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Category: Hacks + Mods

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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3D Printed Raspberry Pi NES Case: NinTastic

3D Printed Raspberry Pi NES Case: NinTastic
Out of all computers, the Raspberry Pi is most ripe for case mods because it’s tiny and doesn’t come with a case in the first place. We’ve seen a functional and a decorative case for the…
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Rabbit Proto Lets 3D Printers Add Circuits While Printing Objects: Coming in Hot

Rabbit Proto Lets 3D Printers Add Circuits While Printing Objects: Coming in Hot
We’ve seen an add-on that turns ink printers into circuit board printers, and even a 3D printer that specializes in printing circuits. A new company called Rabbit Proto takes prototyping to the next level with its…
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UBR-1 Hackable Robot: Brainwashable Buddy

UBR-1 Hackable Robot: Brainwashable Buddy
Move over Omnibot 2000. Unboundable Robotics is selling a “mobile manipulation platform” called UBR-1. Robotics enthusiasts can turn it into an exercise buddy, go for a stroll with it and most of all use it as…
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Dot View Case Hack for HTC One M8: Awesomesauce!

Dot View Case Hack for HTC One M8: Awesomesauce!
I’m all for retro gadgets, so I just love the Dot View Cover for the HTC One M8. It’s got a bunch of rows and columns of tiny dots through which notifications can be seen, in…
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Oculus Rift Hoverboard Simulator: HoVRboard

Oculus Rift Hoverboard Simulator: HoVRboard
We have less than a year to go before Back to the Future II’s hoverboard prediction is debunked. But thanks to virtual reality, we might be able to simulate the feeling of riding a hoverboard. Game…
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DIY Plush USB Game Controller: Hug and Play

DIY Plush USB Game Controller: Hug and Play
We’ve seen all kinds of game controller plushies, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen one that can actually be used to play video games. Adafruit’s Becky Stern built the soft controller using…
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Printoo Modular, Thin & Flexible Electronics: Diet PCB

Printoo Modular, Thin & Flexible Electronics: Diet PCB
Microcontrollers and other electronics components have been getting smaller and cheaper. A company called Ynvisible proves that these parts can be made much thinner as well. The company recently launched a Kickstarter fundraiser for Printoo, a…
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Ghostman Augmented Reality System Lets You Learn from a Teacher’s Perspective

Ghostman Augmented Reality System Lets You Learn from a Teacher’s Perspective
Watching a master at work is a great way to acquire motor skills. But it’s not that easy to keep an eye on someone else while looking at your own movements to see if you’re doing…
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DIY Spider-Man Wrist Shooters Ditch Webs for Harpoons & Lasers

DIY Spider-Man Wrist Shooters Ditch Webs for Harpoons & Lasers
Perhaps inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man 2, prop weapon maker Patrick Priebe made a couple of wrist-mounted weapons that are triggered just like Spidey’s web-shooters. One of the weapons shoots a tiny harpoon. It also has…
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Pringles Can Pipe Organ: Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop

Pringles Can Pipe Organ: Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop
The tower of Pringles cans you’re looking at here isn’t the remnants of a week-long gaming marathon (though it could be). Instead, it’s a fully-functional musical instrument – assuming that you like slightly off-key, strange sounding…
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Already Hacked!

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Already Hacked!
It might have taken some extra time, but Samsung quickly adopted biometric security on their new S5 flagship Android phone. However, it didn’t take hackers long to figure out a way to defeat it.…
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