Don't look now if scuttling robots send shivers of dread down your spine: engineer Kåre Halvorsen is bringing the sort of transforming 'bot tech you'd expect to see in CGI movies to life, with his new hexapod. The spherical robot, dubbed MorpHex MKII, actually is a double-hexapod, with effectively two sets of legs paired back to back, and integrated into individual sections of the translucent outer shell so that it can both roll around and walk.
Anyone who has an account on a social network like Facebook or twitter knows that a huge portion of the content you see are selfies taken by people. A selfie alone is not that hard for people to accomplish, but taking them with a group can be a challenge to get everyone into the picture. A strange and cool creation has turned up called the Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine or S.E.L.F.I.E. and it is a mirror that will take a selfie for you and post it to twitter.
DIY types that like to build up various small PCs or other projects using cheap and compact hardware have several options on the market today. One of those options is the Raspberry Pi. Those looking for something with more power than the Raspberry Pi can now get their hands on a product called the MinnowBoard Max.
A father and son team named Peter Binkley and Peregrine Hawthorn have worked together to create a prosthetic hand for Hawthorn to use. The hand is called the Talon Hand 2.0 and was built on a Solidoodle 3D printer. We talked about the Solidoodle 3D printer when it launched back in 2012.
The Raspberry Pi developer board has turned out to be a very popular device for DIY users. The Pi can be used for just about any project that the user can think up. Element 14 has announced that it has a new accessory for the Raspberry Pi available in the form of a new Wolfson audio card.
Flappy Bird may be dead, at least the original version of the ridiculously-addictive game, but that hasn't stopped the copycats and clones, including this real-world version dubbed Flappy Bird in a Box. The handiwork of Fawn Qiu, the Arduino-powered game sees a paper bird try to navigate a scrolling landscape of pipes, with the lid slapping shut if you hit one.
DIY enthusiasts that make things that require electronics and software to operate will be familiar with the Arduino platform. That platform can be used to make just about anything you can dream up. A project has hit its funding goal and then some on Indiegogo that is for a board designed to make it easier for people new to Arduino hardware to make stuff.
One of the coolest little developer boards that has become the heart of many DIY projects is the Raspberry Pi. The little device offers modest computing power, but also has modest power needs and can be used for just about anything you can dream up. Recently a geek over at Make built his dream tablet using the Raspberry Pi and some other hardware.
Microsoft's Illumiroom immersive lighting system didn't arrive alongside the Xbox One, but that hasn't stopped impressive DIY efforts integrating the console with Philips' remote control hue bulbs. The handiwork of one enterprising gamer, the system may not have the same gameplay-extending scope as Microsoft's concept - which uses a projector to actually expand what's on-screen to the surrounding environment - but it does promise to make gaming more engaging by dynamically adjusting the ambience of the room according to the game.