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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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Guy’s homemade hoverbike is the real deal

Guy’s homemade hoverbike is the real deal

Tired of hearing about hovering somethings or others that, at the end of the day, don't hover at all? Feeling a bit jaded? Colin Furze’s latest creation will change all that -- he has a homemade hoverbike, and it is exactly what it's said to be: a bike that hovers over the ground thanks to a lightweight metal frame and two big spinning (probably lethal) rotors.

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Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Imagine our surprise when the first smartphone with upgradable internal storage wasn't a Project Ara phone from Google, it was a Nexus 5 from LG. Project Ara is still a concept - blocks that fit in to a smartphone casing, allowing you to upgrade whenever you like. The LG Nexus 5, on the other hand, is a device made back in 2013. Hardly the age of a device we'd expect to be so versatile. But here it is - the way in which you might upgrade your own internal storage from a paltry 16GB all the way up to a hefty 64GB - easy peasy.

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AAduino is an Arduino clone the size of an AA battery

AAduino is an Arduino clone the size of an AA battery

Last year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation surprised the hobbyist world with its RPi Zero, the smallest incarnation of its popular single-board computer. However, that has nothing on this even smaller incarnation of an Arduino. OK, it's not exactly an Arduino and definitely has less muscle or use than the full thing, but one can't help but marvel at the compactness of this thing. Born from Johan Kanflo's mind, the AAduino, so named because of its size, can, almost, conveniently fit inside a 3x AA battery holder for maximum space footprint efficiency.

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ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool is a 3D printer, CNC miller, and laser engraver

ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool is a 3D printer, CNC miller, and laser engraver

A new 3D printer has turned up called the ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D Printer and the device is aimed at professional users and makers in the home. The machine is up for pre-order right now with the first units shipping in the beginning of May. One of the main features of the printer is its Closed Loop System designed to control the exact position of the motors and extruder head. This system recalculates every missed step that can occur under use.

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This home-made Scarlett Johansson robot is nightmare fuel

This home-made Scarlett Johansson robot is nightmare fuel

What you're seeing here is not a professionally made piece of robotics to be used in an upcoming Hollywood movie, nor is it a detailed prop used to showcase some new AI program. This is a home-made robot, built from scratch, by a Hong Kong man over the last year and a half. It is clearly made to resemble the actress Scarlett Johansson, even though the maker won't directly say so, something that only contributes to the fact that it is creepy as hell.

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Autodesk Project Escher has multiple print heads for faster printing

Autodesk Project Escher has multiple print heads for faster printing

Project Escher is a new 3D printer from Autodesk that wants to revolutionize 3D printing technology by allowing users to print larger items. Project Escher is an assembly line of 3D printers with a smart setup controller that is able to control an endless number of print heads to create larger items. Rather than having a single printer working on one large project, Project Escher has multiple print heads each working on one section of an object.

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Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60

Build your own Amazon Echo with a Raspberry Pi for $60

It's amazing how a company can spend a fortune on researching and developing a product, and eventually someone finds a way to make the same thing for far less. Amazon's Echo has been out for a while now, but it still costs $180 for you to get your hands on one. But what if I told you that you could make your own at home for just $60?

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Designer (successfully) 3D prints his own invisible braces

Designer (successfully) 3D prints his own invisible braces

While you're patting yourself on the back for 3D printing a replacement battery cover for your TV remote, one design has proudly shown off his new smile, one made straight via a series of teeth-straightening invisible braces he created himself using a 3D printer. The end result is as successful as anyone could hope for, which is to say he's now the proud owner of perfectly aligned teeth. The orthodontic world shudders.

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Marble Machine is a testament to human creativity and insanity

Marble Machine is a testament to human creativity and insanity

Over the centuries, man has developed wonderful and intricate instruments that would delight our ears and pluck at our heartstrings. But what if you could somewhat undo all that and replace them with marbles? Sounds insane? That is somewhat the quest that musician cum inventor Martin Molin of Swedish musical act Wintergatan has taken upon himself to conquer, a quest that took him 14 months to finish. Fortunately for us, and maybe for him, the end result is just as astounding as the concept of a marble-driven music machine is.

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