DIYs & Mods

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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Headphone Amp Inside a CD-ROM Drive

Here’s a nice mod that seems relatively easy to pull off. It’s a headphone amp inside an old CD-ROM drive and it even uses the drive’s headphones jack. Creator Gio Militano provides detailed instructions if you’re itching to build your own. Just make sure you’ve got a pair of proper cans to go along with it. If you don’t, make ...

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Para Para Revolution Is Rhythm With Your Fingers

Guitar Hero got lame pretty damn fast and Dance Dance Revolution was never straight. Para Para Revolution however, isn’t nearly as bad. Instead of dancing on foot pads or playing a fake guitar, the player wears gloves with accelerometers that detect their hand movements. The gloves focus on both hands’ waving motions. The player has to follow the rhythm and ...

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Is Laurier Rochon Clean?

Earlier this month, I was sitting on the can reading the latest issue of MAKE magazine. Inside, I read about Laurier Rochon and his deodorant-based docking station. At first, the concept sounded a bit off color but after reviewing his project, dubbed “I Am Clean”, as a whole, I’m proud to report I’m obsessed with it. Laurier used an Arduino ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Nintendo DS Music Apps

We’ve talked previously about how the Nintendo DS can be used in all kinds of fun ways, including both homebrew and music. The fine folks over at Remaincalm.org have rounded up 25 pieces of audio software for your enjoyment. You’ll find everything here: drum machines, sequences, mixers, loopers, bit crush filters, trackers, MIDI interfaces, samplers, synths and so much more. ...

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Cassette Tape Lamp Won’t Overdub

Broke? Need a lamp? Stuck in 1988? Grab those B-52s cassette tapes you left in your parent’s attic and some glue baby, ’cause we’re makin’ a lamp! The team at Transparent House glued a bunch of tapes together and shoved a light bulb in there, creating a unique-looking lamp that also sends out a fractal pattern on the walls around ...

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Papercraft Malware Bots Attack!

Though a company like Symantec is generally lame, what it’s done recently might restore a little faith in the software manufacturer. As part of an awareness campaign to help inform people about malware/virii/beat shit on the Internet, Symantec has created a neat set of papercraft robots you can print out and fold. Make a bunch of them and have ’em ...

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DIY Cord Keeper

Don’t you wish your home had a fancy cord-keeping system like that of an office building, library or school? Fat chance, unless you’re on a decent budget. For the rest of us, there’s this fantastic DIY cord keeper from Chris Metcalf. It involves plastic, a drill and a whole lotta love. Oh, and a little double-sided tape never hurt. Take ...

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Kawasaki KZ440 Electric Motorcycle Conversion

I’ve always wanted a motorcycle but I don’t think I’m responsible enough to ride open-air-style down a highway at 120 MPH. Ben Nelson, however, is more of a risk taker. The lucky sonofabitch got a 1981 Kawasaki KZ440 motorcycle for a mere $100. He swapped out the (broken) motor and was able to add four huge batteries for $160 and ...

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