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Homemade lightsaber features a thin blade of fire

Homemade lightsaber features a thin blade of fire

Just in case you haven't had enough Star Wars-related news this week, here's something else to commemorate this special day among sci-fi movie fans. YouTube user Sufficiently Advanced managed to engineer a homemade lightsaber that produces a thin blue flame for a "blade," as opposed to, well, glowing light. But it goes far beyond just being a small handheld flamethrower, as it features an authentic looking lightsaber hilt that even makes sound effects.

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Netflix socks pause your show when you fall asleep

Netflix socks pause your show when you fall asleep

Have you ever been watching Netflix, only to drift off to sleep when you're in the middle of a move, or an episode of your favorite show? That was a rhetorical question, because we all know that the answer is “yes.” We've all done this, and it's one of the most important problems to plague the modern world. And that's why Netflix has been hard at work on a solution.

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Tesla isn’t impressed by your DIY self-driving car

Tesla isn’t impressed by your DIY self-driving car

Turns out, claiming that you can best Tesla's Autopilot with a DIY system you built in your garage isn't the best way to win praise from the Silicon Valley automaker. Notorious iPhone and PlayStation hacker George Hotz made headlines earlier this week when he revealed the self-driving Acura he created in a month, saying it was rising to the challenge set by Tesla's Elon Musk that motivated his efforts to build a low-cost homebrew alternative.

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R2-D2 Drone whistles and beeps as it flies

R2-D2 Drone whistles and beeps as it flies

Drones have gone big time over the last few years with plenty of ready to fly drone kits out there and hoards of potential to roll your own custom drone. Don Melara rolled his own drone and it is the droid you are looking for. Melara built a four-propeller drone that has a body that is R2-D2 from the Star Wars saga.

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AT-AT Walker from the ’80s actually walks

AT-AT Walker from the ’80s actually walks

Anyone who grew up in the '80s will remember the massive Star Wars AT-AT toy that came out in 1981 after Empire Strikes Back introduced us to the massive walkers. The toy had noisy joints that clicked when you move them and it was awesome, but hard to move and play with. Every kid who ever played with one wished it would really move and with some modern hardware, that old AT-AT can really walk.

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Christmas turkey roasted with flying flamethrower

Christmas turkey roasted with flying flamethrower

Not too long ago there was some drama centering on a teen who built a flying drone aircraft that had a gun that could be fired from the air. That drone ended up the subject of a federal probe and I can't imagine that this flying flamethrower drone would be any different. YouTube user Hogwit has video of the flying flamethrower drone and is using it to roast a holiday turkey.

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Filmomat automatically processes color, B&W film without the darkroom

Filmomat automatically processes color, B&W film without the darkroom

Photographers that still prefer to work in the medium of film already have difficulties when it comes to the declining supply of both film and camera equipment, but for those who are anything less than professional, the next big challenge is securing the space and tools needed for a dedicated dark room. German photographer Lukas Fritz is so dedicated that he spent a year building his own device that can automatically process both color and black & white 35mm film negatives.

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This homemade Death Star has real (deadly) lasers

This homemade Death Star has real (deadly) lasers

Most of us are satisfied with the simple things in life — an R2-D2 teapot, perhaps. Others want something bigger, though, something a little more incredible, and by incredible we mean incredible and dangerous. Enter Patrick Priebe and his homemade Death Star model. At first glance it doesn’t seem like much, but activate its lasers and you’ll find it truly is a miniature version of its destruction-bringing sibling.

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Paper craft V8 engine actually works

Paper craft V8 engine actually works

One of the most popular power plants in automotive history is the trusty V8. The V8 is cheap, powerful, and in most forms very reliable. We’ve seen plenty of paper craft stuff around here before including an origami Nissan Juke. This time out we have a tiny little paper craft V8 engine.

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Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Anyone who has tried to build or repair something that needed a few screws put in it knows that getting those screws started can be a literal pain. Slip the screwdriver off the screw head and it always seems to want to cut fingers or mar wood. A new device called the Micaton magnetic screw holder promises to make screwing things together easier and less painful.

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90,000 lumen LED flashlight could illuminate a baseball field

90,000 lumen LED flashlight could illuminate a baseball field

Sometimes you need to shed a little light on whatever you are doing, and other times you need to flood the entire area with light bright enough to cause a vampire to burst into flame. The latter is exactly what you can do with this DIY 1000W flashlight that makes 90,000 lumens of light.

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Two-player synthesizer lets players sample and battle away

Two-player synthesizer lets players sample and battle away

A keyboard synthesizer is normally something you play alone, unless you have someone else working the high keys chopsticks style. A device called the Collidoscope has been created by a couple musicians called Ben Bangler and Fiore Martin. This device turns playing a keyboard into a two-person affair.

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