DIYs & Mods

Time Tracking of Yesteryear Finds New Light

Apparently, NXT STEP blog reader DTAAX’s watch must have broke, which would explain why he designed this LEGO sundial. This DIY finds a new way to tell time the old way. It was built using the LEGO NTX platform (plus a PDA for trigonometric functions) using a slew of light and touch sensors, allowing the sundial to perform like any ...

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Kill The iTunes Arrows

Know those arrows in iTunes that appear when you select a song? Yeah, the ones that take you to the iTunes Music Store when you’re trying to change tracks. Kill Apple’s dirty little secret and use this tip from TUAW to get your arrows to redirect to your iTunes Library. Instead of making impulse purchases on DRM-ridden tracks, you’ll end ...

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Spinning LEGOs Produce 3-D Blobs

Three-dimensional printing is tough. That is, if you don’t make one out of LEGOs. Gene Hacker posted his creation on Instructables: a 3-D printer made out of LEGO bricks. It’s still in its infancy of development but is more than capable of rendering 3-D blobs of frosting. Unlike regular Cartesian system printers, the one Gene built operates in polar coordinates, ...

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DIY Outdoor Pizza Oven

Thank Christ for Instructables. Without the DIY-themed site, I wouldn’t be able to to build a pizza oven in my backyard. That’s right. With a free weekend, underpaid laborers from a Home Depot and a few goombas, you and your “crew” can craft the ultimate earth oven. Bake ziti. Bake Rock N’ Roll pizza. Bake lasagna. Just make sure you ...

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Swarovski Contact Lenses Scream Classiness

A new technology has emerged that’s bound to change the way we view trashy women forever. Designed for only the most aristocratic tramps around, the Swarovski contact lens is the most absurd invention of the 21st Century. Imagine a pair of contact lenses with tacky Swarovski crystals embedded in them. Seems like an invention right out of Long Island, right? ...

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Disaster Papercraft

We love us some papercraft around here. You can imagine our excitement when we found this set of disaster-themed papercraft dioramas. Right now, you can download and build the Hindenburg and the Titanic. The Alamo is in the works and the author promises plenty more to come. I’d like to see a papercraft Ferrari Enzo all smashed to bits. What ...

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Dude Makes Full Size Star Wars Landspeeder In His Garage

Daniel Deutsch made a lifesize working replica of the Star Wars landspeeder. Deutsch’s masterpiece is 1:1 scale and was built with “a custom aluminum chassis, fiberglass body, and an electric drive system that hits lightspeed at 25 mph.” It is driveable, but there’s no word on whether or not this landspeeder is street legal. Even if it’s only able to ...

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Super Tabletendo

Finally a controller only the great Andre the Giant could comfortably handle. Inspired directly by Kyle Downes’ NES coffee table, Matt LaBoone worked all summer on this impressively gigantic SNES controller. I can’t imagine having a group of friends sitting around this thing each contributing their part to one button as they mash away while playing Street Fighter 2. Link ...

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Robot Death Race

Sure, watching the most impressive athletes in the world sprint a 500M is probably the most entertaining thing you’ve see in a long while, save for these racing robots from the the annual Robot Athletic Meet in Tokyo’s Akihabara district. Check out the robot on the left. He’s playing for keeps. It might appear as if it’s falling over due ...

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EEPROM Cufflinks Scream Class

Found on Flickr user Jmarler’s page, these EEPROM cufflinks are extremely beautiful. Soldered in place forever, these won’t be good for powering your Arduino but they could get your laid with a hot mom… Link (via)

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