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DIY

The Maxx Speed 01, a low-cost concept bike modeled on a racing bike platform

It comes as a bit of a surprise when you gaze at the sleek lines of the Maxx Speed 01 (MS 01), to discover that it was built by a 24 year-old designer for a total cost of US$3,000. Modeled on a racing motorcycle platform, Anoop Nishanth's concept bike is inspired by the contours of a jumping lion, The Transformers and Ironman. The bike can reach a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h) without a pillion rider and 68 mph (110 km/h) with one. Marrying the classy looks of an elegant race bike with above-average performance compared to normal motorcycles, the MS 01 is in a group all by itself – a race bike look-alike that almost anyone can afford to buy.  Read More

The Bigshot DIY camera kit from Kimera LLC

These days, spur of the moment memories will probably be captured for posterity (or Facebook) using a smartphone camera, but there are still a few of us who prefer to carry a compact camera around. If your interest in photography extends to learning what goes on under the hood of a modern camera, however, options are limited, and will likely void any warranties should you take the DIY route. The Bigshot camera has been developed precisely with inquisitive youngsters and aging tinkerers in mind. It's shipped as a self-build kit that includes everything needed to make a fully working camera, by following step-by-step online instructions.  Read More

Glassified's clear graphics display allows augmented reality interaction with your drawing...

A team of researchers from the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT Media Lab has created a truly useful bit of DIY technology in the form of Glassified – a modified ruler that does far more than just allow you to draw straight lines.  Read More

The two-wheeled and fully hackable Arduino Robot

Arduino has made quite a name for itself over the past several years, with its single-board microcontrollers making their way into a wide variety of DIY electronic devices. Given that many of those devices have been robots, the company has now taken the next logical step forward – it’s released its first-ever complete robot.  Read More

The Paletina is a kitchen island built using reclaimed pallets and other materials found o...

Spanish designers Alessandra Samson and Paco Serinelli from Anatomica Design have come up with a novel way to transform old wooden pallets into a rustic eco-kitchen.  Read More

The DIY storytelling kit is designed to bring families together at bedtime under the mosqu...

In an effort to bring parents and children living in poor communities closer together, Supaksirin Wongsilp has designed a toy that promotes interaction at one of the times and places families are sure to come together – bedtime inside the mosquito net. Her DIY Storytelling Kit lets parents narrate a story as they assemble story characters along with their children to hang inside the net. Instead of passively waiting to fall asleep, parents and kids get a little play time together that doesn't break up their routine.  Read More

The LEGObot still has some wobble, but Krueger is hoping tighten the X and Y axes soon, ma...

As the 3D printing revolution continues, prices of 3D printers have continued to fall, with devices such as the Buccaneer 3D printer available for under US$400. But even that is still too expensive for many people – students in particular. That's why Matthew Krueger, also known as matstermind at instructables.com, has created a 3D printer for next to nothing from everyone's favorite childhood toy, LEGO.  Read More

The LittleBox

Gregory Holloway's LittleBox PC is a build-it-yourself kit designed to turn the Raspberry Pi into a complete touchscreen desktop computer. LittleBox, which includes a screen and comes with 61 pieces of plywood held together by over 100 nuts, bolts and screws, is designed to be easy enough for almost anyone to put together with only a few tools. And wouldn't you know, Holloway has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring LittleBox to the people.  Read More

The Laser Gatling Gun features six burning lasers, and one aiming beam

Patrick Priebe, the German laser weapons hobbyist who previously brought us such creations as the Iron Man Gauntlet and the Plasma Cutter, has gone and made something else. This time around, he’s built a proof-of-concept Laser Gatling Gun.  Read More

ShopBot's Handibot portable CNC machine

North Carolina-based ShopBot Tools has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring its Handibot prototype to market. Handibot is a CNC machine which, being computer-controlled, can be used to cut materials to size and shape with very high accuracy. Unlike most CNC machines, Handibot is portable, the idea being that you take it to your materials rather than your materials to it. And in that spirit, Handibot can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet rather than full-blown computer (if there's a distinction these days), and users will pay to download individual designs and functions in the form of apps.  Read More

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