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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. Linespace printhead has a PLA extruder for drawing and a scraper for erasing.

DIY Bluetooth LED Cloud Lamp: Cumulocheapus

DIY Bluetooth LED Cloud Lamp: Cumulocheapus
You may have heard of Richard Clarkson and his beautiful but absurdly expensive Cloud lamps. If you’re willing to settle for a more modest design, you can save thousands of dollars by making your own cloud lamp using Eclectical Engineering’s guide. Eclectical Engineering’s lamp is based on an Arduino Uno and Adafruit’s NeoPixel strips.
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Deal: Save 85% on the Adobe Ink & Slide iPad Drawing System

Deal: Save 85% on the Adobe Ink & Slide iPad Drawing System
Get an amazing deal on a great digital stylus for your iPad. Adobe’s Ink & Slide system gives you a pressure-sensitive stylus and a physical ruler for your sketches. Originally released for $200 (and reviewed here), you can grab one for the ridiculously low price of just $29.99

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. Initially, Roger screened the numbers that frequently called his phone and routed them to a disconnect message the next time they called.

Logitech G810 is A Colorful and Clicky Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G810 is A Colorful and Clicky Gaming Keyboard
I love Fallout 4 and I’m mostly too lazy to bother changing my everyday Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard for one of the hordes of gaming keyboards I have. 99% of the time when landing head shots on Supermutants from afar, everything goes swimmingly.

Cx5 Sculptable 3D Printing Filament: Man and Machine, Artist Extreme

Cx5 Sculptable 3D Printing Filament: Man and Machine, Artist Extreme
We’ve seen a 3D printer that can print with clay. Adam Beane Industries’ upcoming Cx5 filament on the other hand can behave like clay when heated, allowing you to easily modify or refine a printed object. Although the company has yet to divulge specifics on its new product, the filament is most likely based on the company’s eponymous sculpting material, which is durable and strong when cool, behaves like clay when heated to 125ºF (~52ºC) and becomes practically a liquid if heated further.

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.

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. Showerloop pumps used shower water through a filtration system consisting of a screen filter, a microfiber filter, compressed sand, activated carbon and a UV lamp.

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. The ScopeAround lasts up to 3h per charge and has three hot-swappable camera heads.

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. ReveaLED plugs into your phone’s headphone port.

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?
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