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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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Hometalk offers a social network for home improvement

Hometalk offers a social network for home improvement

While services like Facebook and Twitter are the bread and butter of social networks, there are more specific communities out there. Hometalk is one such website, offering a social network for those interesting in DIY and home improvement. The site recently relaunched with a new design, boasting a user base of around 100,000 homeowners and professionals all brought together by the promise of tips, guides, and general DIY chitchat.

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Death Star ping-pong ball isn’t a moon

Death Star ping-pong ball isn’t a moon

I can't say that I've ever seen a ping-pong ball that I would look at and think, "that's pretty cool." However, a Japanese artist has created what is undeniably the coolest ping-pong ball in the history of ping-pong balls. This thing started as your typical orange table tennis ball before he worked his geek magic and turned it into an incredibly detailed replica of the Death Star from Star Wars.

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Ben Heck creates custom toilet illuminator

Ben Heck creates custom toilet illuminator

There is an age-old problem for many guys of all ages when it comes to taking a wiz at night. Some guys and younger boys just can't seem to make it into the toilet when they pee in the dark. That means you have to listen to your wife or significant other complain the next day that someone hit the lid. Ben Heck has the answer to this with his latest project dubbed the toilet illuminator.

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Cummins launches new initiative to inspire students with Lego engine replica

Cummins launches new initiative to inspire students with Lego engine replica

The folks at Cummins make engines for all sorts of equipment from diesel trucks to much larger and more powerful equipment for industrial needs. The company has announced the launch of a new initiative to motivate and inspire students to excel in science, technology, engineering, and math. To start the initiative the company decided to go with something sure to get the attention of geeks everywhere.

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DIY Streetview camera kit lets you be Google

DIY Streetview camera kit lets you be Google

If you have a hankering to be like Google and make your own Street View images, you can do it with this new camera kit from a company called Streetview Technology. The company makes a camera with three mounting options, including a car mount or a backpack. The camera has lenses on each side that record in all directions at one time.

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R2-D2 rain barrel is geekalicious

R2-D2 rain barrel is geekalicious

I think of all the characters in science fiction; R2-D2 is one of the most loved. The little droid doesn't even speak; he simply beeps. However, R2 is still one of my favorite Star Wars characters. We've seen R2-D2 turned into all sorts of toys and other projects from robots to computer cases. This is the first time I've ever seen R2-D2 turned into a barrel for collecting rainwater.

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Etsy raises $40 million for expansion

Etsy raises $40 million for expansion

If you want to buy quirky, handmade items or vintage clothing and other items, Etsy is the place to go. Etsy is well known as the place for a bunch of DIY sellers who create things such as geeky knitted Star Wars hats and painted bras. The company has recently raised $40 million in funding to fuel its international expansion. Previously, the company raised $51 million.

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Barobo Mobot is a cheap modular robot kit

Barobo Mobot is a cheap modular robot kit

Robots are cool but kits to build them can be very expensive. Some of the cool robotic kits we've seen in the past can run thousands of dollars. A company called Barobo has a new modular robotic kit that you can make all sorts of robotic constructs that is very cheap. The kit is called the Mobot and is up for pre-order right now.

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