DIYs & Mods

A Different Kind Of Trek

For those looking to ride where no man has ridden before, take a look at this U.S.S. Enterprise-inspired bike. Photographer Alan Light took this shot at the 1982 San Diego Comic Con and while it may not be fresh it certainly is fresh looking. Check out how huge that horn is! I bet it can blast the opening theme of ...

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Singing Sock Puppets

Not since the days of Sifl and Olly on MTV have I seen sock puppets singing. If Matt Irvine Brown gets his way though, he’ll have a choir of these singing socks howling at me on a bad night. Each puppet has built-in sensors that measure how far open the puppet’s mouth is. You can make the puppet sing higher ...

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DIY PVC Sprinkler

If you’ve ever been to Florida, you know that in the summer months it gets unbearably hot. Nothing feels worse than the heat and humidity of Florida. So when Carl Morris, a Florida resident, set out to cool his kids off, you can bet he tried damn hard. It seems that hard work and patience paid off in the form ...

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Digesting Duck Takes Magical Images

Taeyoon Choi is a tourist from South Korea who is tired of the monotony of photography. He asks the question, “Why is there no camera that takes photographs on its own?” So he devised a way to separate the camera from a human operator. Using French inventor Jacques de Vauncanson’s Mechanical Digesting duck, Choi has turned it into his own ...

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Soldering Floss

Truth be told, solder isn’t very pretty. I tend to chuck it in my toolbox and leave it there until I need it. I should really be more like these Flickr users that took solder-holding to the next level with empty dental floss containers. Very useful for the casual DIYer who isn’t using a mile of material a minute. Say ...

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Viva Las Vegas

Great project, strange name. Created by Danish artist Alexander Laner, Viva Las Vegas is a project that makes one gaze in wonder and amazement. Creating POV visuals from a spinning set of recycled hardware and neon lights, Viva looks to engage the user in an inebriated state and hold their attention continuously. So if you’re in Copenhagen, Denmark anytime soon, ...

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DIY: USB Missile Launcher

Pesky trespassers, beware! This USB missile launcher is outfitted with a radar that picks up enemy movement in its field of vision. The instructions to make one are provided with a circuit board layout and a free download of the C# code to run it. Just plug this missile launcher into your PC and you’ll be scanning for Charlies in ...

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Protect Yo’ Neck With Blizzard Authenticator

Oh noes! Some key logger has taken over my World Of Warcraft account! All my gold is missing, all my gear was probably destroyed all because I left my password as “password.” Well, it won’t happen again ’cause Blizzard‘s got this Blizzard Authenticator they’re selling for just $6.50. It’ll keep them hackers out…unless said hacker happens to be ‘Zero Cool’. ...

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DIY MAME Arcade Is A Blast From The Past

This DIY MAME cabinet is the kind of arcade system you always dreamed of having as a kid. John Keeler has crafted this work of art and while doing so, was kind enough to throw together a HOWTO so you can build your own. Aside from some of the neat stuff thrown into this thing, such as two NES, two ...

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Mini Air-Conditioner From Stir Fry

So far, it’s been a hot summer and it isn’t getting much cooler. Do yourself a favor: order some takeout (preferably Chinese food) and turn the carton into a mini-desktop air conditioner. Fueled by ice and powered by six batteries, this air conditioner is simple to build and serves a practical use for sun stroke prevention. Clearly, it only cools ...

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