DIYs & Mods

Hide A Hard Drive In a UPS For Undercover Downloading

In today’s world, leaving all of your illegally downloaded movies and music out for every RIAA or MPAA exec to see is just plan stupid. And that doesn’t even include all of the freaky porn you have collected. Fortunately, if you have an old UPS lying around, a simple hack can turn it into a fully functional hard drive. And ...

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Walking Head Combines Fear Of Spiders With Fear Of Creepy Autonomous Robots

Even if you don’t appreciate art, you can’t deny that this Walking Head Robot by Australian artist Stelarc is captivating. Among other features, the Walking Head has a scanning ultra-sound sensor that detects a human presence. When a person does enter the gallery, it will stand and go through a pre-programmed series of movements – using its tilt sensor system ...

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Make MacGyver Style Lightsabers In Two Minutes Flat

MacGyver was all about making cool shit out of stuff that was just lying around. That having been said, if MacGyver ever needed to make a toy lightsaber to get himself out of trouble, this is how he would do it. All you need is some flashlights, plastic tubes, lenses from 3D glasses, reflective material, and some tape. Now your ...

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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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