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Category: Technology

Microsoft’s Project Natick Tests Viability of Underwater Datacenters: Messages in Bottles

Microsoft’s Project Natick Tests Viability of Underwater Datacenters: Messages in Bottles
Thanks (or no thanks) to Microsoft, someday we could have clouds under the sea. The software giant recently shared details on what it calls Project Natick, an experiment about constructing and operating an underwater datacenter. The datacenter in these images is Project Natick’s prototype Leona Philpot, named after a character in the Halo universe.

’70s Intercom Raspberry Pi Multi-room Audio Mod: Home Reautomation

’70s Intercom Raspberry Pi Multi-room Audio Mod: Home Reautomation
Imgur member cpostier’s house has a Nutone 2090, a 1960s to 1970s home intercom system that doubles as a multi-room AM/FM radio. Cpostier wasn’t interested in its primary function, but he wanted to update the system’s audio capabilities.
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Codespace Wants Everyone to Learn to Code

Codespace Wants Everyone to Learn to Code
As I’ve pretty much made my entire career in fields where computers are a key element, I know a thing or two about the value an early exposure to coding and tinkering with computers. I first learned the basics of programming back in the 1980s, using languages like Pilot, LOGO and Basic on my old Atari 800.

Showerloop DIY Shower Water Recycling System: Rinse & Repeat

Showerloop DIY Shower Water Recycling System: Rinse & Repeat
Showerheads such as the Nebia save water by dispersing it over a wide area. The Showerloop on the other hand captures used water, cleans it and feeds it back to the showerhead. Inventors Jason Selvaran and Eduard Kobak says it can save you up to 33,000L of water and up to 1Mwh of electricity per person per year.

Otto the Robot Draws on Walls

Otto the Robot Draws on Walls
Jurg Lehni has created a wall-mounted robotic drawing tool named Otto. This robot can draw and color vector shapes that have been entered into a computer. Otto is just a fun robot that people can admire in action as it draws on the wall.

ScopeAround Modular Wireless Camera: Explore, Examine, Enhance

ScopeAround Modular Wireless Camera: Explore, Examine, Enhance
Mobile devices have become so popular as both still and video cameras that we now have lens attachments for phones and videocamera rigs for tablets. The ScopeAround system aims to add to that revolution by making affordable versions of scientific cameras that stream video to iOS or Android devices.

DIY Exoskeleton Lifts the Rear of a Mini Cooper

DIY Exoskeleton Lifts the Rear of a Mini Cooper
I’m looking forward to the day when exoskeletons will give me super powers. I want to be able to jump up on the roof without needing a ladder, and carry hundreds of pounds without getting a sore back.

DIY Gun Controlled Lamp: Lights Out

DIY Gun Controlled Lamp: Lights Out
Bitplay’s BANG! lamp adds a cool twist to remote control, but in my opinion its gimmick is not worth $400 (USD). If you have the tools, you might be better off copying Instructables member Austin aka austiwawa. 

ReveaLED UV LED Flash for Smartphones: Stains, Stains Everywhere

ReveaLED UV LED Flash for Smartphones: Stains, Stains Everywhere
Ultraviolet lamps are cheap and easy to find, but if you want something compact Bite Designs’ ReveaLED could be worth checking out. It looks a lot like LED flash accessories for smartphones, except it emits UV light, and in fact does not even need a smartphone to work.

Death Star BBQ: The Charred Side of the Force

Death Star BBQ: The Charred Side of the Force
Burgers and hot dogs, chicken, steak, or Alderaan, this Death Star barbecue grill cooks them all to perfection. How many other grills can destroy a peaceful planet and grill an entire meal for a squad of Stormtroopers in a single day?

Adafruit PiGRRL 2 Raspberry Pi Gaming Handheld: Make Boy

Adafruit PiGRRL 2 Raspberry Pi Gaming Handheld: Make Boy
Adafruit made it easier to turn the Raspberry Pi into a retro gaming handheld by designing 3D printable cases. Now they’re simplifying the process by designing an internal component: a custom PCB for the gamepad. Adafruit says its custom circuit board cuts the PiGRRL 2’s build time in half because with it you don’t need to wire the buttons.

DIY Text-to-Speech Teddy Ruxpin: Creepy Ruxpin

DIY Text-to-Speech Teddy Ruxpin: Creepy Ruxpin
It may no longer be the cheapest chip on the block, but Next Thing Co.’s C.H.I.P. is still a pretty good computer. But in this case, it’s been used for a very bad mod. Next Thing Co.’s software and hardware developer Andrew Langley used it to extend a Teddy Ruxpin’s speech feature, allowing it to say anything you want.

Gatebox Hologram Communication Robot: Siri 3D

Gatebox Hologram Communication Robot: Siri 3D
Have you ever wondered what is going to replace the likes of Siri, Cortana, and Alexa? You may be looking at their next logical stage – this holographic digital home assistant. Japanese startup vinclu Inc. is showing off a concept video for a holographic assistant called Gatebox.

Megacopter Sets Guinness World Record for Lifting Heaviest Payload

Megacopter Sets Guinness World Record for Lifting Heaviest Payload
A couple of weeks ago we checked out a drone designed to carry a person across considerable distances. The Megacopter had a more modest goal, but it’s already accomplished it. Built by Henning Pedersen and students from the University of Oslo, the Megacopter recently won the Guinness World Record title for “Heaviest payload lifted by a remote-controlled multicopter” by lifting 134lb and 7.6oz (excluding its weight).

Miniature Autonomous Blimp is No Airhead

Miniature Autonomous Blimp is No Airhead
Instructables employee DJ aka Aleator777 – the genius behind the Apple II and retro phone watches – recently promoted the Intel Edison by creating the Miniature Autonomous Blimp. This brainy balloon can stay afloat and avoid obstacles on its own.

World’s Largest Model Railway Captured by Google’s Tiniest Street View Vehicles

World’s Largest Model Railway Captured by Google’s Tiniest Street View Vehicles
Located in Hamburg, Germany, Miniatur Wunderland is the world’s largest model railway, occupying nearly 14,000 sq.ft. and inhabited by more than 200,000 Lilliputian citizens. Now we can check out its sights and details at our leisure, thanks to Google’s first ever mini-Street View.
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