It almost goes without saying that the greatest gift you can give a kid is the gift of learning through adventure. One father recently decided to give his four-year-old son such a treat by sending his favorite toy train to the very edge of space and back again.
There's nothing like a passion project, right? Well, it doesn't get much bigger than turning a rusting hulk of a bus into a shiny new office space.
There's a Lego fan out there named Akiyuki and he's created a gift for the world: a 100-foot long machine made from Legos that moves 500 hundred little balls around through various mechanisms. It's one of those things that once you see it start, you stick with it just to see what the balls are going to do next.
Technology is obviously catching up to our current definition of "supercomputer." I mean, when someone can just buy 64 Raspberry Pi computers, get them all talking to each other in a framework built out of Lego, and then call that "super," it sure seems like we need a new word for these things, doesn't it?
In the event that a Lamborghini is a touch beyond your price range, there's an alternative that costs under $10,000. Some assembly is required, however.
Riding this bike takes balls. Gigantic balls. Quite possibly the largest pair of balls you've ever seen in one place. Round wheels are out and spherical wheels are in with this project from students at San Jose State University, the end result of which will be a rideable electric motorcycle that uses balls instead of wheels.
Ben Heck is always up to something, isn't he? This time the modification maestro has created a BASIC pocket computer from an Xbox 360 Chatpad keyboard, an Arduino Uno and an LCD display — a Hitachi HD 44780. It's a total blast from the past.
The more we understand the fundamentals of electronics, the easier it becomes to marry their myriad functions into imaginative designs. A Japanese tinkerer took this notion to the extreme with a construction kit that makes creating gadgets both a game and an art project in one.
We've seen some creative DIY projects over time, but this one could be moving to the top of the MacGyver leaderboard. Discovered by a Reddit exchange over some amazing space photos, it turns out the photos weren't taken by some mountaintop observatory, but rather by a regular guy, with a not-so-regular telescope worth $20,000 he built in his back yard.
With the Wii U around the corner, we didn't think anyone was still modding Wii Remotes. New dad Gjoci keeps that Wii Remote hacking dream alive with a mod that incorporates the controller's infrared camera, a microcontroller and three lasers to triangulate his newborn's movements. Talk about being over protective!