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Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

This week it's become clear that Niantic has gotten serious about stopping hackers and cheaters from ruining the vision they had for Pokemon GO. They've gone ahead and modified their game's API - and will continue to do so - to stay one step ahead of 3rd-party interlopers. One of the most awesome - and simple - projects we've come across that's been making use of this API is this Pokemon detecting Pokeball. This device is effectively a smartphone inside a sphere.

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3D-printed Pokemon Go screen cover makes every ball throw perfect

3D-printed Pokemon Go screen cover makes every ball throw perfect

Pokemon Go has finally brought Pokemon catching to the masses, making it as simple as a finger swipe. Except, sometimes it's not that easy. Like when you're desperately trying to catch that Snorlax, and your Pokeball just keeps veering to the side. The trick is to move your finger in a straight line, something this 3D-printed phone case/screen cover makes far too easy.

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Arduino lock bolts the door when you open an incognito window

Arduino lock bolts the door when you open an incognito window

A guy called Mike from the Useless Duck Company has created a very interesting project using Arduino that fans of incognito mode (for whatever reason) might want to replicate. Users of Google Chrome know that incognito mode is the mode you use if you don’t want anyone seeing the websites you visit in search history.

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Play Pokemon Go even longer with this Pokedex phone battery case

Play Pokemon Go even longer with this Pokedex phone battery case

If you're playing Pokemon Go, you're already well aware of how easy it is to drain your phone's battery while out hunting monsters. It's well advised that you pick up a portable charger or battery case for your device. But if you're using your phone to catalog and record all the Pokemon you're catching — just like a Pokedex — you might as well make it look like the real thing!

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Evive embedded tool kit gives you IOT toolkit in one package

Evive embedded tool kit gives you IOT toolkit in one package

If you want to build and create Internet of Things (IoT) devices, you need quite a bit of hardware and tools to be able to do that. According to the people behind the Evive all in one toolkit, this little gem can replace about $250 worth of tools and dev boards. One big upside is that the slick little AIO device puts all that you need in one compact and easy to store or take with you package.

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Sheep View 360 invented because Street View wasn’t there

Sheep View 360 invented because Street View wasn’t there

I've been looking for a new house to rent and I can tell you that it is very annoying when I want to hit Street View to see the neighborhood only to find that Google hasn’t cruised by and recorded the area yet. This must be the same irritation that drove Durita Dahl Andreassen and other resident's of a small, remote archipelago called the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean to invent Sheep View 360.

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Floppotron 2.0 jams to Imperial March from Star Wars

Floppotron 2.0 jams to Imperial March from Star Wars

We've seen geeks take old computer hardware and use it to create music before. Last summer the floppy drive orchestra was a much smaller affair that was able to play multiple songs thanks to MIDI files and a myRIO embedded controller. This time out the orchestra is playing that favorite geek tune, the Imperial March from Star Wars and the orchestra is much larger.

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Piper Review : DIY computer in a box (with Minecraft)

Piper Review : DIY computer in a box (with Minecraft)

Over the past couple of weeks we've been having a go at Piper, a DIY computer project. This project uses open source plans, hardware, and software to make an awesome learning and playing experience for people of all ages. While much of this project is aimed at kids, the entire process can be 100% enjoyable and fruitful for creators of any age.

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Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Google reveals a DIY set of computer parts that connect together to create learning experiences for young coders. Of course you don't have to be a programmer to use these blocks - you can be whoever you'd like to be. Google suggests that Project Bloks is a research project whose aim is "to create an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids."

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Gigantic Nerf Gun shoots plunger-tipped pool noodles at 40mph

Gigantic Nerf Gun shoots plunger-tipped pool noodles at 40mph

If you have ever been involved in a NERF war, you know that not all NERF weapons are created equal. Some shoot single darts a few feet, while others can hurl ounces and ounces of suction cup tipped darts out you each second. Rest assured in any conventional NERF war, every one of those darts are aimed at your eyes or your groin, 'tis the way of war. A former NASA engineer took it upon himself to craft the ultimate weapon of NERF doom, and so he did.

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Kodi Raspberry Pi case completes the media center equation

Kodi Raspberry Pi case completes the media center equation

Raspberry Pi board + Kodi (formerly XBMC) software + official Kodi RPi case from FLIRC. That is the formula that Kodi's developers are now proposing to deliver an almost complete, energy efficient, low footprint home media center built off one of the cheapest single board computers (SBC) available in the market. Of course, an enclosure is an enclosure and the case can be used to house an RPi for any purpose. But for those who want to show their brand loyalties, especially to Kodi, this limited edition is the case to buy.

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Smoke and mirrors: running Android on an iPhone via DIY case

Smoke and mirrors: running Android on an iPhone via DIY case

"The holy war is over!" Or so proclaims Nick Lee, the probably insane modder who just last April demonstrated how to get Windows 95 to run on an Apple Watch. But as if that weren't heresy enough, Lee did one even better: running Android on an iPhone. OK, it's not exactly like what it sounds, and there weren't any iPhones or Androids sacrificed to the cause. Like any good magic trick, the key is misdirection. In this case, the key is a rather conspicuous case that hides a board running Android, which is then mirrored to the iPhone's screen.

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