Category: DIY

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

Jamie Hyneman’s high pressure air gun that fires non-lethal rounds [Video]

Jamie Hyneman’s high pressure air gun that fires non-lethal rounds

Jamie Hyneman (American special effects expert) has been in hibernation for quite a while now in his workshop making something new and it is impressive let me tell you that. He has made a high pressure air gun that is suitable for firing non-lethal rounds especially in case of a riot or any other situation where you need to pin down the perpetrator sans any bloodshed. As Jamie explains in the video that follows, this air gun is quite powerful and has three different setting to toggle the intensity of the shot.
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DIY MorpHex MKII transforms from a ball into a six-legged robot

MorpHex MKII robot by Kare Halvorsen

If you think robots are better of being autonomous in the 21st Century, a seasoned hobbyist Kåre Halvorsen has done it differently with his all new rolling/walking robot dubbed the MorpHex MKII. This robot transforms from a ball into a six-legged walking robot, and instead of being autonomous, is controlled using an R/C car-style remote control. Engineer Halvorsen’s transforming hexapod robot is an extension of the original MorpHex he built back in 2012. The spherical robot features a reinforced plastic body and is stuffed in with motors to facilitate refined movement.

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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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