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If I told you that someone made a fully-functioning Braille printer out of a Lego Mindstorms kit, you’d be impressed. Now what if I told you that inventor was a seventh grader? Now we’re talking.
For middle-schooler Shubham Banerjee, BRAIGO v1.0 was just a simple science fair project. (What happened to the days of baking soda and vinegar?) What’s most impressive is that Banerjee’s printer was built at a much lower cost than comparable models. He’s still working on speeding up the printing process but plans to make his design open-source so people can build their own BRAIGOs. Read more about it PSFK.
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Who needs a bedside table when you can have an over-the-bed table? The Paracord and Pulley Hanging Table lowers from your ceiling and floats comfortably above your horizontal self whenever you desire. It brings a whole new meaning to breakfast in bed.
As someone who recently tried to eat a big bowl of ramen in bed while getting over a cold – don’t try it unless you want to make a mess – I am all for this floating desktop. Instructables user Matt2 Silver managed to build this project in a fairly simple way with $5 in pulleys, $10 in parachute cord, and $20 in pine board. Read the full directions over at Instructables.
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You’ve seen all those trendy new vintage-inspired iPod docks, right? They all cost a pretty penny. And although they look retro, nothing is as good as the real thing.
Instructables user ctx1985 found a way to mesh an antique radio and an unused iPod stereo. You’ll first remove all the guts – all of them! – from your vintage find. A Dremel will make cutting a rectangular hole for your dock much easier. Add your dock connector, connect your new guts, and viola! A truly retro but modern device for your home.
Read the full directions at Instructables.
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What looks like a simple leather cuff is actually a strip of musical magic. This project makes for an excellent gift – especially if you have a special song to share.
You’ll need a make your own music box kit, but you’ll be putting your own spin on the finished product. The most challenging part of this musical bracelet concept is not in the handiwork – it’s actually in the transposing of the music. You’ll need to transpose your song of choice so it can be played on a 15-tone music box. Don’t worry – Instructables user BrittLiv shares detailed directions and even a finished copy of the Tetris theme song.
What song will you wear? Read the full tutorial at Instructables.
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Did you say 3D vending machine? Yes, sir, I did.
Two University of Idaho students developed the original concept for SkyForge after being frustrated with the limited access to the 3D printer on campus. Now anyone can walk up to SkyForge and print just about anything as long as it’s smaller than the size of a basketball and the CAD design has been uploaded to the SkyForge website first. I think these kids earned an A, professor.
Read more about it at CNET.
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Sometimes I have to ask myself: Stupid or amazing? I’m going to go with amazing on this one. And I think the fish will agree.
Imagine a go-cart, but for fish. Now imagine a bucket of water sitting on a go-cart and a fish driving it. No, he’s not moving an underwater steering wheel with his little fins. The cart automatically moves in the direction in which he swims. That’s why I’m calling Studio Diip’s Fish on Wheels “amazing.” The Arduino-powered tank uses a web cam to detect which direction the fish is swimming then feeds it through a BeagleBoard. Whether Mr. Guppy is actually trying to steer the cart is debatable. I think it’s more of a “get me out of here” situation.
Read more about it at Engadget.
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It’s winter. You wear gloves and your phone rings and you can’t answer it and it’s annoying. But think about all the people who wear gloves every day. Construction workers. Motorcycle riders. Clowns. What are they supposed to do when their phone rings? Paint on some Nanotips, that’s what!
I’m happy to announce that the future is here and it is filled with touch-screen gloves. Nanotips looks like a bottle of nail polish, but it’s so much more. The liquid substance can convert fabric, leather, and rubber into digital responders with just a few strokes of paint. Don’t forget this pro tip: Nanopaint can even turn a pen into a stylus. The Kickstarter campaign has already blown past its goal, and you can pledge about $20 to get your own bottle in March.
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There have been a lot of epic Lego starships in our time. Like the 10,000+ piece Star Trek II U.S.S. Reliant or the 110 pound Battlestar Galactica Valkyrie made from 42,000+ bricks. Don’t forget about the 70,000+ brick replica of the Firefly Serenity.
If you’re not impressed yet, perhaps this seven-foot-long Lego Halo starship will do it. It’s an incredibly detailed reproduction of the UNSC Spirit of Fire that took an impressive four years (!) to build. Mark Kelso is the man behind the magic and this isn’t his first epic build. He created a six-foot-long Lego model of the Star Wars starship The Invisible Hand. Kelso calls these projects “Lego SHIPS” which stands for Significantly Huge Investment in Parts. I’d say so.
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It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. And it’s street legal.
The Ryno one-wheeled electric motorcycle is a project made by a dad for his daughter. She saw it in an episode of anime show Dragon Ball and wanted it. Daddy delivered. Those who test-drove it over at The Verge found it to be more intuitive than a traditional motorcycle and easier to maneuver. At 160 pounds, a five thousand dollar price tag, and a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour, it’s unlikely you’ll see commuters skimming the streets on a Ryno anytime soon. But it’s still effing sweet.
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File this one under “Yes, please.”
One geek dad wanted to ensure his new son would grow up to be a geeky one. So he made a set of alphabet blocks, but not just any set. All four sides of all 36 blocks feature a nerd hero or object. A for Ada Lovelace. I for Indiana Jones. T for TARDIS. Z for Zelda. The images were laser engraved onto wooden blocks and were finished just before his son’s first birthday. The bad news is the blocks aren’t available for purchase. You’ll have to make your own.
Read the full list of images featured on the alphabet blocks here and find more about the project at CNET.