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Category: Hacks + Mods

Arduino-Powered Bracelet Can Be Used as a Smartwatch, Plays Tetris

Arduino-Powered Bracelet Can Be Used as a Smartwatch, Plays Tetris
Earlier this year, we saw Kevin Bates’ Arduboy, a business card-sized gaming device powered by an ATmega328P Arduino board. He’s going to launch that device this December, but in the meantime he’s working on another Tetris-playing…
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Eject-a-Bed Aborts Sweet Dreams

Eject-a-Bed Aborts Sweet Dreams
You can get all sorts of cruel alarm clocks to help you wake up. But programmer Jamie Dixon had a better idea – if you want a sure fire way to get out of your bed,…
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Wrist-mounted Flamethrower Shows up at Maker Faire

Wrist-mounted Flamethrower Shows up at Maker Faire
A dude showed up at the Maker Faire in his neck of the woods recently and he had a slick device, a wrist-mounted flamethrower. This flamethrower is different from the wrist-mounted design we talked about in…
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Pro Bono 1 Speaker Replaces Your Music with U2 Songs: Songs of Annoyance

Pro Bono 1 Speaker Replaces Your Music with U2 Songs: Songs of Annoyance
A couple of weeks ago, after it unveiled the new iPhones and its smartwatch, Apple’s “one more thing” was… spam. The company gave away U2’s latest album Songs of Innocence for free to all iTunes users,…
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Game Boy Transformed into Darth Vader, TMNT And Back to the Future DeLorean

Game Boy Transformed into Darth Vader, TMNT And Back to the Future DeLorean
Etsy seller Theworldisagameboy turns the classic Nintendo handheld into a game system and a toy in one. Check out the TMNT Michelangelo version that he made. It has it’s own Oven Fresh PIZZA! cartridge, of course.…
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Mountain Arcade Cabinet Sits and Just Is

Mountain Arcade Cabinet Sits and Just Is
If you’ve never heard of David OReilly’s Mountain, it’s a “mountain simulator” that requires barely any input from the player. It asks you a couple of questions when you first start the game, but afterwards it…
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Hack May Enable PS4 Remote Play on all Android Devices: Stream Machines

Hack May Enable PS4 Remote Play on all Android Devices: Stream Machines
This month Sony unveiled its Xperia Z3 line of mobile devices. To make these devices enticing, Sony promised that the three devices – the Z3, the Z3 Compact phone and the Z3 Tablet Compact – will…
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Hack Allows Android Apps to Run on Google Chrome: Play Store Unchained

Hack Allows Android Apps to Run on Google Chrome: Play Store Unchained
To bolster the software library of Chrome OS, Google made App Runtime for Chrome (ARC), which allows Android apps to run on the lightweight operating system. Software developer Vlad Filippov aka Vladikoff went beyond what Google…
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THAW Lets Smartphones Interact with Computers Through Their Displays: Actual Drag and Drop

THAW Lets Smartphones Interact with Computers Through Their Displays: Actual Drag and Drop
Last year MIT’s Tangible Media Group went viral because of its real time shape-copying machine. But one of its latest efforts blows that machine out of the water. Called THAW, it’s a software system that allows…
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3D Printed Raspberry Pi Laptop: Pi-Top

3D Printed Raspberry Pi Laptop: Pi-Top
Earlier this year we saw Bunnie and Xobs’ Novena, the (mostly) open source laptop. Here’s another hacker- and maker-oriented laptop, the Pi-Top. Launching on Kickstarter soon, Pi-Top will be based on the Raspberry Pi. Pi-Top is…
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3&DBot Robot 3D Printer: The World is Your Build Platform

3&DBot Robot 3D Printer: The World is Your Build Platform
Like ink printers, the size of a 3D printer limits the size of the objects it can print. Until now. Researchers from two different labs in Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) worked together…
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Film Camera Combined with Digital Camera: Camshop

Film Camera Combined with Digital Camera: Camshop
Incoming Physics student Ollie Baker used the money he got from his Arkwright Scholarship to transfer the brains of a Sony Nex-5 into a Konica Auto S3, the latter being an analog rangefinder from the 70s.…
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Xbox One Laptop Mod: Xbook One

Xbox One Laptop Mod: Xbook One
We’ve seen an Xbox One laptop mod before, but if you’re looking for a more customizable design check out Ed Zarick’s Xbook One. Ed has been modifying Xbox 360 consoles for a while now, and he…
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Taxidermied Rat Quadcopter: Cyborg Bat

Taxidermied Rat Quadcopter: Cyborg Bat
A couple of years ago we saw Arjen Beltman and Bart Jansen’s Orville, a dead cat turned into a quadcopter. Earlier this year Arjen and Bart shared video of their new taxidermied animal quadcopter, this time…
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Intel Edison Released; Expandable with Sparkfun Blocks

Intel Edison Released; Expandable with Sparkfun Blocks
Earlier this year Intel unveiled Edison, its first low-cost system-on-a-chip. Its production version is now available for pre-order, and while it’s changed its form factor it’s still an interesting or useful platform for tinkerers, students and…
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Local Motors Strati 3D Printed Car: Gone in 44 Hours

Local Motors Strati 3D Printed Car: Gone in 44 Hours
You wouldn’t steal a car, but someday you might be able to download and replicate one, thanks to Local Motors. As of this writing the vehicle maker is creating the world’s (partially) 3D printed car at…
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