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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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DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

Google may be saying Project Glass is still "years away" but that hasn't stopped DIY versions of the AR headset by others inspired by the eye-catching demo video. Now, we've seen plenty of ironic parodies of Google's wearables - including what might happen if Microsoft waded in - but augmented reality developer Will Powell actually took the time to make a functional version, using a pair of Vuzix glasses, a custom-crafted UI, and Dragon Naturally Speaking for voice recognition. Check out the demo video after the cut.

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World’s largest Rube Goldberg machine created at Purdue

World’s largest Rube Goldberg machine created at Purdue

Over the years, we've seen some pretty interesting Rube Goldberg machines. These are machines that use all sorts of things such as water, rolling balls, and other tricks in a series to keep a mechanical machine operating. The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team has crushed its own world record for the largest Rube Goldberg machine.

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DIY Birdman soars like an albatross

DIY Birdman soars like an albatross

"Up in the air, Junior Birdman!" A Dutch inventor has successfully created a pair of human-scale bird wings that, thanks to a DIY control system using Wiimotes among other things, allowed him to fly around 100m. Enthusiast Jarno Smeets mimicked the wing design of an albatross, with wings crafted from kite fabric and the flyer's own flapping efforts amplified by motors.

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