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Tag: Open Source

Hovalin 3D Printed Acoustic Violin: Filament Section

Hovalin 3D Printed Acoustic Violin: Filament Section
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. Hovalin violins…

DIY Raspberry Pi Voice-activated Smart Mirror: Who’s the Makest of Them All?

DIY Raspberry Pi Voice-activated Smart Mirror: Who’s the Makest of Them All?
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…
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Futuristic Raspberry Pi Desk Computer: PiDesk

Futuristic Raspberry Pi Desk Computer: PiDesk
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+.…

DIY TV Remote Control: Shop Potato

DIY TV Remote Control: Shop Potato
Hack A Day member Hari Wiguna made a TV and set top box remote control for his dad, who finds it difficult to press the tiny buttons on the original remotes. You’d think it would be a simple matter to make such a ubiquitous device, especially since Hari put only…

Amazon Dash Button Pizza Delivery Hack: Makin’ It Great

Amazon Dash Button Pizza Delivery Hack: Makin’ It Great
A couple of years ago we checked out the PiePal, a Raspberry Pi device that let you order from Domino’s Pizza just by pressing a button. Brody Berson combined a couple of free JavaScript apps with Amazon’s $5 (USD) Dash Button to make a similar device for far less cost…

DIY Wristwatch Phone: Watchie-Talkie

DIY Wristwatch Phone: Watchie-Talkie
A few months ago, we featured Instructables employee DJ aka Aleator777’s Apple II Watch. He recently shared another impressive retro watch, one that’s arguably more useful than the current Apple Watch. He calls it the Communicator Watch, because it’s also a GSM cell phone. DJ based the Communicator Watch’s retro…

Circuit Board EP Generates a Unique Song Per Copy: Schrödinger’s Track

Circuit Board EP Generates a Unique Song Per Copy: Schrödinger’s Track
Artists usually place a hidden track or two in their albums. The upcoming three EPs of electronic artist Captain Credible on the other hand will each have a randomly generated track. The Dead Cats EPs are based on an ATtiny85 microcontroller and Captain Credible’s Arduino sketches. The power switch is…

Dobot High Precision Desktop Robot Arm: There is no Trybot

Dobot High Precision Desktop Robot Arm: There is no Trybot
Last year we featured the uArm, a desktop robot arm inspired by ABB industrial robots. It’s affordable and responsive, but it’s mostly a pick and place robot. The Dobot on the other hand appears to be precise enough for a variety of tasks. The Dobot is powered by an Arduino…

Raspberry Pi-based PDP-8/1 Replica: PiDP-8

Raspberry Pi-based PDP-8/1 Replica: PiDP-8
Released in 1965, the PDP-8 was the first successful commercial minicomputer, making it a coveted piece of computing history. In other words, it’s rare and expensive. So to celebrate the PDP-8’s 50th anniversary, Oscar aka Obsolescence Guaranteed opted to make an affordable replica using a Raspberry Pi and the SIMH …

The Beast Large Format 3D Printer: Attack on Tight Times

The Beast Large Format 3D Printer: Attack on Tight Times
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.…

Mycroft Open Source Personal Assistant: Maker Street

Mycroft Open Source Personal Assistant: Maker Street
Like 3D printers, electronic door locks and PCs on sticks, it seeems like everyone’s making personal assistant devices these days. One of the latest electronic PAs is Mycroft, and it stands out from the rest by having open source technology. Like its competitors, Mycroft is operated using voice commands. It…

Frankenstein Light Switch Plate: It’s A Liiiight!

Frankenstein Light Switch Plate: It’s A Liiiight!
Turn your room into a mad scientist’s lab with this silly light switch plate. Made by Etsy shop 3D Printing Egg, the Frankenstein looks like the lever switches that are often used in vintage sci-fi films and shows. The plate was designed by Thingiverse member Jeff Kerr aka LoboCNC, so…

MicroSlice Pocket Laser Engraver: Slice in a Dice

MicroSlice Pocket Laser Engraver: Slice in a Dice
Last month we saw how you can reuse a DVD-RW’s laser diode to make a small laser engraver. But if you’d rather buy something like it instead, check out the MicroSlice. Made by Instructables member SilverJimmy, MicroSlice has a 405nm laser module, similar to the ones found in Blu-ray drives.…

Raspberry Pi Retro Console with Two Halves: Game Boy SPlit

Raspberry Pi Retro Console with Two Halves: Game Boy SPlit
Inspired by Adafruit’s PiGRRL, Thingiverse member Jooxoe3i made his own Raspberry Pi retro console. But he wanted to make it as small as possible, so he came up with a two-part build. The upper half of the console contains the Raspberry Pi and the PiTFT 2.4″ screen, while the lower …

DrumPants 2.0: MIDI on the Move

DrumPants 2.0: MIDI on the Move
A couple of years ago we featured DrumPants, a set of wearable drumpads. Now the company is raising funds for the second version of its unique MIDI controller, which has improved features and open source software. DrumPants’ hardware still works the same. There’s a pair of pads, each with two…

DIY Game Boy Emulator has 19″ Screen: Game Boy XXL

DIY Game Boy Emulator has 19″ Screen: Game Boy XXL
In the past months we’ve seen retro video game consoles based on the Raspberry Pi stuffed in ever shrinking Game Boy (or Game Boy–inspired) cases. So it’s refreshing to see the opposite for once: a huge Game Boy replica with a 19″ screen. You don’t need a magnifier for this…
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