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Category: Hacks + Mods

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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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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