DIYs & Mods

Redefining Wallets: One Of A Kind Recyclables

What could you possibly use a beaten up tennis ball for, other than a moving aid for a desk? “Not much.” would be the correct answer. Unless, of course, you’re pretty damn creative like the eco-friendly designer of these Redefining Wallets, made from recycled products ranging from trading cards to old tires to ticket stubs. Redefining Wallets offers a range ...

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World’s Tallest LEGO Tower Has Been Built

I’m pretty sure anyone who hates LEGOs is a commie bastard. The classic colored bricks have been a staple of everyone’s childhood and that love continues into adulthood. Case in point is the world’s largest LEGO tower, which contains 500,000 LEGO bricks and is 100 feet tall. Built in Windsor, UK, the huge structure commemorates LEGO’s 50th anniversary. Personally, I ...

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Cardboard Music Box Plays Square Waves

Though video game aficionados will benefit the most from a device emitting Paperboy-esque sounds, this homebrew music box. It generates random tones from an oscillator and feeds the audio through a speaker. All of which is housed inside a cardboard box mind you. The schematics, videos, plans, part list, etc. are available for download off of the website and truth ...

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LED Cape Would Fit Dracula Well

Seems the Maker Faire really stirred the DIY crowd up this year. For instance, check out this cape made by Andrew Lau. He stitched LEDs all over a black cape then used a microcontroller to display messages and the like. Doesn’t seem like it’d be too hard to whip one up yourself, though the microcontroller programming could get a little ...

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DIY Mac Laptop AC Adaptor Extension

I love my Macs and I’m sure you feel the same if you own one. In fact, I’m writing this post on my Macbook right now! However, Apple has really fucked up the AC adaptor that comes with the laptops it manufactures. I’m not talking about Magsafe, ’cause that shit is great. I’m referring to the fact that if you ...

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Battlebot Owns Pleo at the Maker Faire

We already let you know that the Maker Faire was this past weekend, so we hope you got a chance to check it out. If not, here’s one of the better highlights from the event. Seems Pleo, the robotic dinosaur toy everyone goes apeshit about, got his ass handed to him by Battlebot, a robot that looks like a lawnmower ...

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Blue Oyster Cult: Hacking RFID on the London Underground

Here’s an interesting little hack that will make those of you in London light up with glee. Some wisecrack DIYer went and dissolved an RFID-based Oyster card for the Underground. The result? A lot of wires and an RFID chip left behind. As you can see in the video above, the card continues to work flawlessly and can now be ...

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Da Table Is Da Coolest Table Dat You Ever Did See

I decided this homebrew LED coffee table is the perfect way to begin a new week. It’s called Da Table and features a grid of LED lights right below the surface of the table. The grid can also be programmed to display a number of messages and patterns through an integrated micro controller. Something tells me a cheeseball would buy ...

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Tetris Theme Performed On Bottles (Probably Alcoholic)

I used to spend hours tapping away at the original Game Boy, hoping to improve my Tetris score. While my score sort of topped out and some point, the Tetris soundtrack will always be stuck in my head. The funny thing is, that there was a setting in the original game which allowed you to choose from an assortment of ...

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Meaning of Time: Design Your Own Clock

From designer Bomi Kim comes the Meaning of Time, a clock that is designed to let you use whatever you please as hour and minute hands. Just ate Japanese? Throw some chopsticks in there for good measure. Though the diagram for Meaning of Time says you can insert anything into the two holes (that’s what she said!), I suggest you ...

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