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Category: Hacks + Mods

HoverSkater Skateboard: Back to the Past

HoverSkater Skateboard: Back to the Past
No, inventor Jim Pitts didn’t quite replicate Back to the Future‘s hoverboard. His HoverSkater is a combination of a hovercraft and a longboard. It’s most likely the most affordable hovercraft you can get. I’m just not…
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Guy Builds Impressively Detailed Mini Ms. Pac-Man Machine

Guy Builds Impressively Detailed Mini Ms. Pac-Man Machine
It must be awesome to own your own vintage arcade machines, but for most of us they take up too much space. Not to mention that they usually take some serious restoring too. This miniaturized Ms.…
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PirateBox Lets You Share Files & Communicate Anonymously: Net in a Box

PirateBox Lets You Share Files & Communicate Anonymously: Net in a Box
Created by NYU associate professor David Darts, the PirateBox is a DIY system that lets you share files and talk to others in your vicinity by setting up a local wireless network. After starting the project…
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RGB Shades: Really Good at Blinding

RGB Shades: Really Good at Blinding
A couple of years ago we featured Garrett Mace’s LED Matrix Shades, which are sunglasses that have rows of programmable LEDs instead of lenses. You can get a pair of those from Garrett’s online store, but…
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Telephone Art Installation Has Snarky Robot Operator, No Supervisor

Telephone Art Installation Has Snarky Robot Operator, No Supervisor
Charles Seeholzer recently shared a funny art installation that he made back in 2012. [Insert Customer Feedback Here] is a modified telephone that rings periodically. When you pick up, an automated voice prompt will guide you…
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Quadcopter Made Using 3D Printing Pen: Drawne

Quadcopter Made Using 3D Printing Pen: Drawne
Talk about letting your imagination fly. Illlustrating the capabilities of 3D printing pens, Matt Quest used a 3D AirPen to doodle a tiny quadcopter frame and combined it with parts from an RC Eye One micro…
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Guy Walks on Ceiling with Homemade Magneto Boots, Laughs Maniacally

Guy Walks on Ceiling with Homemade Magneto Boots, Laughs Maniacally
Check out this video of Colin Furze (the maniac who gave us those cool Wolverine claws) walking on the ceiling using his newly-completed, homemade Magneto boots. I question his sanity after seeing him laughing hysterically over…
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Full Screen Mario: Super Widescreen Bros.

Full Screen Mario: Super Widescreen Bros.
You might have seen these two images floating online over the past few months, featuring two stages of Super Mario Bros. laid end-to-end on four widescreen monitors. The images were uploaded by Twitter user Morikuma_Works, and…
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Otto Camera Makes Animated GIFs: Web’s Cam

Otto Camera Makes Animated GIFs: Web’s Cam
The Raspberry Pi and the animated .gif – two of the Internet’s favorite things come together in Otto, a quirky still and video camera. Powered by the Raspberry Pi Compute, Otto has a variety of features,…
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DARwin-Mini Programmable Robot Kit: Survival of the Cutest

DARwin-Mini Programmable Robot Kit: Survival of the Cutest
The open source humanoid robot DARwin-OP is a tinkerer’s dream, but at $12,000 (USD) it’s going to remain just that for many. Fortunately Robotis released a more affordable version of the robot. The DARwin-Mini may be…
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Cider Makes iOS Apps Run on Android: Wine for the Little Ones

Cider Makes iOS Apps Run on Android: Wine for the Little Ones
Android users waiting for an iOS app to come to their device should start sending flowers and chocolates to Columbia University. A group of PhD students from the school’s Software Systems Laboratory have created Cider, a…
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DIY Working Wolverine Claws Snikt! on & off

DIY Working Wolverine Claws Snikt! on & off
We’ve seen a pair of electrified Wolverine claws, but part of what makes the actual weapons cool is that Wolvie can make them come out and retract at will. Inventor Colin Furze figured out a way…
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Google Glass Virtual Keyboard Concept Doesn’t Need You to Type “Okay Glass” First

Google Glass Virtual Keyboard Concept Doesn’t Need You to Type “Okay Glass” First
Google Glass’ voice recognition software is only as good as the user’s English accent. Even if it were perfect, there are still times when you can’t talk out loud. But how else are you going to…
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LEGO & Raspberry Pi OCR Hack Now Reads Books Aloud, Still Sounds Horrible

LEGO & Raspberry Pi OCR Hack Now Reads Books Aloud, Still Sounds Horrible
Last year we featured Dexter Industries’ Bookreader, a device mostly made of LEGO and a Raspberry Pi that can read text from a Nexus 7 tablet. It seems like the contraption was a hit, but people…
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Man Wears Oculus Rift on Roller Coaster: Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?

Man Wears Oculus Rift on Roller Coaster: Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?
You may have seen videos of people being floored by the virtual roller coaster demo for the Oculus Rift. Edmond O’Driscoll and Jonathan Forder recently took the experience to another level by recreating a roller coaster…
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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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