• Perhaps The Best Way To Spend A Weekend – Build This CupCade DIY Mini-Arcade Kit

    Perhaps The Best Way To Spend A Weekend – Build This CupCade DIY Mini-Arcade Kit

    If building an arcade cabinet is among the unrealized dreams of your younger self, you’ll be happy to know that you can still have a chance to strike it off your bucket list.  And it’s going to be drastically easier this time around with the CupCade, a DIY mini-arcade kit. Made by Adafruit, the kit contains all the parts you need to build a proper miniature cabinet with all the electronics it requires to function.  Even better, it comes with […]

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  • Blacksmith Genesis Combines 3D Printer And 3D Scanner In A Single Compact Frame

    Blacksmith Genesis Combines 3D Printer And 3D Scanner In A Single Compact Frame

    If you’re going to own a 3D printer, you’re going to need a 3D scanner.  It’s just impractical having to design everything you want from scratch when there are perfectly usable real-world items that you can copy to accomplish what you need.  The Blacksmith Genesis is the first machine that does both, combining a 3D printer and a 3D scanner in a single rig. That means, if you want to 3D print a broken part, you simply take the broken […]

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  • This Flexible Smart Twister Can Carry Weights Up To 300 Pounds

    This Flexible Smart Twister Can Carry Weights Up To 300 Pounds

    Sometimes, you find a new product that can replace a slew of things in your garage and workshop.  This Smart Twister is one of them. A multi-purpose bar, it’s strong enough to serve as a hook for hanging heavy objects, as well as flexible enough to use as a tie strap for binding items together.  Even better, you can shape it yourself any way you like, so you get exactly the kind of hooks and loops you need to accommodate […]

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  • Worx Aerocart Wheelbarrow Can Transform Into A Dolly, A Cargo Trailer, And More

    Worx Aerocart Wheelbarrow Can Transform Into A Dolly, A Cargo Trailer, And More

    Described as one of the most innovative hand carts around, the Worx Aerocart can quickly convert from a wheelbarrow to a hand truck to a rolling bag, among a few other configurations. No more making do with the wheelbarrow you got when a dolly is the best tool for the job — this cart can be equipped to become any of 8 different manual transport equipment. Even better, the flexible function doesn’t compromise any part of the wheelbarrow’s functionality. Not only can […]

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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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  • Belkin WeMo Maker Kit Smartens Up All Your Gadgets And Machines

    Belkin WeMo Maker Kit Smartens Up All Your Gadgets And Machines

    A connected home is awesome and all but replacing everything in your digs with newly-minted smart counterparts (e.g. smart locks, smart doorbells, smart winches) just isn’t a fiscally responsible option for everyone. Heck, it’s probably a horrible idea for a lot of folks. The DIY solution? Hack an Arduino as a remote switch, then use it to control legacy appliances from a central source. Since not everybody is going to be stoked about having to do complex coding and electronics […]

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  • Pallete Lets You Make Your Own Modular Computer Controllers

    Pallete Lets You Make Your Own Modular Computer Controllers

    You can, pretty much, customize any keyboard to perform new functions and macros to simplify some of your computer work.  However, pressing keys isn’t always the most ideal way to perform every function.  In fact, I can think up a bunch of tasks that can prove easier when used with sliders, knobs, and flush buttons compared to a mouse-and-keyboard combo.  Pallete is designed to faciliate that. A modular control system, it consists of individual physical controls mounted on aluminum tiles […]

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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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  • 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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  • FlyKly Smart Wheel – The Easiest, Smartest DIY Electric Bicycle Conversion Design Ever?

    FlyKly Smart Wheel – The Easiest, Smartest DIY Electric Bicycle Conversion Design Ever?

    For the longest time (or a few months in the awesome world of new innovations and Kickstarter these days) I did not think anything was going to beat the Rubbee as the most simple solution for adding a motorized powertrain to your bicycle.  But it seems like if you want better aesthetics and a lot more features, the FlyKly Smart Wheel seems like a more fitting match. Designed to take the place of your existing rear wheel, it adds a […]

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  • Stikwood Turns Boring Walls Into Fancy Wooden Walls

    Stikwood Turns Boring Walls Into Fancy Wooden Walls

    You live in a house that’s more accurately described as a cement box.  Nothing wrong with that.  Except you fancy yourself a rugged outdoorsman and want to wake up to the sight of wood lining up your walls.  Apparently, you’re a rugged outdoorsman who’s weird about your interiors.  Nothing wrong with that.  Instead of rebuilding your walls with slats of wood, maybe you can settle for Stikwood instead. A peel and stick wood decor, it can turn any wall of […]

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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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  • Single Handed Barber: DIY Self Haircutting Made Easier

    Single Handed Barber: DIY Self Haircutting Made Easier

    You like cutting your own hair.  Like many who do, though, you usually end up having to bring it to a stylist anyway because, let’s be honest, cutting you own hair is just a horrible idea.  The exception to this is when all you’re doing is trimming your scalp to create a close-cropped hairstyle — just invest in a good electric trimmer and you’re good to go.  The Single Handed Barber just might be the best electric trimmer for DIY […]

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  • Gentleman’s Apron Lets You DIY It In Style

    Gentleman’s Apron Lets You DIY It In Style

    Men need to wear aprons, too.  And we don’t just mean a cheesy protective garment-slash-beer bandolier like the Grill Sergeant.  If you’re donning an apron for a serious job and want to look all serious while doing it, the Gentleman’s Apron should prove to be a serious option. Made by Korean company TRVR, it’s a manly apron designed to shield you from the dirt and debris of manly activities like fixing the pipes under the sink, sawing off wood, and […]

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  • Vampliers Makes Removing Stuck Screws Easier

    Vampliers Makes Removing Stuck Screws Easier

      Every handyman job is within every normal dude’s repertoire provided they have the right tools for the job.  It’s just like opening a cork — if you use a good corkscrew (or better yet, a power corkscrew), it’s easy; if you don’t, you’re likely to botch it.  When it comes to removing jammed, damaged or tamper-proof screws, you can either use your regular toolset or simplify your  life by getting the Vampliers. No, it’s not a pair of pliers […]

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  • Ninja Blocks Offer Hackable, Affordable Home Automation

    Ninja Blocks Offer Hackable, Affordable Home Automation

    Want to hook up your home to your smartphone, but don’t want to pay through the nose for a prepackaged home automation solution?  Set up your own smart home with the Ninja Blocks. A compact piece of electronic appliance that pairs with your smartphone, it’s designed for use with a host of sensors and actuators that can be set to monitor and control a variety of things around the house straight from your handset’s tiny display. Granted, it won’t be […]

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  • Quirky Sandables Combines Sandpaper With Play-Doh

    Quirky Sandables Combines Sandpaper With Play-Doh

    Sanding is never fun.  Not only is it laborious, it can get very difficult once you finish all the outer parts and move on to tight areas, such as corners, angles and grooves.  The Quirky Sandables look to help out on that last part. As you can tell from the name, this is another offbeat creation from crowdsourced site Quirky.  It’s, basically, a sander in a sort of Play-doh form, allowing you to shape it into whatever form factor you […]

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  • DIY Tank Headphones Are A Blank Canvas For Your Art

    DIY Tank Headphones Are A Blank Canvas For Your Art

    Your favorite pair of Beats headphones are cool, but it could be way better.  Like, if it actually sounded as good as a Sennheiser, cleaned your ear while you listened to music, and allowed you to customize its look drastically, you’ll like it a lot more.  While the DIY Tank Headphones can’t do anything about the first two, it should be able to help you out with the latter. Made by Aerial 7, it sports a unique customizable design that […]

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  • Mixing Mate Combines Paint Can Lid, Mixer And Dispenser

    Mixing Mate Combines Paint Can Lid, Mixer And Dispenser

    Working with paint is messy.  While the Mixing Mate won’t clean up your paint jobs entirely, it does tidy up the parts before and after you work with the brush (or the power edger). A replacement lid, it takes the place of the standard paint can cover, adding a bunch of features that should make working with paint cans a whole lot easier.  It can fit over any one-quart paint can openings, so you can throw one onto every paint, […]

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  • EasyEdge Powered Paint Edger Draws Those Straight Paint Lines For You

    EasyEdge Powered Paint Edger Draws Those Straight Paint Lines For You

    An angled sash brush, paired with a generous heaping of painter’s tape, should be enough to help you paint straight lines on your walls and ceilings like a pro.  But it’s not easy.  If you want to simplify those painstaking painting tasks, you’ll probably want to get the EasyEdge Powered Paint Edger. Made by Black & Decker, the pistol-gripped painting contraption makes covering up parts of the wall you don’t want to paint unnecessary. How?   By ensuring you always splash […]

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  • Arduino Due: Take Your DIY Electronics Projects To The Next Level

    Arduino Due: Take Your DIY Electronics Projects To The Next Level

    As awesome as the Arduino Uno is, it’s a really basic microcontroller that won’t let you build the kind of sophisticated thingamajigs you need to scare world leaders, much less conquer the world.  The Arduino Due doesn’t really change that by much, but it pushes you just a little closer to developing your very own doomsday device built out of Dad’s garage. Faster, more powerful and still cheap, the new board gets a 32-bit upgrade (ARM Cortex M3 architecture), giving […]

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  • Starter Arduino Kit Comes With A List Of Cool Parts And Projects

    Starter Arduino Kit Comes With A List Of Cool Parts And Projects

    The Problem: You’re interested in fiddling around with homebrewed electronics, but aren’t quite sure where to start.  Sure, you can hit the local electronics store, but you’re just afraid you’ll end up being peddled a bunch of crap you won’t have any idea what to do with. The Solution: This SparkFun Arduino Inventor’s Kit. Yep, it’s a full  kit containing everything you need to build an Arduino-based project right from the comfort of your home workshop/bedroom/mom’s basement.  Designed for absolute […]

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  • Black & Decker Matrix Makes Your Power Tools Modular

    Black & Decker Matrix Makes Your Power Tools Modular

    Carrying a full set of power tools isn’t easy.  Those things are big and heavy, after all.  If you’re looking to do handyman jobs without hauling an entire box of power tools, you might want to invest in Black & Decker’s Matrix Quick-Connect system. While it isn’t the first modular power tool we’ve seen, it’s certainly the most space-saving.  Instead of merely sharing batteries like other modular tools, it allows you to share the same base unit, merely swapping different […]

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  • DIY Street View Kit

    DIY Street View Kit

    Google Street View is awesome.  They’ll be even more awesome when they decide to document the surroundings in your middle of nowhere town.  Which, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be in the cards within the immediate future.  Screw Google and do it yourself with the DIY Street View Kit. Designed for simple operation, it’s easy to assemble and easy to set up, so you don’t need a team of engineers to get your own Street View campaign going.  Just decide how […]

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  • How To Build Your Own Lawn Chair Hovercraft

    How To Build Your Own Lawn Chair Hovercraft

    You want a personal hovercraft.  But even the cheapest hovercrafts are well beyond what your 9-to-5 grind’s going to let you afford.  While it’s far from the most stylish solution, this Lawn Chair Hovercraft would make a fine set to get you started. Made by Adam Savage at Wired’s Geek Dad blog, it’s a hovering platform with a plastic lawn chair attached on top.  That means, you can plop down on your bottom comfortably, all while floating around the yard […]

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  • SpinRay DeckPower120 Is A DIY Plug And Play Solar Module

    SpinRay DeckPower120 Is A DIY Plug And Play Solar Module

    You’ve always wanted to install solar panels in your house, but the whole complicated setup and expensive cost just feels a little too daunting for your overly simple charms.  Maybe the new SpinRay DeckPower120 will encourage you to finally take the leap. Designed for DIY installation, the solar panels can be put in without learning all that electrical black magic professional contractors perform every time they rig up a roof with sun-soaking power modules.  Instead, just stand one of these […]

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  • ReaDIYmate: Papercraft Plus WiFi Makes For Interesting New Things

    ReaDIYmate: Papercraft Plus WiFi Makes For Interesting New Things

    WiFi is the new USB.  At least, that’s how it goes when it comes to desktop accessories and toys.  The ReaDIYmate embraces this new internet of things paradigm, adding WiFi connectivity to papercraft models that combine the classic with modern tech. Unlike many WiFi objects you’ll find online, this isn’t a kit that you’ll need to solder and glue up together for a weekend building project.  Instead, putting the stuff together is as easy as standard papercraft, with all electronics […]

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