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  1. Facebook Junkies, Worry Not: New Pavlov Poke Shocks You If You Use Facebook Too Much

    This is... actually not a terrible idea.

    If you've ever wondered what PhD candidates at MIT do in their spare time, wonder no more. It's actually about what you would expect: they make "proactive art/design projects" to administer non-lethal shocks to their bodies when they spend too much time on one application. Or rig systems to have strangers call and yell at them.

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  2. Sit on This DRM Chair Eight Times, Then Realize How Stupid DRM Can Be

    At its best, digital rights management (DRM) is an inconvenience. At its worst, DRM is a reminder that the companies selling you digital products don't trust you not to pirate them, and that they're willing to deliberately, actively make those products worse to keep you from sharing them. DRM is so pervasive in the digital things we buy that we rarely think about it, but what if it bled over into the physical world? Meet the DRM Chair. It's a chair that only lets you sit in it eight times before it self destructs, and it makes about as much sense as most other forms of DRM I've seen.

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  3. Adafruit Shrinks a Wearable Arduino Platform Down to One Inch

    Don't you hate it when you're building the arc reactor for your Iron Man costume, but the Arduino powered circuit board you're using is just too big? Well friend, it sounds like you could use the Adafruit Gemma! It packs most of the wearable computing power you love about Adafruit's larger Flora model into to a one-inch disc. Perfect for all your arc reactor needs. Sure, the Adafruit Gemma could probably be used for a lot of different projects, but if I had one, I'd totally use it to build an arc reactor.

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  4. Glockentar Is The Guitar/Robotic Glockenspiel Mashup We Didn’t Even Know We’d Been Waiting For

    What do you get when you cross the remains of a dismembered guitar with an Arduino powered robotic glockenspiel? In the interest of full disclosure, we've never had occasion to ask ourselves that question. We have an answer to it today, though, and the answer is glockentar, a musical chimera of bells, circuits, strings and light projections that...you know what? Just check out the video. It's one of those "you have to see it for yourself" things.

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  5. Google to Put Arduino, Raspberry Pi Computers in U.K. Classrooms

    While at the London Science Museum, Google chairman Eric Schmidt announced that Google would help pay for 100 new science teachers and equip classrooms with Arduino kits and Raspberry Pi microcomputers. Those are some lucky, lucky kids.

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  6. Arduino GRANDE is a Giant, Fully-Functional “Micro”controller

    You can use arduinos to do a lot of cool things, a lot of cool things that we like to cover on Geekosystem. But what about using an arduino as a means to its own end? John Edgar Park, writer for MAKE magazine, has an answer for that; you can make a really big arduino, one that's six times the size of traditional microcontrollers. Enter the Arduino GRANDE, a macrocontroller, if you will.

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  7. The Cryoscope Lets You Feel Tomorrow’s Temperature, Today!

    So this is a pretty neat idea: An aluminum cube that gives you the physical sensation of tomorrow's forecasted temperature. It's called the Cryoscope, and it's the Arduino-powered creation of Robb Godshaw. The idea is that instead of just looking at the weather forecast, you can put your hand on the cube and actually feel the air temperature thanks to the device's internal heat pump. It's clever, though one wonders how it would handle extreme temperatures. Perhaps if you saw frost forming on your Cryoscope, you'd know that it's best to stay inside. See Godshaw's explanatory video, after the break.

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  8. Music-Synced Christmas Light Suits Sure Beat Holiday Sweaters

    Don we now our gay apparel, and why shouldn't that apparel be primarily composed of Christmas lights synchronized to flash with music? Andy Coulson asked himself that same question and came to the conclusion that he should build a pair of light suits for himself and his friend. You know, for science. Of course, a big part of this rig is the actual lights, but the real important part is the LabVIEW interface that breaks down .wav files into power levels and frequency bands, and the arduino that uses that information to sync the flashing lights. The result is a pair of festive, but flagrantly flashing fatigues that would make you the center of any holiday gathering.

    Check out a video after the jump.

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  9. Etch A Sketch Controlled With An NES Controller

    One of the hardest parts of using an Etch A Sketch, aside from the ever-continuing line and the difficulty of moving diagonally is that you have to turn a circle knob to make a straight line. I'll admit, I'm getting a little picky here, but I was never good at using an Etch A Sketch, because as a person who gets confused easily, they are positively infuriating. YouTuber Alpinedelta32's Arduino mod might actually make the device usable for someone like me because it translates those pesky knobs to a NES controller d-pad. Finally, Etch A Sketchin' for the rest of us.

    Video after the jump.

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  10. This Helmet Judges Your Ability to Handle Spicy Foods

    When eating a ridiculously spicy taco, it's convenient to have a soothing beverage on hand to ease the burn. But what if that soothing beverage was on your head, and what if it was attached to a suite of sensors that worked together to determine how much you were reacting to the spicy food you just ate? Then you're probably wearing the Nuclear Taco Sensor Helmet, presented by Lisbon's altLab at this year's CodeBits conference. Of course, after they built the taco sensor hat, the only possible way to present it was by making a fake Japanese game show. See it, after the break.

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