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Nintendo Labo VR mod prepares for Breath of the Wild update

Nintendo Labo VR mod prepares for Breath of the Wild update

In just a few days, Nintendo will be rolling out an update to two of the Nintendo Switch's most iconic games. That update will bring a new mode to Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. a mode that will let users see them in a different way. And what better way to see those new worlds, or at least Hyrule, than with a VR headset. Nintendo just recently unveiled a cardboard one. Fortunately, one eager beaver set out to modify that plain DIY box and make it an almost true VR headset.

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How I made my own action figure with silicone and resin

How I made my own action figure with silicone and resin

A few months ago I became interested in the offbeat art of bootleg action figures. I started by following artists and designers on Instagram, and a big part of sharing art like this on Instagram is revealing parts of the product's creation process. I wanted to see if I could make an action figure of my own, so I did it. I attained a few bottles of chemicals, grabbed some cups, cardboard, and tape, and got working.

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Sphero RVR details: The DIY do-anything robot

Sphero RVR details: The DIY do-anything robot

This morning Sphero revealed a project called Sphero RVR, a do-it-yourself robot. This robot works with simple-to-use software and 3rd-party hardware, and is part of a Kickstarter right out the gate. In less than 12 hours, the project reached $145k of its $150k goal (with 30 days left to go).

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iFixit’s iPhone battery replacement kits will stay discounted throughout 2019

iFixit’s iPhone battery replacement kits will stay discounted throughout 2019

By now, most iPhone users (and those who follow the tech industry in general) are probably very familiar with Apple's battery woes last year. After it became clear that Apple was intentionally slowing iPhones with older batteries, the company was at the center of a lot of controversy. So much controversy, in fact, that Apple decided to offer cheaper battery replacements for pretty much anyone with an out-of-warranty iPhone.

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That Glitter Bomb Package Thief Video: What’s inside the box?

That Glitter Bomb Package Thief Video: What’s inside the box?

This week - and possibly this year - the most popular video on YouTube shows a fantastic invention made solely for revenge. And for science, of course - because what good is revenge without science? In this video, Rober displays his mechanical engineering prowess in a bid to take back his porch from the evil that is the Porch Thief. And oh, he gets his revenge. He gets his revenge REAL good.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate played and partly won using bananas

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate played and partly won using bananas

ATwerkingYoshi is going bananas. And quite literally too. When Super Smash Bros. U finally launched, it went big immediately, despite the earlier high-profile premature leak. And, as expected, anyone and everyone who could streamed or recorded their experiences and reactions playing what some already call the best-selling Switch game of all time, or at least this year. None, however, would have probably guessed that someone would take seven bananas and use those as a controller, not to mention win some matches, too!.

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Right to Repair ruling has huge implications for Alexa, consoles, cars

Right to Repair ruling has huge implications for Alexa, consoles, cars

If you follow the technology industry, there's a good chance you've heard the phrase "right to repair" at least once or twice. While many manufacturers want to restrict consumers' ability to repair the devices they own or take it to a third party for repairs, there are people on the other side of that argument who have been trying to keep that right. This is a battle and a debate that has raged on for years at this point, but today, Right to Repair proponents were granted a pretty huge win.

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Motorola gets DIY fix-friendly with iFixit partnership

Motorola gets DIY fix-friendly with iFixit partnership

This week Motorola became the first smartphone manufacturer to supply OEM parts to iFixit. This is a move that's more important than its immediate result. Providing parts to iFixit means Motorola is publicly signing their support for user-repaired smartphones and tablets. Besides making surprisingly repair-friendly devices (sometimes), this is Motorola's biggest and most public move in said direction.

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Robot Unicorn aims to bring girls to STEM research

Robot Unicorn aims to bring girls to STEM research

There's a robot out there in the wild made by UBTECH that's aiming to ramp up female interest in STEM research. While the idea is questionable that the color purple and a fanciful unicorn form will entice girls any more than any other sort of robot, the robot itself remains pretty neat. The full product name is "JIMU Robot Mythical Series: UnicornBot Kit" and it's basically just hit stores this morning.

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Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids build their own tablets

Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids build their own tablets

Some will argue that tablets are dead but the likes of the iPads, Surface Gos, and convertibles prove otherwise. In addition, touch has become the first interaction model that most kids have these days courtesy of smartphones and, yes, tablets. So if you're going to teach them how to build their own computer, you might as well teach them to build a tablet. And that's exactly what this new DIY kit from Kano proposes to introduce the next generation to the wonderful world of technology.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is currently the only device with a button that cannot (by default) be turned away from Bixby. Bixby is Samsung's smart assistant, and it's meant to be a helpful feature on the Galaxy Note 9 - but not all users want it. Much in the spirit of the DIY community at large, a couple of real nice options appeared in the last week for Note 9 owners wishing to disable Bixby completely.

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littleBits Avengers Inventor Kit lets kids create their own super gauntlet

littleBits Avengers Inventor Kit lets kids create their own super gauntlet

Last year, littleBits launched its very awesome Droid Inventor Kit. The kit aimed to get kids interested in STEAM fields by allowing them to create and code their own astromech droid from Star Wars. Giving kids the ability to build and customize their own R2D2 while at the same introducing them to STEAM concepts was certainly a cool idea, and today, littleBits is back with a new Inventor Kit - this time with a Marvel spin.

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