• This Google Cardboard VR Toolkit Lets You Experience Virtual Reality For Cheap

    This Google Cardboard VR Toolkit Lets You Experience Virtual Reality For Cheap

    Sure, it’s not likely to provide anywhere near the sophisticated immersion experience of virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and ANTVR, but the Google Cardboard VR Toolkit sure makes serviceable VR perfectly convenient.  And, you never know, it might end up being awesome, too. Basically, Google made a software SDK called VR Toolkit, which lets you write virtual reality apps for Android smartphones.  It’s experimental, at best, so don’t expect the same level of support as core Android SDKs, [...]

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  • Lix Is A Portable, Professional-Grade 3D Printing Pen

    Lix Is A Portable, Professional-Grade 3D Printing Pen

    As much as we love the 3Doodler’s ease of use, we have to admit, the things it lets you churn out aren’t always the prettiest creations. If you’re interested in producing elaborate 3D objects, you’ll be better served learning 3D modeling and picking up a 3D printer instead. That may change soon, however, with Lix, a 3D printing pen that lets you fashion some professional-looking creations. Just like other 3D printing pens, it lets you draw sketches in the air, extruding plastic [...]

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  • TinkerBots: This is The Modular Toy Robot You’ve Been Waiting For

    TinkerBots: This is The Modular Toy Robot You’ve Been Waiting For

    Modular, snap-on electronics might very well become the choice educational toys of this generation, enabling STEM learning without the complexities associated with traditional avenues of training. As big fans as we are of products like littleBits, though, we have a feeling that TinkerBots will have a better shot at keeping children’s attention. Described as a “perfect hands-on introduction to the world of robotics,” it lets children build functional robots of varying complexities. Whether for 5-year old kids fashioning their first automaton [...]

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  • Someone Built A 3D-Printed Kayak And It’s Awesome

    Someone Built A 3D-Printed Kayak And It’s Awesome

    Who says you can only build small toys and little trinkets with the current crop of desktop 3D printers?  Certainly not this dude, who built the World’s First 3D Printed Kayak. No, it’s not a toy kayak that can only ride around in pools and bathtubs.  Instead, it’s a fully-functional paddle boat that you can use along real bodies of water.  Just pick up a kayak paddle, hit the beach, and you’re good to go. Heck, the kayak even has [...]

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  • Super Solar Recycler Science Kit Turns Trash Into Motorized Toys

    Super Solar Recycler Science Kit Turns Trash Into Motorized Toys

    I think children have been making toys out of throwaway cans and bottles since our ancestors were kids.  While those makeshift DIY playthings made for plenty of fun, they were definitely far from the sharpest-looking toys around.  The Super Solar Recycler Kit changes that. A set of mechanical plastic toys, they’re designed to attach to cans, CDs, and PET Bottles, turning them into playable vehicles and robot toys.  Even better, the set comes with motors and a solar power generator, [...]

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  • Shoretrax Lets You Build Mountain Bike Trails In The Backyard

    Shoretrax Lets You Build Mountain Bike Trails In The Backyard

    You love mountain biking. Unfortunately, you live in the city, making year-round access to a decent trail nothing more than a pipe dream. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case if you have access to a relatively large vacant space with Shoretrax. A track system, it lets you build singletrack trails that go up, down and tilt at various angles throughout its course just like a real mountain trail. The result looks like a ground-level roller coaster track, which, [...]

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  • X-Mat Assembly System Keeps Your Tools And Materials In Place During Shop Projects

    X-Mat Assembly System Keeps Your Tools And Materials In Place During Shop Projects

    Holed workbenches paired with bench dogs and wedges should make a decent enough system to keep wood items in place while you’re working on them. If you’d like something that can grab a hold of more complex stuff for large projects, however, we have a feeling the X-Mat Assembly System can do a more helpful job. Made by Woodpeckers, it’s a modular system for holding practically any item being worked on in place. With a variety of modules for workholding [...]

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  • This Lego Life Size Car Has A Working Air Powered Engine, Goes Upto 20MPH, Is Awesome!

    This Lego Life Size Car Has A Working Air Powered Engine, Goes Upto 20MPH, Is Awesome!

    On Feb 29, 2012, Steve Sammartino tweeted that he was looking for funding a very interesting project. He needed total of about $25,000 for this one of a kind project. Lo and behold, 40 people actually came forward to sponsor this idea. And all we have to do while sitting infront of our laptops and tablets is just admire this piece of art and engineering. Build using 500,000 pieces of Lego, this air-powered Lego car can reach upto speeds of [...]

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  • Visual Spicer Lets You Build A Garage Full of Papercraft Supercars

    Visual Spicer Lets You Build A Garage Full of Papercraft Supercars

    A while back, we featured those awesome-looking Papercraft Pagani Zondas sold by Visual Spice. Apparently, the shop’s owner, Taras Lesko, hasn’t stopped producing even more automobiles in paper form, with a bunch of new vehicles available from the site, including Ferrari F1s, Lamborghini Aventadors and even Bugatti Veyrons. Yep, you can now outfit a tabletop garage with a veritable fleet of papercraft supercars. Just like those Pagani Zondas, these new vehicles feature very elaborate papercraft designs that truly elevate them [...]

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  • Big Rig Pedal Powered Desk Charges Your Laptop, Lets You Exercise While Working

    Big Rig Pedal Powered Desk Charges Your Laptop, Lets You Exercise While Working

    The Big Rig is a large work desk and stationary bike combo that also happens to be a kinetic generator, producing power from your pedaling motions that you can use to charge gadgets, power laptops and electrocute yourself for whatever reason it might serve you.  Sure, you may laugh at someone who chooses to torture themselves with bicycling endlessly just to create trickles of power, but when the apocalypse happens and the power grid goes down, whoever owns one of [...]

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  • Sugru Magnet Kit Combines Hacking Putty And Magnets To Amazing Results

    Sugru Magnet Kit Combines Hacking Putty And Magnets To Amazing Results

    We love Sugru.  Even though to this day, we still can’t understand how it manages to stick to everything.  We just accept it as magic, a genuine product of modern sorcery that enchants and beguiles.  Like Kate Upton’s runway walk.  Or something equally as awe-inspiring.  Because the wizards at Sugru knows we’re not as smart as them, they decided to spoonfeed us with one of the cleverest applications for their MacGyver compound: the Sugru Magnet Kit. Unlike the hacking putty [...]

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  • DIWire Bender Turns Steel Wires Into 3D Shapes And Sculptures Automatically

    DIWire Bender Turns Steel Wires Into 3D Shapes And Sculptures Automatically

      People have been bending steel wires into functional and decorative sculptures for many years now.  And for the most part, they did all that laborious bending by hand, which isn’t just tiring but highly error-prone.  It’s time we gave that job to the robots. And that’s exactly what the DIWire Bender does. Made by Pensa Labs, it’s a desktop-sized fabrication machine that bends metal wires into elaborate 3D shapes based on vector drawings input on a computer.  No more [...]

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  • MOSS Robot Construction Kit Looks Like Lots Of DIY Fun For All Ages

    MOSS Robot Construction Kit Looks Like Lots Of DIY Fun For All Ages

    Want to build robots?  Get LEGO’s Mindstorms EV3.  Oh, you meant you want to build robots without losing your mind.  Yeah, well, something simpler then.  Maybe the MOSS robot construction kit will be more your style. Made by Modular Robotics, it’s a system for building robots without messing with wires, codes, and fancy engineering tricks.  Instead, it uses individual modules with their own unique properties that you can snap together using magnets, allowing you to build different robots with a [...]

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  • Porta Pi Is An Arcade Cabinet Powered By Raspberry Pi

    Porta Pi Is An Arcade Cabinet Powered By Raspberry Pi

    Ever thought the Raspberry Pi would make a great processor for building your own retro arcade box, but weren’t quite sure how to put one together?  Not a problem, as somebody did the job of figuring things out for you.  Called the Porta Pi, it’s a DIY video arcade cabinet built around the popular $25 computer.  We know, seeing “DIY” is scary as heck.  This set is designed to be put together with ease, though.  No measuring lines on wood, [...]

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  • DIY Gamer Kit: Build Your Own Game Console, Code Your Own Games

    DIY Gamer Kit: Build Your Own Game Console, Code Your Own Games

    Even the most celebrated video game legends started out from humble beginnings.  And if you harbor dreams of making the next big gaming innovation when you finally leave mom’s basement in a few years, you’ll have to start out somewhere, too.  We think this DIY Gamer Kit is as good a place as any. Made by Technology Will Save Us, it’s an Arduino-based all-in-one kit that contains everything you need to build a rudimentary handheld game console.  Sure, it’s nowhere [...]

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  • Kinetic Creatures Bring Cardboard Animals To Life

    Kinetic Creatures Bring Cardboard Animals To Life

    Cardboard animals you have to assemble yourself can keep a kid busy for hours.  When the finished toys integrate mechanisms for walking on four legs, those hours are likely to multiply.  And we’re guessing that’s exactly what will happen with these Kinetic Creatures. Made mostly from pre-cut cardboards, with rods and wires to facilitate movement, the cardboard animals can be made to walk across your cardboard table by simply cranking a wire turn handle.  Yep, just like a low-tech cardboard [...]

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  • Rubbee Turns Your Bicycle Into An Electric Bike In Seconds

    Rubbee Turns Your Bicycle Into An Electric Bike In Seconds

    Aftermarket systems for turning regular bicycles into full-fledged e-bikes, like the Gruber Assist and the E-Powered Downhill Kit, have existed in the past.  So far, though, we haven’t seen one that offers the same ease of installation as the Rubbee. Billed as “a revolutionary electric drive which can be mounted on any bicycle in just a few seconds,” it literally lets you equip an erstwhile regular pedal pusher with e-bike capabilities near-instantly.  Plus, you can attach and detach it at [...]

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  • WaterColorBot Is An Awesome Watercolor Painting CNC Robot

    WaterColorBot Is An Awesome Watercolor Painting CNC Robot

    Remember chart plotters from back in the day?  While those things have, pretty much, gone the way of the dinosaur, someone figured out a way to repurpose their mechanism to make this art-creating WaterColorBot. Made by 12-year old maker Super Awesome Sylvia and Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, the contraption will take a design you made from a computer paint program and transfer it to a canvas using watercolor.  Granted, the result isn’t likely to get you a show at the [...]

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  • DIY Sailboat Kit: How To Impress Your Wife By Saying You Are Building A Boat From Scratch

    DIY Sailboat Kit: How To Impress Your Wife By Saying You Are Building A Boat From Scratch

    Sure, you can always just buy a little sailboat for taking with you during the summer’s weekend trips.  But why not impress the wife and kids by pretending to build one from scratch?   That’s exactly what you can do with the DIY Sailboat Kit. Made by the Balmain Boat Company, it’s a DIY sailboat kit that includes everything you need to assemble your own little sailer.  Everything is pre-cut, too, so you don’t have to do any difficult cutting work [...]

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  • littleBits Introduces Your Kids to Fun Modular Electronic Projects

    littleBits Introduces Your Kids to Fun Modular Electronic Projects

    I know plenty of parents who’d like to get their little kids interested in electronics — those engineers make serious money these days, after all.  Between the soldering, wiring and all the coding involved, though, even adults are probably going to end up more frustrated than entertained fiddling with a bunch of random electronic components.  New York-based littleBits is looking to change that by letting kids create working electronics without all the tedious work. Originally founded in 2011, the company [...]

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  • Arduino Robot: Finally, An Affordable Full-Fledged Platform For Your Robot Projects

    Arduino Robot: Finally, An Affordable Full-Fledged Platform For Your Robot Projects

    To say that Arduino’s micro controllers revolutionized prototyping and rapid hardware development for home tinkerers will be an understatement.  And it just keeps getting better.  Now looking to extend beyond single micro controller boards, the company has announced their latest product: the Arduino Robot. Made in collaboration with Complubot, it’s a Roomba-shaped robotic platform that further extends the kinds of projects you can build from the comfort of your mom’s basement.  That’s right, robots!  If you’ve ever tried to leverage an Arduino [...]

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  • Portland Press Turns The Mason Jar Into A Coffee Maker

    Portland Press Turns The Mason Jar Into A Coffee Maker

    You already drink your morning coffee off a Mason jar for whatever reason, might as well make your coffee on it, too.  That’s right, you can turn the iconic molded glass jar into your new favorite coffee maker with the Portland Press. No, we’re not talking about settling for instant coffee to satiate your caffeine fix.   Designed by Bucket, this is a functional albeit small French press designed to be used with the humble Mason jar, effectively turning it into [...]

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  • Othermill Desktop CNC Mill Is Perfect For Making Custom PCBs, Jewelry And More

    Othermill Desktop CNC Mill Is Perfect For Making Custom PCBs, Jewelry And More

    You already make a whole load of original stuff with 3D printers.  Next step: turn those same objects into smart objects of sort.  If the kind of things you design, however, aren’t quite sized to hold conventional circuit boards that will let you turn them into self-functioning automatons, you’ll need to make your own.  The Othermill is designed to accomplish that. Made by Otherfab, it’s a desktop mill that lets you make custom circuit boards cheaply and quickly (1,000 mm/min [...]

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  • Papercraft Pagani Zondas Let You Build Your Own Supercar Fleet

    Papercraft Pagani Zondas Let You Build Your Own Supercar Fleet

    You already own a mini-garage full of papercraft trucks.  And you’ve had your fill.  Now, it’s time to get cranking on your own fleet of supercars.  You can start with these Papercraft Pagani Zondas. One of the rarest sportscars ever built (only 206 Zondas have been produced throughout its 12 year run), this is the kind of papercraft project to bring prestige to your toy garage. Sure, it won’t get you hot party girls with low self-esteem the way the [...]

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  • 3Doodler Is A 3D-Printing Pen

    3Doodler Is A 3D-Printing Pen

    Home 3D printing is hot right now.  Problem is, the learning curve isn’t quite that low — you’ll need to understand 3D modeling at a competent level to really get anything done.  The 3Doodler lowers the bar on the skills front, letting you produce 3D-printed creations by simply doodling with a pen. Unlike other 3D printers, this isn’t a tabletop rig hooked up to a computer.  Instead, it’s just an unusually chunky pen that contains all the hardware, software and [...]

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  • Papercruiser Foldable Model Vehicles: Build Your Own Fleet Of Awesome Trucks

    Papercruiser Foldable Model Vehicles: Build Your Own Fleet Of Awesome Trucks

    Granted, matchbox-sized papercraft models of awesome cars isn’t half as awesome as that Lifesize Papercraft Honda NSX we saw some time ago.  When it comes to papercraft projects you can actually build in your desk, though, we’re guessing these Papercruiser Foldable Models are more within reach for solo craft hobbyists. Don’t worry, there’s no need for high-end design skills in this one.  Instead, the models are sold as PDF files you can download.  Just print them to a decent card [...]

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  • Makey Makey Turns Pretty Much Anything Into Keyboard Controls

    Makey Makey Turns Pretty Much Anything Into Keyboard Controls

    When I was 13, I wanted to learn the drums.  Since I couldn’t bug my parents to get a me a real drum kit, I built my own setup with notebooks, hitting them and pretending to hear the sound in my head.  If Makey Makey was around then, having to imagine those sounds wouldn’t have been necessary. A gadget that turns any real-world object into a touch-sensitive computer control, all I would have had to do is hook it up [...]

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