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Floppotron 2.0 jams to Imperial March from Star Wars

Floppotron 2.0 jams to Imperial March from Star Wars

We've seen geeks take old computer hardware and use it to create music before. Last summer the floppy drive orchestra was a much smaller affair that was able to play multiple songs thanks to MIDI files and a myRIO embedded controller. This time out the orchestra is playing that favorite geek tune, the Imperial March from Star Wars and the orchestra is much larger.

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Piper Review : DIY computer in a box (with Minecraft)

Piper Review : DIY computer in a box (with Minecraft)

Over the past couple of weeks we've been having a go at Piper, a DIY computer project. This project uses open source plans, hardware, and software to make an awesome learning and playing experience for people of all ages. While much of this project is aimed at kids, the entire process can be 100% enjoyable and fruitful for creators of any age.

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Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Google reveals a DIY set of computer parts that connect together to create learning experiences for young coders. Of course you don't have to be a programmer to use these blocks - you can be whoever you'd like to be. Google suggests that Project Bloks is a research project whose aim is "to create an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids."

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Gigantic Nerf Gun shoots plunger-tipped pool noodles at 40mph

Gigantic Nerf Gun shoots plunger-tipped pool noodles at 40mph

If you have ever been involved in a NERF war, you know that not all NERF weapons are created equal. Some shoot single darts a few feet, while others can hurl ounces and ounces of suction cup tipped darts out you each second. Rest assured in any conventional NERF war, every one of those darts are aimed at your eyes or your groin, 'tis the way of war. A former NASA engineer took it upon himself to craft the ultimate weapon of NERF doom, and so he did.

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Kodi Raspberry Pi case completes the media center equation

Kodi Raspberry Pi case completes the media center equation

Raspberry Pi board + Kodi (formerly XBMC) software + official Kodi RPi case from FLIRC. That is the formula that Kodi's developers are now proposing to deliver an almost complete, energy efficient, low footprint home media center built off one of the cheapest single board computers (SBC) available in the market. Of course, an enclosure is an enclosure and the case can be used to house an RPi for any purpose. But for those who want to show their brand loyalties, especially to Kodi, this limited edition is the case to buy.

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Smoke and mirrors: running Android on an iPhone via DIY case

Smoke and mirrors: running Android on an iPhone via DIY case

"The holy war is over!" Or so proclaims Nick Lee, the probably insane modder who just last April demonstrated how to get Windows 95 to run on an Apple Watch. But as if that weren't heresy enough, Lee did one even better: running Android on an iPhone. OK, it's not exactly like what it sounds, and there weren't any iPhones or Androids sacrificed to the cause. Like any good magic trick, the key is misdirection. In this case, the key is a rather conspicuous case that hides a board running Android, which is then mirrored to the iPhone's screen.

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Nintendo Power Glove gutted, repurposed as a drone controller

Nintendo Power Glove gutted, repurposed as a drone controller

Despite almost being atrocious in its actual implementation, Nintendo's Power Glove accessory back in the NES days sparked many a hackers and tinkerer's imagination because of the possibilities it opened. Back then, however, such ideas were not easily possible to pull off. Fast forward to today's accessible and advanced electronics, the Power Glove has been put under the knife and the soldering iron in the name of science and boredom. Like this Hackaday project that shows a drone who's boss by controlling it with nothing but Jedi hand gestures.

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Burger King giveaway toy becomes Game Boy Color Nano via RPi Zero

Burger King giveaway toy becomes Game Boy Color Nano via RPi Zero

McDonald's may have seemed quite pioneering by launching Happy Meal boxes that transform into a Google Cardboard compatible VR headset. However, rival Burger King might have been ahead of the competition in mixing tech with food. Back in 2000, it gave away tiny gaming handhelds that looked like miniaturized versions of the Nintendo GameBoy Color. Of course, it was nothing like Nintendo's world-famous device, only capable of playing analog games inside. With today's technology, however, it was really only a matter of time before such a toy got a nearly accurate GameBoy makeover it deserved.

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Windows 10 now has a Magic Mirror hack of its own

Windows 10 now has a Magic Mirror hack of its own

We've seen our fair share of "magic mirrors", practically one-way mirrors that have some display embedded within them to deliver a rather futuristic experience of reading your messages and seeing the weather in your bathroom. Even Samsung is game, just recently unveiling the first commercial installation of its Mirror Display in a Korean salon. Most of the mirror displays, however, are DIY projects undertaken by individuals with lots of time or patience or both. Not to be left behind, Microsoft has revealed its own "Magic Mirror" DIY attempt, utilizing a Raspberry Pi and, of course, Windows 10 IoT Core.

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Half-Life 2 city scanner drone actually flies

Half-Life 2 city scanner drone actually flies

One of the coolest video game franchises that we haven't seen in ages is Half-Life. Many a gamer will have fond memories of spending tons of time playing the original Half-Life and the second game in the franchise, Half-Life 2. One of the things that anyone will remember from Half-Life 2 are the flying City Scanner drones that would find you and shine their light in your face until you shot them down or smashed them with your trusty crowbar.

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3D Pong table brings the game into the real world

3D Pong table brings the game into the real world

Pong is one of the first video games to be made, and the first one that was commercially successful. It's a pretty safe bet that most people have seen or played some form of the game. Maybe it wasn't on an Atari, and perhaps it was just a knockoff clone, but if it had two paddles and a square "ball" bouncing between the two, it's the same thing. But I can guarantee that you've never played a real-world game of Pong.

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DIY Captain America shield is truly electromagnetic

DIY Captain America shield is truly electromagnetic

Today we've seen an awesome project by The Hacksmith, one in which the Captain America electromagnetic metal shield is made real. This shield isn't yet made of Vibranium - since that, you know, doesn't actually exist (as far as we know) - but it does stick REAL nice. This demonstration is not meant to be a DIY for everyone - but it is meant to make you confident in the fact that if you did want to make it, you probably could.

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