Cats love to play with laser pointers. This is the only reason I got my kids a cat. If you like to shine the red dot on things so your cat goes crazy, but you are too lazy to actually work the pointer, ThinkGeek has your fix.
Coat your room in nostalgia with Masaaki Enami’s doubly retro wallpaper, which he aptly calls Pixel Cartridge. The wallpaper comes in four panels, each about 67″ wide and 95″ tall, although you can also ask for custom sizes.
I bet half of these are palette-swapped Super Mario Bros.
Earlier this year we featured modder dekuNukem’s custom made Nintendo 3DS peripheral that hatches eggs and finds shiny Pokémon in Pokémon X/Y. His latest hack lets you play on the 3DS using a GameCube controller, a perfect setup for Super Smash Bros.
Using an Arduino Nano, dekuNukem made a detachable adapter that takes input from a GameCube controller and translates the input for the 3DS.
He hooks up an LCD display from an old phone when he wants to adjust the button mapping.
Here’s dekuNukem testing the adapter on his 3DS:
It may not look like much, but it’s got it where it counts.
Guardians of the Galaxy was an awesome movie – I really liked everything about the movie. Like most people, I was rather sad to see (Spoiler Alert) Groot get crushed near the end of the film, but the ending credit scene with baby Groot growing back in a pot proved he wasn’t dead.
Last year we featured LittleBits, an electronics kit for children and beginners that uses built-in magnets instead of solder to connect modules together. A new kit called SAM takes the user-friendliness to another level, because its modules connect to each other wirelessly.
SAM uses Bluetooth Low Energy and the Internet to let the modules and the SAM app communicate.
Humans aren’t a very trustworthy lot, and that’s exactly why we created the concept of insurance. Insurance textbooks usually credit a group of rather daft rice farmers with creating the first insurance policy. These guys would farm all year, and then take their crops to market via the river.
If you aren’t a car geek, you may not know what a hypercar is. Hypercars are a step above your typical exotic supercars, often with powerful hybrid drivetrains that push them into the 800+ horsepower range.
Is this the droid you are looking for? If it is wintry where you are, then yes, this is the one you want. Instructables contributor doddieszoomer made this metal R2-D2 wood burner from an old, empty gas bottle.
The Raspberry Pi has a camera module, but it will still take a lot of work before you can turn it into a user-friendly camera. Ben Heck and his colleague Felix showed us just how good they are at tinkering by making a compact point-and-shoot still camera out of a Raspberry Pi Model B, the Camera module and Adafruit’s PiTFT.
Ben and Felix started with this:
And ended with this:
While Felix set up the necessary software and settings, Ben spent a lot of time desoldering and yanking components out of the Raspberry Pi to make it slimmer, and perhaps even more time manually wiring the new parts like the camera module, microSD port and battery.
One of the coolest features of the Nintendo Wii U was the fact that the Gamepad allows for game designers to give information to one player without giving it to the others. The Oculus Rift can do this, but to a much greater extreme.