DIYs & Mods

Thank Me Later: DIY Portable Air Conditioner

It’s the middle of July and that means those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are really feeling the heat. With my current apartment, I have no air conditioning in my bedroom and during the day it becomes unbearable at times when temps start reaching the 90s. I need a way to cool off. Thankfully, Instructables user Farhanians has posted ...

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DIY: HDD Grinder To Sand Down Dull Tools

Have a bunch of old hard drives collecting dust in your closet? Why not turn them into something practical? You could turn one into an orchestra of annoying buzzing sounds or perhaps a clock. Jipa of Metku Mods has turned his deadbeat HDD into a grinder for sanding or sharpening. All it took was a little re-arranging of disks and ...

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iPhone 2.0 Software Available

Looks like the Apple fanboy community couldn’t wait one more day for the release of the iPhone/iPod Touch 2.0 software. Someone found the .ipsw file of the iPhone 2.0 firmware on Apple’s servers and posted the link on MacRumors. With iTunes 7.7 available (I just updated), you can now update your iPhone to the new software. Have an iPod Touch? ...

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Another Stunning Rube Goldberg Machine

So you’ve seen the Star Wars Rube and the perhaps that viral ad Cadbury did with the eggs. Now we’ve found a Rube Goldberg machine that most Americans would be proud to build. It’s none other than a cocktail-mixing machine! But not just any cocktail… This Rube Goldberg machine makes sheer delight out of the process of mixing a Falling ...

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Trip Out: DIY Arduino POV Device

Who doesn’t love a good POV device? Watching designs come out of spinning lights is always a pleasure for people of all ages. Now you can build one on the cheap and with an Arduino if you own one. Materials are relatively easy to acquire and the results look decent. Link (via)

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App Store For iPhone 3G A Smash Hit

Apple originally expected around 200 applications to launch with the iPhone 3G on Friday. Now that number has blown up to over 500 apps and developers are still working. According to Apple, response from developers has been tremendous and by the looks of some of the available apps (some of which are already available on iTunes), customer response should be ...

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DIY: Ard-e The Arduino Robot

Robotics can be an expensive hobby but cheap robot projects do exist. Instructables member Imadami has made a DIY robot with an Arduino brain that you can build yourself for under a hundred dollars. This remote controlled robot is stocked with a pan and tilt system that could be used to aim a camera or even a USB missile launcher ...

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Pedal Powered Panzer Fights War, Not Wars

Kick ass pedal powered Panzers are fighting the good fight. The second annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby inspired a group of guys to construct a human powered Panzer Kampwagen III in 11 days for the purpose of crashing the party. By the time they were finished the tank, they were too tired to crash any party, so they just spent ...

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Handmade Music Night In NYC Tonight

If you live in NJ or NYC and have some free time tonight, be sure to stop by the Etsy/MAKE/Create Digital Music Handmade Music Night event. It starts at 7PM and is being held at Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, NY. It’s easily accessible from the subway and yours truly will be attending and checking out some of the best DIY ...

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