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AAduino is an Arduino clone the size of an AA battery

AAduino is an Arduino clone the size of an AA battery

Last year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation surprised the hobbyist world with its RPi Zero, the smallest incarnation of its popular single-board computer. However, that has nothing on this even smaller incarnation of an Arduino. OK, it's not exactly an Arduino and definitely has less muscle or use than the full thing, but one can't help but marvel at the compactness of this thing. Born from Johan Kanflo's mind, the AAduino, so named because of its size, can, almost, conveniently fit inside a 3x AA battery holder for maximum space footprint efficiency.

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ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool is a 3D printer, CNC miller, and laser engraver

ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool is a 3D printer, CNC miller, and laser engraver

A new 3D printer has turned up called the ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D Printer and the device is aimed at professional users and makers in the home. The machine is up for pre-order right now with the first units shipping in the beginning of May. One of the main features of the printer is its Closed Loop System designed to control the exact position of the motors and extruder head. This system recalculates every missed step that can occur under use.

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This home-made Scarlett Johansson robot is nightmare fuel

This home-made Scarlett Johansson robot is nightmare fuel

What you're seeing here is not a professionally made piece of robotics to be used in an upcoming Hollywood movie, nor is it a detailed prop used to showcase some new AI program. This is a home-made robot, built from scratch, by a Hong Kong man over the last year and a half. It is clearly made to resemble the actress Scarlett Johansson, even though the maker won't directly say so, something that only contributes to the fact that it is creepy as hell.

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Autodesk Project Escher has multiple print heads for faster printing

Autodesk Project Escher has multiple print heads for faster printing

Project Escher is a new 3D printer from Autodesk that wants to revolutionize 3D printing technology by allowing users to print larger items. Project Escher is an assembly line of 3D printers with a smart setup controller that is able to control an endless number of print heads to create larger items. Rather than having a single printer working on one large project, Project Escher has multiple print heads each working on one section of an object.

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Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60

Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60

It's amazing how a company can spend a fortune on researching and developing a product, and eventually someone finds a way to make the same thing for far less. Amazon's Echo has been out for a while now, but it still costs $180 for you to get your hands on one. But what if I told you that you could make your own at home for just $60?

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Designer (successfully) 3D prints his own invisible braces

Designer (successfully) 3D prints his own invisible braces

While you're patting yourself on the back for 3D printing a replacement battery cover for your TV remote, one design has proudly shown off his new smile, one made straight via a series of teeth-straightening invisible braces he created himself using a 3D printer. The end result is as successful as anyone could hope for, which is to say he's now the proud owner of perfectly aligned teeth. The orthodontic world shudders.

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Marble Machine is a testament to human creativity and insanity

Marble Machine is a testament to human creativity and insanity

Over the centuries, man has developed wonderful and intricate instruments that would delight our ears and pluck at our heartstrings. But what if you could somewhat undo all that and replace them with marbles? Sounds insane? That is somewhat the quest that musician cum inventor Martin Molin of Swedish musical act Wintergatan has taken upon himself to conquer, a quest that took him 14 months to finish. Fortunately for us, and maybe for him, the end result is just as astounding as the concept of a marble-driven music machine is.

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Flying RC “Up” house uses real balloons

Flying RC “Up” house uses real balloons

Growing up my brother and I tried tying balloons to action figures and trying to float them around the house. We never got the buoyancy just right; the action figures either stayed on the ground or floated to the ceiling. If you have ever seen the movie "Up" you know it's about an old man that attaches a bunch of balloons to his home and floats it away.

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DIY Centriphone whips iPhone around your head on a string

DIY Centriphone whips iPhone around your head on a string

Possibly the most insane iPhone accessory ever made for the accident-prone is this: the Centriphone. We saw the results of this contraption in action not too long ago - it creates a sort of bullet-time video using the slow-motion capabilities of the iPhone or GoPro camera being flung around in a circle. Super slow motion and movement of the camera create a fantastic result - and one that's now entirely DIY and open source. Today we have the making-of video and instructions.

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DIY 118GB floppy drive makes those A drives useful again

DIY 118GB floppy drive makes those A drives useful again

Anyone who has been around computers for very long will remember the good ol' A drive. Back in the day, the 3.5-inch floppy drive sat at the top of the drive hierarchy and if you venture into BIOS, you can still find remnants of that drive, even if you have never owned one. Computer geeks who hoard their gear probably have a slew of 3.5-inch floppy drives sitting around and if so, you can make yourself this floppy drive with 118GB of storage.

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Star Wars Droid Translator Helmets turn you into DIY-D2

Star Wars Droid Translator Helmets turn you into DIY-D2

Two DIY Star Wars enthusiasts have taken to the shop to make a very strange invention. This is the Droid Translator Helmet, and it'll turn your voice into Droid-speak for a second helmet to pick up and translate. Sort of. There's a bit of a trick to it. Instead of actually translating speech word-for-word to a series of beeps and boops, these helmets play sounds from the movies. The speech is not exactly translated so much as it is transmitted.

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DIY Bullet Time with your smartphone (and a prayer)

DIY Bullet Time with your smartphone (and a prayer)

Professional skier Nicolas Vuignier has done an experiment in which he whips his iPhone around his head on a string. As he does so, he films the process. As the process unfolds, slow-motion video captures Vuignier in what's commonly referred to as Bullet Motion. Think The Matrix. Remember Neo. The action you're about to see is going to blow your mind, if only because it's been done so simply.

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