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Tag: Open Source

Play Games in Full Screen Borderless Windowed Mode: 96.5% More Alt-Tab

Play Games in Full Screen Borderless Windowed Mode: 96.5% More Alt-Tab
Playing a game in windowed mode makes it easy to switch between the game and other apps. Many games give you the option of running the game in a full screen window, but if you want the best of both worlds check out Andrew Sampson’s Windows program, Borderless Gaming. When…

Ebook Cover Generator: Something to Judge

Ebook Cover Generator: Something to Judge
The New York Public Library (NYPL) is working on an ebook borrowing app. Some of the ebooks will come from public domain sites like Project Gutenberg. The problem with many of the public domain ebooks is that they lack (decent) covers. This led NYPL’s Mauricio Giraldo Arteaga to make programs…
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Stick-on LED Ambient Light for PCs: AmbiLED HD

Stick-on LED Ambient Light for PCs: AmbiLED HD
This is far from the first Philips Ambilight alternative that we’ve seen, but Flytron set its AmbiLED HD apart by making it much easier to install and adjust. That’s because this ambient lighting system for PCs uses a thin strip of LEDs with a reusable adhesive back. Like many ambient…

USB Rechargeable Soldering Iron: Solderdoodle Pro

USB Rechargeable Soldering Iron: Solderdoodle Pro
You can already get battery-powered soldering irons, as well as ones that are powered via USB. But for some reason there doesn’t seem to be a soldering iron with a built-in battery that’s also rechargeable via USB. Thanks to Isaac Porras you can now make such a device. Or at…

TorrenTV Streams Video Torrents to Apple TV & Roku: Netfreex

TorrenTV Streams Video Torrents to Apple TV & Roku: Netfreex
If you’re an avid movie watcher, you might have heard of Popcorn Time. Released earlier this year, the infamous software allowed you to watch movie or TV shows on your computer via peer-to-peer technology. Aside from its user friendly interface, what makes Popcorn Time so great was that instead of…

Skatehack Ramps Add Sound Effects While You Skate: Disco Flip

Skatehack Ramps Add Sound Effects While You Skate: Disco Flip
The sound effect that triggers when you pull off a special trick in Tony Hawk Pro Skater is burned into my brain. That and Suicide Machines’ New Girl. If you’d love to augment your real world skating with sound, check out Skatehack. It’s an urban art and research collective that…

3D Printed Game Boy Case for Raspberry Pi: PiGRRL

3D Printed Game Boy Case for Raspberry Pi: PiGRRL
A few weeks ago we saw how you can use a Game Boy Pocket’s case and buttons to make a Raspberry Pi handheld console. If you don’t have a Game Boy Pocket but have access to a 3D printer, Adafruit has a viable alternative called PiGRRL. The electronics shop made…

OpenReflex 3D Printed Camera: DDDSLR

OpenReflex 3D Printed Camera: DDDSLR
Last year Leo Marius blew minds when he shared OpenReflex, an open source and affordable 3D printed SLR camera. Leo is now raising funds to help him improve his design, and in return you can get a ready to assemble OpenReflex kit.…

Used Refrigerator Converted to Harvest Drinking Water from Air: Draw the Dew

Used Refrigerator Converted to Harvest Drinking Water from Air: Draw the Dew
A few years ago we saw a prototype for an irrigation system that draws water from air. Nottingham Trent University professor Dr. Amin Al-Habaibeh and his student Joseph Wild have developed a device that has a similar function, but for the purpose of harvesting drinking water. The best part is…

Foldable Mini-Spectrometer: Secret Decoder Box

Foldable Mini-Spectrometer: Secret Decoder Box
Spectrometers are devices that can identify objects using light. They usually cost thousands of dollars and are mainly used by scientists. But in the past couple of years we’ve seen compact spectrometers that are affordable and simple enough that even ordinary people can use them. If you’re looking for an …

Full Screen Mario: Super Widescreen Bros.

Full Screen Mario: Super Widescreen Bros.
You might have seen these two images floating online over the past few months, featuring two stages of Super Mario Bros. laid end-to-end on four widescreen monitors. The images were uploaded by Twitter user Morikuma_Works, and he pulled it off using Josh Goldberg’s Full Screen Mario.…

DARwin-Mini Programmable Robot Kit: Survival of the Cutest

DARwin-Mini Programmable Robot Kit: Survival of the Cutest
The open source humanoid robot DARwin-OP is a tinkerer’s dream, but at $12,000 (USD) it’s going to remain just that for many. Fortunately Robotis released a more affordable version of the robot. The DARwin-Mini may be smaller and less powerful than its bigger – and OP! – brother, but it’s…

Mr. Beam Portable Laser Cutter & Engraver: Lighthearted

Mr. Beam Portable Laser Cutter & Engraver: Lighthearted
We featured a small and portable CNC mill a few days ago. Here’s another device that will let you take your workshop where you go. A German-based company called Mr. Beam Lasers is raising funds on Kickstarter for its eponymous product. Mr. Beam is a laser cutter that you can…

Open Source Watch: Time Consuming Timepiece

Open Source Watch: Time Consuming Timepiece
Got time? Why not make a watch? Jonathan Cook is working on an open source smartwatch based on an Arduino-compatible microcontroller. Simply called the Open Source Watch, the steps and parts list are freely available for talented tinkerers to emulate.…

Printoo Modular, Thin & Flexible Electronics: Diet PCB

Printoo Modular, Thin & Flexible Electronics: Diet PCB
Microcontrollers and other electronics components have been getting smaller and cheaper. A company called Ynvisible proves that these parts can be made much thinner as well. The company recently launched a Kickstarter fundraiser for Printoo, a set of modular electronics that are paper-thin and flexible.…

Google Glass Privacy App Spots Security Cameras & Other Glass Users: Soliton Radar

Google Glass Privacy App Spots Security Cameras & Other Glass Users:  Soliton Radar
Modern stealth action video games like the Metal Gear Solid series and the new Deus Ex often have a radar feature that lets you see enemies and cameras, among other things. New media artist Sander Veenhof made a similar app for Google Glass. He calls it Watch Your Privacy, and…
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