DIYs & Mods

DIY: Cellphones are the new house keys

Keys, keys, keys. Why do we still use those blasted devil trinkets? We say, let’s revolt against the key entry conformity. And here’s how. Home hacker Ashish designed a simple dtmf decoder that can control door locks when it is synced with your cellphone. To unlock the door, all you need to do is call the phone connected to the ...

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How to use trash as furniture: The Non-Hobo Edition

Conservation. That’s what it’s all about, people. Using the resources you have so you don’t have to waste on other resources. This concept offers consumers an easy way to have furniture for their TV area, without having to run to Ikea. The unfortunately named designer of this project, Tom Ballhatchet, designed this packaging so that the cavities of the polypropylene ...

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Nokia n800 running Second Life

Those of you into hacking your mobile devices will be pretty amazed by this. Second Life resident Wrestling Hulka has hacked his Nokia n800 device to run a limited version of the Second Life platform. How limited is the software when running on a mobile device? Let’s put it this way. Hulka says that he can pretty much only IM ...

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DIY: Make your own GPS cellular rotary phone

Rotary phones might have went out with prohibition, but that doesn’t stop people from tinkering with them. This project allows you to mod a rotary phone to work as a cellular device with a built-in GSM system, as well as a GPS device. The premise of this project lies in its connection to the GSM network and a Atmega 8 ...

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68 iPhone bugs you can try at home

A lot has been said about the iconic iPhone, and frankly, we are sick of hearing about it. Though, we are sure as hell not tired of playing around with our phones yet. AppleHound has put together a list of 68 bugs and flaws in the iPhone interface and performance which you can test out at your own leisure. These ...

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Recycle different: Soda can jewelry

To recycle a soda can, you usually just throw it away into one of those government mandated recycling bins. How about a creative way to use your empty cans? Look no further than Etsy. Available are these Dr. Pepper Earrings ($7) and the Mountain Dew Bracelet ($8), which can also double as a necklace for midgets. These would make a ...

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The most effective iPod security system? Make it look like a Zune

Sure, this might be a cheap jab at Microsoft, but I think the sales numbers of these two “competing” media players, if you can actually call it competition, show all you need to know. Hide-a-Pod is really a much more ingenious idea than any other iPod anti-theft unit we’ve ever seen. Well, maybe other than the one where you hide ...

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Sideways Bike mixes up the old “facing forward” tradition of riding

Billions of people ride bicycles. Millions ride them daily. Yet, there has been relatively little change in its design for the 200 years it’s been commonly used. This design by Michaels Killian revamps the age old method of forward facing bike riding and creates the Sideways Bike. Other than the clear fact that it looks unique and extreme, riding the ...

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Add your own ringtone to your iPhone: Heh, that kinda rhymes

The inability for iPhone users to add their own custom ringtones is something that has been plaguing men since the dawn of time (dawn of time for the iPhone that is.) So now it’s time for us to hack our iPhones, well, at least those of us who own Intel Macs. Hack The iPhone has put together a cool tutorial ...

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DIY: NES controller meets Motorola SLVR

The hustle and bustle over the iPhone has left news about any other phones in the dust. With a gadget like the iPhone around, what else matters?! DIY’s we say! This gaming modder took the innards of a Motorola SLVR and stuffed them into a stripped NES controller. As you can see, holding up a NES controller to your ear ...

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