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Forget mobile payments, real-life Mario Kart is the best use ever for RFID

Forget mobile payments, real-life Mario Kart is the best use ever for RFID

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime may have straddled a full-sized Mario Kart replica for publicity, but Waterloo Labs' DIY version goes several steps better with actual gameplay dragged out from the console to the race track. Taking four regular go-karts, and then strapping on RFID readers, pneumatic launchers, and various servo-controls of the steering and throttle, the real-life drivers can boost their performance by grabbing RFID-tagged boosters hanging over the course, and sabotage rivals by shooting at them.

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DIYer building custom ARM-based laptop, may launch Kickstarter campaign

DIYer building custom ARM-based laptop, may launch Kickstarter campaign

Custom-building desktop computers is nothing new nowadays, but custom-building laptops is a different story. Because of the complex parts and how they're assembled, building a laptop yourself isn't for the faint of heart, and most people don't have access to the necessary resources anyway, but virtuoso hardware hacker and DIYer Andrew "Bunnie" Huang is setting out to build his own open-source, ARM-based laptop himself.

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Parrot plots world domination from atop his motorized mech

Parrot plots world domination from atop his motorized mech

Few things would be as horrific as a flock of parrots invading your hometown astride mechanized vehicles of death and cuteness. The good news is, they can't kill us all, someone has to be around to hand out crackers and change the newspaper. If you've ever been to home where someone owns a bird or if you've ever owned a bird yourself, you know they can be noisy creatures constantly shrieking. A man named Andrew Gray has an African Grey Parrot that was a noisy creature.

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AERIAL7 TANK DIY over-ear headphones Review

AERIAL7 TANK DIY over-ear headphones Review

The folks at AERIAL7 have come through with a lovely pair of over-ear headphones in the TANK, here in their newest iteration bringing you a completely do-it-yourself aesthetic. The DIY TANK model comes in all white with a set of materials on the surface that allow for great connections with markets, paint, ink, and everything in-between. Got an artist in the family that also likes to customize everything they own? This might be just the ticket.

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DIY Fusion drive for Macs is complex

DIY Fusion drive for Macs is complex

If your favorite part of the Apple event where the new and crazy thin iMac computers were unveiled was the Fusion Drive combining a traditional hard drive with flash storage, you might wonder if you can get the technology inside your existing Mac computer. Apparently, you can, but it's not exactly easy. You can roll your own Fusion Drive following some instructions available online.

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Ben Heck creates new ultra-portable Xbox 360 laptop

Ben Heck creates new ultra-portable Xbox 360 laptop

If you're serious gamer who quickly has withdrawals when you're away from your Xbox 360, you'll certainly appreciate the latest mod Ben Heck has created. Heck made a name for himself years ago with this slick Xbox 360 portable mods and his latest is very impressive. Heck created the portable Xbox 360 laptop in the season finale of The Ben Heck Show.

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RedRock Boardshop offers DIY electric-powered skateboard kit

RedRock Boardshop offers DIY electric-powered skateboard kit

A new project has landed on Kickstarter that offers a DIY kit allowing users to create their own electric-powered skateboard. The kit comes from a company called RedRock Boardshop and is for a "universal motorized skate truck." The idea is that by offering a modular kit with a motorized skateboard truck, users can choose their own board deck and create the electric vehicle themselves.

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Cat Immersion Project creates crowdsourced kitty cocoon

Cat Immersion Project creates crowdsourced kitty cocoon

Here's something Google's Glass can't do: create a virtual tent of cats for those times when you can't be around your favorite furball. The Cat Immersion Project is the bizarre and brilliant DIY handiwork of the staff at the Seattle Children's Hospital, projecting photos of more than 3,000 cats into a tented space - complete with purring sound effects - so that 16-year-old cancer patient Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem could get her dose of felines despite being in protective isolation.

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Raspberry Pi gets a Heck of a nice keyboard

Raspberry Pi gets a Heck of a nice keyboard

We talked a lot about the Raspberry Pi since little device first debuted. It's a cheap little computer designed to run a free operating system making it ideal for tinkering and cobbling together your own HTPC for the living room. Modder Ben Heck has constructed a very cool project using a $35 Raspberry Pi to create what looks like a wooden Commodore 64.

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