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Category: DIY + Hacks

ReFlex Flexible Smartphone: Bend Test This

ReFlex Flexible Smartphone: Bend Test This
For years now, display manufacturers like LG and Samsung have been teasing flexible displays by creating mobile devices that can be folded to be more portable. But researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab show us that flexible displays can also lead to novel yet intuitive ways of interacting with devices.

Ben Heck’s Giant Game Boy Runs On An Actual Game Boy: Nestendo

Ben Heck’s Giant Game Boy Runs On An Actual Game Boy: Nestendo
We’ve seen a couple of huge Game Boy replicas, but they were actually running off of a Raspberry Pi. With the help of Parker Dillman aka The Longhorn Engineer, The Ben Heck Show was able to connect a Game Boy to a VGA monitor to create a nearly 7:1 scale replica.

Disney FaceDirector Combines Two Takes Into One: Scene, Take 1, Version 1.1

Disney FaceDirector Combines Two Takes Into One: Scene, Take 1, Version 1.1
Last October we checked out a fascinating animation technique that transfers facial movements from one person to another in real-time. Disney Research’s FaceDirector on the other hand blends two different takes of an actor’s face into one customizable performance.

Singing Skull Piggy Bank: The Skull of the Bard

Singing Skull Piggy Bank: The Skull of the Bard
Redditor qvm has a new motivation to save coins, and perhaps even earn some. They made a piggy bank with a fake skull on it that sings a song when you insert a coin. A servo attached to the inside of the skull moves its jaw as the song plays. 

Colin Furze’s Remote-Controlled Wheelie Bin: Haul Trash

Colin Furze’s Remote-Controlled Wheelie Bin: Haul Trash
We’ve seen a small remote-controlled trash can, now let’s check out how you can make a large one. YouTube’s star inventor Colin Furze used an electric wheelchair’s components to motorize and remotely control a wheeled trash can, or as the Brits call it, a wheelie bin.

Third Robot Arm for Drummers: Drum Schtick

Third Robot Arm for Drummers: Drum Schtick
We’ve seen a four-armed robot drummer that’s good enough for a casual gig, but only because the drum patterns are programmed into it. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology came up with a compromise by augmenting a human drummer with a third robot arm.

Automated Voice Recognition Typewriter: Secretary Cortana

Automated Voice Recognition Typewriter: Secretary Cortana
Operating systems have built-in voice dictation, but YouTuber Zip Zaps wanted an old school output device. So she made an awesome-looking set of fingers that manually operates a typewriter. Zip Zaps didn’t actually modify the typewriter itself. 

Digital Weasley Clock: Muggle Magic

Digital Weasley Clock: Muggle Magic
Back in 2009, we checked out a real-world version of the Weasley’s locating clock. Redditor tbornottb3 recently made his take on the time– er spacepiece, but instead of mechanical hands he used an LED strip. The clock is powered by the Particle Photon, which gets data from the smartphones of tbornottb3 and his relatives via the powerful app If This Then That.

This Custom Nintendo 64 Will Give You Wood

This Custom Nintendo 64 Will Give You Wood
When is wood not really wood? When it’s the case of this sexy customized Nintendo 64. The shiny console looks like it’s made out of polished mahogany or some other dark hardwood, though it’s actually only been painted.

Duck Hunt Zapped to Virtual Reality: Where’s Your Screen Cheat Now?

Duck Hunt Zapped to Virtual Reality: Where’s Your Screen Cheat Now?
The damned Duck Hunt dog is hounding us into the 21st century, thanks to Computer Science student Joseph Delgado. Joseph spent an entire day making a virtual reality version of the classic NES shooter. Joseph made the game for the recently concluded Global Game Jam 2016.

Ed Zarick’s Life-size BB-8 Has Everything but the Lighter

Ed Zarick’s Life-size BB-8 Has Everything but the Lighter
We’ve seen a BB-8 made by a young maker on a budget. Now let’s check out a more sophisticated replica. This one was made by Ed Zarick, who we love for his awesome console laptop mods.

Linespace Display System for the Blind: A Different Touchscreen

Linespace Display System for the Blind: A Different Touchscreen
Researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut have come up with a way for visually impaired people to interact with images, similarly to how we use touchscreen devices. Their Linespace computer display uses 3D printing components to draw raised lines and shapes.

Colin Furze Adds a Pulse Jet to His Motorized Drift Trike

Colin Furze Adds a Pulse Jet to His Motorized Drift Trike
Back in December, inventor Colin Furze built a motorized drift trike that was able to go about 50 MPH. So how do you follow up a cool build like that? You add a pulse jet of course.

Jolly Roger Telephone Co. Anti-telemarketer Robot: Fight Spam with Spam

Jolly Roger Telephone Co. Anti-telemarketer Robot: Fight Spam with Spam
We’re all fed up with telemarketers and robocallers. For Roger Anderson, the last straw was when his young son was harassed by a telemarketer. This motivated him to create the Jolly Roger Telephone Company, software that wastes the caller’s time by responding to them with recorded dialogue.

Remote-controlled Mini Strandbeest: Thighmiya

Remote-controlled Mini Strandbeest: Thighmiya
Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculptures are meant to be powered by wind – and occasionally a hamster – but YouTuber Maxime G found a way to tame a Mini Strandbeest. Maxime G used a couple of Arduino Nanos, a 3V motor and a Nordic RF transmitter to make the mechanical creature move on command.

Halo 5 Podracing: The Phantom Guardians

Halo 5 Podracing: The Phantom Guardians
Ever wanted to do some podracing in Halo? That’s a weird combination, but hey, we are here to fulfill your wishes. Modder CaptainDireWolf was able to make a cool Forge Map in Halo 5 based on Star Wars Episode I’s famous podracing scene.