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DIY

Laser weapons hobbyist Patrick Priebe has built a working replica of the Plasma Cutter fro...

Well, our cyberpunk-weapons-making friend Patrick Priebe has been at it again. Having previously built things like a gauss rifle, a rotary-blade-shooting crossbow and an Iron Man laser gauntlet, he recently let us know about his latest creation – the video game-based Plasma Cutter.  Read More

Italian designer Andrea Scandella has created an open source series of DIY furniture piece...

Italian designer, Andrea Scandella has created an open source series of DIY furniture pieces made from disused pallets. With a passion for designing furniture that incorporates eco-sustainability and the use of recycled materials, Scandella is offering his deigns free to the public.  Read More

The wood-framed Sandwichbike is purchased flat-packed in a box, and is assembled by the bu...

Not long ago, we heard about how Dutch artist Jurgen Kuipers built a version of his Sawyer wooden-framed bicycle that could be sold flat-packed, like IKEA furniture. While that particular bike was intended as a one-off art piece, it turns out that we may soon be able to own a flat-packed wooden Dutch bike after all – the Sandwichbike, created by Amsterdam-based industrial design studio Bleijh, is now available for pre-order.  Read More

The Pinoccio ecosystem aims to provide 'a complete ecosystem for building the Internet of ...

Pinoccio is a new Internet of Things-friendly microcontroller designed to get home-brew electronics projects talking to the internet and, usefully, each other. Pinoccios come with or without Wi-Fi capability, but can wirelessly natter away with each other by low-power radio using mesh networking. And an in-built battery untethers your projects (hence the name, d'uh). Think of these as Arduino's roaming gossipy cousins, then.  Read More

The Pop-Up Pinhole project enables a pinhole camera to be constructed entirely from thick ...

Pinhole cameras – that use a pin hole rather than a lens – have been around since the beginning of photography and could be, to coin a popular phrase, a form of "vintage" innovation. A recent Kickstarter project aims to bring this established photographic methodology back to today's users in the form of an assemble-it-yourself cardboard pinhole camera.  Read More

David Neevel's Email guitar

I must confess that the more time I spend tapping away on a computer keyboard, the more my guitars sit ignored and unplayed in the corner. This is also something that troubled Wieden+Kennedy's David Neevel. Unlike me though, he decided to do something about it. With a little help from a Roland GR-33 guitar synth, an Arduino Uno, some electronics and custom code, he managed to trick his laptop into treating his Flying V as if it was a standard keyboard input.  Read More

The LEGO bookend safe

Every year a contest called the MocAthalon takes place, in which contestants must come up with the most creative things to build from LEGOs ... and some of them are truly mind-blowing. This year, creator Blake Baer and the Clutch Builders team crafted some sneaky bookends and LEGO books that actually hide a secret compartment.  Read More

Melbourne RMIT Bachelor of Design graduate, Michelle McDonell has come up with an innovati...

Michelle McDonell, a Bachelor of Design graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia, has come up with an innovative way to recycle old clothing into DIY furniture pieces. Dubbed The Fabricate Project, the concept, which aims to save no longer usable garments from ending up in landfills, won her first prize of the RMIT Green Inventors Competition.  Read More

The Crazyflie quadcopter from Bitcraze has a motor-to-motor measurement of just 9 cm (3.5-...

A nippy new quadcopter named Crazyflie has just been made available for pre-order by Sweden's Bitcraze. Unlike other pint-sized fliers like the (yet to be released) NanoQ and MeCam, this impressive-looking critter won't arrive in one piece and all ready to fly. Instead, Crazyflie is being made available as a self-build quadcopter development and hacking kit.  Read More

InMoov is an animatronic android designed and engineered by Gael Langevin

Now that 3D printing technology is taking off, some truly unique projects are beginning to emerge from all sorts of talented people. Take Gael Langevin, a French sculptor and model marker who has spent the better part of the last year designing and engineering his own animatronic robot called InMoov. And it's open source, so if you're feeling confident, you can try to build one yourself using a list of off-the-shelf electronics and parts he shares on 3D file sharing site Thingiverse.  Read More

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