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How NOT to play space invaders: with a laser-cutter

How NOT to play space invaders: with a laser-cutter

Space Invaders is right up there in the gaming hall of fame, together with the likes of Pong and Pac-man, which have sparked the imagination and creativity of many young ones, despite or even probably because of the simplistic 8-bit style. And when it comes to imagination and creativity, nothing beats this new generation of makers and their tools. Like this one Martin Raynsford, who turned an essential tool that he uses for work into, what else, a physical, real, and probably really dangerous game of Space Invaders.

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BoXZY crams a mill, laser, and 3D-printer into one desktop maker

BoXZY crams a mill, laser, and 3D-printer into one desktop maker

Makers and artists, rejoice! BoXZY wants to bring the power of manufacturing-level tools, once only available to industry giants, to your desktop. BoXZY is setting itself apart on Kickstarter by offering more than just 3D-printing. BoXZY is designed to be an all-in-one machine shop, functioning as a 3D-printer, mill, and a laser engraver. Each tool exists as a rapid-change attachment, allowing the user to swiftly switch between mechanisms. Its creators, Justin and Joel Johnson, want to break the barriers like cost, location, and space that individual makers encounter in the industry.

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Engineer builds 3D printed Toyota 5-speed transmission engine

Engineer builds 3D printed Toyota 5-speed transmission engine

A mechanical engineer from California named Eric Harrell 3D printed something really cool earlier thus year. That really cool 3D printed object was a working Toyota 22RE engine. Harrell is back now with the next logical step, he has 3D printed a working transmission to go with that 3D printed engine. As with a real engine and transmission, the two components can be connected together.

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Research project puts Android Wear notifications on a mirror

Research project puts Android Wear notifications on a mirror

Smart mirrors, or mirrors that can display information such as weather, news, and whatnot, aren't exactly a novel idea. Some have even taken great pains to try and make this sci-fi dream a reality. That's not to say we won't be impressed once in a while by implementations, especially those that promise to hook up with devices that we already have in the house, or in our hands, or even our wrists. Redditor Nick Nothom did just that, with his own version of a smart mirror that connected with his Android Wear smartwatch.

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Custom watch tells time in binary

Custom watch tells time in binary

For some tech fans, a geeky watch is a smartwatch like the new Apple Watch or even a Pebble smartwatch. For others a geeky time pieces needs to tell time in some difficult to read way that leaves the uninitiated wondering how it works. There are certainly plenty of watches that are made in a factory that fall into that latter category.

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Scout Alarm DIY security system now ‘Works with Nest’

Scout Alarm DIY security system now ‘Works with Nest’

Scout, the do-it-yourself home alarm system that has standalone connectivity, is now working with Nest. In a blog post, Scout says their system now works with Nest “to enable seamless access and control of your Nest device(s) within your Scout account.” Your Scout Alarm will now work with Nest’s Smoke + Carbon Monoxide detector, as well as Nest Learning Thermostat. Though the reasoning for grouping your thermostat and home security system together might not be immediately clear, Scout has outlined several ways it can be handy.

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Mesh DIY Kit is designed to make you an inventor

Mesh DIY Kit is designed to make you an inventor

If you are the sort that likes to tinker with things, you might want to check out the mesh creative DIY platform. The idea behind the mesh network products is that you can use the four sensors to create all sorts of notifications systems and more. The sensors, known as Mesh Tags, link with a Mesh Canvas App used for programming the actions.

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MESH offers a DIY platform for non-DIYers

MESH offers a DIY platform for non-DIYers

If you've ever been jealous of all the fancy and creative things hobbyists and makers have been doing with their Arduinos and what have you, but really don't have the patience or the skill for assembling and soldering, someone has just heard your prayer. MESH almost sounds and looks like a toy, but if so, it's a very smart toy at that. It offers non-intimidating modules and an easy to use, drag and drop programming interface to give you an appetizer of what you can do with the right tools and a bit of imagination.

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Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on: first boot on 2nd-gen

Raspberry Pi 2 hands-on: first boot on 2nd-gen

Today we took the Raspberry Pi 2 out of the box and the static shielding bag to give it a first start-up and go. As you'd expect, loading software to an SD card is much the same as it was in the past - except here you're using a much smaller microSD card instead. After that, you've got a more powerful processor and 1GB of RAM to work, so it's time to get quick. Today we're checking in on the basics - getting an operating system running and heading to boot.

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Groundhog Day alarm clock: hacked until real

Groundhog Day alarm clock: hacked until real

It'll only be a matter of time before a clever device-making group makes this alarm clock to do what we're seeing it hacked to do here, but until then, there's this. This is the Groundhog Day Alarm Clock, as made by creative constructor Randofo. This is a Panasonic RC-6025 flip clock, the same model used in the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day. Here it's been broken apart and re-constructed to do exactly what it does in the film - play the same song from the same "radio station" every time you wake up.

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