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Super Mario 64 Gets Online Multiplayer Mod, Chaos Ensues

Super Mario 64 Gets Online Multiplayer Mod, Chaos Ensues
Super Mario 64 is still considered one of the greatest video games of all time. Its combination of great 3D platforming and innovative control and camera scheme was pretty groundbreaking when it first came out back in 1996.

The Floppotron Plays “Eye of the Tiger”

The Floppotron Plays “Eye of the Tiger”
Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger will always be associated with Rocky III. After all, it was the theme song for 1982 boxing flick, in which Sly throws down with Mr. T. Given its era, it only make sense that the track would sound pretty darned good played on old computer equipment. Paweł Zadrożniak’s computerized band is known as The Floppotron, and it’s known for playing many hits, using its array of old floppy drives, hard drives, scanners, and other bits of vintage electronic gear.
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DIY Acoustic Levitator Lets You Float Objects in Mid-air

DIY Acoustic Levitator Lets You Float Objects in Mid-air
While most levitation is achieved with magnets, it’s also possible to suspend small objects in air using sound waves. Thanks to engineer Asier Marzo, you can even create your own acoustic levitator, which can float lightweight objects like water droplets, styrofoam beads, and even insects. The system uses a 3D printed rig that holds two opposing grids filled with 36 tiny ultrasonic transducers each.

Playable Operation Cake: Surgical Sweets

Playable Operation Cake: Surgical Sweets
Operation was one of my favorite board games growing up – because it really wasn’t a board game at all, but an opportunity to play around with electricity and pretend to be a surgeon. So what could be better than combining this fun game than an edible version made from cake? That’s exactly what Ann Reardon from How to Cook That did, creating a this tasty Operation cake that really works.

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.

Punch-activated Flamethrowers are the Best Kind of Flamethrowers

Punch-activated Flamethrowers are the Best Kind of Flamethrowers
Who doesn’t like flamethrowers? Everybody but space bugs and fire extinguishers, that’s who. Now, Allen Pan of Sufficiently Advanced just went and made the best flamethrowers ever. You see, these wrist-mounted fire shooters activate their wearer throws a punch.

Cycflix Makes You Sweat to Watch Netflix

Cycflix Makes You Sweat to Watch Netflix
Binge watching your favorite shows is making you soft and doughy, but that’s okay – the Cycflix is here to help. Basically, the Cycflix is an exercise-powered home entertainment system that makes you workout for the right to watch Netflix. You just fill in your workout routine, select the movie or show you want to watch, and the device will load the title in Netflix.

Molten Metal Squirt Gun Is The Death Star of Super Soakers

Molten Metal Squirt Gun Is The Death Star of Super Soakers
When the Super Soaker was first released in 1990, parents were freaked out that kids would fill the toy with harmful chemicals like bleach. But they never saw this coming – a squirt gun that blasts molten liquid metal. Thanks to Kevin Kohler—aka The Backyard Scientist, this now exists.

This Robot Can Crack a Combination Lock Safe in Fifteen Minutes

This Robot Can Crack a Combination Lock Safe in Fifteen Minutes
For all of the terrible damage and dismemberment that robots will surely bring in the near future, they also have their uses. Imagine taking a robot with you on a heist and having it crack a combination safe for you.

Giant LEGO Space Shuttle Can Actually Fly

Giant LEGO Space Shuttle Can Actually Fly
Many fans fondly remember LEGO set #1682, the Space Shuttle Launch. It was released 27 years ago, and is a classic. Well, last month Adam Woodworth created a tiny drone version of LEGO’s shuttle that could fly indoors, which was cool enough, but now he has created a larger version that can fly like an RC plane. This version flies pretty well.

Add IR Thermal Vision to Your Homebrew Projects

Add IR Thermal Vision to Your Homebrew Projects
Thermal cameras are pretty nifty devices. They let you see the heat signature of objects by capturing infrared light. There are off-the shelf thermal camera devices like the ones from FLIR, but they’re kind of pricey, and not particularly friendly to hacking into your own projects.

Flappy Bird is Back… On a Dreamcast Memory Card

Flappy Bird is Back… On a Dreamcast Memory Card
We thought that we had heard the last of Flappy Bird, but it is back in a not so big way – on a Dreamcast memory card. The long-dead console still has a massive fanbase, so it is no wonder that one hacker has ported the game to the Dreamcast’s interactive memory card.

Racing Roomba Takes on an Obstacle Course

Racing Roomba Takes on an Obstacle Course
If you have ever wanted to know what you can do with a 10 year-old Roomba, check out what Roland Saekow did. He turned his aging Roomba Discovery 4210 vacuum into a racing bot. Watch it take on an obstacle course at UC Berkeley’s annual student vehicle challenge.

Make Your Own Spider-Man Web Shooters

Make Your Own Spider-Man Web Shooters
If you aim to become your city’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, you are going to need a few thing – a costume and a web-shooter for instance. Well, here’s one way to make your own web-slinging gear, even if you don’t have a wealthy benefactor like Tony Stark. On this episode of Odin Makes, host Odin Abbott shows us how to make Spider-Man‘s web shooters based on the design from Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Make Your Own Cardboard Paper Airplane Launcher

Make Your Own Cardboard Paper Airplane Launcher
Why toss paper airplanes by hand, when you can have a machine take care of the hard work for you? Now you can make a semi-automatic paper airplane launcher for yourself. This thing is a cool paper airplane gun/paper airplane aircraft carrier in one. This cool build tutorial comes from the consistently inventive and resourceful The Q.

World’s Largest Super Soaker Breaks Record and Breaks Glass

World’s Largest Super Soaker Breaks Record and Breaks Glass
It figures that it would be a former NASA engineer who had a hand in building the world’s largest Super Soaker water gun. It is so giant that this Super Soaker managed to break a Guinness World Record for being the largest on Earth.
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