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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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Retouch3D lets your put the finishing touches on 3D prints

Retouch3D lets your put the finishing touches on 3D prints

The democratization of 3D printing has made many a dream and idea come true, but for all the fairy tale stories, some things are kept out of the media. Yes, 3D printing does seem like magic, almost instantly giving physical existence to otherwise digital only objects, but the product that comes out of the printer is rarely the polished finished product you get to see in the end of the process. There's still a lot of cruft to be cut out first, a tiresome and ugly process that Retouch3D wants to cut out as well.

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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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