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Build your own robot vacuum cleaner with Arduino, spare parts

Build your own robot vacuum cleaner with Arduino, spare parts

Roomba it ain't, but if you’re either pressed for cash or have a tinkerer’s itch, then you’d probably be more comfortable building your own robotic butler, er, vacuum cleaner. Electronics today has reached a point where it almost too easy to assemble something together in no time flat, whether it be an intruder alarm, face-recognizing security system, or, in this case, makeshift iRobot or Roomba. And really, all you need is a spare vacuum cleaner, the portable kind, an Arduino, a few off the shelf sensors, and a sense of adventure.

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DIY liquid cooled 72k lumen LED flashlight will melt your soul

DIY liquid cooled 72k lumen LED flashlight will melt your soul

There are flashlights and then there are FLASHLIGHTS and this DIY 72,000 lumen bad boy is definitely the latter type of flashlight. It was made by a guy called Samm Sheperd and it uses eight 100w LED chips that generate a huge amount of heat when turned on. In fact, the thing generates so much heat that it has to be water-cooled to prevent it from catching fire.

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This arcade cabinet fits in your palm, runs Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

This arcade cabinet fits in your palm, runs Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

When most people think of an arcade game cabinet, they think of units measuring six-feet tall. Sure, we've seen home-friendly devices in the past that use an iPad as the display, but Adafruit's latest creation takes the idea of shrinking things down to a whole new level. The DIY Raspberry Pi Zero wizards have put together a MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) cabinet that measures less than 3 inches tall, uses a 0.96-inch RGB OLED display, and is still fully playable.

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Wazer Desktop Waterjet is a fabricators dream

Wazer Desktop Waterjet is a fabricators dream

Traditional waterjet cutters are gigantic machines that take up lots of floor space in your garage and cost lots of money. A new desktop waterjet cutter has debuted on Kickstarter called the Wazer and it is much smaller and less costly than standard waterjet cutters. It's not exactly compact, but it is significantly smaller than traditional units are.

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Rated-E Mods whips up SNES Micro using Raspberry Pi Zero

Rated-E Mods whips up SNES Micro using Raspberry Pi Zero

Anyone around in the earlier days of gaming will have some fond memories of playing games on the Super Nintendo Entertainment system or SNES. Over at Rated-E modes a very cool and very small SNES Micro has been created using what appears to be some sort of modeling clay and a Raspberry Pi Zero for emulation.

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Raspberry Pi: how it sold 10 million in 4 years

Raspberry Pi: how it sold 10 million in 4 years

Even for only $35 a pop, 10 million units sold is no joking number. Especially for something that’s been going on for four years, where it has had the possibility of going out of fashion or being displaced by something newer or even better. But that is exactly the momentous achievement that the Raspberry Pi is able to brag about today. But what is all the fuss about an electronics board that doesn’t even come with case? And how exactly did the Raspberry Pi gain that much attention, users, and loyalty? We take a look back in time to find out.

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Ten million Raspberry Pis sold, official kit coming

Ten million Raspberry Pis sold, official kit coming

If there were still any doubt, even among its creators, that the Raspberry Pi was, and still is, a phenomenal success, then let the numbers speak for themselves. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just proudly announced that the little single board computer (SBC) that could have reached another epic milestone: 10 million boards shipped. Considering they only ever envisioned shipping 10,000 such Pis back in 2012, that is in no way a small accomplishment. And like a never-ending story, things are just about to get better.

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Japanese robotic sumo wrestling is completely autonomous

Japanese robotic sumo wrestling is completely autonomous

If you have ever seen the show "Battlebots" that airs in the US, you know that most of the robots used are set on destroying the competition literally rather than simply pushing them out of the ring. Robot Wars here in the US is also a competition that is as much about the humans who are controlling the robots via remotes as it is about the capabilities of the robots themselves. Japan has a robot sumo wrestling competition that is very different from what we see here in the US.

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Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

The Internet is filled with Game Boy hacks, from boards turned into GameBoy clones to GameBoys themselves modded to do things that couldn’t even be imagined decades ago. And yet there is no shortage of new cool things people do with the venerable gaming handheld. Take for example, this project undertaken by Gautier Hattenberger, who turned the classic version of the Game Boy into a controller for a Parrot AR Drone 2. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t actually require gutting the now rare and expensive gaming device to do so.

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Walabot lets you see inside your walls or floors

Walabot lets you see inside your walls or floors

Anyone who has ever done a DIY project around their home that involved having to drill into the walls has had the fear of hitting something important under the surface of the wall and getting shocked or flooding the home. A new device has landed called WalabotDIY that aims to take that fear out of DIY projects around the house. Walabot is sort of like those stud finders that have been around for years if the stud finder suddenly gained Superman-like x-ray vision.

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Bionic hand made from Keurig Coffee Maker

Bionic hand made from Keurig Coffee Maker

I've seen enough '80s action films to have a dubious disposition on anything bionic or cybernetic. I think we can probably rest assured that a bionic arm made out of a used Keurig coffee maker won't take over the world. A YouTuber called Terminal Cornucopia has created a bionic hand almost entirely out of parts taken from a disassembled Keurig coffee maker and called the hand Hedberg. I don't know why.

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Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Center charging station is a haven for Pokemon GO players

Pokemon Centers in the game are virtual oases, allowing players and their Pokemon a period of respite from the cruel, competitive world outside. In the real world, those are also known as cellphone charging stations. Now that Pokemon GO threatens to blur the boundaries between the two worlds, it only makes sense for Pokemon Centers to take real form as well. And that is exactly what a certain Spencer Kern just did, creating a DIY, and much, much smaller, version of the Pokemon Center as a charging station. Somewhat ironically, Kern happens to be an artists for Minecraft.

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