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Category: Hacks + Mods

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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Raspberry Pi Console Emulator in a Game Boy Pocket: Pi-Pocket

Raspberry Pi Console Emulator in a Game Boy Pocket: Pi-Pocket
The Raspberry Pi is powerful enough to run a software emulator for classic consoles. We’ve seen it used to make a custom portable gaming system, a tiny arcade machine and even a gigantic Game Boy costume.…
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Discov3ry 3D Printer Paste Extruder: Copy with Paste

Discov3ry 3D Printer Paste Extruder: Copy with Paste
A couple of months ago we talked about the Rabbit Proto, an add-on that lets existing 3D printers print with conductive ink and other viscous materials. Structur3D’s Discov3ry extruder is like Rabbit Proto, but it’s designed…
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TRON Arcade Joystick Gear Shift Lever: My Other Car is a Lightcycle

TRON Arcade Joystick Gear Shift Lever: My Other Car is a Lightcycle
I always thought the old TRON arcade machine had the best joystick. There was something about the fighter-jet like control that helped with the sense of immersion. If you’d like to feel like you’re actually driving…
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Bike Wheel Bow: Nock! Draw! Loose! Pedal!

Bike Wheel Bow: Nock! Draw! Loose! Pedal!
The Bike Wheel Bow is a unique weapon made from an old bicycle wheel. Obviously this isn’t going to work like your typical bow. It is more of a bow-like-sling-shot, relying on the stretch of the…
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Computer-controlled Computer: Even PCs Love Tablets

Computer-controlled Computer: Even PCs Love Tablets
Someone teach the folks at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories how to be malevolent. Not only are they still making good projects, they recently teamed up with a man named Daniel Gentleman. As a pet project, Daniel…
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Joytone Joystick-based Musical Instrument: QCF#

Joytone Joystick-based Musical Instrument: QCF#
Most electronic musical instruments use knobs, buttons, pads or piano keys for input. For their senior design project at the University of Pennsylvania, Digital Media Design students Dave Sharples and David Glanzman set out to make…
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GameChanger LCD Gaming Surface: D&Display

GameChanger LCD Gaming Surface: D&Display
A lot of tabletop gamers have been dreaming of playing on a large interactive display. The product once known as Microsoft Surface – now called PixelSense – seemed destined for this, but it has since been…
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LEGO Minifig as Cable Holder: Every Cord is Awesome

LEGO Minifig as Cable Holder: Every Cord is Awesome
Sugru community member 2Spinout came up with a practical use for the claw-like hands of LEGO minifigures. With the help of a LEGO brick and the multipurpose silicone rubber, you can stick a minifig on your…
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Foldable Mini-Spectrometer: Secret Decoder Box

Foldable Mini-Spectrometer: Secret Decoder Box
Spectrometers are devices that can identify objects using light. They usually cost thousands of dollars and are mainly used by scientists. But in the past couple of years we’ve seen compact spectrometers that are affordable and…
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Chocolate Quadcopter: Willy Wonka’s UAV

Chocolate Quadcopter: Willy Wonka’s UAV
We’ve seen quadcopters made from a bicycle rim, a keyboard and a dead cat. RIP Orville. That makes this quadcopter with a chocolate frame par for the course here at Technabob, but it certainly is the…
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