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WowWee Rovio gets mind control with Emotiv headset [Video]

WowWee Rovio gets mind control with Emotiv headset [Video]

WowWee's Rovio has already seen several DIY remote control hacks - whether it's from your Android phone or via an E Ink board - but this is perhaps the best yet.  Robert Oschler has hooked up an Emotiv Epoq EEG headset allowing him (with some nifty software in-between) to control Rovio using thoughts, facial gestures and head movements.

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ASUS Eee PC T91 gets internal 3G hack [Video]

ASUS Eee PC T91 gets internal 3G hack [Video]

ASUS always promised us a third version of their Eee PC T91 convertible touchscreen netbook - a 3G/GPS model to go alongside the regular and multitouch versions - but so far its proved scarce from store shelves.  Arch netbook modder jkkmobile couldn't stand the wait, and so he decided to hack his T91 to add an internal 3G modem.

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Twitwee Clock replaces cuckoo with Twitter bird [Video]

Twitwee Clock replaces cuckoo with Twitter bird [Video]

We're quite fond of bizarre gadgets that hook into Twitter, whether they be tweeting tables, monomes or robot fish, and so we're quite surprised that it's taken someone so long to use the blue Twitter bird logo in a tweeting cuckoo clock.  Happily Haroon Baig has filled that gap with his Twitwee Clock, a modified clock that replaces the traditional face with a set of chumby guts and keeps track of Twitter for a preset word, hashtag or username (in this case "TwitweeClock").

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64 Boy portable N64 mod is smallest yet [Video]

64 Boy portable N64 mod is smallest yet [Video]

We can't help it, we just love full-sized games consoles turned into compact portables.  Bentomo has come up with a real doozy, too; the 64 Boy takes a Nintendo N64 and packs it into a 165 x 110 x 53mm casing with a 3.5-inch display, expansion pak and full controls, together with a battery apparently good for up to 4hrs runtime.  Best of all, it's up for sale.

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Zune HD gets OpenZDK fan-made performance dev framework

Zune HD gets OpenZDK fan-made performance dev framework

We all know that lurking inside the Zune HD is NVIDIA's potent first-gen Tegra chipset, but what isn't so well publicised is that Microsoft's XNA development platform for the PMP doesn't allow access to the hardware's full capabilities.  In fact, it means no 3D, no internet access and performance apparently an order of magnitude less than what the Zune HD is capable of.  That wasn't good enough for the ZuneBoards team, and so they've come up with OpenZDK, an alternative development platform to XNA.

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Geohot demos custom PS3 firmware [Video]

Geohot demos custom PS3 firmware [Video]

After taking Sony to task for yanking "Other OS" support from the PS3 in their latest firmware update, v3.21, George Hotz - aka geohot - has followed up on his promise to develop a custom firmware build that bypasses the new restriction.  The new firmware, which is yet to be publicly released, maintains the ability to install third-party OSes on the PS3, but without the gamer losing access to the PlayStation Network.

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DIY dashboard-mounted iPad is awesome [Video]

DIY dashboard-mounted iPad is awesome [Video]

Got a touchscreen head-unit in your car?  Is it 9.7-inches and running the iPhone OS?  If not, then I'm afraid you're not as awesome as SoundMan Car Audio, who celebrated the launch of the iPad by crafting a custom mount for the tablet in the dashboard of their Toyota Tacoma truck.

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DIY LED stair lighting system gets video demo

DIY LED stair lighting system gets video demo

Motion-triggered lighting isn't new, but nor is it generally aesthetically pleasing; if I were Edo Kreigsmann I think I'd be running up and down the stairs all night.  His DIY LED lighting system doesn't just turn on the lights when it spots you going up or downstairs; instead it progressively illuminates them, as if you're in a bubble of light that follows you up or down.

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Overclocked Nokia N900 hits 1GHz

Overclocked Nokia N900 hits 1GHz

Nokia's N900 is already the device of choice for those who like to tinker with alternative software, but how about overclocking the 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor by 50-percent?  That's just what Maemo forum member Lehto has managed to do, releasing several new kernels that can drive the N900's core clock speed from a mild 700MHz boost to 950MHz.  In fact, he reckons he's had his N900 going even faster.

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DIY Racing Hardware Sim gets hacked BMW instruments [Video]

DIY Racing Hardware Sim gets hacked BMW instruments [Video]

Multi-screen PC gaming setups have made racing simulators all the more engrossing, but nothing says "realism" like real parts hacked from a car and hooked up via USB.  Alex Rosiu has kicked off his DIY Racing Hardware Sim with the instrument cluster from a 1992 BMW 325i, using an Arduino to control the speedo and rev counter along with the various lights.

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Quake II gets HTML5 port for in-browser gaming [Video]

Quake II gets HTML5 port for in-browser gaming [Video]

The comparative benefits of HTML5 and Flash are still being argued, but thanks to a team of three Google engineers we can mark another point up to the HTML5 side.  They've managed to port Quake II's game engine over to HTML5, so that you can play it completely within the browser.  The end result is 30fps gaming complete with file saving and multiplayer support.

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iPhone Windows Phone 7 theme looks blasphemously great [Video]

iPhone Windows Phone 7 theme looks blasphemously great [Video]

iPhone 3GS meets Windows Phone 7 meets blasphemy?  If you like your iPhone just as God - or Steve Jobs - intended it then look away; tinkerer woocash-kun has come up with a new theme for his Apple smartphone that makes it look just like Microsoft's upcoming platform.

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