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iPad + DSLR = Photo Booth

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Everybody loves photo booths. Even though they’re overdone, they’re still the hit at every party. Instead of forking over serious cash for a rental, here’s how one Instructables user rigged up a professional-looking photo booth with stuff she had at home.

You’ll need an iPad, a DSLR, and an Eye-Fi card – one of those wireless SD cards. The thing you might not have at home – unless you’re a serious photography buff – is an intervalometer, which lets you set how many photos should be taken and the time delay between each one. Then comes the fun part – building the structure these devices will hide in. You can really do whatever you want here, but Instuctables user acoens added plywood and built around an existing structure.  Read her full tutorial at Instructables

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|  April 20th, 2014

DIY Paper Velociraptor

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What happens when a girl enters a party wearing a 15-foot-long cardboard Velociraptor costume? She gets a lot of attention. And she wins the costume contest. Now she’s Kickstarting a project based on her design.

While Lisa Glover’s original costume design is not yet available for purchase, you can grab a three-foot-long version right now on Kickstarter. The Kit-Rex arrives flat-packed so you’ll have to assemble the Bristol-board dino by following the folds and tabs. Think of it as a 3D puzzle that doubles as a toy – or the perfect desktop companion – when it’s done.

P.S. Glover says she is planning a large Velociraptor costume in the future – fingers crossed! 

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|  April 13th, 2014

How Drinking a Beer Will Make You More Social

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When it comes to smartphones, we all have one thing in common: a love-hate relationship. We’re so obsessed with our cell that it’s become an extension of our own hand. And yet we judge others as they check their phones at dinner, among friends, and during meetings.

Well, here’s one step in the right direction: The Offline Glass. It’s a beer glass that only stands upright when it’s resting on a cell phone. It was created by a Brazilian ad agency to encourage friends to interact with one another instead of their screens. You can’t buy one yet, but we know we’re not the only ones who hope someone puts their 3D printer to use. Read more about it at NPR

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|  April 13th, 2014

Giant Hamster Wheel? Or Two-Bedroom Apartment?

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I hope art doesn’t imitate life because in this case it’s insane.

Two men have decided to call a giant hamster wheel home for 10 days. But that’s not the whole story. One lives on the inside of the wheel. One lives on the outside of the wheel. Chairs, bedding, sinks, and dressers are all built into the Ferris-wheel-like structure. Cool, right? Here’s what’s not cool though: these two men have to coordinate each and every move throughout their 10 day stay or their hamster wheel world will become imbalanced.

Watch it in action at Animal New York

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|  April 6th, 2014

Print Circuit Boards at Home

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There have been big changes in circuit design lately, and it’s all thanks to conductive ink. I still think conductive ink-producing pens like Circuit Scribe are super cool, but this new Kickstarter project might take the cake.

Ag Inkjet Circuit (AgIC for short) turns your home printer into circuit-board manufacturing equipment via special ink and special paper. Wowza! It’s a quick, easy, and cheap way to create a precise prototype of a circuit pattern. Check out their Kickstarter campaign. They’ve already crushed their goal! 

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|  April 6th, 2014

Build Your Own Lightsaber. No Joke.

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If you want the most realistic lightsaber out there, you’re going to have to build it yourself piece-by-piece. That’s just what RPF user teecrooz did and the results are amazing.

Using parts from RB Replicas, teecrooz pieced together an Obi Wan Kenobi lighstaber that is more than just a model – it looks like a movie prop. (Fitting because RPF is an online community for movie prop aficionados.) After gathering the parts, teecrooz spent an extensive time weathering the reproduction with steel wool, soaking it in oven cleaner, and literally kicking it around to create a few dents and wear. Sounds kinda fun.

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|  March 30th, 2014

An April Fool’s Day Prank

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April Fool’s Day pranks may be childish… but this one is sure to turn heads.

Instructable’s Head in a Jar prank is subtle, simple, and satisfying. Dare I say sophisticated? You’ll need two photos of your head: a profile and a portrait. Using photo-editing software, you’ll merge the two images. (If you want to skip this part, just download Instructables user mikeasaurus’s completed image of his own head.) Now you’ll laminate the image, roll it, and stick it into a jar filled with color water.

The next person who opens the fridge will never see it coming… 

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|  March 30th, 2014

Makers In The Making

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There are a ton of subscription services out there from food to makeup to – ahem – adult toys. Kiwi Crate is a new one just for the kiddies that focuses on art and science. Makers in the making!

Kids love getting mail – now multiply that times ten when they open up a special activity kit with crafts and games. I mean, who wouldn’t love getting a kit on how to build a glow-in-the-dark firefly that “flies” on its own zipline? How do bug exploration cards sound? What about a DIY kaleidoscope? Kiwi Crates can be bought individually or on a monthly subscription. I’m keeping this one in mind for my nephew’s upcoming birthday.

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|  March 23rd, 2014

SF’s Delivery Drone Service

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Now here’s a way to use delivery drones. Forget the food and move on to pharmacy.

QuiQui (pronounced “kwi-key”) is a 24-hour delivery drone service that will supply San Francisco’s Mission District with on-demand drug store items. Order via the app, pay for your item plus the $1 delivery fee, and the goods will arrive in under 15 minutes. Feeling too sick to leave your apartment? QuiQui will bring you cold medicine and a Gatorade to make you feel better. Ran out of paper towel? QuiQui can drop off a roll in a snap. It’s convenient, fun, and cheap.

Read more about it at PSFK.

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|  March 23rd, 2014

DIY Magnetic Cable Organizer

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Every night, I fish my charging cord out from behind my bed and plug in my phone for a good night’s rest. Every day, I dig for my iPad charger in the cluster of cords that sits on the floor next to my desk. If only I had a magnetic organizer that kept my cords within reach…huzzah!

There’s a super easy tutorial over at MakeUseOf that will keep your cords in check. Pick up a pack of powerful but tiny magnets for $5 to $10 on Amazon. With a little super glue on the charging cords, these tiny magnets will snap your cables to a piece of sheet metal with ease. Attach the metal to the side of your desk or nightstand with double-sided mounting tape and there you have it – no more lost cords.

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|  March 16th, 2014