The wearability of ThinkGeek’s oversized Mega Man helmet is just a suggestion. Thankfully, fans who don’t want to go full robot can still show their love for the Blue Bomber with Emio’s officially licensed Mega Man headphones.
Prototyping has become very easy and affordable these days, but it still can be messy. Startup Bosphorus Mechatronics got tired of wiring, soldering and stacking shields too, so they came up with TinyLab.
Put simply, TinyLab is an Arduino Leonardo paired with a variety of commonly used components, all packed into a 8″x 5″ slab.
Need a cheap display for your Raspberry Pi? Or perhaps you’re building a Times Square for ants? Then check out this guide by Adafruit’s Tony Dicola.
The project is based around Adafruit’s RGB Matrix HAT for the Raspberry Pi, which makes it easy to power and output to daisy chained LED matrices.
There are already commercially available mice that can be operated with the chin, mouth or tongue, but they tend to cost hundreds of dollars. Thingiverse member Tobias Wirtl hopes that he’s laid the foundation for a drastically cheaper alternative by creating a mouth-operated mouse using a 3D printer and about $20 (USD) worth of off the shelf electronics.
Just a couple of weeks ago the jaws of makers around the world dropped when the $5 (USD) Raspberry Pi Zero was announced. Don’t bother picking your jaws up girls and guys. You might not have a head to attach it to after you see the Pine A64.
Earlier this year we checked out C.H.I.P., a single-board computer that costs only $12 (USD). But that seems like a rich man’s toy now compared to Raspberry Pi Foundation’s surprise reveal: the Raspberry Pi Zero.
Compared to the first Raspberry Pi, the Zero is about half the size but is 40% to 60% more powerful.
CNC machines have been around for decades, but the past few years have seen the rise of CNC machines for small-scale or personal use. If you’re interested in learning how exactly these machines work, check out MotionKit.
Back in April we checked out a 3D printed violin that looked more like a Predator’s weapon than a musical instrument. But 3D printing isn’t just about making new physical forms. The technology can be tuned for very practical purposes as well, as exhibited by violin maker Hovalin.
PCB rulers usually have measurements that come in handy for a proper circuit board layout. Prolific inventor and electronics tinkerer Bradley Slattery wanted to make a different kind of PCB ruler, so he came up with the DigiRule, a 6″ ruler that demonstrates the basics of electronic engineering.
A couple of years ago, we featured a teenager who invented a flashlight that runs on body heat. The Lumen flashlight is the exact same idea, albeit one that will be mass produced.
Lumen uses a 5mm Cree LED that produces 3000 microcandela of light.
If you want to make your own cellphone, you can source the parts yourself, or you can support Seeed Studio’s RePhone, a ready to assemble kit.
The heart of the RePhone kit is the MediaTek MT2502A (pdf) system-on-a-chip, which gives you GSM, GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity in a stamp-sized form.
Last year we checked out the PiTouch, a third-party 10″ touchscreen display for the Raspberry Pi. But that takes up the Pi’s HDMI port and more importantly isn’t for sale as of this writing. Thankfully the Rasberry Pi Foundation has released its own 7″ touchscreen display for the Pi.
The Generation 1 Transformers join Fascination Toys’ Metal Earth 3D model kits. The flat-pack kits come in four models – Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron and Soundwave – that are just under 4″ tall when assembled.
Here’s a promo video by Vat19, which for some reason rebranded the kits as Metal Works:
You can order the Transformers Metal Earth kits from Vat19 for $12 (USD) each or from Amazon for $11 each.
I don’t know how much fruits cost these days, but in terms of single board computers, oranges apparently now beat raspberries. The $15 (USD) Orange Pi is not only cheaper than the Raspberry Pi, in some ways it’s more capable too.
A new company called Cultivate3D has developed a large format 3D printer that won’t devour your budget. The Beast has a 470 x 435 x 690mm (~18.5 x 17.1 x 27.2″) build area in a single extruder setup, and can be equipped with up to four extruders for faster printing.
Introverts rejoice! A new company called Density has come up with a real-time system to find out if a location is crowded using a fairly simple sensor and a mobile app.
Density’s sensor simply detects when someone (or something) passes in front of it.