Arduino project: USB foot-operated mouse switch

Darren Yates answers a reader request to design a foot-operated mouse switch to avoid RSI injuries using less than $20 worth of parts …

How to tweet with your Arduino

An Arduino sending tweets? Absolutely! Darren Yates shows you how to get your Arduino its own Twitter account and tweeting automatically …

How to make your own Android ROM

In this first part of a new series, Darren Yates begins looking at how you can bake your own custom ROM, starting with an introduction to virtualisation and the Android Kitchen …

Best Android Apps – October 2013

Amazon AppstoreThink outside the box for free apps (and more).Price: Free | By: Amazon | From: www.amazon.comThe strength of Android at least from a user standpoint lies in its relatively open nature. There are multiple examples of this but a significant one – which many users perhaps aren’t aware of – is that the operating…

Multi-monitor gaming software worth considering

It’s never quite as simple as the dream. Nvidia’s Surround and AMD’s Eyefinity have their problems and even when these work there can be issues with HUD placement being out of place or the field of vision being woefully inadequate. Not to mention the limitations Surround and Eyefinity impose with both graphics cards and the…

Arduino Project 8: Stompy the robot (part 1)

Stompy the walking robot. Isn’t he cute? Our first Arduino robot called Rolly in our February issue proved to be a popular project. Powered by an Arduino Uno board it was easy to put together and cost very little. In this project we upped the ante again with our first walking robot appropriately called Stompy.…

Arduino Project 7: Build a Retro Gamebox

Our Retro Gamebox is built into a see-through container. The games market may well dwarf the music and movie industries combined in global revenue and new-release games offer lighting effects and texture detail that make you forget you’re in a game and not a movie. But there’s always something that tugs us back to retro…

Best iPhone and iPad apps, July 2013

Jabra SoundImprove your audio.Price: Free | Developer: GN Netcom | From: App Store This free app is designed to complement Jabra’s recently released range of REVO headphones and it does that very well. However it will also enhance your music playing regardless of the brand of headphones you use.For one thing it includes a graphic…

How to improve gaming performance on your Linux machine

You’ll need this: Nvidia linux driver – Head to www.nvidia.com and download the latest driver (for info on AMD on Ubuntu see this page on BinaryDriverHowto) Custom kernel – We used Zen kernel 3.8.8-zen which can be found at gitbut. Now that Valve’s digital distribution platform is here for Linux along with a collection of…