When I first saw this metal T-Rex lamp, I thought it was pretty awesome. Then I realized that it’s actually a heat lamp, which is about as close as you can get to a fire-breathing dinosaur without it actually breathing fire.
Upgrade Complete is a Flash game series where you have to improve the game itself in order to progress. Piper is the hardware equivalent of that. It’s a specialized Minecraft gaming console meant for kids, who will need to put it together before and while they play.
Piper is powered by a Raspberry Pi 2, which is preloaded with a special version of Minecraft.
Michał Skorupka aka Eric Trax doesn’t just have a badass slash on his badass name, he also makes badass scale models of farming implements using LEGO. His latest creation is this scale model of the CLAAS Jaguar 900 series.
The toy tractor has working lights and steering.
We’ve seen a BMO toy with a LEGO case and another one that appears to have a wooden case. Mike Barretta’s take on the living console has a 3D printed case and buttons. That’s right, this BMO works much like a Game Boy in that you use the buttons on its body to play.
Mike used a Raspberry Pi Model A+ and a Teensy 2.0
Thingiverse member CloudJ helps make the last days of winter more fun with his DIY snowman mold. Available in two- and three-ball variants, the mold lets you make lots of tiny snowmen in minutes.
As Nerd Approved pointed out, CloudJ’s snowmen look just like the ones that Bill Watterson’s Calvin loves to build (and destroy).
Wake your homicidal psycho jungle cat and sled to CloudJ’s Thingiverse page to download the molds’ 3D files.
If you build it, he will come – and then build a LEGO version of it. So goes the quote from the classic non-existent drama Brick of Dreams. Today that “he” is Instructables member W1ll14m. The alphanumeric boy wonder recently shared his progress on a 3D printer made of LEGO Technic and Mindstorms EV3 pieces.
Even if he’s already on his second version of his MOC, W1ll14m knows that it isn’t a practical 3D printer.
Redditor BigBadBobBitchin made this beautiful The Legend of Zelda-themed nightlight as a Valentine’s Day for his girlfriend. The nightlight looks like an armory, with some of Link’s swords and shields displayed in front of a fake stained glass of the Hylian crest.
BigBadBobBitchin bought the miniature weapons at a comic convention, but he made the fake stained glass himself using plexiglass and translucent paint.
If you have a cache of LEGO, you can skip Google’s Cardboard VR headset and do what Redditor lordrothschild did. Just add a couple of lenses from magnifying glasses and a cloth strap and you’re ready to go.
Lordrothschild says his ghetto headset isn’t that uncomfortable, though he still needs to work on the part that rests on his nose because it’s too narrow as it is.
[via Reddit via Gizmodo]
Last year we learned about SAM, a newbie-friendly electronics kit that used Bluetooth instead of solder or wires to connect its modules. Mesh is a lot like SAM, only with an even less intimidating presentation.
Like SAM, Mesh modules or “tags” use Bluetooth to communicate with each other and with the programming interface.
Insect specimens are usually pinned when stored or exhibited. When these pinned insects need to be examined or documented, a pinned specimen manipulator is used so that the insect can be moved around without removing it from the pin.
One of the PlayStation 4’s worst flaws is the short battery life of its controller. The DualShock 4’s always on LED exacerbates the issue, but the fact is it has a low-capacity battery. You can buy Nyko’s external battery to alleviate the issue, or you can go the DIY route and follow Redditor AtariXL’s guide.
AtariXL replaced the DualShock 4’s stock 1000mAh battery with a compatible 2000mAh battery from Adafruit.
Like millions of children around the world, Instructables member Tez_Gelmir’s son is a big LEGO fan. And like millions of families around the world the father and son often end up spending a lot of time sorting through their piles of LEGO just to get the parts they want to use.
If you have a spare tablet, you can turn it into an interactive calendar just by mounting it and keeping your calendar app of choice on the screen at all times. But if all you have is a spare monitor, check out Instructables member Alex Pine’s guide.
I really like the idea of having a 3D printer and scanner in my house so I can make things. I don’t know what exactly I would make, but I would totally scan anything I could fit on the plate and then print it out.
Video killed the radio star, but podcasts revived him. Roderick Mann combined his love for podcasts with the beauty and tactility of old radios in Podtique.
Podtique has the body of a 1936 Goldentone radio, but most of its guts have been replaced by modern components.
Here’s a fun project from Al Linke, the creator of the PIXEL. He used the board that he made for his pixel art LED frame to turn an LED matrix into a comically huge and interactive jewelry, which he affectionately calls the iBling.
Al flashed a low power firmware on the PIXEL board then wired it to a 16×32 LED matrix.