't given any built-in way to deny apps these permissions (although Danny just sh ...more
Welcome to Minecraft World! Check out our advanced tutorials and come play on our free server. As we all know, redstone can be a very useful tool for make basic things in Minecraft more complex and intricate. For beginners to redstone, today's article will give you a basic un ...more
Welcome to Minecraft World! Check out our advanced tutorials and come play on our free server. So you have a deep mine, an epic home, a bountiful farm, and mob traps galore, but have you ever considered linking them together into one cohesive unit? With the use of a minecart ...more
Welcome back, my hacker apprentices! Last week, I started off my password cracking series with an introduction on the principles and technologies involved in the art of cracking passwords. In past guides, I showed some specific tools and techniques for cracking Windows, onlin ...more
Detect metal with a metal detector! In this video tutorial, you will see how to create a metal detector out of just two household items, for under twenty dollars. So, if you're on a treasure hunt, and have no money yet, then make your own metal detector. What You Will Need: ...more
There was a somewhat recent outbreak of malware on Android, and it came from an unlikely source—the Google Play Store. Several established apps have received updates a few months ago that contained an unwanted add-on called either DU Quick Charge, DU Battery Boost, DU Boost Ch ...more
Seemingly lost in the fanfare of the numerous features and specs of the Nexus 5 were a few highly innovative and handy add-ons—a low-power step detector and step-counting sensor—useful for tracking fitness data. Both of these sensors are supported by Android 4.4 KitKat, but t ...more
There are many impressive features on a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but just like any other smartphone on the market, the most used one is the camera. How many times did you take a picture today? Or admire all the selfies in your gallery? Or upload a video to Instagram, Vine, or Sn ...more
Previously, if you missed a call or text on your old Samsung Galaxy S3, there was a white LED notification to let you know. It's a nice feature that most smartphones have, but wouldn't it have be nice to know what kind of notification it was before picking up the phone? Your ...more
Summer is over and autumn is here. Serotonin levels are dropping and people don't have the motivation to be outside as much anymore. So we play Minecraft instead. But walking is cumbersome, so we want minecarts. Remembering to carry one in your inventory or placing one on the ...more
Mice, cute as they may be, are an unwelcome visitor in many a home. This video tutorial provides step by step instructions on how to hack a wireless electronic laser mouse trap from an automatic garage door opener and a computer mouse. Find out where those little pests are goi ...more
I know I can't be the only person whose socks go missing in a shroud of mystery, but I'm determined to catch the sock-thieving gnomes in the act. While I have my suspicions, I can't quite prove it. Sure, I could drink a load of Red Bulls and never sleep, guarding my socks—but ...more
The price of hacking Wi-Fi has fallen dramatically, and low-cost microcontrollers are increasingly being turned into cheap yet powerful hacking tools. One of the most popular is the ESP8266, an Arduino-programmable chip on which the Wi-Fi Deauther project is based. On this ine ...more
AntiPolygraph.org's George Maschke speaks with Nick Frost about how to fool a polygraph (lie detector) test in episode 5 of the tongue-in-cheek 2003 television series Danger: Incoming Attack. Note that the anal sphincter contraction, discussed as a polygraph countermeasure, wh ...more
Will the predicted apocalyptic date—December 21st, 2012—really be the end of the world? In this ongoing five-part series, we examine what would happen if zombies, nuclear weapons, cyber wars, earthquakes, or aliens actually destroyed our planet—and how you might survive. End ...more
Okay, so you finally got around to rooting your Android device—now what? Well, to get the most out of your Superuser status, you'll need to find some good root apps, which will allow you to easily add features, reduce battery drain, remove ads, and much more. Don't Miss: Andr ...more
No time for elaborate practical jokes this April Fool's? Not a problem, it's 2011—meaning, apps can do just about anything these days. Measure beauty, check for STDs, even fix late night drunken social media stupidity. So why not pranks? Below, 10 digital solutions for your Ap ...more
This how-to video is about gold. Yes, gold! Watch to see how to find gold with a metal detector and without a metal detector in the desert by a dry river bed. See what metal detector to use and how to use them, and how to not use one at all, for prospecting gold in the sandy, ...more
Firefox's hidden advanced menu gives you several ways to tweak the way it works under the hood. Here are a set of settings to change to get it to browse faster than ever. Step 1: Go to About:Config Go to the URL bar (A.K.A awesome bar) and enter about:config. If you want to ...more
Check out this video tutorial to see how to construct an alarm system, that's based on the principle of motion detectors, which work by touch. It's very useful to catch unpleasant visitors red-handed. So make sure your chocolate bar never gets snagged again, catch the bandits ...more
Nice people finish first—or is it last? Though you may have been told throughout your life that being kind pays off, there are some obvious advantages to getting mean. So whether you're driving towards a goal at work, or need to attack a task in your personal life, acting like ...more
If you want to get started sniffing Wi-Fi networks, you usually need to start with a wireless network adapter. But thanks to a Wi-Fi sniffing library written in Arduino and the ultra-cheap ESP8266 chip, you might not need one. For less than $10 in electronics, you can build a ...more
Want to build your own infrared motion detector? It's easier than you think! So easy, in fact, that this video tutorial from MAKE can present a complete overview of the build in under five minutes! For more information, including a full list of materials and detailed, step-by- ...more
A relay is an electrical component that works like a light switch, where it's turned on or off with an electrical signal. By connecting a relay to a Wi-Fi connected microcontroller like an ESP8266, you can build a connected switch that can be controlled from the web browser of ...more
Auditing websites and discovering vulnerabilities can be a challenge. With RapidScan and UserLAnd combined, anyone with an unrooted Android phone can start hacking websites with a few simple commands. RapidScan does an excellent job of automating the deployment of vulnerabili ...more
Kinesiology, or human kinetics, is the science of human movement. This simple muscle self-test turns your body into a lie detector. Your body subconsciously knows things that the conscious mind isn't aware of. Watch this video kinesiology tutorial and learn how to do a simple ...more
Scenario: it's late at night, the roads are completely empty and you are stuck at the longest light ever. Solution: don't run a red- change it to green yourself. Avoid a ticket, save yourself some time (and perhaps a little gas). Many of you may have already seen Kipkay's ins ...more
Giving up your Wi-Fi password can be giving up more control than you think. Because of the way Chromecast and other IoT devices communicate, anyone on the same Wi-Fi network as your device can often make it do whatever they want. With a script called "Cast All the Things," we ...more
Out of all the new functionality introduced alongside Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a battery-saving feature called Doze Mode has been the biggest hit. Essentially, Doze waits until your device is laying flat and still, at which point it triggers an aggressive battery-saving mode t ...more
Smartphones and other Wi-Fi enabled devices send radio signals called probe frames to locate nearby wireless networks, which makes them easy to track by listening for their unique MAC address. To show how this kind of tracking works, we can program a NodeMCU in Arduino to snif ...more
Minecarts are a lot more complicated than they may seem at first. Between regular rails, powered rails, and detector rails, they all have a lot of quirks that can make them hard to use. Often, the hardest part is just getting the ride started, but once you've gotten rolling, ...more
Team Cynergy presents step by step instructions on how to program an electronics kit to use a laser as motion detector and fire a paintball gun with the sensor is triggered.
There's a whole lot of brouhaha going on right now about the hidden plug-ins being installed unknowingly in the Mozilla Firefox web browser, with companies like Apple, Microsoft and even Google being named top offenders. Mozilla's own Asa Dotzler (pictured right) is fed up wi ...more
Understandably, the tragedy in Japan has substantially risen the level of worldwide radiation-related hysteria. So much so, as an alternative to stampeding health food stores for iodine tablets, crafty individuals and organizations are hacking together personal radiation detec ...more
BUD (Block Update Detector) switches can essentially take the place of a regular switch like a lever or a button, but instead of having a "usable" function like pressing the button or flipping the lever, BUD switches trigger when a block next to a piston changes states. There ...more
MAKE and Kipkay brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. Make Magazine celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will. In this video tutorial episode of Weekend Projects with Kipkay, you'll learn how to build an ani ...more
How to easily clean your coins with CLR You can use a plastic cup for the container that you clean the coins in. Add 1/4 cup of CLR and 1/4 cup of water to the cup. Let the coin soak in the cup for about 30 minutes. If the mixture doesn't work on the coin you can add less wate ...more
Videos are great for catching fleeting moments, and photos are insanely easy to share with anyone, but how can you get the best of both worlds? Apple includes an easy way to take snapshots while you're in the middle of recording video, but that's just too much work for me. I' ...more
Our good friend Kipkay is at it again! He has earned six figures from videos like HowTo Unlock Handcuffs and HowTo Make a Stink Pen Here he teams up with Howcast to deliver the ultimate treasure hunter's secret weapon: a metal detector. This homebrew hack combines the AM freq ...more
While keeping your iPhone out of the bedroom might help to avoid unnecessary distractions before bedtime, it could be better served right by your side to help diagnose sleeping issues you may be experiencing each night. With the Apple Health app, and all of the apps and devic ...more
This how-to video is about gold. Yes, gold! Watch to see how to find gold with metal detectors. You can find gold in the ocean water, on the side of the beach, in the sand, the ground, the iron ore fields, or wherever. See what metal detectors to use and how to use them for pr ...more
NLP Lie Detector Eye Accessing Cues Explained. This technique is used by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center FLETC.
While hackers know and love the Raspberry Pi, many don't know of its cheaper cousin, the microcontroller. Unlike a Pi, which can be used more or less like a regular computer, microcontrollers like the Wi-Fi connected ESP8266 require some necessary programming skill to master. ...more
Do you not know how to use your Gold Bug metal detector? Well, see how to make adjustments for ground detection in this video tutorial. You'll cover ground reject, volume, retune, ground balance, and much more. So, find your next treasure with a little metal detector know-how.
This video shows you a mind-reading card trick. This particular trick requires 8 cards: 4 kings and 4 queens. First, the subject is asked to memorize one of the 8 cards as they are laid out before the subject, face-side up. The cards are picked up and sorted in various ways an ...more
This video shows how to create an infrared heart sensor using an Arduino controller, a couple of resistors, and an infrared light emitter and detector. This device will be used on the subject's finger, detecting the amount of blood which is flowing through the subject's finger ...more
This video will show you how to use a metal detector to look for gold. There are gold nuggets in rivers and hillsides all over the United States, waiting for you to find them. With the proper equipment and a little know how, you can strike gold!
There isn't as much use for old-school four-function calculators anymore since we all have them on our cell phones now. If you've still got one lying around, you can hack it to play recorded sounds, use it to make a metal detector, or turn it into a custom name plate that says ...more