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The IR Remote Source Code is Finally Here

I’ve updated Episode 4 (Turn Your iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, Player etc Into a Universal Remote) to include the python source code of the pronto-code to wav converter: Never had time to polish though, so pardon the mess. UPDATE: the source code is now available in Github under MIT…

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Plasma Orb
Posted in Chemistry Electronics

RTFMS Episode #9: IGLO: Identified Glowing Object

What you can see in the video … It looks like … I don’t know how to describe it. You definitely won’t confuse it with a plane. Planes do not change the direction so fast. They also do not fly in formations like this. And definitely do not change their…

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Various Types of Levitation
Posted in Physics

RTFMs Episode #8: How to Build a Magnetic Levitating Top

Did you ever try to levitate a magnet with the help of bunch of other magnets? It seems very easy: since magnets can repel each other you probably can put a bunch of magnets in circle so they equally push the other magnet towards the center of the system. Or…

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Ready to Go!
Posted in Electronics

RTFMs #7: Microcontroller Meets Jewelery aka “Magic Locket”

Look what I have! This is not computer graphics, the locket is actually glowing with shimmering light constantly changing the color. It looks fantastic, especially in the the evening when only candle lights light up the room, you know. It makes a great present and in this video I will…

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Superfast Filtration
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RTFMs #6: Superfast Filtration

Say I have this beaker of water and I decided to add – some tea from used teabag – baking soda in a quantity that won’t be solub le in this amount of water and stay at the bottom of the beaker – some terribly smelling coffee, hotels rarely provide…

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Squashing Plastic Bottles
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RTFMs #5: Building a Vacuum Pump

If by looking at this picture you guessed that today’s episode is about vacuum, you’re totally right. To be precise, we will be talking about building a powerful vacuum pump.

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iPhone a Nicer Remote
Posted in Electronics

Episode #4: Turn your iPhone(Android, Mac, PC, Player, etc) into a Universal Remote

Which remote is better – this universal remote or this iPhone? Of course iPhone is better!! It is naturally the best remote you can imagine. It is connected to the internet, so you can check the TV program. It has huge high-resolution touchscreen. And it is always with you. One…

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Lego Cart
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Episode #3: Computer, Give Me Coffee!

Remember how we, humans, interact with computers in sci-fi movies? Computer do this, computer stop that. Why we still do not see all this voice interface awesomeness in our homes? Why we can’t just say “Computer, give me coffee” and get the coffee? It is not that difficult to implement…

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Episode #2: Building a Duct Camera

Do you feel a strange smell coming from the air conditioning system? Something is going on there and most people have no idea about live between the walls of their houses. This is Andrey Mikhalchuk and RTFMs video blog: the information you will never find in your regular user manual….

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Robot Without the Battery
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Episode #1: A 15 Minute Robot

Hi There, This is Andrey Mikhalchuk and RTFMs video blog, the information you will never find in your regular user’s manual. In this episode we will build a simple robot and program it to solve a maze. The best part of the project is that it will only take about…

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