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!
If there's a toy greater than Lego that lets you bring your creations to life, it's K'Nex. DIY-er "Shadowman39" spent the last year building a full-size skeeball machine out of K'Nex parts. It's such an engineering feat that he's going to destroy it.
Walking can be such a chore sometimes. You've got to move your legs. Ugh. It's unbearable. Now if you had this motorized wheelchair built from Lego Mindstorm parts, maybe that sprint over to the fridge to grab an ice cold beer wouldn't be so much effort.
There are a number of interesting bike designs made from a variety of materials, but one factor always held true: they're not generally made of cardboard. Well, designer Giora Kariv wasn't having that, so he went ahead and built a bike out of cardboard for $9.
Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, plants are now able to throw off the cruel chains of human oppression and survive without our help, provided they have access to an Arduino board, a water pump, and a reliable source of electricity.
Learning a new language can be tough, but what if you could just look at someone speaking in a foreign language, and with a pair of glasses, translate their speech into subtitles in a language you do comprehend? That would change everything, wouldn't it?
That badass fire-shooting Cadillac baby carriage better watch its rear view mirror because this Podracer baby stroller would make it eat sand at the Boonta Eve Classic on Tatooine.