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Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Connected Mr. Bear is a toy with a light-up heart that controls what's played on your Netflix account. What's even creepier than this bear being able to control what you watch is its choice of TV shows. You see, as Netflix sees it, Full House (or Fuller House) is the perfect jumping-off point for a new kind of connected toy. A toy with a light-up heart - one that demands you watch Full House when it commands.

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Shift phones lead the way: fair to workers, trusting end-users

Shift phones lead the way: fair to workers, trusting end-users

Android lives on the German-made Shift phone brand in a variety of colors and device sizes, all of which are made with love. They're all tagged with #LovePhone because the brand is built on three terms: design with detail, technology that's repairable, and production that's fair to workers. If what Shift suggests is entirely true, this is a company that cares for not just profits, but the people involved at every step, as well.

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Homemade USB Killer destroys computer components

Homemade USB Killer destroys computer components

I'm not sure why you would want a flash drive style device that is capable of destroying some of the components inside a PC. The only use I can think of is vandalism at schools or work, which is what at least a few of the commenters on a YouTube video posted by Thomas Kim seem to be interested in. Kim posted a video showing the steps needed to build a DIY USB Killer that blasts voltage through the USB port of a PC to make it shut down.

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LightMode Kits Redesigned with sleeker hardware, still looks like Tron

LightMode Kits Redesigned with sleeker hardware, still looks like Tron

A new project has reached its funding goal on Kickstarter that aims to make your motorcycle helmet look like a prop from the set of the latest Tron film. The project is called LightMode Kits Redesigned and it is an improvement on the original LightMode. The big change comes in the control and power module that operates the entire system.

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RetroPie console fits inside an old Wii U controller

RetroPie console fits inside an old Wii U controller

A dude going by the name [banjokazooie] has created one of the slickest game console hacks we have seen in a long time. He took what appears to be a broken special edition Zelda Wii U controller with an LCD screen and turned it into a completely different game console. The redone portable console uses a Raspberry Pi 3 inside along with a 6.5-inch HDMI display.

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Pixie Arduino wearable watch is pure DIY geek chic

Pixie Arduino wearable watch is pure DIY geek chic

If you want a wearable that you can walk into a store and buy there are plenty out there to choose from. If you want a wearable that is unique and geeky cool, you have to build it yourself. This is exactly what has transpired with this oddly cool Pixie wearable. Pixie is an Arduino-based NeoPixel watch.

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Kano DIY computer brings camera, speaker kits to crowdfunding

Kano DIY computer brings camera, speaker kits to crowdfunding

Technology and electronics have come such a long way that it’s already possible to build basic computers as easy as you would LEGO structures. But how about the parts that attach to that computer? Not so much. Once again, Kano is trying bring that DIY plus LEGO culture to kids and the young at heart by trying to crowdfund three kits that separately form a camera, a Bluetooth speaker, and a pixel grid display. Together, especially with the sensors the ship with, they form together hours of educational fun.

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Build your own robot vacuum cleaner with Arduino, spare parts

Build your own robot vacuum cleaner with Arduino, spare parts

Roomba it ain't, but if you’re either pressed for cash or have a tinkerer’s itch, then you’d probably be more comfortable building your own robotic butler, er, vacuum cleaner. Electronics today has reached a point where it almost too easy to assemble something together in no time flat, whether it be an intruder alarm, face-recognizing security system, or, in this case, makeshift iRobot or Roomba. And really, all you need is a spare vacuum cleaner, the portable kind, an Arduino, a few off the shelf sensors, and a sense of adventure.

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DIY liquid cooled 72k lumen LED flashlight will melt your soul

DIY liquid cooled 72k lumen LED flashlight will melt your soul

There are flashlights and then there are FLASHLIGHTS and this DIY 72,000 lumen bad boy is definitely the latter type of flashlight. It was made by a guy called Samm Sheperd and it uses eight 100w LED chips that generate a huge amount of heat when turned on. In fact, the thing generates so much heat that it has to be water-cooled to prevent it from catching fire.

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This arcade cabinet fits in your palm, runs Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

This arcade cabinet fits in your palm, runs Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

When most people think of an arcade game cabinet, they think of units measuring six-feet tall. Sure, we've seen home-friendly devices in the past that use an iPad as the display, but Adafruit's latest creation takes the idea of shrinking things down to a whole new level. The DIY Raspberry Pi Zero wizards have put together a MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) cabinet that measures less than 3 inches tall, uses a 0.96-inch RGB OLED display, and is still fully playable.

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Wazer Desktop Waterjet is a fabricators dream

Wazer Desktop Waterjet is a fabricators dream

Traditional waterjet cutters are gigantic machines that take up lots of floor space in your garage and cost lots of money. A new desktop waterjet cutter has debuted on Kickstarter called the Wazer and it is much smaller and less costly than standard waterjet cutters. It's not exactly compact, but it is significantly smaller than traditional units are.

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Rated-E Mods whips up SNES Micro using Raspberry Pi Zero

Rated-E Mods whips up SNES Micro using Raspberry Pi Zero

Anyone around in the earlier days of gaming will have some fond memories of playing games on the Super Nintendo Entertainment system or SNES. Over at Rated-E modes a very cool and very small SNES Micro has been created using what appears to be some sort of modeling clay and a Raspberry Pi Zero for emulation.

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