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Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04 VR Kit Launch Date and Price Announced

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04 VR Kit Launch Date and Price Announced
Decades after the much derided, yet highly-collectible Virtual Boy, Nintendo is getting back into the VR market. I bet you never thought you would have virtual reality for your Nintendo Switch, but you can starting this April.

This Tiny Robot Wants to Play Chess with You

This Tiny Robot Wants to Play Chess with You
Do you like to play chess, but don’t have anyone around to play against you? Then you need a chess robot! That’s exactly what one DIYer made, and it’s pretty awesome. Not only can the Chess Bot play chess against you, but it’s super cute because of its diminutive size. Russian builder of things DIYprojects created ChessBot using an Arduino Leonardo controller, four TowerPro SG90 mini servo motors, wood, and other bits and pieces.
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Guy Uses RC Toys To Excavate and Expand Basement

Guy Uses RC Toys To Excavate and Expand Basement
Why hire expensive contractors to expand your basement, when you can use RC construction vehicles to do the job? I mean, that’s what I always say. YouTuber LilGiantsConstrCo otherwise known as Joe is an RC hobbyist.

Alien Facehugger CPAP Mask: In Bed, No One Can Hear You Scream

Alien Facehugger CPAP Mask: In Bed, No One Can Hear You Scream
If you suffer from sleep apnea, you know it’s no laughing matter, and can be a major health risk. Fortunately, CPAP machines can help keep your airway open while sleeping, and dramatically improve your quality of life.

Russian Dad Builds Daughter Leaf Blower Powered Sled

Russian Dad Builds Daughter Leaf Blower Powered Sled
A guy recently built his daughter a sweet winter sled, powered by two leaf blowers. It was made by a very cool dad from Belgorod, Russia, and he is clearly winning at the parenting game. The video below is only about 18 seconds long, but that’s long enough to show off this crazy creation as it propels the kid through the snow chasing an adult. 

Guy Builds Flamethrower to Remove Snow: Overkill Much?

Guy Builds Flamethrower to Remove Snow: Overkill Much?
Shoveling snow is really bad for your back. It’s also the cause of heart attacks for many people every year. Screw that. You wanna remove snow? You need fire. A guy from Grassy, Missouri recently built himself a flamethrower for quick snow removal.

DOOMBA Creates Doom Maps Using Your Roomba

DOOMBA Creates Doom Maps Using Your Roomba
Are you a DOOM fan? Of course, you are. Do you own a Roomba? Of course, you do. Now you can combine two of your favorite things into one new cool thing. DOOMBA is a script written by programmer and designer Rich Whitehouse for his 3D model and animation conversion program Noesis that allows you to create playable Doom maps from the data collected by your Roomba.

UFO-shaped Chicken Coop Ready for Lift-off

UFO-shaped Chicken Coop Ready for Lift-off
I live in the city in Chicago, so I never figured I’d see a live chicken wandering around my neighborhood. But it’s something I’ve actually seen on occasion. I’m assuming some hipster is doing urban farming somewhere around here, and a chicken got out of their coop.

This Atari 2600 Handheld Brings The Woodgrain

This Atari 2600 Handheld Brings The Woodgrain
Woodgrain. There was a time when all of our coolest gadgets (and station wagons) were covered in this fake veneer. I for one, think it looks awesome and wish everything from our phones to our computers was still covered in the stuff.

Custom Cartridge Turns Game Boy Into a Wireless Controller

Custom Cartridge Turns Game Boy Into a Wireless Controller
These days, we play a lot of retro games on modern consoles, so naturally classic controllers have become popular. You can buy these remade controllers from several third-party manufacturers to provide a more authentic retro gaming experience.

This Handmade Jukebox Uses a Card Scanner to Select Tracks

This Handmade Jukebox Uses a Card Scanner to Select Tracks
Designer Chris Patty may have won Christmas. This year, his family decided all the gifts they gave each other had to be handmade. He decided to make his dad a fancy jukebox with some classic tunes inside. This isn’t a jukebox like you’d see in a ’50s diner mind you, it’s more like a wooden cigar box with a computer inside.

This Helmet Makes Your Eyes Glow Like Thor’s

This Helmet Makes Your Eyes Glow Like Thor’s
Youtuber KyleofAsgard recently built himself a replica of Thor’s helmet. So what makes this one so special? This unique design makes your eyes glow and look like the CGI effect from the movies. Only I’m sure it costs a lot less than paying a team of VFX artists. The helmet works its magic with a built-in ultraviolet light source, along with UV-reactive contact lenses.

Package Thieves Get Glitter Bomb Surprise

Package Thieves Get Glitter Bomb Surprise
Package theft a problem many of us have experienced with the increase of home deliveries we get these days. Engineer Mark Rober is no stranger to this. A shipment had been delivered, but when checking his porch there was nothing.

How to Build a Working Microphone from Paper: Cardboard Cardioid

How to Build a Working Microphone from Paper: Cardboard Cardioid
Want a neat, but functional item to add to your desk? Check out this cool design for an old school microphone that’s made from cardboard, but actually works. YouTuber SKM builds lots of fun stuff from cardboard, and this is definitely one of his coolest designs.

Gavin Belson Signature Edition Box 3 Gets Real

Gavin Belson Signature Edition Box 3 Gets Real
The HBO series Silicon Valley is one of my favorite comedies on TV. It’s a hilarious take on the software and hardware industries, and the crazy stuff that happens in pursuit of funding and customers. Among the show’s colorful characters is Gavin Belson, the egotistical CEO of Hooli – a corporate buffoon who epitomizes the Peter Principle.

These Guys Built a 13-Foot-Tall Walking Robot in Their Garage

These Guys Built a 13-Foot-Tall Walking Robot in Their Garage
It might not be the flying mech that games like MechWarrior and Titanfall have tempted us with over the years, but a team of engineers in Japan have gotten pretty far with the construction of a massive robot that’s still quite intimidating. Roboticist Hajime and his team have been been working since 2010 to construct this 13-foot-tall, 5 ton robot which balances on two legs, and is controlled by a human sitting inside its belly.
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