James Bruce

Joined November 2010

Proud new Dad, James is obsessive about his Arduino and Oculus Rift.

DIY Projects Editor, Product Reviews Editor and Lead Developer

Feel free to contact at jamesbruce@makeuseof.com

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ASUSTOR AS7004T NAS and Media Center Review and Giveaway

1 week ago

Convergence happens often in the world of technology, where one product category is subsumed by another – remember those phones that only made voice calls? Or the dedicated mp3 player that didn’t even have an internet connection? Me neither. Network Attached Storage however has generally remained as just that – a big box with some hard […]

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Hold Anything, Anywhere: Snake Clamp Review and Giveaway

6th February, 2015

SnakeClamp is an American company with one simple mission: to help people and companies hold what they need, right where they need it.

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Weekend Project: Build a Giant LED Pixel Display

2nd February, 2015

I love LED pixels: bright, easy to control, cheap, and so versatile. Today, we’ll be turning them into a big pixel display that can be hung on the wall.

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ION Block Party Portable Speaker Review and Giveaway

16th January, 2015

Apparently, you can fit an entire party into a portable speaker; excluding the people and cheetos. At least, that’s exactly what Ion have done with their newest device – the Block Party Live.

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1Sheeld, The Ultimate Arduino Shield Review and Giveaway

29th December, 2014

A single Arduino shield that can link with an Android device and provide a multitude of sensors and advanced functions? Yep – that’s a thing now. The 1Sheeld, in fact.


The History Of The Pirate Bay: Will It Return?

26th December, 2014

The world’s most resilient BitTorrent site has been shut down shut down. Again. Will it return – and does it even matter?


5 Creative Toys For Budding Young Geeks

9th December, 2014

If you’re putting your child on a fast track to geeky world domination, you’ll need some toys to help them along the way. These creative toys should be just the thing.

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Philips Hue Starter Kit Review and Giveaway

8th December, 2014

The market is flooded by bulbs with wifi, all with their own silly mobile app that you need to fuss around with to turn them on. Is the Hue any different? We find out.


5 Best Demos to Show Oculus Rift Newbies

4th December, 2014

The final version is still many months away, but there’s now thousands of high resolution second generation Oculus Rift developer kits in the hands of VR enthusiasts, and the march of Oculus releases continues along at an astonishing pace. The Oculus Rift is a crowd pleaser, so if you’re planning on demoing it to your friends […]


The Best WordPress Plugins

3rd December, 2014

WordPress is the most widely used and adaptable content management system out there, but you’re probably going to want some plugins to make it just right for your needs. Here, I’ve collated what I think are the best plugins – both from experience, and community recommendations. Remember though, the more plugins you install, the slower […]


Making The Best Media Center Better, With a Plex Pass [Giveaway]

18th November, 2014

Love Plex? You’ll love a Plex Pass even more. With new and exclusive features only for Plex Pass holders, it’s the best way to support development of the best media centre app around.

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HUB IT USB3 Charger Review and Giveaway

10th November, 2014

HUB IT is a modular USB3 hub and charger which takes a fresh approach and is full of potential. Unlike traditional chargers which will simply provide the USB ports with a bring-your-own-cables policy, HUB IT have created a line of enclosed modules that cater for all smartphones, as well as some more obscure devices like Nintendo […]

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How To Make Your Own Retro 8-Bit Accessories

9th November, 2014

Haven’t you heard? 8-bit is the new black.


5 Oculus Rift Gaming Experiences That Will Blow You Away

7th November, 2014

Now that the second generation of Oculus Rift development kit is out and in the hands of developers the world over, let’s look at some of the best stuff that’s hit the Rift so far.

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Parrot Jumping Sumo Mini-Drone Review and Giveaway

30th October, 2014

Today, we take a look at the Jumping Sumo, a $160 Wi-Fi-controlled self-balancing two-wheeled drone with a wide-angle camera.