DIYs & Mods

Hack: Use CoinStar without that pesky 9% service fee

The idea of CoinStar was a good one. We put in our spare change and CoinStar gives us cash. But then we realized that CoinStar charges you a 9% (!) service charge for something that you can do at a bank for free. So you can imagine our relief when we came across this CoinStar hack. We don’t know if ...

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Wiimote and Classic Controller form a civil union: Is it Wii love?

We came across yet another Wiimote mod and couldn’t help ourselves to share it will all of our fellow gearheads. Budding mechanical engineer Chris Williams spent his weekend doing something only us gamers can dream about. Creating yet a new interesting way of controlling your Wii. A note to Kotaku from Williams: I’ve always hypothesized that the “mystery” button (un)connects ...

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DIY: Declutter your desk using, um, all of your space

Some people are really set in their ways. Cluttered desks is a common problem and is becoming a habit for many of us. For a pretty minimal price, you can be like Van Mardian, and totally clean the clutter crappity crap off your desk, while still keeping all of your needed gadgets (or wanted, as most aren’t really needed unless ...

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Chap Stick USB, for the technologically embarrassed

If you are so ashamed of having a USB flash drive that you feel the need to hide it in a Chap Stick tube, maybe you shouldn’t have on in the first place. While this mod is certainly a good idea if you happen to be an undercover CIA agent and you need to get some confidential information, you might ...

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AA to D battery convertor saves time and money

Simplicity solves so many problems. This little battery adapted is an excellent of simplicity put to a use that nearly everyone can use sooner or later. This little casing converts one AA battery to fit where a D size battery should go. It only costs $5 and if you are in a bit of a rush, it can get the ...

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Zune Hack: Extend the size of your Zune antenna

Interestingly enough, the number of Zune mods, hacks, and accessories has been substantially lower then the tech community originally would of thought. This Zune mod lets you extend your Zune antenna. By “extend”, the modder really adds some surface area to the antennas transmitter. How much stronger will this make your Zune’s signal? We can’t say, but guesses are that ...

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Electronic pipe-wrench: one size fits all

Not all of us are DIY kind of people, but some are. When there’s a pipe problem we either have to handle it ourselves, or we’ll have to call a plumber. It can sometimes be annoying when we (and the plumber you paid to hire) don’t have the right size of pipe-wrench. Black & Decker has developed this 17USD electronic ...

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Kuka Juke Bot, the robotic DJ out scratches the pros

So…You wanna be a DJ? Check out these Kuka robotic DJs. The two robots are encased in a circle of LPs. Both robots working independently, grab a LP and place it on the turntable, where it proceeds to consume you in scratching and mixing madness. The DJ’s are actually two Kuka industrial robots which have been modded to be master ...

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