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Category: Hacks + Mods

AgIC DIY Kit Lets You Print Circuit Boards on Ink Printers: Agical!

AgIC DIY Kit Lets You Print Circuit Boards on Ink Printers: Agical!

Last year we talked about the EX¹, a 3D printer designed to print circuit boards on a variety of materials, including paper. The EX¹ has great potential, but if all you want is to print is…

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Origami-based Paper Microscope Costs Less than $1 to Make: Foldscope

Origami-based Paper Microscope Costs Less than $1 to Make: Foldscope

High quality microscopes cost thousands of dollars and can be hard to operate and maintain. A group of researchers from Stanford University are close to changing that with a microscope that’s made mostly out of paper…

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OpenPool Augmented Reality Kit Adds Visual Effects to Billiard Tables: Trick Shots

OpenPool Augmented Reality Kit Adds Visual Effects to Billiard Tables: Trick Shots

Pool tables come in hundreds of different styles, but if you really want to make your setup unique, check out OpenPool. It’s an augmented reality system that lets you project visual effects on the bed that…

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Illucia Controller Connects Hardware & Software Even if They Weren’t Meant for Each Other

Illucia Controller Connects Hardware & Software Even if They Weren’t Meant for Each Other

Hey there maker. Have you run out of toys to tinker with? Have you refurbished all of the gizmos in your local junk shop? Have you written programs to automate every appliance in your house? Chris…

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Functional LEGO Keyboard: Work & Play

Functional LEGO Keyboard: Work & Play

We’ve seen a model of an antique typewriter made out of LEGO. But this LEGO keyboard made by Jason Allemann actually works and is good enough for daily use. With the exception of the electronics and…

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iFixit Refurbisher’s Toolkit Lets You Open & Clean Consoles & Other Electronics

iFixit Refurbisher’s Toolkit Lets You Open & Clean Consoles & Other Electronics

…or at least try to do so. The electronics repair specialists at iFixit put together a set of tools that will help you dust off and possibly even repair a variety of gadgets. It comes with…

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Playable Tetris Business Card Will Get You the Job

Playable Tetris Business Card Will Get You the Job

This business card trumps all others. Just give up. You can’t win. This is the ultimate business card. It is designed to look like a Nintendo Game Boy and it even includes a working version of…

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Make Taser-proof Clothing with Carbon Fiber Tape: Defense Against Self-defense

Make Taser-proof Clothing with Carbon Fiber Tape: Defense Against Self-defense

Aside from being very strong and rigid, carbon fiber is also a very good conductor of electricity. Hack A Day Projects member Shenzhen took advantage of the wonder material’s property to make an electroshock-proof coat.…

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DIY Motorized Couch: Ridin’ Lazy

DIY Motorized Couch: Ridin’ Lazy

Back in 2010 Nick Homer and his college buddy Stewart Clyde made headlines because of their silly invention: a remote-controlled motorized couch. Now Nick is working on a comprehensive guide for couch potatoes who have a…

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The Car for the Russian Zombiepocalypse: Maximum Maxima

The Car for the Russian Zombiepocalypse: Maximum Maxima

If I had to fight off hordes of zombies, I’d want a good car that could quickly escape, and could also keep me out of harm’s way from the biters. And while the forecast has yet…

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Raspberry Pi Bullet Time Rig: Frozen Pi

Raspberry Pi Bullet Time Rig: Frozen Pi

The folks at PiFace – makers of hardware interfaces for the Raspberry Pi – wanted to make a camera rig that could create the bullet time effect popularized by The Matrix, but they didn’t want to…

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Netflix & Fitbit Hack Pauses Video When You Fall Asleep: How Sweet

Netflix & Fitbit Hack Pauses Video When You Fall Asleep: How Sweet

Netflix recently held a Hack Day for its engineers to come up with tweaks to the popular streaming video service. Even though the activity was made primarily for fun, one of the resulting hacks is quite…

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Cloudwash Smart Washing Machine Prototype: Shut Up and Take My Laundry!

Cloudwash Smart Washing Machine Prototype: Shut Up and Take My Laundry!

Washing clothes shouldn’t be rocket science, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that when you look at the controls of modern washing machines. So when cloud services company Berg set out to create a prototype for…

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Dad Builds Kid Awesome Mission Control Desk

Dad Builds Kid Awesome Mission Control Desk

Jeff Highsmith is an amazing dad. The proof is right here. He built this awesome Mission Control desk for his oldest son. His kid needed his own desk so he could do his homework, so he…

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Xbox 360 Controller Dog Leash: Pet Simulator

Xbox 360 Controller Dog Leash: Pet Simulator

Instructables Community Manager and avid maker Mike Warren figured out a way to work on his gaming skills while walking his dog. He gutted a broken Xbox 360 controller and turned it into a large but…

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The Legend of Zelda for Oculus Rift: ZeldaVR

The Legend of Zelda for Oculus Rift: ZeldaVR

Now’s your chance to see The Legend of Zelda through the eyes of Link. Modder Ubiquitron is working on ZeldaVR, a port of the legendary NES game for the Oculus Rift. Can you gather the fragments…

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