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SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera is DIY simple and has its own 80dB siren

SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera is DIY simple and has its own 80dB siren

SimpliSafe revealed and released their first wireless outdoor camera this week. The SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera works with motion detection up to 30 feet away, latency-free two-way audio, and a removable, rechargeable battery. This camera works with SimpliSafe's Smart Person Detection and Smart AI algorithms to "preserve battery life and protect privacy."

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DIYer creates tiny Simpsons TV that plays random episodes on demand

DIYer creates tiny Simpsons TV that plays random episodes on demand

A Redditor who goes by the name "Buba447" recently shared one of the most unique Raspberry Pi projects we've seen in a while: a miniature version of the television from animated sitcom The Simpsons. This is more than a mere model, mind, offering users on-demand access to random episodes of the hit series.

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Geek hacks an old-school HP calculator for wireless charging

Geek hacks an old-school HP calculator for wireless charging

We take wireless charging for granted with many of the gadgets we use today, such as smartphones, among others. Four decades ago, electronics like calculators were relatively new inventions, and most people were just surprised to have them and never even considered the ability to charge the devices wirelessly. When new, old electronics typically relied on old-school batteries for power.

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ELEGOO Mars Pro Review – A tiny 3D printing titan

ELEGOO Mars Pro Review – A tiny 3D printing titan

This printer is tiny, but mighty. The printer works with the sort of printing technique that's both messier and far, far more accurate than the most basic sorts of 3D printers on the block. The Mars Pro is a MSLA 3D printer with UV photocuring resin, courtesy of a matrix UV LED array.

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sPot project allows Spotify streaming using a 4th-gen iPod

sPot project allows Spotify streaming using a 4th-gen iPod

A DIY tinker has created something very interesting using a 17-year-old fourth-generation iPod. For those who may not have been around during the fourth-generation iPod era, it's the old one with the big click wheel and monotone screen. The guy behind the project says that he was given a bag of old iPods and decided to modify one.

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Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch played with DIY exercise bike

Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch played with DIY exercise bike

This week the modder known as Mechachoi delivered a robotic masterpiece, connecting Mario Kart on Nintendo Switch to an exercise bike. He worked with a variety of off-the-shelf parts and made the whole experience just as wireless as the original, pushing the exercise bike to act as the controller without ripping the original controller apart whatsoever. This is the sort of modding Nintendo must love.

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Rotary Un-Smartphone kit lets you build a functional throwback

Rotary Un-Smartphone kit lets you build a functional throwback

There has been no shortage of attempts to offer people an escape from the smart but sometimes obtrusive modern devices known as smartphones. A lot of them try to take you back to the good old days but nothing says "old-school" better than a phone with a rotary dial. That's what this Rotary "Un-Smartphone" kit is offering interested builders and makers, allowing them to assemble a functional, 4G -capable device that really does nothing much but make call or display messages. That said, it may not be as antiquated as it first sounds.

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Apple fan 3D prints very cool MagSafe Duo charging stand

Apple fan 3D prints very cool MagSafe Duo charging stand

One of the coolest things about 3D printing is that the devices have allowed individual users to build their own gadget accessories. Before the era of 3D printing, building your own charging stand for an iPhone 12 and an Apple Watch would've been almost impossible. With the arrival of 3D printers, anyone with a printer and some time can create just about anything they can dream up.

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Cool portable Nintendo N64 is about the size of a retro game cartridge

Cool portable Nintendo N64 is about the size of a retro game cartridge

Game consoles today play games that are either downloaded from the Internet or on discs. Gamers who've been around long enough to remember when consoles like the Nintendo N64 were the top-of-the-line gaming consoles will recall plugging cartridges into the console to play. A YouTuber going by the name GmanModz has created a customized portable N64 that puts controls, screen, and the game itself in a device about the same size as a game cartridge from the past.

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Raspberry Pi VCR plays full-length movies on a single floppy disk

Raspberry Pi VCR plays full-length movies on a single floppy disk

There have been a lot of retro projects and products over the years, especially on crowdfunding platforms, that try to bring the past forward to the present. A few of those let you actually relive that past as it was back then, but even fewer actually let you use technologies and objects long gone. That is one of the things that makes this "LimaTek Diskmaster" project intriguing and, to be honest, hilarious as it tries to cram a feature-length film inside an ancient 3.5-inch floppy disk.

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LEGO Gravedigger the first in line of Monster Jam trucks

LEGO Gravedigger the first in line of Monster Jam trucks

LEGO Technic Monster Jam sets were revealed this week as the start of what we hope will be a long and fruitful friendship between the two brands. The Monster Jam brand machine works with the biggest names in monster trucks - likely any and all monster trucks you may recognize by name - and their LEGO journey begins now. To begin the run, two sets will be released in January of 2021.

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ExoMy DIY Rover lets you build your own Mars exploration machine

ExoMy DIY Rover lets you build your own Mars exploration machine

NASA and other space agencies around the world have been building rovers that explore other planets for decades. One thing those rovers have in common is an incredibly high price tag, often running into millions of dollars. Space enthusiasts that want a new electronics project to work on during the coronavirus pandemic should check out the ExoMy rover unveiled by the European Space Agency.

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