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LEGO Mindstorms TrotBot Walks Like an 8-Legged Horse

LEGO Mindstorms TrotBot Walks Like an 8-Legged Horse
This TrotBot was created by Ben Vagle. It is an 8-legged robot built out of LEGO Mindstorms and despite its looks, it uses a walking mechanism inspired by the gait of a galloping horse. You can see it in action in the videos below.

Bart Simpson’s Megaphone Prank Recreated IRL

Bart Simpson’s Megaphone Prank Recreated IRL
Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Bart finds all of those megaphones and breaks all of the windows in Springfield? Well, Kevin Kohler, better known as The Backyard Scientist has recreated the prank. Will it explode all of Homer’s beers in the fridge?
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This Pizza Box Robot Shoots a Laser in Your Eye

This Pizza Box Robot Shoots a Laser in Your Eye
“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!” That’s what someone should have told this kid. Northern Arizona University student and programmer Michael Reeves has built a sophisticated pizza box robot – one that uses a camera and facial recognition software to shoot a laser straight beam into your eye.

Students Build Chainsaw Powered Tricycle

Students Build Chainsaw Powered Tricycle
What do you do when you are a college student who wants to zip around campus, but don’t have speedy scooter? You do what these two Georgia Tech students in Atlanta did. They used their engineering skills to create the “chainsaw trike.” These guys built this hilarious and awesome ride by combining an old chainsaw motor with a tiny tricycle.

Check out These Remote-Controlled Star Wars Mouse Droids

Check out These Remote-Controlled Star Wars Mouse Droids
While attending WonderCon 2017 in Anaheim, Norman Chan of Tested talked with Mike Senna and Michael McMaster about their custom built Mouse Droids. In case you don’t remember, Mouse Droids are known for roaming the halls of the Death Star and other Imperial buildings, and are pretty adorable as far as speedy little droids go. These custom built replicas have a mix of handmade and 3D-printed parts, along with motors that make the droids all zippy, and some other parts from remote-controlled vehicles.

This Guy Serves and Slices Fruit with a Custom Air Cannon

This Guy Serves and Slices Fruit with a Custom Air Cannon
Wanna serve some sliced fruit to your neighbors from your own yard? That’s what Ben Cusick aka NighthawkInLight did with this awesome air cannon. He built a custom end for the weapon which has slicing blades, so you can shoot fruit all day long and serve it up sliced to perfection.

Guy Builds Millennium Falcon Movie Theater for His Kids

Guy Builds Millennium Falcon Movie Theater for His Kids
Check out this nerdy and cool project made Donovan aka “The Beardless Man.” He wanted to make a cool theater so he could enjoy watching movies with his kids. Can you think of a better place to watch Star Wars movie than inside the Millennium Falcon itself? He built an awesome wooden structure that looks like part of the Falcon, and mounted a tablet inside of it so he and his kids can watch movies while lying on their backs.

mintyPi: Handheld Gaming Inside Altoid Tins

mintyPi: Handheld Gaming Inside Altoid Tins
Portable DIY gaming units have been popular for a long time, and with the launch of the tiny, wireless-capable Raspberry Pi Zero W, it seems like a great time to get back to making these small handhelds.

Giant Robot Battle Going Down this August!

Giant Robot Battle Going Down this August!
Remember last summer when some robot builders from America challenged robot builders from Japan? Well the Japanese accepted that challenge, and the robot battle is now scheduled for sometime this August. I’ll be watching this robot beat down for sure, as the two giant mechs go head to head for a battle to the death. I have to say the Japanese robot looks more stable than the US bot.

Make a Minigun from Coca-Cola Cans and Syringes

Make a Minigun from Coca-Cola Cans and Syringes
If you have some Coca-Cola cans, some lighters, and a few spare syringes just lying around, you can use them to make your own minigun. The question is, should you? Yes. Yes you should. Unless you hurt yourself, in which case, I do not endorse this idea at all. The Q Channel shows you how to make a rad minigun with a really cool design.

Deadpool Toy Blows Bubbles out of His Butt

Deadpool Toy Blows Bubbles out of His Butt
Deadpool is a snarky bastard and doesn’t mind talking about squeezing his ass into a red costume. I could definitely see Deadpool trying to blow bubbles using farts. Instructables contributor Britt Michelsen posted a step-by-step guide for turning one of those rude BUB-L Breezer toys into a Deadpool toy of farting, bubbly glory. The base toy looks nothing like Deadpool so you have to use modeling clay, paint, primer spray, and elbow grease to make it work.

Plane with KFC Bucket Wings Actually Flies

Plane with KFC Bucket Wings Actually Flies
Wings? Who needs wings on a plane when you can have two greasy chicken buckets? YouTuber and supergeek Peter Sripol wanted to see if a plane could fly with KFC buckets for wings, so he set out to prove it.

Kniterate Personal Knitting Machine Will Put Grandma out of Business

Kniterate Personal Knitting Machine Will Put Grandma out of Business
My Mamaw (that’s grandmother for you yankees out there) used to knit all the time. She was big on making blankets with yarn that had enough open space to be terrible at keeping you warm, and were itchy enough to drive you mad.

Make Your Own Cardboard Coin Sorting Machine

Make Your Own Cardboard Coin Sorting Machine
These days you can pay for things in all kinds of electronic ways, but if you still find yourself with a bunch of coins, here is a fun way to sort them. The Q channel shows us how to make a coin sorting machine using just cardboard, a knife, a metal ruler, and some glue.

Duck Tape Turns up at WonderCon with Cosplay Repair Booth

Duck Tape Turns up at WonderCon with Cosplay Repair Booth
We like cosplay around here, despite the fact that I am not much for dressing up (I even shun pants). People who like to go to conferences like ComicCon or WonderCon are a bit more enthusiastic about getting dressed up than I am. 

Daedalus Is a Real-Life Iron Man Flying Suit

Daedalus Is a Real-Life Iron Man Flying Suit
It looks like we have a real life Tony Stark on our hands. Inventor Richard Browning and his team at start-up, Gravity Industries, have created the Daedalus. It is basically a special suit that turns its wearer into a flying hero. Its’ pretty fun to watch in action. 
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