One of the scenes I always remember from Star Wars is when Han, Luke, and Chewie are sitting playing holochess in the Millennium Falcon. The thing I always remember is when Han says Wookiees rip arms out of their socket when they lose.
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.
MotionKit is an affordable platform that aims to teach CNC in both theory and practice.
Chase Borchardt didn’t have to steal a Morag orb to become famous, thanks to his talented mom Christina, who made him an awesome Rocket Raccoon costume. Oh yeah!
Christina, who documented her build on The RPF, says she started working on the costume last June, even before Guardians of the Galaxy came out.
Escape from this dimension – well, in your mind – with Dave Dalton’s cool replica of Rick’s portal gun from Rick & Morty. Like other fan-made replicas, it has the green bulb and LED display, but it also projects an animation of the portal.
Among other electronic parts, the 3D printed case houses a small projector.
Cory and Jeremy Newton-Smith are famous for making geeky Halloween rides for their son Cooper. After the DeLorean time machine and the Ecto-1, Cooper’s next ride is one we should all witness: the War Rig from Mad Max: Fury Road.
Videos about the future of consumer tech often feature interactive mirrors, windows and other glass surfaces. But you don’t have to wait for the future. With a bit of elbow grease and help from your fellow makers you can have your own high tech mirror today.
This particular mirror we’re checking out is a work in progress by Evan Cohen, but it’s mostly based on the work of Michael Teeuw and Hannah Mitt.
Here’s a fun project that uses two Raspberry Pi units. Frederick Vandenbosch made his PiDesk as his entry to Element 14’s Sci Fi Your Pi contest. The desk has a Raspberry Pi 2 B running Ubuntu MATE, while the futuristic furniture’s hidden controls are powered by a Raspberry Pi B+.
The main controls are five capacitive touch points in the form of spots of conductive paint, which are hidden under the lower right portion of the desk’s surface.
Popular YouTube gamer Robbaz scratched his Fallout 4 itch by turning an 1940s GE Musaphonic 221 AM radio into a case for his new PC. He also made replicas of Fallout food items to complete his desktop setup.
Robbaz says the radio’s case was surprisingly rock solid.
The railgun is one of the most popular sci-fi weapons, perhaps eclipsed only by the lightsaber and anything with lasers on it. Part of its appeal is that it’s based on real physics. It could exist, and it does exist!
This origami bat looks like it could be Batman’s calling card. Hey, the Joker has a playing card, so why not? Maybe Batman can leave this origami bat on unconscious thugs so the GPD knows to take them in.
This design is called Mantler’s Bat and was made by Marigami Origami.
Thor’s hammer Mjölnir is famous for its enchantment that allows only the bravest and kindest to wield it and its lethal power. YouTuber Allen Pan aka Sufficiently Advanced put a high tech spin on the picky hammer with the help of science.
Robots are awesome, and if I had the time and hardware, I would definitely build some cool ‘bots to amble around the house and scare the crap out of my kids. That would be awesome. If you like to build robots, a new device has landed on Kickstarter that you might want to add to your parts collection.
The gizmo is called the ZeroPi, and is aimed at controlling robotic motion structure systems.
Last month we featured the Dobot, a precise robotic arm that can plot, laser engrave and pick and place objects. But if you’re looking for something even more versatile, the Makerarm might be for you. It can also draw, use a laser head and assemble objects, but you can also use it as a 3D printer, a PCB fabricator, a soldering station and even a screwdriver.
As you may have guessed the Makerarm has a modular tooling system that lets it transform from one type of machine to another.
Its arm can rotate up to 180º and its reach is 15.7″