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Category: Hacks + Mods

3D Print the Rumored iPhone 6 Mockups: Still Life with Apple

3D Print the Rumored iPhone 6 Mockups: Still Life with Apple
Rumors of the appearance and dimensions of the upcoming iPhones have been circulating for months, prompting this hilarious application for 3D printing. A couple of folks have created 3D files based on the rumors, so Apple…
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Open Source Watch: Time Consuming Timepiece

Open Source Watch: Time Consuming Timepiece
Got time? Why not make a watch? Jonathan Cook is working on an open source smartwatch based on an Arduino-compatible microcontroller. Simply called the Open Source Watch, the steps and parts list are freely available for…
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DIY Animatronic Iron Man Suit: Arduino Reactor

DIY Animatronic Iron Man Suit: Arduino Reactor
This Iron Man suit replica was made by two Tony Starks. Greg Hatter built the suit itself, then he asked his friend Jerome Kelty to make some of its parts move. In his very detailed Instructables…
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3D Printed Pip-Boy 3000 Keeps Man Literally and Figuratively Cool

3D Printed Pip-Boy 3000 Keeps Man Literally and Figuratively Cool
We’ve seen a few faithful Pip-Boy 3000 replicas. This one made by Thingiverse member kosh23 leans towards the functional end but still looks badass. Because his left hand and forearm was placed in a cast, he…
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This Game Boy Has Been Bricked

This Game Boy Has Been Bricked
I never would have thought that a Game Boy would look good as a brick, but it actually looks pretty awesome. It looks heavy, but cool. Anyway, you may not believe it, but Nintendo’s handheld gaming…
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Fun with 100 Pounds of Magnetic Thinking Putty

Fun with 100 Pounds of Magnetic Thinking Putty
When I was growing up, the only putty-like plaything I had was good old Silly Putty. I always loved messing around with it until it started to turn a sort of weird grey color after picking…
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Oculus Rift Used to Simulate Lag in Real Life: Live Replay

Oculus Rift Used to Simulate Lag in Real Life: Live Replay
A couple of years ago we featured the Decelerator, a helmet that allowed its wearer to see in slow motion. To (erroneously) promote its fiber optic Internet service, Swedish company UmeNet used an Oculus Rift to…
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Guy Building a Roller Coaster in His Backyard

Guy Building a Roller Coaster in His Backyard
Everyone loves amusement park rides. Will Pemble and his son Lyle are no different. They love to visit amusement parks and ride the roller coasters. So naturally, one day, when returning home from an amusement park,…
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Microsoft Gesture-Sensing Keyboard Concept: Type & Swipe

Microsoft Gesture-Sensing Keyboard Concept: Type & Swipe
Even with the rise of touch input, the mouse and keyboard remains the best and most flexible computing setup. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be improved upon. Microsoft Research recently developed a mouse and keyboard…
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Raspberry Pi-Based Braille Learning Device: Project Mudra

Raspberry Pi-Based Braille Learning Device: Project Mudra
Two 20-year old students of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Goa, India are working on a device that aids in learning Braille. Sanskriti Dawle and Aman Srivastav’s Project Mudra – mudra means “sign”…
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3D Printed Raspberry Pi NES Case: NinTastic

3D Printed Raspberry Pi NES Case: NinTastic
Out of all computers, the Raspberry Pi is most ripe for case mods because it’s tiny and doesn’t come with a case in the first place. We’ve seen a functional and a decorative case for the…
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Rabbit Proto Lets 3D Printers Add Circuits While Printing Objects: Coming in Hot

Rabbit Proto Lets 3D Printers Add Circuits While Printing Objects: Coming in Hot
We’ve seen an add-on that turns ink printers into circuit board printers, and even a 3D printer that specializes in printing circuits. A new company called Rabbit Proto takes prototyping to the next level with its…
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UBR-1 Hackable Robot: Brainwashable Buddy

UBR-1 Hackable Robot: Brainwashable Buddy
Move over Omnibot 2000. Unboundable Robotics is selling a “mobile manipulation platform” called UBR-1. Robotics enthusiasts can turn it into an exercise buddy, go for a stroll with it and most of all use it as…
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Dot View Case Hack for HTC One M8: Awesomesauce!

Dot View Case Hack for HTC One M8: Awesomesauce!
I’m all for retro gadgets, so I just love the Dot View Cover for the HTC One M8. It’s got a bunch of rows and columns of tiny dots through which notifications can be seen, in…
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Oculus Rift Hoverboard Simulator: HoVRboard

Oculus Rift Hoverboard Simulator: HoVRboard
We have less than a year to go before Back to the Future II’s hoverboard prediction is debunked. But thanks to virtual reality, we might be able to simulate the feeling of riding a hoverboard. Game…
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DIY Plush USB Game Controller: Hug and Play

DIY Plush USB Game Controller: Hug and Play
We’ve seen all kinds of game controller plushies, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen one that can actually be used to play video games. Adafruit’s Becky Stern built the soft controller using…
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