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DIY NERF Sentry Gun requires the gun, a motor, and a laptop

DIY NERF Sentry Gun requires the gun, a motor, and a laptop

Planning on bringing up your NERF gun game this summer and are simply stuck for what to do now that you've got the NERF Vulcan at home? Tired of actually pulling the trigger yourself? This week the folks at Instructables have decided it's high time NERF got automatic and made with the conjuring: full on rapid-fire motion-tracking toy projectile firing the likes of which won't be cheap, but won't produce regret, either.

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Novena Laptop shaping up to be open-source MacBook Pro Lite

Novena Laptop shaping up to be open-source MacBook Pro Lite

Way back in December, you might remember that we discussed a new project from Andrew "Bunnie" Huang that would see the possibility of massed-produced open-source ARM-based laptops that would cost hundreds less than a typical OEM laptop. The project has seen great strides since its introduction, and Huang made some upgrades to the hardware involved in order to give the laptops better performance.

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Lomography Konstruktor brings DIY SLR to the hipster elite

Lomography Konstruktor brings DIY SLR to the hipster elite

Citizens of Portland, unite: a do-it-yourself construct-it-yourself camera by the name of Konstruktor has been shown to the public via the photography collective and movement called Lomography. The folks at Lomographische AG have brought on a new machine that stems from the original love of old camera technologies, creating in the end a 35mm SLR camera able to be constructed by the average everyday citizen.

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AirPort Extreme teardown reveals empty hard drive slot without connectors

AirPort Extreme teardown reveals empty hard drive slot without connectors

Hidden behind the new iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, and the new Mac Pro at Apple's WWDC keynote was the unveiling of a new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule. The Time Capsule comes with 2TB or 3TB hard drive options and allow users to back up their Mac files, while the AirPort Extreme is simply just a glorified router. However, iFixit noticed during their teardown of the device that there's room for a hard drive.

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DIY Thor’s Hammer blasts 80,000 user-friendly volts

DIY Thor’s Hammer blasts 80,000 user-friendly volts

Now that you're all about dressing up and heading out to your local Avengers movie opening - Iron Man 3 coming up quick(!) - you'll want to know how to make a prop that's above and beyond the pale. This week a custom-made and home-made Thor's Hammer has appeared amongst the DIY ranks, bringing with it 80,000 volts of electricity to boot. All it takes is some foam and teeny tiny tesla coil!

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BeagleBone Black developer board packs 1GHz Cortex-A8

BeagleBone Black developer board packs 1GHz Cortex-A8

There are number of small developer boards available on the market today that allow people who like to tinker to build all sorts of projects. One of the more common is the Raspberry Pi, which has sold in droves and can be used to create more projects than you can imagine. Another cheap developer board has turned up with a new version of the BeagleBone developer board called BeagleBone Black.

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Teardown looks at what goes into making an ultra-cheap cell phone

Teardown looks at what goes into making an ultra-cheap cell phone

Over at the Bunnie Studios blog, a $12 cell phone purchased from the Mingtong Digital Mall was given a complete (and relatively simple) teardown to see what exactly goes into making such an inexpensive cell phone. Unlike the ultra-cheap handsets that are available through various carriers, such as prepaid's Net10 and Tracfone staples, the $12 cell phone - which has no name - is completely unbranded and unlocked.

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