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Tesla Model S Activated via Amazon Echo: I Need Ya Buddy!

Tesla Model S Activated via Amazon Echo: I Need Ya Buddy!
There are various features of Tesla’s cars that can be activated using mobile apps. If you have a compatible garage door opener, you can even have a Tesla vehicle enter or exit your garage with just a few taps. 

Ben Heck’s Portable Atari 2600: Hand Soldered Handheld

Ben Heck’s Portable Atari 2600: Hand Soldered Handheld
Back in February, The Ben Heck Show had a special episode where Ben took out the Atari 2600’s CPU, RAM I/O and video driver and hand soldered them to a compact circuit board. Now he’s put together that miniaturized system to make a portable 2600.

BB-8 Xbox One Laptop: All-in-One Droid & Gaming System

BB-8 Xbox One Laptop: All-in-One Droid & Gaming System
Last year, console modder Ed Zarick showed off the aesthetic side of his customizing skills with an R2-D2-themed PS4 laptop. Now he’s back with another beautiful one-off, this time based on the new droid on the block.

DIY Chainsaw Blender: Drink Rising

DIY Chainsaw Blender: Drink Rising
Instructables employee Mike Warren aka Mikeasaurus celebrated Cinco de Mayo with this hilarious contraption. Mike went to great lengths to combine a chainsaw, a blender and a motorcycle throttle to create a drink mixing machine that would please Chuck Greene.

Photoshop Brush Size & Eraser USB Controller: BrushKnob

Photoshop Brush Size & Eraser USB Controller: BrushKnob
Graphics tablets usually have a couple of programmable buttons, but concept artist Wataru Kami wanted to have a more intuitive way of toggling between the Brush and Eraser tools in Photoshop as well as adjust the active tool’s tip.

Fan Made Bioshock Rapture Records Bin: Ryan’s Songbin

Fan Made Bioshock Rapture Records Bin: Ryan’s Songbin
Redditor UpgradeTech has a growing collection of video game vinyl records, and is a fan of Art Deco style. So they thought they’d store their collection in an appropriate container: the bin from Bioshock‘s Rapture Records.

World’s Largest LEGO Millennium Falcon Built in Legoland Malaysia: The Force Assembles

World’s Largest LEGO Millennium Falcon Built in Legoland Malaysia: The Force Assembles
As part of its Star Wars Day celebration this week, Legoland Malaysia asked kids and other visitors to help LEGO Master Builders Chris and Dan Steininger put together the world’s largest LEGO Millennium Falcon. It took a total of around 30 hours and 200,000 LEGO pieces to build the 16’x 12′, 1100lb.

FormBox Desktop Vacuum Former: Suck Mold, Then Make Molds

FormBox Desktop Vacuum Former: Suck Mold, Then Make Molds
You can find guides online for building small vacuum formers, and you can also get cheap ones that need both an oven and a vacuum cleaner to work. But if you’re willing to pay a bit more for convenience, Mayku’s FormBox may fit your needs.

Star Wars Episode VII Day of the Dead Prints: The Force Unawakens

Star Wars Episode VII Day of the Dead Prints: The Force Unawakens
Back in 2011 we checked out artist John Karpinsky’s Star Wars character portraits that had awesome Day of the Dead-themed twists. He recently reached out to us to share the latest additions to his series, featuring some of the heroes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

LEGO Doctor Who Chess Set: Bricky Brocky Checky Matey

LEGO Doctor Who Chess Set: Bricky Brocky Checky Matey
We’ve seen a couple of handmade chess sets based on Doctor Who. Here’s another one made by Adam Dodge, a Miniland-scale LEGO set that features characters from different seasons. The black pieces are based on the Doctor’s enemies, including Davros and Missy as the king and queen respectively, and Cybermen and Cyberwomen as scary pawns.

Puma BeatBot Robotic Pacer: Harder, Better, Faster, Bolter

Puma BeatBot Robotic Pacer: Harder, Better, Faster, Bolter
In competitive running, pacers are hired runners who run at a pre-determined speed – and therefore time – so that the contestants can gauge their own pace or be motivated to run faster. To push its sponsored runners during training, Puma made Beatbot, a robotic pacer.

AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi: Emulate Developers

AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi: Emulate Developers
The Game Creators’ AppGameKit is an affordable cross-platform development software that lets you make games and other programs for both desktop computers and mobile devices. Now the company is lowering the barrier to software development even further with the free AppGameKit for Raspberry Pi.

Arduino Uno with Integrated Solderless Breadboard: BreadBro

Arduino Uno with Integrated Solderless Breadboard: BreadBro
If you’re a newbie looking to get into electronics or a maker looking for a portable prototyping solution, Piote’s BreadBro might be right up your alley. It’s a solderless breadboard with one less power bus, allowing it to fit between the Arduino Uno R3’s pins.

Scientifically Accurate Dinosaur Action Figures: Beasts of the Mesozoic

Scientifically Accurate Dinosaur Action Figures: Beasts of the Mesozoic
Even though geeky hobbies are increasingly going digital or electronic, the action figure and scale model market has remained strong. You know what’s even more enduring? Our love for dinosaurs. But veteran toy designer and sculptor David Silva has yet to find a winning combination of the two, so he wants to fill the void himself.

LEGO Black Ops 3 KRM-262 Shotgun: Pumped Up Bricks

LEGO Black Ops 3 KRM-262 Shotgun: Pumped Up Bricks
LEGO weaponsmith MyDifferentUserName made a life-size replica of the KRM-262, the powerful futuristic shotgun from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. It’s moving parts will one-hit kill you with their awesomeness. The replica has a folding stock, a pumpable hand grip and plates that move outward to make way for the barrel, which has room for a (LEGO) shell.

Affordable Handsfree Bluetooth Mouse for the Disabled: GlassOuse

Affordable Handsfree Bluetooth Mouse for the Disabled: GlassOuse
Last year, we checked out a cheap and open source sip-and-puff mouse for the disabled. CEBA’s GlassOuse seems to be another affordable alternative. It uses Bluetooth to connect to both desktop computers and mobile devices. It looks like a pair of eyeglasses but without the lenses.

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