There are so many projects on Kickstarter. Every day someone will send us one and be like, “Did you see this?” and we’ll look at it and be like, “No, but this is incredible.” It’s sort of like walking down the same street every day and noticing a cool new thing every single time. To help us (and you) keep abreast of all these great projects, we thought we’d start highlighting specific categories and sub-categories in offbeat combinations. Look out for future installments featuring dogs that like to row boats, dogs in space, cats in wallets, wallets in space, and row boats full of wallets. Just kidding. Maybe? This week we’re taking a look at DIY electronics.

SAM: The Ultimate Internet Connected Electronics Kit

Do you enjoy making stuff? The answer is probably yes. This electronics kit brings meaning to the admittedly vague term “maker.” Want to make a game? What about music? Architectural models? You can do all that with this.

The Solar Lantern

File this under useful item we didn’t even know we needed. The Solar Lantern is exactly what it sounds like: a lantern that is solar-powered, and works indoors and outdoors. There’s a bunch of designs, but we’re partial to the one up above, which depicts the world.

SocketCircuits: Build Electronic Circuits on Paper!

Combining two of our favorite things—electronics and paper—in one handy package. SocketCircuits weds actual circuits to actual paper, which means you can download designs online and print them out and begin wiring and building immediately.

nuFLip: A Do-it-Yourself Wireless Light Switch Adapter

Who needs to actually touch light switches? Not us anymore! This allows you to build your own light switch adapter so you can control them remotely from your smartphone. The future is here and we are living in it.

Chromatic Chronometer: A Rainbow LED Wall Clock

If you follow Kickstarter with any regularity, you’ll know that there are a number of interesting and innovative wall clock projects. The Chromatic Chronometer now joins their ranks, while also sounding like a device that Dr. Emmett Brown would use in Back to the Future. Numbers are played out now — we only tell the time with lights.

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