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Category: DIY + Hacks

DIY Flat Pack Legged Robot: ZeGoBeast Electric

DIY Flat Pack Legged Robot: ZeGoBeast Electric
ZeGoBeast’s eponymous mechanical creatures are based on Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests and are delivered as a flat pack kit. The company now aims to give its creations more life-like qualities by equipping them with electronics. The ZeGoBeast Electric are scorpion-like creatures that are powered by an Arduino microcontroller and come with an array of sensors.

UDOO X86 Intel PC with Arduino 101: Double Board Computer

UDOO X86 Intel PC with Arduino 101: Double Board Computer
UDOO makes some of the most popular Arduino-compatible development boards. Now the company is branching out with a dev board that can run desktop operating systems. But the UDOO X86 doesn’t just have Intel inside, it has an entire Arduino board inside it as well.

DIY Pocket Linux Computer: Nintendo LX

DIY Pocket Linux Computer: Nintendo LX
We’ve seen a Raspberry Pi used as the basis for a normal-sized laptop, but maker Node managed to cram a Pi 2, a keyboard and a 3.5″ touchscreen into a case that’s roughly the size of a Nintendo DS.

Rockit 88 CPU Delid Tool: Pop It ‘Cause It’s Hot

Rockit 88 CPU Delid Tool: Pop It ‘Cause It’s Hot
In the past couple of years, a number of PC enthusiasts have been removing the lid – aka the Integrated Heat Spreader – on their Intel CPUs to replace the stock thermal paste with third party ones that do a better job of siphoning heat off of the chip itself.

Power Mac G5 Polished Case Mod: Shiny Apple

Power Mac G5 Polished Case Mod: Shiny Apple
Michael Rick came up with a brilliant mod for the Power Mac G5 Quad’s handsome metal chassis. He spent between 150 to 250 hours sanding, polishing and waxing the exterior by hand to give it a mirror finish.

Working Glock NES Zapper Should Fire Bullet Bills

Working Glock NES Zapper Should Fire Bullet Bills
The original NES Zapper is one of the most iconic video game controllers of all time. At best, it was great fun, and at worst it was a source of frustration. The most damage you could do with one was maybe throw it across the room at your kid brother – until now.

DIY Pip-Boy 3000 with Practical Features: Vault Dweller the Explorer

DIY Pip-Boy 3000 with Practical Features: Vault Dweller the Explorer
We’ve seen a couple of fan-made wearable Pip-Boy replicas with useful functions. Will Sweatman wanted to make the most advanced Pip-Boy 3000 yet, and he believes he’s succeeded. In exchange for some sizable junk in its trunk, his replica is a Swiss army knife for explorers.

Raspberry Pi Game Boy Case Mod Has microSD Card Slot in Cartridge: Game Boy Zero

Raspberry Pi Game Boy Case Mod Has microSD Card Slot in Cartridge: Game Boy Zero
Another day, another Raspberry Pi retro emulator in a Game Boy case. But Redditor wermy426’s Game Boy Zero deserves its own post because it has a couple of neat features. The main one is that he loads software on the Pi by inserting a cartridge, just as you would load a game on a normal Game Boy.

Chromecast in a CRT TV: Cast from the Past

Chromecast in a CRT TV: Cast from the Past
Last month we checked out Dr. Moddnstine’s modern PC in a ’90s tower. It turns out that he found a 1978 General Electric CRT TV in the same heap as the tower, and he couldn’t let that go to waste either.

Raspberry Pi Zero Game Boy Case Mod: Maker Man Zero

Raspberry Pi Zero Game Boy Case Mod: Maker Man Zero
We’ve seen the Raspberry Pi 2 stuffed inside the case of the original Game Boy to make a retro handheld gaming sytem. Redditor bentika did the same but with the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero. The tiny board made the project cheaper, but no less complex.

WiCAM Coin-sized Wireless Camera: GoPetite

WiCAM Coin-sized Wireless Camera: GoPetite
Set and forget cameras like action cameras and dash cams expanded the applications of video cameras. But action cameras can be pricey, while dash cams are not versatile. If you’re looking for a cheap, user-friendly and open source alternative, check out Armstart’s WiCAM.

Ben Heck’s Lunch Box Dev Board Testing Kit Holds Pis and Bones

Ben Heck’s Lunch Box Dev Board Testing Kit Holds Pis and Bones
Master modder Ben Heck wanted to have a portable and compact dumb terminal to test single board computers, development boards and whatever else you may call them. It sounds like a simple contraption – it’s basically a keyboard and a screen with an HDMI input – but since Ben decided to reuse old devices and materials it ended up being a somewhat complicated project.

Hack Replicates 3D Printed Object Based on 3D Printer’s Sound: Solid Echo

Hack Replicates 3D Printed Object Based on 3D Printer’s Sound: Solid Echo
It’s a tired joke, but there’s a real risk that mass adoption of 3D printing and 3D modeling will equate digital piracy with physical theft. Now it turns out you don’t have to swipe a 3D file to copy a printed object. 

ThinkGeek Useless Light Switch: Home Automation, Decepticon Style

ThinkGeek Useless Light Switch: Home Automation, Decepticon Style
April Fools’ Day is ThinkGeek’s Christmas. The company once again prepared several fake products for our amusement, with the best one being the Useless Light Switch. It’s like the useless machine, only it doesn’t just turn itself off, it takes down the light bulb with it.

vMocion 3v Tricks Your Brain into Experiencing Motion: Shockulus Rift

vMocion 3v Tricks Your Brain into Experiencing Motion: Shockulus Rift
With the arrival of the Oculus Rift and other virtual reality headsets, we’re going to get more and more experiences that fool us visually and aurally. But motion remains unconquered. A company called vMocion claims it got its hands on the technology that will bring the rest of our body to virtual reality.

Watch a Vase Get Made from 256 Crayons

Watch a Vase Get Made from 256 Crayons
There’s something so cool and soothing about seeing a melted brick of crayons being made into a vase on a lathe. The swirling colors as it turns, combined with the colorful bits of wax flying everywhere is just so cool.