Nickel carving goes way back. It has been an American tradition ever the Great Depression, when some homeless people carved designs into nickels, selling them for more than five cents. That is why they are called “hobo nickels.”
Last week we saw Microsoft Research’s gesture-sensing keyboard prototype that removes the need for a mouse or touchpad. A new keyboard peripheral called Motix achieves the same effect as Microsoft’s keyboard. Its basic function lets you move your finger above the keyboard to control the mouse or simulate a touch input.
Remember that episode of Archer where he has the world’s deadliest toxin in a pen? The big catch there was that the cap might slip off the pen “for like no reason.” If you are a high functioning alcoholic like Sterling Archer, you might need a flask to take your damnation with you everywhere.
You only have to spend about four seconds on a social network to realize that many of the people you know there are very annoying. You know the sort who post useless tweets constantly or invite you to play a game on Facebook because they authorized the app to post on their behalf.
While I prefer to eat actual food, I have to say these hand-knit lambswool foodstuffs look pretty awesome too. They’re made by artist Jessica Dance, and definitely are definitely making me hungry just looking at them.
Last year we saw a 3D printed shift knob case for a functional hack. This mod by Instructables member haqnmaq has a similar but more frivolous purpose. Using a Kinect and a couple of free 3D scanning and modeling software, haqnmaq was able to turn a scale model of his head into a shift knob.
Ride to Instructables to find out how you can mod your shift knob.
Like many of us, the folks at the new game development studio Robotoki love Pacific Rim. Unlike many of us, they had the funds to go big with their geekiness. Robotoki worked with Tom Spina Designs to make a conference table with a 12ft.
A company called Carbide3D claims it has developed a CNC mill that’s as compact and user-friendly as the latest consumer-grade 3D printers. The company’s Nomad 883 will be sold fully assembled and connects to computers via USB.
The fan-made Atlas action figure is one of my favorite catches, but there’s nothing like an officially licensed and faithful replica of Titanfall‘s poster boy. The toy will be released by Threezero this year. It stands 20.5″
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 and Hack A Day posts, Jerome shares how he pulled off the complicated hacks.
The molded fiberglass suit’s moving parts are its helmet, forearm missile, hip pods and back flaps.
Two–screen phones? Pfff. Queen’s University professor Roel Vertegaal and student Antonio Gomes recently shared their prototype for a smartphone with three screens. They call it PaperFold, and its functionality changes with its form. For instance, the PaperFold can become a phaptop.
PaperFold has three E-ink displays that can be used in a variety of ways.
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 made the Pip-Boy 3000 replica to cradle his iPhone and to keep the cast cool.
Kosh23’s iPhone 4S is held right where the Pip-Boy 3000’s monitor should be.
R2-D2 remains one of the best characters from the Star Wars universe and we all love an R2 action figure in any form. However, R2 figures generally have disappointed. They never capture everything that the droid can do, or include all accessories.
A Florida man was recently arrested after the FCC discovered that he was using a cell phone jammer on his morning and evening commutes to prevent other motorists from using their phones while driving. Now this guy faces up to $48,000 in fines.
If you haven’t already spent your money on that Raspberry Pi computer case that looks like a NES, your decision just got that much harder. You see, you can now make your Raspberry Pi look just like a tiny Apple II computer.