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Patrick Priebe's laser rifle could be one heck of a tool for highlighting things in a Powe...

German laser weapons hobbyist Patrick Priebe, the creator of such one-off curiosities as the Iron Man Gauntlet and the Crysis 2-inspired Gauss Rifle, has now gone and made a laser rifle. While it won't bring down a storm trooper or an alien facehugger, it'll make short work of things like wood, Styrofoam and glass.  Read More

The Sandwichbike ships in Europe from December 1

Since the unveiling of the first Sandwichbike prototype in 2006, it's been a long road to commercial production for its Dutch designer Basten Leijh. The wood-framed bike is due to officially launch in Amsterdam on Sunday, and will be available for shipping thereafter.  Read More

The Numerouno cardboard lamp by Johannes Kiessler

German designer Johannes Kiessler has created a sleek hanging lamp which is predominantly made from cardboard. Dubbed, Numerouno, the eco-friendly lamp weighs a mere 600 g (21 oz) and features a low consumption 21 W fluorescent tube that emits the same amount of light as a traditional 150 W light bulb.  Read More

Ivan Tulupov with Desperado

In many parts of the world, electric bikes are limited to a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) – any higher, and they'd no longer be legally classified as bicycles. While that may keep the speed down on commercially-produced e-bikes, such is not the case with one-offs. A case in point is Russian blogger Ivan Tulupov's twin-motored Desperado.  Read More

NYC's Maker Week celebrates DIY, hacking, and making (Photo: Shutterstock)

Just as large cities celebrate a week of automobiles, fashion, or restaurants to highlight standouts in the field and bring together enthusiasts and professionals, New York City is embarking on its second annual Maker Week.  Read More

Dutch duo Daniel Venneman and Mark van der Net have created an open source home kit, which...

Dutch duo Daniel Venneman and Mark van der Net have created an open source home kit that allows DIY advocates to build and customize their own micro house. The Hermit House features a unique zigzag floor plan that aims to create a multipurpose interior with a spacious feel, despite its 14 square meter (150 sq. ft.) footprint.  Read More

FABtotum is a combination 3D printer, scanner and milling machine

If you’re in the market for a personal fabrication machine, you probably already know that your budget might allow for a 3D printer or a CNC machine, but not both, and an additional 3D scanner would just be icing. However, all three are now available together on Indiegogo in the form of the FABtotum, one of the first hybrid fabrication machines in a quickly developing market.  Read More

Pavlov Poke is designed to combat Facebook addiction ... with electric shocks

Sometimes Facebook can be a bit like a timewarp. You open it to take a quick peek and before you know it, the better part of the day is gone by. MIT PhD students Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff decided that they’d like to spend less time with social media and more writing their dissertations, so they came up with Pavlov Poke. As the name implies, it’s a sort of aversion therapy device for weaning off of Facebook that gives you electric shocks if you've lingered too long.  Read More

OpenDesk allows users from anywhere in the world to download digital designs from a range ...

Created by the same young British designers behind Wikihouse, OpenDesk is a set of open source furniture designs that aim to bypass shipping and transport costs by keeping manufacturing local.  Read More

With the kitar, a player will be able to swap out a neck or body on the fly

Noah Watenmaker and Thao Pham from We Anything Build (WAB) are putting the finishing touches to a new stringed instrument that will allow a player to change neck or body configurations whenever the mood, or the song, dictates. Where the bizarre-looking Ministar from Bob Wiley dispensed with the body altogether, the kitar's through-neck will slot into a body section housing effects and controls. This gives the player the potential to change from lead to bass on the fly, or from one shape to another, or select different tones and onboard effects.  Read More

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