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Floppy drive orchestra makes music with obsolete tech

Floppy drive orchestra makes music with obsolete tech

Anyone who has been around the tech world long enough to remember floppy drives probably hasn’t used a floppy drive in many years. That doesn't mean you might not have a number of them sitting around on a shelf in the garage or at work where things never seem to be thrown away. One geek who had a bunch of floppy drives lying around decided to put them to use making music.

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DIY overhead control panel would make NASA proud

DIY overhead control panel would make NASA proud

At one point in every geek's life, he or she may have dreamed up of a super sophisticated computer setup that would rival or at least match those of, say, NASA's mission control rooms or other sci-fi props. For some, wishing might be the extent of that dream. Others, however, try to make that dream a reality, even if they have to do it themselves. That is exactly what smashcuts proudly shared on Reddit and imgur. And the best part? He's actually sharing how he did it.

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Star Wars speeder rocking horse built by Best Dad Ever

Star Wars speeder rocking horse built by Best Dad Ever

Star Wars parents, remember that hand designed and built X-wing rocker from a few months ago? Well, another craftsman has just topped it. An Australian father has come up with an amazing custom rocking horse that looks just like the Speeder Bike from Return of the Jedi. While you look at the pictures below (including the one of his daughter in that adorable Princess Leia hairdo knit cap), don't be discouraged that it isn't for sale, as the craftsman has detailed the construction process on the Instructables website, under the username "Tez_Gelmir."

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Geek turns old-school typewriter into a printer

Geek turns old-school typewriter into a printer

A geek named Chris Gregg wanted to convert an old-school typewriter to a printer that could be controlled by his computer. To start the project he laid hands on a Smith Corona electric typewriter from the 60s to use for the project. His original goal was to use the computer to drive the key switches without actually having to touch the keys of the typewriter.

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Homemade 40W laser shotgun: don’t try this at home

Homemade 40W laser shotgun: don’t try this at home

Science fiction just got a DIY treatment and got closer to home. It won't be enough to stop a truck dead on its wheels like Lockheed Martin's contraption, which is unabashedly a weapon of destruction, but YouTube user Styropyro's homebrew laser shotgun is still powerful enough to do some damage and burn things, even wood. And perhaps the scariest part about it is that it is something that makers, DIYers, and science enthusiasts can build right at home, with just the right tools, the right materials, and the right motivation.

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Adam Savage builds a functional Star Trek captain’s chair

Adam Savage builds a functional Star Trek captain’s chair

You might not know the name Adam Savage, but if you ever watch the Discovery Channel, odds are you have seen Savage's face a time or two. He is one of the hosts of the Discovery show Mythbusters where he and the other hosts take on these urban legends and prove them to be plausible or a bunch of rubbish. What you might not know if you aren’t a fan of the show is that Savage started his career building props and special effects for movies and TV shows.

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Handmade 2-Stroke engine shows off the combustion process

Handmade 2-Stroke engine shows off the combustion process

The engine in your car and most motorcycles today are 4-stroke units that keep lubrication and fuel for combustion as separate parts. The 2-Stroke engine on the other hand requires the mixing of fuel and oil so that the fuel for combustion handles lubrication for the piston. The 2-stroke engine is very common in lawn equipment today and some off-road motorcycles still use this sort of engine. A person named Huib Visser built this fantastic bit of engineering you see here.

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Kano gets an upgrade with Raspberry Pi 2

Kano gets an upgrade with Raspberry Pi 2

This week the folks behind the kid-aimed Kano computer-building kit have brought an upgraded package to market. The newest version of Kano comes with a Raspberry Pi 2. Along with it comes six times the load speed. Those with the first version of the Kano build-your-own computer kit now have access to the Powerup Kit, an extension pack for Raspberry Pi 1 users that makes the Kano kit faster and able to work with brand new creations. This kit is available from the Kano crew as of this week.

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Sphero robot ball transformed into Star Wars’ BB-8

Sphero robot ball transformed into Star Wars’ BB-8

J.J. Abrams surprised and delighted Star Wars fans last week by revealing that the rolling and tumbling robot seen in the latest :Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is actually a real rolling and tumbling robot and not just a piece of CG artistry. Naturally, it would inspire not only lovable merchandise somewhere down the line but even attempts at making one as early as now. That is probably the inspiration that took hold of industrial designer Christian Poulsen as he transformed a relatively nondescript Sphero robot ball into what could be the next most loved robotic mascot of the franchise.

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This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

This Apple II Watch is a 1970s-inspired wearable

Miss out on pre-ordering the Apple Watch this week? Or did you, but can't expect your new wearable to arrive until sometime in June? Cure those Cupertino smartwatch blues with the Apple II Watch, and feel like you stepped out of an alternate dimension 1970s. That's right, you can actually wrap one of these around your wrist, assuming you're a DIY tech wizard with a lot of time on your hands. This custom creation comes from Instructables user Aleator777, and eschews a "digital crown" for a mini floppy disk drive!

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LEGO Computer combination is like Peanut Butter & Jelly

LEGO Computer combination is like Peanut Butter & Jelly

There are just some things that are not only great in themselves but are also great when taken together with something just as great. For some, that would PB & J. For Mike Schropp of Total Geekdom, that would be LEGO and computers. Building on his years of experience housing computing power inside the popular bricks, Schropp has finally decided to get his hands dirty and build what is probably a geek's biggest dream come true. But while this box made of LEGO from the outside might seem unassuming, make no mistake as this computer could be just as powerful as your laptop, or maybe even more.

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