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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James's Latest Posts


6 Smart Home Projects You Can Take On This Weekend

22nd August, 2014

Here are six ways to add a little ambient intelligence to your daily routine.


Poweradd 14W Portable Solar Charger Review and Giveaway

20th August, 2014

For camping, long car journeys, barbeques or just that bit of extra juice when you’re in the garden with your Bluetooth speakers blaring, the Poweradd 14W solar charger can be a great addition.

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Lumsing Powerbank 10,400 mAh Portable Battery Pack Review and Giveaway

18th August, 2014

So many devices, so little power. The Lumsing 10,400mAh battery pack is a portable backup for when times are demanding.


Make Your Own Ambilight for $60

15th August, 2014

Ambient lighting that reacts to the image on your TV is easier and cheaper than you think – and it makes for a great upgrade to your home cinema experience.


Building The Internet of Things, With Tessel: The Node.js Development Board

25th July, 2014

Tessel is a new breed of development board that runs entirely on Node.js, and after a successful Kickstarter, they’ve now the reached the point of being available to everyone.


How To Print Out Bitcoins (aka Making A Paper Wallet)

22nd July, 2014

There are a few reasons why you might want to store your Bitcoins in a physical format. Read on to find out why, and how, to make a Bitcoin paper wallet.

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Bolse SZ-801 Smart NFC Bluetooth Speaker Review and Giveaway

14th July, 2014

This budget portable speaker has sound quality and output volume that will quite literally blow you away.


Brydge+ iPad Keyboard Review and Giveaway

8th July, 2014

The iPad has a problem: typing on a touchscreen keyboard (and thereby losing half your viewing space) just isn’t that conducive to being productive. You can connect any Bluetooth keyboard, but then you have added complication of finding a case to prop up the iPad and all of extra things to carry around; or it only […]


Brighten Your Home With Smart Lamps: Here Are Your Options

4th July, 2014

What exactly is a smart lamp, and what’s out there?

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Upper Desk Portable Table and Cabinet Mount Review and Giveaway

26th June, 2014

If only someone could invent a durable stand that suspends the device from a kitchen cabinet, or holds the device up from a table!

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WiFi SD Cards: Comparison Review and Giveaway

25th June, 2014

SD cards are mostly just plastic – put a tiny WiFi chip inside and suddenly they take on a whole new life, allowing for wireless data transfer.


10 Ways You Could Use Your Webcam That You Haven’t Thought Of Yet

23rd June, 2014

There’s a surprising amount you can do with that webcam, so let’s take a look at some uses you might not have thought of.


How To Make a WiFi Network That Only Transmits Cat Pictures With A Raspberry Pi

18th June, 2014

Watch as befuddled users are both intensely frustrated, yet strangely calmed.


Never Touch Code Again: Filament.io, For Non-Developers Everywhere

16th June, 2014

If you’ve ever tried to manually paste a code snippet like Google Analytics tracking code to your website by digging into PHP template files, you’ll know how daunting it can be. Filament.io makes it as simple as dragging and dropping. At least, that’s the promise. Getting Started Head over to filament.io and hit the sign-up […]


7 Fantastic RetroPie Game Stations You Can Build This Weekend

13th June, 2014

Miniaturisation is a wonderful thing: you can now play ROMs for virtually every retro gaming system ever on a Raspberry Pi computer the size of a NES cartridge.