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Geek out with your own liquid sand fluidized air bed

Geek out with your own liquid sand fluidized air bed

It's possible to turn a bunch of sand into a fluidized liquid using pipes and just the right amount of air. A dude called Mark Rober on YouTube is showing people how to build their own fluidized air bed. This is the technical name for a system that can turn solid sand into something akin to a fluid.

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Google Paper Signals: Tiny, cute, and useful

Google Paper Signals: Tiny, cute, and useful

Paper Signals from Google controls tiny paper contraptions with Google Assistant. This set of experiments is not something completely inaccessible by the average user. Instead, it's a super-inexpensive (or super free) set of instructions for creating moving objects that are controlled by a set of equations, activated by Google Assistant.

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Google AIY Vision Kit brings computer vision in a cardboard box

Google AIY Vision Kit brings computer vision in a cardboard box

Google Cardboard, the previous VR platform, might be dead, but Google is finding other ways to put cardboard in people’s hands. Last May, it introduced its AIY DIY AI Voice kit that leveraged the power of the Raspberry Pi to help you make your own Google Assistant in a cardboard box. Now it is making another RPi-based DIY kit, this time focusing on computer vision and on-device machine learning instead. Introducing the AIY Vision Kit, your Google Lens in a box.

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Xbox One X HDD replacement voids warranty (and so does this screw)

Xbox One X HDD replacement voids warranty (and so does this screw)

Those gamers making an attempt at taking apart the Xbox One X to replace its HDD, take heed: it's not just a simple matter of screws and swapping. As we first addressed in our original full Xbox One X teardown and unboxing, there's a warranty break that takes place almost immediately upon attempting to open this hardware up. Today we're going to run everything necessary in replacing said HDD - as well as a set of reasons why most people will want to avoid it.

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Samsung turns 40 Galaxy S5s into a bitcoin mining cluster

Samsung turns 40 Galaxy S5s into a bitcoin mining cluster

The fast-paced innovation in the mobile industry undoubtedly has negative consequences, not just for ourselves but for the environment at large. E-waste is no longer a rarity, and even if old smartphones don’t fill up landfills, they might be filling up your closets instead. As the company with perhaps the most smartphones in markets, closets, and garbage alike, Samsung does have a responsibility in becoming part of the solution. It has introduced a new initiative it calls “Upcycling”, that can repurpose these devices for completely different things. Like, for example, using dozens of them into a bitcoin mining farm.

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Homemade Nintendo Switch runs on Raspberry Pi, plays all your retro games

Homemade Nintendo Switch runs on Raspberry Pi, plays all your retro games

If you want to enjoy the experience of playing classic Nintendo games on modern gaming hardware, your choices are either to buy a Nintendo Switch, and hope the company sells the games you want via its digital store, or buy the new SNES Classic. Modder Tim Lindquist has combined the best of those two options with a homemade take on the Switch that runs any classic game imaginable via a Raspberry Pi.

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pi-top DIY Raspberry Pi laptop has just become even better

pi-top DIY Raspberry Pi laptop has just become even better

The Raspberry Pi is a great low-power, low-cost computer for making things and learning STEAM, but its barebones design isn’t always a good fit for some classrooms. Fortunately, there is a whole universe of RPi products and accessories to fill in the gap. The pi-top is one of those, guiding young and old alike in building their own laptop almost from scratch. And on its third birthday, pi-top is introducing a second-generation pi-top that not only makes it more powerful but also more accessible in more ways than one.

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DIY DeX Laptop turns MacBook Pro into portable DeX Station

DIY DeX Laptop turns MacBook Pro into portable DeX Station

Samsung DeX shows a lot of promise, but half of that promise is rendered useless by the one essential part of that formula: the DeX Station. The idea of using your Galaxy smartphone as your computer is great if your idea of computing is being tethered to your desk all the time. Good luck if you actually want to be productive elsewhere. That is why XDA Junior Member kreal started a DIY project that gutted the insides of a MacBook Pro and turned it into a DeX Laptop.

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This DIY iPhone X Mini is bonkers

This DIY iPhone X Mini is bonkers

For the cost of a couple of iPhone cases, a DIY expert in China has converted an iPhone 5 to an iPhone X... sort of. What results from the unscrewing and cutting and jamming in of parts this user has performed is an iPhone X Mini - an iPhone 5 with as little bezel as possible. Of course creating such a Frankenstein's Monster of a phone required that a little bit of the phone be removed - namely the charging port and the speakers.

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This is how to get a Galaxy Note 8 with a clear glass back

This is how to get a Galaxy Note 8 with a clear glass back

To cut to the chase: don't. But if you're loaded or have nothing to lose by potentially sacrificing a nearly $1,000 Galaxy Note 8 on the altar of aesthetics, then by all means go ahead. The glass backs of many of this year's flagship smartphones have caused the likes of JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson to dream of transparent smartphone cases. But since that is unlikely to become an offer that OEMs will make, your only real option is to do it yourself and live with the consequences.

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This Droid Inventor Kit is a Star Wars DIY dream come true

This Droid Inventor Kit is a Star Wars DIY dream come true

The folks at LittleBits have created a "Droid Inventor Kit" to allow droid-lovers of all ages to make their own R2 unit. Using LittleBits custom-molded R2-unit computer base and a variety of robot parts from LittleBits collection, this kit allows users to assemble, control, and modify a droid to their heart's content. Using the custom Star Wars LittleBits app, users are encouraged to "teach [their] Droid tricks like navigating and obstacle course & defending [their] room."

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Galaxy S8 owner “fixed” its most annoying misfeature

Galaxy S8 owner “fixed” its most annoying misfeature

The Galaxy S8 was almost perfect. Its one glaring flaw was its fingerprint scanner. Never mind the off-center position that has resulted in many a smudge to the camera, the scanner, being really just a flat, non-tactile surface, was hard to locate with your finger. Owner Quinn Nelson managed to fix that and surround the sensor with a somewhat discrete perimeter around the sensor to make it easier to find. Amusingly, he had to break it before actually “fixing” it.

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