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Category: Hacks + Mods

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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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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