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Category: Hacks + Mods

Smartbrick Lets You Control LEGO Power Functions Via Bluetooth: Farther Functions

Smartbrick Lets You Control LEGO Power Functions Via Bluetooth: Farther Functions
A small company called Vengit is working on a wireless receiver for LEGO Power Functions that should be a vast improvement over LEGO’s official infrared receiver. The Smartbrick or SBrick uses Bluetooth to connect to Power…
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Vintage Internet Radio Made with Raspberry Pi: Poser

Vintage Internet Radio Made with Raspberry Pi: Poser
Sorry hipsters, but this radio is only authentic on the outside. Imgur member mxmln23 found two units of an old radio model on eBay and used them to make an Internet-connected music player. Mxmln23 was able…
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Game Boy Advance with 8″ Screen: BigBoy Advance

Game Boy Advance with 8″ Screen: BigBoy Advance
A lot of video game console modders focus on creating portable or at least more compact versions of a system. But for his recent project, Bacman site owner Bacteria created a Game Boy Advance with an…
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Connect Four Robot: Pretty Sneaky, Bot

Connect Four Robot: Pretty Sneaky, Bot
Patrick McCabe has what might be the world’s only single-player Connect Four set, thanks to a robot that he made for his Microcomputer Project Laboratory course at MIT. The robot is slow and noisy, but it…
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Skatehack Ramps Add Sound Effects While You Skate: Disco Flip

Skatehack Ramps Add Sound Effects While You Skate: Disco Flip
The sound effect that triggers when you pull off a special trick in Tony Hawk Pro Skater is burned into my brain. That and Suicide Machines’ New Girl. If you’d love to augment your real world…
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SNES & Super Famicom-themed Backlit GBAs: Super Family Entertainment

SNES & Super Famicom-themed Backlit GBAs: Super Family Entertainment
Retro console mod shop Rose Colored Gaming is going to release two special Game Boy Advance variants this month. The shop’s Super Family Entertainment series features the original Game Boy Advance with an SNES and a…
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PlayStation 3 Controller in Original PS1 Gray: Looks Just Like Grandpa

PlayStation 3 Controller in Original PS1 Gray: Looks Just Like Grandpa
The original PlayStation and its controllers were released before Sony fell in love with white and black hardware. I don’t know why it came in what I like to call obsolete gray, but it did, and…
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3D Printed Game Boy Case for Raspberry Pi: PiGRRL

3D Printed Game Boy Case for Raspberry Pi: PiGRRL
A few weeks ago we saw how you can use a Game Boy Pocket’s case and buttons to make a Raspberry Pi handheld console. If you don’t have a Game Boy Pocket but have access to…
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Play Tetris on this T-shirt

Play Tetris on this T-shirt
Mark Kerger is a walking video game, thanks to his fancy shirt. He built this cool Tetris shirt using an Arduino controller, 128 LEDs, and 4 AA batteries. Look at him now. He’s a walking arcade…
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OpenReflex 3D Printed Camera: DDDSLR

OpenReflex 3D Printed Camera: DDDSLR
Last year Leo Marius blew minds when he shared OpenReflex, an open source and affordable 3D printed SLR camera. Leo is now raising funds to help him improve his design, and in return you can get…
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Google VR Cardboard Toolkit: Mockulus Rift

Google VR Cardboard Toolkit: Mockulus Rift
At the 2014 Google I/O Conference, Google unveiled Cardboard, an inexpensive Android-based system for viewing and developing virtual reality and 3D content. As its name implies, it uses a cardboard base, along with other inexpensive items.…
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Saga Prince Robot IV Cosplay has Working TV: Are You Sure It’s a Costume?

Saga Prince Robot IV Cosplay has Working TV: Are You Sure It’s a Costume?
While at the 2014 HeroesCon, Shawn Scott Smith took these images of a cosplayer dressed up as Prince Robot IV from the excellent comic book series Saga. Prince Robot IV’s elegant yet dorky appearance has made …
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Guy Invents Device That Turns Plastic Bottles into Plastic String

Guy Invents Device That Turns Plastic Bottles into Plastic String
This is one crazy and simple invention. It turns plastic bottles into plastic string, which we all have a need for. I don’t know how many times I have found myself wishing that I had some…
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GameCube Portable in an Atari Lynx Case: Nine Lives

GameCube Portable in an Atari Lynx Case: Nine Lives
The Atari Lynx was the first handheld video game system to feature a full color display, but it still lost to the Game Boy because Nintendo’s handheld was cheaper, smaller and lasted longer on fewer batteries.…
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FTL Marriage Proposal: Faster Than Love

FTL Marriage Proposal: Faster Than Love
The only thing that occurs in FTL: Faster Than Light more often than branching dialogues is agonizing defeat. So credit Redditor oft_wears_hats for using the game to propose. He made a custom patch for the game…
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Used Refrigerator Converted to Harvest Drinking Water from Air: Draw the Dew

Used Refrigerator Converted to Harvest Drinking Water from Air: Draw the Dew
A few years ago we saw a prototype for an irrigation system that draws water from air. Nottingham Trent University professor Dr. Amin Al-Habaibeh and his student Joseph Wild have developed a device that has a…
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