DIYs & Mods

DIY: On / Off Footswitch for appliances and tools

Here’s a cool DIY tutorial on how to create your own on / off switch for small tools and appliances, even lights. To create the switch you’ll need an extension cord, an SPST pushbutton switch, 4x4x1.5″ electrical box, 4″ electrical box cover, 5/16″ flat washers, and a 3/8″ electrical box cable connector, along with a basic tool set. The tutorial ...

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Gameboy Konami Code Tattoo…Ouch!

Interesting…yes. Yet so extremely painful looking. Spotted on the same site that brought us the extreme wristwatch piercing. Quite an extreme way to show your love for the old Konami game code on the Gameboy. The retro style original Gameboy sure does bring back some memories too. And such a cute little tummy! — Andrew Dobrow Link

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Hack: PIC controlled visual guitar tuner and preamp

Using a PIC microcontroller and an old stereo system, the developer of this hack, known simply as Rob, created a guitar tuner that visually represents the tuning of your guitar strings. LED’s are used to indicate how well tuned each string is. I recently had to make a guitar amplifier and thought it would be cool to include a PIC ...

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DIY: Megaman image window PC case mod

Here’s a cool PC case mod. MetkuMods explains how to create an image window on your PC case to really any design you might want to choose. For this example, they chose Megaman as their inspiration. Worried about dust getting into the case? Don’t worry so much, the hole is covered up with fiberglass. Neat idea. — Andrew Dobrow Link

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The literal Bookshelf of Knowledge

Here’s a cool idea for a weekend project. A bookshelf made entirely of encyclopedias. The most literal bookshelf we’ve ever seen. The inspiration behind this project was to get rid of unsold books from a Half Price Book retailer. Pretty damn snazzy if you ask us. Give it a try and let us know how it goes! — Andrew Dobrow ...

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DIY: Matchbox Pinhole Camera

Here’s a nice way to make yourself a camera for almost no cost whatsoever. All you’ll need is a full and an empty roll of 35mm film, a matchbox, some black tape, and a bit of tin foil. The finished product leaves you with a camera capable of shooting pictures at f90, which mixed with some ISO100 film, should leave ...

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Subliminal acoustic wave sequence to prevent game addiction

Korean start-up company Xtive has developed an inaudible sound sequence which is said to ward off online game addiction. The details raise our creepiness flags though. The sounds are based on subliminal effects. The sounds repeatedly sequence to tell the player to stop playing, repeating about 10,000 to 20,000 times a second. Xtive says that the sounds go unnoticed by ...

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Motorized Rollerblades: Gets you from point A to point B

Here’s a cool little mod we found while surfing the waves of tubes. Ross from Random Good Stuff won these cool Motorized Rollerblades on eBay for only AU$100. Here are the specs of these hacked wheels (the curious and maybe subliminal numbering of the list hereafter is not our creation, but the source’s): 1) Engine: Two-Stroke, 25.65cc,HUASHENG engine (The best ...

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DIY: Boost your WiFi signal using a cell phone hack

[ev type=”flashvideo”” width=”320″ height=”240″ data=”http://media1.break.com/dnet/media/2007/1/how_to_boost_wireless_signal.flv” clicktext=”Click here to watch!”][/ev] Here is an awesome hack which allows you to boost your WiFi signal using your cell phone. Basically, the premise is to trick your computer into reading off of radio frequencies as well as Internet frequencies, by wrapping an ethernet cable around your cell phone. Very cool and effective. — Andrew ...

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MagnoGrip for the smart Do-It-Yourself’er

This is a glorious idea. One problem of working on DIY projects is that those damn nuts and bolts that you need to remove are always quietly rolling under the heaviest furniture they can find. A solution could be placing loose nuts (hehe) into a jar or dish, in order to keep them captive. Or you could do it the ...

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