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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 15 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 15 2011

Welcome to another edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! Early Monday I ran across a cool printer hack that turns your ink jet into a printer that prints with invisible ink. The ink is lemon juice and the person that needs to read the invisible ink sprays it with an iodine solution to make the letters viewable. The commercial for the Touchwood SH-08C from DoCoMo has turned up on YouTube. The commercial uses a big handmade wooden ramp with xylophone keys that play classical music when a ball rolls down the ramp.

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IOIO Android breakout board makes your phone a DIY gadget brain

IOIO Android breakout board makes your phone a DIY gadget brain

We've covered SparkFun electronics before on SlashGear, but with the new IOIO for Android the company has really excelled itself. A USB-connected I/O breakout interfact board for Android smartphones and tablets, it basically turns your phone into an Arduino-style electronics hub, linking external sensors, inputs and controls to your custom apps via a simple Java API.

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Wii UNLimited Edition: Water-cooled, wall-mounted Nintendo case mod

Wii UNLimited Edition: Water-cooled, wall-mounted Nintendo case mod

The PS3 and Xbox 360 get plenty of case mods, but the smaller Wii - perhaps because, in its compact monochrome pleasantness, it's already relatively slick - seems to miss out on most of the more ambitious tweaks. No more, however; Martin Nielsen - "Angel OD" on Bit-Tech - has taken the Nintendo console and turned it into the Wii UNLimited Edition, a wall-mounted, water-cooled, aluminum-milled slice of beauty.

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Motorola XOOM rooted already

Motorola XOOM rooted already

Motorola's dislike of Android modders tweaking their toys was one of the potential downsides to the XOOM we mentioned in our review, but it seems the hacking community didn't get Motorola's memo that they should leave well alone. The XOOM has only been in the wild - officially - for less than a day, and already its been rooted.

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AT&T Motorola ATRIX 4G already rooted

AT&T Motorola ATRIX 4G already rooted

Motorola hasn't been too keen on Android modders tinkering with its smartphones, throwing in various locked-down bootloaders and other frustrations to prevent the hardware running custom ROMs. Unfortunately for Moto, however, there's nothing a hacker likes more than a challenge, and so it comes as little surprise to discover that the Motorola ATRIX 4G has been rooted before it's even on shelves.

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Kinect robot control hack gives you an aerobics buddy [Video]

Kinect robot control hack gives you an aerobics buddy [Video]

With all the Kinect hacks we're seeing, it probably doesn't matter whether gamers are leaving their motion-control sensors to gather dust or otherwise; there are enough DIY-addicts buying it to make the peripheral a success. Latest is Asura's V-Sido remote app for the G-Robots GR-001 'bot, which can follow your movements for some aerobics-style mimicry.

Video demo after the cut

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Can Sony ban gamers that hack PS3 without them connecting to PSN?

Can Sony ban gamers that hack PS3 without them connecting to PSN?

Sony has decided to voraciously go after the people that offer up hacks and mods for the PS3 console this week after some hacks have surfaced that render existing Sony security on the PS3 moot. The latest hack of the PS3 came from Geohot and landed him in hot water with Sony suing him for circumventing the security on the console despite the fact that bypassing security doesn’t mean the user is a pirate.

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PS3 custom firmware hack released

PS3 custom firmware hack released

The leaked PS3 root key has spawned its first public hack, with instructions surfacing on how owners can create their own custom firmware. The handiwork of KaKaRoTo, the actual usefulness of the hack is questionable at this stage; there's no support for running homebrew apps or backup copies of games, and according to the creator it's all "really meant for future homebrew installation" and "will not allow piracy."

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Google Cr-48 gets Android install

Google Cr-48 gets Android install

Google's Cr-48 notebook is intended to bring developers up to speed with Chrome OS, but those tricksy coders just won't leave the ultraportable alone. Hexxeh has managed to get Android running on the Cr-48, after previously releasing instructions on how to install Windows 7, OS X or Ubuntu.

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Lenovo PC modder challenge produces articulated touchscreen table, desktop arcade, more

Lenovo PC modder challenge produces articulated touchscreen table, desktop arcade, more

Lenovo has been courting PC modders in the run-up to CES 2011 this week, and some of the results of the "What's Your Idea of Fun?" campaign are pretty striking. Taking regular Lenovo computers as their starting point, the modders variously came up with a desktop arcade cabinet, a beautiful Birdseye maple and teak gaming PC, and the bizarre MD-5 robot-themed touchscreen computer shown here.

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HTC HD2 gets MeeGo 1.1 install

HTC HD2 gets MeeGo 1.1 install

HTC's HD2 has become something of a favorite among smartphone modders; we've already seen the Windows Mobile 6.5 device swap its Microsoft OS for Android and Windows Phone 7, and now it's the turn of MeeGo 1.1. Steve Troughton-Smith spotted that, since the HD2 is relatively similar to the Nexus One in terms of core hardware, it should be possible to tweak the instructions for installing MeeGo on the Googlephone to suit the HTC.

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Google Nexus S rooted

Google Nexus S rooted

After less than 24 hours on sale, Google's Nexus S has been rooted. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone fell to the practiced hands of xda-community's Koush, taking a metaphorical screwdriver to the OS in the same way that we saw iFixit strip away the Samsung-made handset's hardware.

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