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Archive for May 2014

Stormtrooper Hobo Nickel: In Sith We Trust

Stormtrooper Hobo Nickel: In Sith We Trust
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.” It was a craft that could earn them extra money.

Motix Motion Sensor for Mouse and Touch Input: Minority Minority Report

Motix Motion Sensor for Mouse and Touch Input: Minority Minority Report
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.
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Archer Suit Flask Has a Lid That Won’t Slip off For Like No Reason

Archer Suit Flask Has a Lid That Won’t Slip off For Like No Reason
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.

Twitter is Testing a Mute Function

Twitter is Testing a Mute Function
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.

Knitted Food is Extremely High in Fiber

Knitted Food is Extremely High in Fiber
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.

DIY 3D Printed Shift Knob Wouldn’t Sell Well in Winterfell

DIY 3D Printed Shift Knob Wouldn’t Sell Well in Winterfell
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.

Pacific Rim Jaeger Arm Conference Table: Today, We Are Canceling the Board Meeting!

Pacific Rim Jaeger Arm Conference Table: Today, We Are Canceling the Board Meeting!
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.

Nomad CNC Mill Turns Desktops into Workshops

Nomad CNC Mill Turns Desktops into Workshops
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.

Official Titanfall Atlas Action Figure Is En Route

Official Titanfall Atlas Action Figure Is En Route
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″ tall, while a complementary pilot action figure stands at 6″ tall.

DIY 12-Foot Inflatable Death Star: Your Lack of an Air Compressor is Disturbing

DIY 12-Foot Inflatable Death Star: Your Lack of an Air Compressor is Disturbing
If you haven’t already heard from a million other people, today is Star Wars day. So I figured we couldn’t have May the Fourth arrive without at least one Star Wars post on the site. So here goes.

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 and Hack A Day posts, Jerome shares how he pulled off the complicated hacks.

PaperFold Foldable Smartphone Has Three Displays: Triptech

PaperFold Foldable Smartphone Has Three Displays: Triptech
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.

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 made the Pip-Boy 3000 replica to cradle his iPhone and to keep the cast cool.

Game Over: We Have Found the Ultimate R2-D2 Figure

Game Over: We Have Found the Ultimate R2-D2 Figure
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.

Guy Used Cell Phone Jammer for 2 Years During Commute

Guy Used Cell Phone Jammer for 2 Years During Commute
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.

Raspberry Pi Gets Apple II Case: Apple Pi

Raspberry Pi Gets Apple II Case: Apple Pi
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.
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