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Super Mario Bros 8×8

Super Mario Bros 8×8

If you think 8-bit graphics are retro, wait until you see Chloe Fan’s Super Mario Bros on an 8×8 LED matrix; it’s surprisingly still playable despite having only one color and 64 pixels.

16 Stars
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Steampunk Prof. X Wheelchair

Steampunk Prof. X Wheelchair

Daniel Valdez’s Steampunk Professor X. Wheelchair is epic: made with a 150 year-old rocking chair, it’s powered with Arduino/Adafruit and has chilled vodka and cranberry juice on tap.

21 Stars
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Hard Drive LED Clock

Hard Drive LED Clock

This Hard Drive LED clock replaces tick-tock with click-clack, but man is it beautiful: carefully timed light strobes shine through 10 digits cut through a hard drive platter spinning at 30 rpm.

17 Stars
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Ultimate D&D Room

Ultimate D&D Room

The Burntwire Brothers rolled the dice by converting their attic into the Ultimate D&D room, but it’s paid off: it sports a strobe and fog machine, D&D movie props, and a portcullis closet.

30 Stars
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LEGO Sequencer MR II

LEGO Sequencer MR II

The recording is a bit grating on the ears, but we appreciate that Yoshi Akai literally lets you build music: his 3-channel, 8-step sequencer uses LEGO bricks instead of synthesizer keys.

10 Stars
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Animator’s Survival Kit (Book)

Animator’s Survival Kit (Book)
$30  Buy View

Winner of 3 Oscars and over 250 other awards Richard Williams’ Animator’s Survival Kit is a must for artists young and old; the 2009 expanded edition includes an extra 30 pages.

11 Stars
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DIY: AT-AT Cable Tidy

DIY: AT-AT Cable Tidy
~$8  Buy Hat Tip View

In between stints crushing rebellions, Imperial AT-ATs apparently moonlight as Cable Tidies: this DIY kit includes space for a surge protector and a detachable remote caddy.

9 Stars
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Nintendo Wii Proton Pack

Nintendo Wii Proton Pack

Egon would drool over this fan-made Nintendo Wii Proton Pack, which features power and player LEDs plus sound effects; wireless Thrower holds the Wii-mote and Nunchuck.

5 Stars
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DIY: Cylon Teddy Bear

DIY: Cylon Teddy Bear

It wasn’t humanoid like the Final Five, but this Cylon Teddy Bear will at least warm your heart before raining nukes on the Colonies; it’s equipped with the Larson Scanner LED KIT.

6 Stars
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DIY: Minigun Sentry

DIY: Minigun Sentry

We have a soft spot for The Sentry Project’s Airsoft Minigun Sentry, partly because of how thorough the DIY instructions are, but mostly because of its voice: Portal, we heart-cube you.

30 Stars
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DIY: Drink Making Unit

DIY: Drink Making Unit

Yes, EMSL’s Drink Making Unit is made with breast pumps, but it’s all in the name of affordable DIY; it’s able to make three-part drinks and display data via an 8×8 RGB LED matrix.

5 Stars
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DIY/Video: CubeStormer

DIY/Video: CubeStormer

Looking like a cross between Unicron and the Tokamak, this LEGO CubeStormer puts humans to shame and humanity on notice: it can solve a Rubik’s cube in only 12 seconds.

36 Stars
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Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon

Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon
$25  Buy View

The Anti-Pirate Potato Cannon is written for young mariners, but with 101 tips that include brewing biofuel, fighting sharks, and waging paintball sea battles, it’s for the young-at-heart, too.

11 Stars
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Resident Evil Monopoly

Resident Evil Monopoly

Going to jail is probably the safest thing you can do in Nick Endean’s Resident Evil version of Monopoly; properties, Community Chest and Chance are all based on R.E. locations.

12 Stars
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DIY: Arduino Bee Camera

DIY: Arduino Bee Camera

Kudos to Frans, aka fotoopa (Belgian for photo-grandpa): he’s built his own Arduino Bee Camera Rig that uses crossed lasers to photograph insects as small as 2 mm while in flight.

10 Stars
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DIY: SpiderBot

DIY: SpiderBot

Build your own weapon of legged destruction with these SpiderBot (Hexapod) plans on Thingiverse by Daniel Schatzmayr; his design calls for a laser cutter, wood, and 20 servos.

6 Stars
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DIY: Quaduino

DIY: Quaduino

If you liked Parrot’s AR.Drone, build your own using Arduino; Paul Rene’s aptly-named Quaduino features four rotors, pitch/roll//yaw controls, a compass, barometer, and accelerometer.

10 Stars
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DIY: Weather Clock

DIY: Weather Clock

Sean Carney’s Weather Clock looks old fashioned, but it’s actually high tech: an Arduiino scrapes data from the Internet and displays temperature and conditions using two servos.

13 Stars
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DIY: 12X Blu-ray Phaser

DIY: 12X Blu-ray Phaser

Jay’s DIY phaser may be a class 3B laser that uses a 12X Blu-ray diode, but you’ll throw your Vulcan side out the nearest airlock once you watch the video above: PEW! PEW! PEW!

23 Stars
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LEGO Domino Row Builder

LEGO Domino Row Builder

Matthias Wandel’s LEGO Domino Row Builder is a true DIY: he not only made the builder using LEGO bricks and a tape deck motor, but cut the dominoes himself (he’s a woodworker).

16 Stars
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Rocket-Powered Xmas Tree

Rocket-Powered Xmas Tree

Introducing the T-minus Tree: using differential calculus, a car battery, and 32 engines wired in parallel, two DIY’ers find a way to “reuse” their Christmas tree by turning it into a rocket.

18 Stars
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