Category: DIY

Your guide on how to make interesting computer cases, perform nifty mods, hack your gadgets and tinker around with electronics

Vending machine that tweets whatever unhealthy you eat

Tweeting vending machine by Nottinghack

How would it feel if everytime you use a vending machine to get a snack or sweet, a tweet about your purchase is relayed back to your followers? That is what a bunch of UK-based group of artists called Nottingham Hackspace have managed to do. They have hacked a vending machine bought from eBay with Arduino controller and somehow connected the cash payment system with a small little reader which has RFID chip. Once the payment is authenticated the information is send over to Nottingham Hackspace server named Holly and it tweets your name along with the purchase you have made.
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20-year old Taiwanese student makes wearable Cardboard Iron Man Suit

DIY Carboard Iron Man suit by Kai-Xiang Xhong

The world is fascinated with the idea of Iron Man, and no wonder why so many creative beasts are embarking on the idea of making their version of Iron Man suits and accessories. 20-year old cardboard artist and student from Taiwan, Kai-Xiang Xhong has made Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit using just corrugated cardboard. What’s even more surprising is that it can be worn and one can walk freely or move body parts while wearing it. This artistic student took time from his free hours and made this amazing Iron Man suit over the course of one year which is a herculean effort considering he is a full-time student.
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Orchestra: Retro-styled wooden casing for Jawbone Big Jambox

Orchestra wooden casing for Jawbone Big Jambox

Jeffery Stephenson from Mcalpin, Florida has a knack of making beautifully crafted wodden cases which was apparent from his earlier creations like Flightline and DuMont. Now he is again in the limelight with his perfectly hand-made casing for Jawbone Big Jambox that draws inspiration from 1961 Curtis Mathes stereo console. Dubbed as Orchestra, the mid-century decorative housing made from mahogany wood/American black walnut for Jawbone Big Jambox reminds us of the magical 60s and 70s era when televisions and radios were a big hit.
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Super Nintendo modded into a cool arcade gaming machine

Nintendo SNES arcade machine DIY

Mod Super Nintendo Entertainment System into an arcade machine and you are all set for some really cool gaming on weekends. Invite your gaming buffs for a weekend party and all they would want do is get hold of your Super Nintendo Arcade Machine. But for that you’ll have to follow the intuitive DIY by [Nzen Mods] who modded a Super Nintendo SNES into a super cool gaming rig that has classic arcade controls. The SNES controller has been replaced by real arcade controls and second controller can be added for multiplayer fun while drooling over gaming titles like Super Mario, Donkey Kong Country or Super Metroid.
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Go Baby Go designs custom toy cars for physically disabled children

Go Baby Go cars for disabled kids

Physical disability can be a real roadblock for a child who has to bear the wrath of fellow kids who are just normal because they can’t physically keep up with healthy ones. This can have a real effect on how the kid grows up and probably his/her mindset for the rest of their life. Cole Galloway, a physical therapy professor from the University of Delaware has taken the gauntlet on his shoulders to change that with an all new concept of making customized mobility toys for children with disabilities so that they can lead a very normal life. Go Baby Go is an initiative which gives these unfortunate children the chance to be physically abreast all the other kids in their group.
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Steampunk smartphone case with cooling fans

Steampunk smartphone case

Hiroto Ikeuchi, the maker of Diorama PC case mod everytime seems to surprise us with his amazing creations. This time around he has managed to come up with a smartphone case that is incomparable to any other smartphone accessory in the market. A smartphone case which has the look of a geeky steampunk phone and is loaded with fans on top the battery, graphics board and lens for cooling down your phone while gaming. The original back cover of the phone has been removed and all this tech installation gives you phone a unique look.

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Ben heck mods PS4 controller for single-handed use

Ben Heck single handed PS4 controller Ben Heck, the modding king is back in the limelight with his newest creation, a single handed PlayStation 4 controller for the disabled. The controller has been build due to numerous requests from his followers to make one just like the single handed wireless Xbox 360 controller. Ben calls it the Accessibility Controller for PS4 as all the left hand buttons have been moved to the right hand side to make everything in accessible quarters for one handed use. When compared to Xbox 360 controller, the PS4 controller has a little cramped space when it comes to placing the buttons and that is why Ben had to make use of 3D printing technology for making custom parts which hold the gaming console buttons in their new position. Read More…

Sixth graders make solar powered emergency rescue beacon

Emergency PiBeacon

Children from class six of Mereside Primary School’s on Langdale Road have made an Emergency PiBeacon for natural calamity struck areas as a part of the competition at Science Museum in London on April 2 with the prize being £1,000. Using Raspberry Pi as the brain of their weatherproof beacon and solar power to provide the juice for running it, these child prodigies managed to do what can be a proud thing for us all.
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Indian student invents shoe that charges mobile devices while walking

Shoe charger for mobile devices

Rajesh Adhikari, an ingenious 12th class Indian student has invented shoes that can charge your mobile devices any time you want. All you have to do is walk a mile and you are good to juice up your mobile device. The invention came as a result of heavy snow in the winters last year which left Nainital (hill-town) in Uttrakhand without any power for quite some days, disrupting life and leaving the kid bored with his phone out of power. This is when the idea of inventing a shoe that could charge his mobile came into light and he started working on it. In the end he made a functional version of a wearable shoe that has a small dynamo that charges up and produces 5V electricity as one walks or runs while wearing the shoe. Add to that the waterproofing credentials of the shoe, and you have a mobile charger no matter what the terrain or the weather conditions.
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Chinese dad creates Iron Man suit for his little kid

Iron Man suit DIY

In this fast paced life working parents get very less time to interact with their kids, only on weekends perhaps. But an intuitive DIY can compensate for all that lost time as your kids get overwhelmed with joy at the niche creation. A Chinese dad, Huang Chu from the Yueqing City, Zhejiang Province who didn’t get much time to spend with his son apart from the few minutes of bedtime stories in the evening decided to give his child a gift that is priceless. An Iron Man suit with his own creative twist that cost him only 300 Yuan (US$49) and a month to put together.
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