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Category: Hacks + Mods

Pringles Can Pipe Organ: Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop

Pringles Can Pipe Organ: Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop

The tower of Pringles cans you’re looking at here isn’t the remnants of a week-long gaming marathon (though it could be). Instead, it’s a fully-functional musical instrument – assuming that you like slightly off-key, strange sounding…

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Already Hacked!

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Already Hacked!

It might have taken some extra time, but Samsung quickly adopted biometric security on their new S5 flagship Android phone. However, it didn’t take hackers long to figure out a way to defeat it.…

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DIY PC Gaming Pedal: Floor General

DIY PC Gaming Pedal: Floor General

A few years ago Ben Heck made a breath-operated controller to substitute for the kick drum pedal of the Guitar Hero drum set, allowing a wheelchair-bound player to rock out. This time, the master modder made…

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Google Glass Privacy App Spots Security Cameras & Other Glass Users: Soliton Radar

Google Glass Privacy App Spots Security Cameras & Other Glass Users:  Soliton Radar

Modern stealth action video games like the Metal Gear Solid series and the new Deus Ex often have a radar feature that lets you see enemies and cameras, among other things. New media artist Sander Veenhof…

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Parrot AR.Drone Controlled with Head Movement Using Oculus Rift: OculusDrone

Parrot AR.Drone Controlled with Head Movement Using Oculus Rift: OculusDrone

Last year we saw a drone camera system that streamed live 3D video that can be viewed through the Oculus Rift headset. Diego Araos wrote a program that not only lets you use the Rift to…

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2D Desktop Interface Embedded in Virtual Reality: VVNC

2D Desktop Interface Embedded in Virtual Reality: VVNC

Just because virtual reality displays let us interact with 3D interfaces doesn’t mean there isn’t room for the ol’ two-dimensional view inside of them. Oliver Kreylos, a developer who’s been working with 3D software for nearly…

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Tron Light Cycle VR Game: Enter the Grid

Tron Light Cycle VR Game: Enter the Grid

We can’t enter the digital world like the Flynns did just yet, but thanks to the Oculus Rift, you may be able to experience what it’s like to duke it out in a light cycle. Custom…

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G-Pad Gamepad for GBA4iOS: Thumb Rubber

G-Pad Gamepad for GBA4iOS: Thumb Rubber

GBA4iOS is a popular Game Boy Advance emulator for iOS. The latest version lets you play Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games without the need to jailbreak your device. The unavoidable downside…

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Adafruit 3D Printed LED Coat Buttons: The Brightest Buttons to Button

Adafruit 3D Printed LED Coat Buttons: The Brightest Buttons to Button

Make your clothes stand out with these LED-equipped and 3D printed buttons. Electronics shop Adafruit shared this project last January to help keep folks visible in snowy winter nights, but unless it’s always bright and sunny…

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Bungle Portable N64: Shiny Old Console

Bungle Portable N64: Shiny Old Console

Bacman member Bungle made this polished, compact and portable Nintendo 64 mod. As far as portable N64 mods go, this is one of the cleanest ones I’ve ever seen. It’s not that pretty – it reminds…

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Thumb Twiddling Machine Helps Your Fingers Do the Twiddling

Thumb Twiddling Machine Helps Your Fingers Do the Twiddling

Video and interactive artist Eran Amir created this silly contraption which does one thing and one thing only – it helps you twiddle your thumbs. Clearly, he did this because if you are truly so bored…

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Novena Open Source Laptop Fundraiser: Ctrl+A

Novena Open Source Laptop Fundraiser: Ctrl+A

Hackers Bunnie Huang and Sean “xobs” Cross have launched a fundraiser for their open source laptop, the Novena. It looks very different from its prototype, but the idea behind it remains the same: a computer with…

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Diffuse Laptop Light Makes Screens Easy on the Eyes: Ambif.lux

Diffuse Laptop Light Makes Screens Easy on the Eyes: Ambif.lux

Carolina Ferrari, Ilaria Vitali and Mengdi Xu designed Diffuse, a lamp designed to make laptop screens easy on the eyes in two ways.  Diffuse can provide complementary ambient light or it can compensate for a dark…

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C-3PO Electric Guitar Made from Action Figure Case

C-3PO Electric Guitar Made from Action Figure Case

Poor 3PO. He was never as popular as R2 and he never will be. At least someone thought enough of the prissy protocol droid to make an electric guitar out of his action figure collectors case.…

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Hamster-powered Strandbeest Will Help Hamsters Rule the World

Hamster-powered Strandbeest Will Help Hamsters Rule the World

Hamsters now have a new mech that they can use to conquer the world. This neat Strandbeest is powered by a hamster in a wheel. The hamster inside turns some gears, which move the mechanism forward.…

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Using a 3D Printer to Draw Tattoos: InkD

Using a 3D Printer to Draw Tattoos: InkD

It’s one thing to allow a professional tattoo artist to ink your arm. It’s another thing altogether to allow a 3D printer to do it. But that’s exactly what a team of designers in Paris recently …

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