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ZeroPi dev kit is compatible with Arduino and Raspberry Pi

With an Arduino and a Raspberry Pi to play with there is no limit to the things that can be created. If your tastes lie towards creating robotics and new dev kit has debuted that will give you more flexibility and allow you to create impressive robotics inventions and it's called the ZeroPi. The dev kit is a robotic motion structure system.

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Emoji keyboard is actually 14 keyboards

A lot of people I know are really into emoji when they are texting or posting to any social media. Some of us only use the smiley emoji, and then it's only so you know (or at least think) we are kidding when we say something that might be construed as mean. Other folks use emoji like crazy, you know these folks they are the ones that try and have entire conversations with nothing but emoji.

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Dobot robotic arm can draw, etch, and play

Robotic arms are used in various industrial processes such as automotive manufacturing when a task needs to be reproduced with high levels of accuracy. A desktop robotic arm has debuted called the Dobot and it is Arduino-powered and has a 4-axis parallel mechanism. The arm is aimed at makers, educators, and anyone else that wants a sweet robot arm they can control.

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Ahmed Mohamed invited to White House, Facebook, Google after clock incident

This week fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for what teachers and police described as a "hoax bomb". While Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd suggested this morning that charges will not be filed against the student, Mohamed's family are already in the process of seeking legal assistance. After Ahmed was handcuffed and brought to a juvenile detention center, he was released into his parents' custody. Hours later, Ahmed was invited to Facebook HQ by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the White House by President Barack Obama.

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3Dsimo mini is a geeky multi-tool that burns, cuts, and extrudes

Anyone who tinkers with electronics or DIY projects needs some specialized tools. A new product has debuted that gives users several tools in one product and it's called the 3Dsimo. 3Dsimo has a 3D printing pen, precision solder, burner, and cutter in one device. The tool is aimed at people who create jewelry, figures, accessories, decorations, and other art.

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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

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 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

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

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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