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5 Pokemon GO Art Drop projects to keep kids creating

5 Pokemon GO Art Drop projects to keep kids creating

Today we examine a collection of awesome ways in which Pokemon GO fans are making the most of the game offline. Without needing Niantic to do an update to Pokemon GO, without waiting for an event to occur, these intrepid artists have turned the physical world of Pokemon GO into an awesome opportunity for sharing artwork. That's what we're focusing on today - sharing outside the game using the game as a map!

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Man goes to China, builds iPhone from parts sold in markets

Man goes to China, builds iPhone from parts sold in markets

Smartphones are such a commodity these days that people take for granted the amount of work it takes to make one. Sure, that process has been pretty much automated, but that doesn’t take away the complexity of a smartphone. And what better way to learn about that complexity by building your smartphone. Better yet, your own iPhone! That is exactly what adventurer extraordinaire Scotty Allen of Strange Parts did when he was in China. What he ended up building was a perfectly working refurbished iPhone 6s at half the price of a band new one.

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mintyPi hides a gaming device inside Altoid tins

mintyPi hides a gaming device inside Altoid tins

Although it has long been in existence, the Nintendo Switch has caused a resurgence of interest in portable gaming handhelds. Particularly of the DIY kind. Naturally, the Raspberry Pi is the crowd-favorite when it comes to a single board computer (SBC) that will serve as the brains of such a project. With the launch of the Raspberry Pi Zero W, it was an auspicious time to make or remake such a project. And that is exactly what Warner Skoch, a.k.a. sudomod, did. Behold the mintyPi 2.0 in all its tiny, Atloid glory.

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Richard Browning becomes Iron Man with jet-powered suit

Richard Browning becomes Iron Man with jet-powered suit

Of all the "fictional" technologies that enable personal flight, Iron Man's suit is the hardest, and most dangerous, to pull off. Flying with a jetpack is no longer science fiction, and even a hoverboard has made substantial progress. But a jet-powered suit? Hardly. That never discouraged British inventor Richard Browning from trying. And his dedication, and perhaps insanity, has finally paid off. He has become the real-world equivalent of Iron Man by donning a suit that, in practice, puts mini airplane engines on his arms and legs.

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This dartboard moves on its own to always give a bullseye

This dartboard moves on its own to always give a bullseye

Ever fancied yourself becoming a sharpshooter? If not with a gun then maybe with a bow? For most people, that will forever be a fantasy and the closest thing they'll be able to get is playing darts. And even then, majority of the population suck at it. Not unless you have this one of a kind "smart" dartboard that will automatically move itself so that you will always hit the bullseye. No matter how bad or how drunk you are.

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This mini pipe organ is made entirely out of paper

This mini pipe organ is made entirely out of paper

We’ve seen our fair share of DIY hobby projects that try to recreate once popular machines from modern components. Almost all of those involve some form of electronics or another. While we have come across a few that used only physical forces combined with metallic constructs, few projects can claim to be as intricate and time-consuming as the one pulled of by Aliaksei Zholner. He has, in effect, created a miniaturized pipe organ made out of nothing but paper.

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Here’s how you can make your own Razer Project Valerie

Here’s how you can make your own Razer Project Valerie

While the jury is still out on the practicality or absurdity of a laptop with three screens, it's a commonly held belief that productivity is proportional to the number of screens you have. Or not. Be that as it may, you may have developed a certain envy for Razer's Project Valerie prototype, which may never become a real product. Fret not, because JerryRigEverything has just shared how you can make your own DIY Project Valerie laptop for not more than $300.

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DIY Lego self-lacing shoe one ups those self-lacing Nikes

DIY Lego self-lacing shoe one ups those self-lacing Nikes

Last fall, Nike unveiled their HyperAdapt sneakers, a pair of honest-to-god self-lacing shoes. Unfortunately they sold for a little over $700, placing them far out of reach for average consumers. However, DIYer Vimal Patel has shown that with a little ingenuity, you can make your own self-lacing shoes powered by Lego. They don't even have to be Nikes!

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Famicom Pocket puts the Famicom Mini inside a Game Boy

Famicom Pocket puts the Famicom Mini inside a Game Boy

There has never been a lack of hacks and DIY projects surrounding Nintendo’s most beloved classic gaming systems, but Nintendo itself kicked off renewed interest when it launched the Famicom Mini in Japan and the NES Classic to the rest of the world. There have been some interesting work trying to replicate those mini consoles using a Raspberry Pi or, more recently, hacking into the box to make it support more than the fixed 30 games inside. This latest one to come straight from Japan is, perhaps, the craziest and best one yet, which practically puts a NES inside a GameBoy. Behold, the “Famicom Pocket”!

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Legend of Zelda fan 3D-printed the original game’s overworld map

Legend of Zelda fan 3D-printed the original game’s overworld map

The original Legend of Zelda is a classic for a number of reasons. Not only did the gameplay and story excite players for years to come, but its huge and expansive overworld, an impressive feat in the NES days, kept players exploring for the next dungeon and other secrets. Back then, if players weren't lucky enough to get their hands on the 2D map from Nintendo Power, they'd have to resort to graph paper to keep track of where they'd been.

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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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