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Play With Your Food

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If I gave you a chocolate wafer, you’d be happy. If I gave you chocolate wafer pieces that could be placed together to form a dinosaur or an airplane, you’d be even happier. Right? RIGHT.

Choco Fix allows sugar fiends to build edible models from chocolate wafer pieces. The kits include dinosaurs, racecars, horses, and airplanes and augmented reality packaging lets smartphone users envision the finished project in 3D. Cadbury challenged graduate students at the University of Arts London to use chocolate in an innovative way to combat the rising price of chocolate. This is what they came up with. I’d pay top dollar. How about you?  Read more about it at PSFK

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|  July 27th, 2014

“Didn’t Wash Hands” Alarm

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You could use this to get your kids in the good habit or you could use this to publicly humiliate your friends and family. It’s your choice. The Didn’t Wash Hands Alarm is exactly what it says it is – an alarm that will sound whenever anyone walks out the bathroom door without at least turning on the faucet.

Using an Arduino microcontroller, one sensor monitors the toilet, another the sink, and another the door. When someone uses the toilet – but not the sink – an alarm will sound. You could trick the system by simply running the water, but your friends and family don’t have to know that. Get the full tutorial and the Arduino code over at Make

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|  July 27th, 2014

IKEA Hack: Solar-Powered Bike Lamp Edition

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Bike lights are not cheap, and I’m always paranoid that they’ll run out of juice just when I need them. We’ve seen hacks with IKEA’s SUNNAN solar-powered lamp before, and they’re always cool. Especially if you can score a used lamp at a resale shop like this Instructable user did

The solar panel of the IKEA lamp takes approximately nine hours to charge, but it can provide three solid hours of light – and it will always recharge in the direct sun. Sounds good to me. And with four extra-bright LED lights and eight different LED animations, you’ll always be in sight. Plus, the light can easily mount on a backpack for maximum visibility.

Read the full Instructable for the Solar Powered Bike Light here

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|  July 20th, 2014

I Love Lamp

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I really do love this lamp. There’s just something about its industrial feel and its simplicity.

The Desk Clamp Lamp, designed by prolific Instructables user randofo, is stylishly made from galvanized pipes and other parts that are cheap and readily available at your local hardware store. Once you’ve gathered the parts, it’s sort of like piecing together a puzzle but you’ll be twisting pieces together instead. The height of the lamp can be easily adjusted by modifying the lengths of piping. Completely personalized? Who wouldn’t love this lamp?                 

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|  July 20th, 2014

Open a Door with Your Fingerprint

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Add this to the “things I don’t need but really want” list. Normal people open their doors with a key. But what if you could open a door with your fingerprint alone?

The fingerprint-scanning door opener was designed originally as a replacement for a garage door opener, but this motorized lock project could be altered for use on other doors. And let’s be honest – if you could open your garage door with a fingerprint, it would be quite impressive. Not to mention secure. The 3D-printed case is surprisingly sleek, and with a little Arduino and soldering you can have your own version of this geeky gadget. Read the full tutorial at Instructables

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|  July 13th, 2014

DIY Desktop Fist Bumper

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This is exactly what it sounds like. Totally stupid and yet totally awesome.

The Desktop Fist Bumper is exactly what you need to get through the workday. Just nailed a presentation? Fist bump. Closed a deal? Fist bump. Just flat out looking good today? Fist bump. This 3D-printed fist detects when your hand is near – using an ultrasonic range finder – and an Aduino Uno does the rest. Boom. Come on, you know you want to make one.

Read the full tutorial over at Instructables

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|  July 13th, 2014

3D Pen With Cool Ink

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When I say cool, I don’t mean just mean “neat.” CreoPop is a 3D pen with cool ink – both in temperature and in function.

Imagine literally drawing on air. That’s what you can do with CreoPop’s handheld functionality. Besides the novelty of drawing 3D objects with ease, there’s also amazing kinds of ink to inspire your imagination. Choose from elastic ink, magnetic ink, glow-in-the-dark ink, ink that changes color with temperature, and even ink that can be used for body paint. The ink comes in different colors and even different fragrances. Does it get any cooler than this? I don’t think so.

CreoPop has already reached its goal on IndieGogo

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|  June 29th, 2014

DIY First-Person-View Quadcopter

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No matter how old you are, flying a first-person-view quadcopter is one of life’s little joys. The trick is learning how not to crash.

Building your FPV rig from the ground up is step one. When you can choose your own components, you can piece together a setup that will make flying easier, like a camera with a 120-degree wide field of view and an antenna with a good range. And if you’re looking for a totally immersive experience, you can even go for some goggles instead of a simple screen on your ground station.

Read the full tutorial at BoingBoing

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|  June 29th, 2014

When Lights and Music Mix

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Sometimes makers make more than cool electronics, interesting inventions, and fancy robots – they make magic. One Maker-slash-musician did just that when he mixed lights with his piano.

This MIDI-controlled light fixture maps notes onto bulbs. When piano keys are struck, the corresponding lights fade in and out creating a beautiful glow. It’s like a medley of audio-visual delight. If you’re not interested in making music – or don’t know how – you can just make a pretty Edison bulb fixture. Follow the first few steps of this project over at Instructables

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|  June 22nd, 2014

Drones, Drones Everywhere

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Drones allow us to take amazing aerial video footage. Now it can all be compiled in one place thanks to a new site. Think of it as Google Street View but from above.  

If you’re feeling a bit of wanderlust, TravelByDrone can solve that problem. About 1,500 locations from around the world are crowdsourced onto an interactive map. I could spend all day watching aerial YouTube videos like this tour of a castle in France or this video of the Yangshou Village in China. This site is inspiring me to pack my drone with me wherever I travel.

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|  June 22nd, 2014