DIYs & Mods

Hack: Extract 32 AA Batteries From a Single 6 Volt Battery

Interestingly enough, if you pop open certain 6 volt battery brands you will find 32AA batteries inside (a Heavy Duty Powercell was used in this example). That could mean some serious savings for anyone accustomed to buying expensive AA batteries. Then again, we have no way of knowing how these AAs compare to those brands, so it might still make ...

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Are MP3 Players The New Stethoscopes?

According to Canadian researchers Dr. Neil Skjodt and Bill Hodgetss MP3 players with built in microphones make for a better stethoscope. Why? Because the plastic shell that they are encased in makes capturing low resonance notes easier. They can also record the sounds – which allows for file archiving and the the ability for far away experts to analyze a ...

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Hacked: Acoustic Guitar iPod Dock And Stereo

London based design firm Conran and Partners has taken an old acoustic guitar and repurposed it as a unique iPod dock / stereo combo in preparation for this week’s Deptford Design Market Challenge (London: September 15-27th). The goal is to redesign discarded thrift store objects into something new and exciting – and by the looks of things this hack manages ...

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Leaked: Nokia 8900 pictures

If sources are correct, the above image might be a leaked photo of the Nokia 8900, the next addition for the Nokia 8xxx series. According to rumors floating around the net, the Nokia 8900 will come equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera and 3G connectivity. By the looks of it, the 8900 will continue to offer the same luxurious design ...

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How To: Build A Bad Ass Hard Drive Clock

Over the last few months Hard drive clocks have been all the rage on sites selling handmade goods, but most of them have featured clock mechanisms inserted into a HD shell. Unlike those devices, the clock featured here actually uses the drive mechanism and heads to tell the time (the arms indicate minutes and the platter position used to indicate ...

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Etch A Sketch Art: Etch A Sketch is the new Lego

If only I could have used my old Etch A Sketch like this guy does when I was a kid, my parents wouldn’t have called me a failure constantly. Using toys much like the Lego Artist, Jeff Gagliardi uses the simple Etch A Sketch toy for a not so simple purpose…recreating masterpieces of art. For the last 35 years, Gagliardi ...

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How To: Make A Giant Screen Nintendo DS

If you would like to take all of the portable fun out of the Nintendo DS by supersizing it, be prepared to shell out around $600 for parts. Still with me? If so, check out the link below to find out everything you need to put one of these together yourself. On the other hand, you could simply offer the ...

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Why Make An Internet Enabled Coffee Machine? Because You Can

Imagine a coffee maker that precisely times your coffee and delivers a perfect cup time and time again – all thanks to the power of the internet. Now your caffeine laden dreams can finally become a reality thanks to the folks behind this Internet Enabled Coffee Machine hack. All you need to enjoy precision coffee and a more flexible scheduling ...

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How To: Hack A Toy Radar Gun For Better Performance

With one $25 Hot Wheels Radar Gun and a little bit of effort you can have a more “practical, useful, radar gun with better features” thanks to this hack by Kipkay. In the end, the mod will allow you to turn the gun on without having to hold the trigger down, and a new battery configuration will give you better ...

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How To: Salt Water Etch An iPod For Cool Steampunk Look

But won’t salt water etching fuck up my iPod? If that thought entered your mind as you read the title of this article, you probably don’t have the stomach to go ahead with this project. However, if you don’t mind taking a risk, or you are looking for an excuse to pick up one of the new iPods anyway – ...

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