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This Watch Has an Infinity Mirror Background

This Watch Has an Infinity Mirror Background
Growing up back in the 1970s, I remember going to the furniture store with my parents, and being hypnotized by those dual-layered mirrors that had lights built into them, creating a sort of infinite light effect.

LED Apple Watch Knockoff Is Anything But Smart

LED Apple Watch Knockoff Is Anything But Smart
Like the way the Apple Watch looks, but don’t want to spend a few hundred bucks? Cheap Chinese knock-off makers are here to save the day! At first glance, this $16 wristwatch looks just like Apple’s popular timepiece. If it weren’t for the words printed on the face of Skmei’s watch, you’d swear it was an Apple Watch with the sport band.
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Foldscope Is a 140x Microscope That Fits in Your Pocket

Foldscope Is a 140x Microscope That Fits in Your Pocket
There is a whole universe that we can only see through a microscope. But high powered microscopes are cumbersome and often quite expensive. The Foldscope can help you check out the microscopic world and goes anywhere. You punch out the microscope from a sheet of paper, and it has a lens that delivers 140X magnification, which is enough for “imaging live individual cells, cellular organelles, embryos, swimming bacteria and much more.” The Foldscope is not new.

ELLO 2M DIY Laptop: A BASIC Computer

ELLO 2M DIY Laptop: A BASIC Computer
Today, even single board computers are locked in an arms race of size and power. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but Konstantin Dimitrov thinks that for budding programmers and electronic engineers, simplicity and soul will go a long way.

Stick-on Smartphone Macro & Micro Lenses: Blips

Stick-on Smartphone Macro & Micro Lenses: Blips
Earlier this year, we checked out the ScopeAround, a set of affordable scientific cameras that stream video to smartphones. But if you’re looking for something even simpler and cheaper, check out SmartMicroOptics’ Blips, a pair of macro and micro lenses that you stick over your mobile device’s camera. Blips lenses are mounted on films that adhere electrostatically to your mobile device.

Scientifically Accurate Dinosaur Action Figures: Beasts of the Mesozoic

Scientifically Accurate Dinosaur Action Figures: Beasts of the Mesozoic
Even though geeky hobbies are increasingly going digital or electronic, the action figure and scale model market has remained strong. You know what’s even more enduring? Our love for dinosaurs. But veteran toy designer and sculptor David Silva has yet to find a winning combination of the two, so he wants to fill the void himself. In 2008, after making toys for the likes of McFarlane Toys, Hasbro and NECA, David began sculpting dinosaur figures under the company Creative Beast.

Affordable Handsfree Bluetooth Mouse for the Disabled: GlassOuse

Affordable Handsfree Bluetooth Mouse for the Disabled: GlassOuse
Last year, we checked out a cheap and open source sip-and-puff mouse for the disabled. CEBA’s GlassOuse seems to be another affordable alternative. It uses Bluetooth to connect to both desktop computers and mobile devices. It looks like a pair of eyeglasses but without the lenses.

Simple Control Interface for Linux Computers: pyLCI

Simple Control Interface for Linux Computers: pyLCI
It’s becoming increasingly clear to makers that single board computers and the DIY devices based on them need control interfaces that are simpler and faster to use than desktop peripherals or even full-on PCs. Pičugins Arsenijs believes he’s come up with a much simpler alternative. Arsenijs’ calls his invention as he sees it: a Python-based Linux Control Interface, or pyLCI.

NexDock Laptop Dock: Atrix Reloaded

NexDock Laptop Dock: Atrix Reloaded
Last week we checked out Ben Heck’s keyboard and display in a box that he made to test dev kits. I mentioned that it should be a gadget that already exists. It turns out it does, and it’s called the NexDock. The NexDock is basically the old Motorola Atrix lapdock except you connect devices to it via its mini-HDMI and USB ports, which means it works with a variety of smartphones, single-board computers, PCs-on-a-stick and media streaming devices.

Rockit 88 CPU Delid Tool: Pop It ‘Cause It’s Hot

Rockit 88 CPU Delid Tool: Pop It ‘Cause It’s Hot
In the past couple of years, a number of PC enthusiasts have been removing the lid – aka the Integrated Heat Spreader – on their Intel CPUs to replace the stock thermal paste with third party ones that do a better job of siphoning heat off of the chip itself.

Dinosaur Plushies with Egg Case: Gotta Hatch ‘Em All

Dinosaur Plushies with Egg Case: Gotta Hatch ‘Em All
The folks at Dinosaur Egg Farm want to raise awareness for wildlife preservation groups while making a bit of money for themselves as well. And what better way to remind us that life is precious than with stillborn dino plushies?

WiCAM Coin-sized Wireless Camera: GoPetite

WiCAM Coin-sized Wireless Camera: GoPetite
Set and forget cameras like action cameras and dash cams expanded the applications of video cameras. But action cameras can be pricey, while dash cams are not versatile. If you’re looking for a cheap, user-friendly and open source alternative, check out Armstart’s WiCAM. WiCAM measures about 1.3″x

DIY Cheap Batman Utility Belt: Holy Thrift Shop Batman!

DIY Cheap Batman Utility Belt: Holy Thrift Shop Batman!
Batman’s utility belt isn’t as cool as his mask or logo, but it’s an equally essential part of any Dark Knight costume. DIY Prop Shop shows us how you can make a replica of the belt out of only $9 (USD) worth of materials. Host Odin Abbott based his belt on the one that’s on Michael Keaton’s Batman costume.

CowTech Ciclop 3D Scanner: The One-eyed Scan is Cheap

CowTech Ciclop 3D Scanner: The One-eyed Scan is Cheap
Three years ago I used one of my cooler puns on the Photon 3D scanner, which I called cheap because you could snag it from its crowdfunding campaign for $390 (USD). CowTech Engineering’s $99 Ciclop 3D scanner takes that crown in a lop-sided price war, and supposedly without sacrificing on quality. The CowTech Ciclop can scan at up to 0.5mm

Raspberry Pi 3 Has Better SoC, Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth: New Slice, Same Price

Raspberry Pi 3 Has Better SoC, Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth: New Slice, Same Price
Single board computers are getting more and more powerful, as exemplified by last year’s Pine A64. The Raspberry Pi Foundation keeps up with the times with the third version of its extremely popular computer. The Raspberry Pi 3 has significant improvements over the Raspberry Pi 2 but with the same price tag. The Pi 3 has a new system-on-a-chip, the Broadcom BCM2837.

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.
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