DIYs & Mods

Broom Surge Protector Powers Your Electronics with a Clean Sweep

Us gearheads are admittedly not the best housekeepers in the universe (at least this universe). Our brain is filled with so many other thoughts and ideas, how can we possible make space to remember our daily chores? And don’t give me that chore chart crap. That shit is for the birds. The Brook Surge Protector not only powers four different ...

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“Cognitive” Business Cards

Any DIYer worthy of the title should know about Lady Ada aka Limor Fried. She’s the ultimate maker and when I ran into her last week at a Gawker party, she brought along an Arduino-based robot she was working on. Needless to say, such a technophile needs an appropriate business card to match. Limor’s feature pop-out Spirograph shapes that you ...

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Crafts for Alcoholics: Butterfly Beer Can and Vinyl Wall Art

One recycling bin is hardly enough to hold the refuse of a single distinguished alcoholic. The problem is that sometimes your local recycling service limits your recyclable volume to one measly container. That leaves plenty of empty beer cans ready to be transformed. Not an alcoholic himself, Paul Villinski had to resort to picking beer cans off of the street ...

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BRABUS E-Class Mercedes

When most people see a Mercedes and think of performance tuning, the letters “AMG” come to mind. Understandable, but what most people tend to overlook is a little company based in Germany called BRABUS. You want your car tuned to the max? You go and visit BRABUS. Take, for instance, the 2009 Mercedes E-Class Coupe. BRABUS will turn the standard ...

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Arduino Drum Kit

Party on, Wayne! Look, if you don’t have an Arduino by now, I have no idea what’s wrong with you. Grab one and then plunk down some cash for this Piezo Drum Kit from Spikenzie Labs. It’s a mere $18.95 and will allow you to easily hook up piezoelectronic sensors to your board and start drumming with any tangible surface ...

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Fixing a Hole: Guy Fixes WWII-Damaged German Buildings with LEGO Bricks

Germany took some serious damage in WWII. Just because they were kicking some ass for a few years doesn’t mean they didn’t get what was coming to them. To this day, many German buildings show the damage they sustained during the war. Jan (pronounced “Yahn,” I suppose) Vormann’s project Dispatchwork has been showing itself, piece by piece, throughout Berlin, in ...

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Steampunk iPod

Touch? Touch is new school and us steampunk aficionados don’t like no stinkin’ touch! This old school iPod features the steampunking work of one Neal Bridgens. Adding wood, brass and copper to the device, he transformed Apple’s beloved music player into an ancient creation. It was created from scratch and if you have enough cash, Neal will whip one up ...

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DIY Steampunk Handgun

Now that you’ve gotten your fill of Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic Fallout 3, why not take the action out of the living room and into your local park. Wander the playground with this homemade steampunk raygun. It shoots radiation shots of some sort and may or may not give you throat cancer. If you want to make your own, it’ll take awhile ...

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LEGO Architecture Collection

LEGOs aren’t reserved to building cocks and sunglasses, you know. The latest series of building bricks revolved around architecture at its finest and begins with the new Frank Lloyd Wright collection. In case you forgot, Wright is that camous contemporary architect who did the Fallingwater house. Look real closely at the above image and it should start to all make ...

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Traveling Drum Kit

The concept was pretty simple. Take a bike and turn it into a drum kit. It sounds simple enough. But who would actually think of doing such a thing? David Osborne’s traveling drum kit takes about 20 minutes to transform from a bicycle into a… drum kit bicycle. The kit contains 5 cymbals, 3 snare drums and a foot pedal. ...

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