Amanda Ghassaei has created a 3D printed record that, according to her, plays on "regular turntables, with regular needles, at regular speeds, just like any vinyl record." It doesn't sound the best, but for what it is, it plays phenomenally.
65-year-old Sulaiman Famro built a prototype of his one-stop processing plant for vegetables and grains a few years ago. He calls his design Farmking and claims that it could save his home country of Nigeria $1 billion a year.
The holidays, then, are the perfect excuse for the true DIY enthusiast to share their basement engineering feats with the whole neighborhood, nay, the world! And keeping with the tradition of homemade seasonal tech, we decided to scour the DIY webspace to find the most seriously high-tech DIY Christmas ornaments. Here, we present the projects— for electronics amateur and auteur alike— that will transform a traditional (read: boring) Christmas tree into something truly geektastic.
Geeks can be pretty hard to shop for, we know. What one geek loves, the next has no interest in. This year, we're trying to cover as many eclectic tastes as we can, including the 3D printers out there, the DIYers, space nuts, Internet tricksters and more. Here you'll find all the DVICE Gift Guides from 2012.
The holidays tend to sneak up on most of us, which is interesting given the proliferation of holiday-themed stuff that surrounds us this time of year. Nonetheless, we'd be remiss to pretend like it doesn't. It most noticeably sneaks up on our bank accounts, as we scramble to get everyone from our boss to our brother the perfect gift. This year, though, why not take advantage of the whole DIY craze that's taking our country by storm. Instead of buying a gift, just print one. Heck, if that's not what 3D printers are for, then I've haven't the slightest idea why we've got them.
All too often these days holiday gift-giving becomes homogenized. Everyone gets the same brand new tablet, the same new video game and the same bestselling book. If those gifts are the end-all, be-all for the people on your list, then by all means make those folks happy by giving them what they want. But every now and again, a friend or relative just doesn't care for what's new and shiny. This sort of individual requires a different sort tactic than hitting the sales and hoping for the best. Usually part of the gift for these folks is their seeing just how much effort you put into their gift. The DIY items on this list will take you a decent amount of time to craft, it's true, but not even the finickiest of friends would dare say that you didn't put your heart into them. They look pretty sweet, too.
Here's an awesome DIY cellphone charger from Global Cycle Solutions that works entirely on bicycle power.
Ben Krasnow must have some rough friends showing up to his parties, because he built his own airport-style backscatter X-ray machine using parts he picked up on eBay.
Erin Kennedy, better known by her robot-building alter ego "RobotGrrl," is on a mission to not only get kids and novices excited about robotics, but give them a place to start, too. Kennedy is kicking off a humble crowd-funding campaign to help her project get off the ground, and it's not hard to see why she's already well on her way.
I grew up playing Zelda. A Link to the Past doubled as my favorite storybook, and I spent my time away from the game dreaming about what it'd be like to adventure like Link — or "Kevin," as the game lets you pick your own name. The character was mine, and now a father is going to great lengths to ensure his daughter can have that same experience.