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Category: Hacks + Mods

DIY Electric Skateboard: Make or Die

DIY Electric Skateboard: Make or Die
Electric skateboards typically go for at least $600 (USD). But with his maker skills Instructables member comsa42 was able to convert a normal skateboard for around $350. That said, his project will give you an idea…
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Raspberry Pi-based PDP-8/1 Replica: PiDP-8

Raspberry Pi-based PDP-8/1 Replica: PiDP-8
Released in 1965, the PDP-8 was the first successful commercial minicomputer, making it a coveted piece of computing history. In other words, it’s rare and expensive. So to celebrate the PDP-8’s 50th anniversary, Oscar aka Obsolescence…
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Microbot Push Robot for Pushing Buttons: For Semi-automated Homes

Microbot Push Robot for Pushing Buttons: For Semi-automated Homes
You know the old joke about how if someone ever invented a device that does everything at the push of a button, people would still ask for a device that would push the other device’s button…
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MIT 3D Printer Prints with Glass: Fount of Glass

MIT 3D Printer Prints with Glass: Fount of Glass
Aside from the usual plastics and composites, we’ve seen 3D printers use food, sand, metal and even paper to make objects. MIT adds glass to that ever-growing list of materials with its Glass 3D Printing (G3DP)…
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Amiiqo Lets You Back Up 200 Amiibo: Amiiclone

Amiiqo Lets You Back Up 200 Amiibo: Amiiclone
Nintendo’s Amiibo line has been a big hit for the company so far, but a $50 (USD) device called Amiiqo could put a dent in their profits. It’s a shame, because Amiiqo does have legitimate and…
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Amazon Dash Button Hack: If This Then Dash

Amazon Dash Button Hack: If This Then Dash
Amazon’s new Dash Button lets Prime members order a product with a press of a button. You can think of it as a convenient tool or maybe a depressing metaphor. Cloudstitch CTO Ted Benson thought of…
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Nintendo 3DS Homebrew YouTube Hack: 301+ Brews

Nintendo 3DS Homebrew YouTube Hack: 301+ Brews
The last time we checked on Smealum and co.’s Homebrew Launcher for the Nintendo 3DS, it required the user to have a copy of Cubic Ninja, a game that’s now rare and expensive for this very…
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Volkswagen’s Stroller Automatically Brakes & Follows: Das Kinderwagen

Volkswagen’s Stroller Automatically Brakes & Follows: Das Kinderwagen
We’ve seen a robotic stroller that can drive itself. Volkswagen Netherlands claims it came up with a similar project just for kicks. The project was accidentally inspired by a short VW commercial. In the ad, a…
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Mycroft Open Source Personal Assistant: Maker Street

Mycroft Open Source Personal Assistant: Maker Street
Like 3D printers, electronic door locks and PCs on sticks, it seeems like everyone’s making personal assistant devices these days. One of the latest electronic PAs is Mycroft, and it stands out from the rest by…
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Laser Ring: Thighs. Burned Thighs.

Laser Ring: Thighs. Burned Thighs.
This Green Lantern-inspired ring is the latest invention of laser-obsessed prop maker Patrick Priebe. It shoots a laser beam. It burns stuff. He won’t sell it to us. Dammit. As usual, to keep idiots from blinding …
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Redstone Block PC: Blood + Sweat + Tears

Redstone Block PC: Blood + Sweat + Tears
Redstone is a key component for making virtual computers in Minecraft. It’s also Spencer Kern’s key inspiration for his meticulously crafted mini ITX PC. Spencer built the 8.5″x 8.5″x 8.5″ case almost entirely out of acrylic.…
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Automatic Feeder Mod Makes Cat Work for Food

Automatic Feeder Mod Makes Cat Work for Food
Benjamin Millam came up with a brilliant way to help his cat Monkey eat and have fun at the same time. Benjamin modded Monkey’s automatic feeder so that it will dispense food in exchange for a…
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DIY Stormtrooper Foosball Table: Empire FC

DIY Stormtrooper Foosball Table: Empire FC
Here’s a relatively simple project for 3D printing newbies. YouMagine member excite tricked out his foosball set by replacing the heads of the players with stormtrooper helmets. Excite based the helmets on Thingiverse member ProCoPrint3D’s design,…
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The Ejector Bed Is Guaranteed to Wake You up

The Ejector Bed Is Guaranteed to Wake You up
I have a real problem with hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock and falling asleep again. The Ejector bed has no snooze button. When the alarm goes off, you are propelled through the air,…
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CD Case Hologram Projector: The Future Was Here All Along

CD Case Hologram Projector: The Future Was Here All Along
You can buy specially constructed prisms that turn a mobile device – or any small display for that matter – into a hologram-like projector. But you can save a few bucks by making one out of…
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MicroSlice Pocket Laser Engraver: Slice in a Dice

MicroSlice Pocket Laser Engraver: Slice in a Dice
Last month we saw how you can reuse a DVD-RW’s laser diode to make a small laser engraver. But if you’d rather buy something like it instead, check out the MicroSlice. Made by Instructables member SilverJimmy,…
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