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Engineer Builds Hands-Free Oreo and Milk Dispensers

Engineer Builds Hands-Free Oreo and Milk Dispensers
Are you hungry for some milk and cookies? You could trudge all the way to the kitchen cabinet and grab some Oreos, then open the fridge to grab a bottle of milk, but that would be way too much work.

Flat-pack Star Trek Starship Kits Let You DIY Starfleet

Flat-pack Star Trek Starship Kits Let You DIY Starfleet
If you’re a Star Trek fan, here’s something a little different for your collection. These kits from OzpinsFactory let you assemble your own starships from sheets of laser-cut birch plywood. These models are really nifty, and come in a variety of designs based on ships from the Trek universe.
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Robotic LEGO Car-Building Factory Puts Minifigs out of Work

Robotic LEGO Car-Building Factory Puts Minifigs out of Work
Imagine a LEGO car factory where, like the real world, the workers have been replaced by robots. Did this make LEGO cars cheaper for the people of LEGOLand? Probably so. The factory is faster than ever with no minifigs working the line, making mistakes and getting the occasional limb chopped off.

Turn an IKEA Lamp into an Exploding Death Star

Turn an IKEA Lamp into an Exploding Death Star
I don’t know how many times I’ve thought to myself, “This room could really use an exploding Death Star lamp.” Well, now I can make one thanks to Instructables contributor MariaK64. She built this exploding Death Star lamp, modded from an IKEA pendant lamp. You can follow a tutorial she made here or here to make one of your own.

Modder Made Working GameCube Joy-Cons for His Nintendo Switch

Modder Made Working GameCube Joy-Cons for His Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is a fantastic little gaming system, with a great library of exclusive games, and the ability to switch between a portable and home console in one. The standard Joy-Con gaming controllers that come with it are pretty good already – if a little small for those of us with bigger hands.

Jawa Sandcrawler Custom Gaming PC: Utini!

Jawa Sandcrawler Custom Gaming PC: Utini!
As are many of you, I’m a huge fan of The Mandalorian. The Disney+ series is packed with great characters, tons of action and surprises, while still paying respects to the classic tropes of the Star Wars universe.

Making an LED Clock from Ping Pong Balls

Making an LED Clock from Ping Pong Balls
Hey kids, what time is it? Better check the ping pong balls to find out! When turned off, this unique clock looks like a bunch of ping pong balls in a picture frame, but when activated, it turns into a bright and colorful digital clock. Instructables contributor thomasj152 put this cool looking timepiece together by assembling a grid of 128 individual ping pong balls, with each of them backlit with an RGB LED from a strip light.

Thomas the Tank Engine Meets HAL 9000: TMS 9000

Thomas the Tank Engine Meets HAL 9000: TMS 9000
If you’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, you know how intimidating that the HAL 9000 computer can be. As he loses his digital mind, the stubborn computer takes over the ship and becomes a murderer. Peering out from its singular red eyeball, HAL will kill you with his blank stare and monotone voice.

DIY Zip Tie Lamp: Modern Art on the Cheap

DIY Zip Tie Lamp: Modern Art on the Cheap
If you set your mind to it, you can make a lamp out of just about any material you can think of. While I was perusing the pages of Instructables, I came across this unique and eye-catching modern ceiling lamp, made almost entirely out of zip ties. Instructables Community Manager Audrey Obscura created this wild hanging lamp from roughly 1200 red 8″ zip ties.

Colin Furze Made a Jet-Powered Star Wars Landspeeder

Colin Furze Made a Jet-Powered Star Wars Landspeeder
Inventor and madman Colin Furze has built some pretty wild stuff over the years. Among my favorites are his Star Wars-inspired projects, which so far have included a giant AT-ACT playhouse and a full-size TIE Silencer ships.

Making Music with Microsoft Excel

Making Music with Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Excel has long been one of the most popular pieces of business software, and is used by pretty much every company on the planet to create spreadsheets, databases, charts, tables, and financial models. It also can be used to play video games.

The Baby Head Theremin Is the Stuff of Nightmares

The Baby Head Theremin Is the Stuff of Nightmares
Are you sleeping too well? Well, let’s change that right now. The only thing creepier than the decapitated bald head of a doll is one with light-up red eyeballs, and that makes all kinds of haunting sounds when you get near it. What you’re looking at – and about to listen to – is a custom built photo-theremin that emits those weird and wild sci-fi noises when you place your hand above its head. The Worst Things for Sale points out that you can actually buy one of these things over on Amazon if you really want to.

This R/C Turkey Has Four-wheel Drive

This R/C Turkey Has Four-wheel Drive
It’s Thanksgiving day, and there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday than with some delicious, stuffed turkey. And while you might yours stuffed with cornbread and celery, I like mine stuffed with lithium-ion batteries, motors, and wires.

The Barcode Guitar Is Cooler than a Keytar

The Barcode Guitar Is Cooler than a Keytar
Unless you’re talking about a Keytar, most guitars are played using strings and frets. But this unique electronic instrument has neither of those. Instead, it’s played using a barcode scanner. Maker James Bruton built this unusual electronic guitar that’s covered with barcodes on its four necks.

This LED Wall Clock Is Accurate to 1/100th of a Second

This LED Wall Clock Is Accurate to 1/100th of a Second
While there are plenty of clocks and watches out there which don’t even have a second hand, I prefer to know the time with at least one second of precision. But that certainly wasn’t good enough for one engineer, who decided he needed decidedly more confidence that he knew the EXACT time. What you’re looking at here is what Mixtela claims is the “most precise and accurate wall clock you can get.”

This 65-Inch TV Is a Giant Nintendo Switch

This 65-Inch TV Is a Giant Nintendo Switch
Look at this crazy thing. Some super Nintendo fan has gone and turned this 65 inch TV into a giant Nintendo Switch. He goes by the name Suprman9. This Nintendo fanatic has created what he calls “Nerdvana”.
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