There are so many things you can do with an Arduino – they are amazing microprocessors! One thing I have done is make what is called a color organ. Think of it like a giant graphic equalizer that uses LED strips. It has a microphone and turns on the LED strips proportionally to the level of audio.

Its kind of hard to explain, but here is a video of My Color Organ in my living room:

For more information on how to build a Color Organ, click here.

— Mike


Ever hear of a rocket stove?

September 13, 2015

IF not, you should – they are amazing! You can make them for about $10 with a 5 gallon bucket and some concrete. The problem is that it takes about a month for the moisture to get out of the concrete. If you don’t wait, your rocket stove will crack.


I didn’t want to wait, so I bought one. Its a SilverFire stove. It works great! I just go out in my yard and pick up twigs. All I need to make a meal is just a handful no bigger than my thumb.


The model I got is called the SilverFire Hunter stove. They also make a backpacking version called The. Scout It only weighs 12 oz.