We’ve seen the Raspberry Pi 2 stuffed inside the case of the original Game Boy to make a retro handheld gaming sytem. Redditor bentika did the same but with the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero. The tiny board made the project cheaper, but no less complex.
Set and forget cameras like action cameras and dash cams expanded the applications of video cameras. But action cameras can be pricey, while dash cams are not versatile. If you’re looking for a cheap, user-friendly and open source alternative, check out Armstart’s WiCAM.
Master modder Ben Heck wanted to have a portable and compact dumb terminal to test single board computers, development boards and whatever else you may call them. It sounds like a simple contraption – it’s basically a keyboard and a screen with an HDMI input – but since Ben decided to reuse old devices and materials it ended up being a somewhat complicated project.
Bento Bioworks claims it has created a compact and relatively affordable device that incorporates the machines you’ll need to prepare and analyze DNA samples on the go. The Bento Lab is meant for professionals and enthusiasts, but there will be a starter kit for newbies as well.
These days, you can have a breathalyzer installed in your car, but someday the life-saving device may be able to warn you while you’re still at the party. Honda and Hitachi say they’re working on a breathalyzer that’s compact enough to be integrated into a car’s smart key.
We’re big fans of Sharon aka lovablechevy’s portable console mods, so we were very happy when she pointed us to her latest creation. She crammed the Atari Flashback 2 – an Atari 2600 variant with 42 games built-in – inside a 2600 cartridge.
The HELCY bag has a silly backronym – Healthy Ergonomic Laptop Case for You – but the idea behind it is actually pretty sound. If you usually take a stand with your laptop, why not carry one less item around and use your bag as the stand?
Z-target in the dark with the help of this more or less 1:1 scale Navi lamp by Etsy seller Candace aka AFK for Cosplay. Navi’s wings are made of resin while the LED is battery operated and can light up in seven different colors.
Mobile devices have become so popular as both still and video cameras that we now have lens attachments for phones and videocamera rigs for tablets. The ScopeAround system aims to add to that revolution by making affordable versions of scientific cameras that stream video to iOS or Android devices.
Ultraviolet lamps are cheap and easy to find, but if you want something compact Bite Designs’ ReveaLED could be worth checking out. It looks a lot like LED flash accessories for smartphones, except it emits UV light, and in fact does not even need a smartphone to work.
8Bitdo started out by making Bluetooth controllers that imitated Nintendo’s classic gamepads. It appears to be branching out to other types of gadgets but still with the same gimmick, as you can see with its new Retro Cube Speaker.
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.
We’ve seen how you can use a Game Boy or a Raspberry Pi to create a palm-sized arcade machine. If you’d rather go straight to squinting and playing, TinyCircuits has just the thing for you.
The Tiny Arcade is based on TinyCircuits’ Tiny-Duino, an Arduino-compatible computer and expansion boards that are all about the size of a quarter and can be stacked on top of each other.
Danish company infinityPV is working on what it claims is the world’s most compact solar charger. The HeLi-on is just 4.4″ long yet packs a battery and a long solar panel that rolls into its slim body, thanks to the company’s organic solar cell technology.
You can find a ton of DIY guides and kits to make arcade machines based on the Raspberry Pi, but if you’re willing to pay to play, watch out for Marcel de Haan and Hartmut Wendt’s Starforce Pi, a compact retro arcade machine with an internal battery.
Most mugs and bottles can keep a drink’s temperature for hours, but the new Ember mug can actually change the temperature of its contents. And I thought the self-stirring mug was magical.
This 350mL mug uses separate cooling and heating elements to change – and maintain – the temperature of its contents.