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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: Quaduinoplay video

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.

11 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 Phaserplay video

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 Builderplay video

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 Treeplay video

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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War Machine Costume

War Machine Costume

It’s still a work in progress, but Anthony Le’s War Machine looks ready for Iron Man 2; it’s made with urethane and features a minigun and light-up eyes, arc reactor and gauntlets.

33 Stars
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DIY: Mst3shades

DIY: Mst3shades

MST3K fans will always watch movies with Tom Servo and Crow in mind, but these laser-cut Mst3shades literally keep them in your field of vision; plans here; Ponoko-version here.

19 Stars
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DIY: Most Useless Machine

DIY: Most Useless Machineplay video

Inspired by this gadget, the Most Useless Machine not only reaches new heights for futility but has us waxing morose about the pointlessness of our own lives. Happy New Year, friends.

64 Stars
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DIY: Iron Man Papercraft

DIY: Iron Man Papercraft

Shunichi Makin’s been busy ever since his mini-HAL 9000; he’s created not one but three super-deformed versions of Iron Man in papercraft, each with 3-4 printable PDF files.

11 Stars
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DIY: Makerbot Watch

DIY: Makerbot Watch

It ain’t no Swiss movement, but the Makerbot Watch is the ultimate wrist-mounted geek accessory; it’s build-it-yourself Arduino-driven timepiece that uses concentric LEDs to tell time.

6 Stars
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Video: Underwater Enterprise

Video: Underwater Enterpriseplay video

An Aqua Modeler in Japan puts the ship back in spaceship with this remote-controlled, underwater capable Enterprise; they’ve also converted Battleship Yamato and the USS Voyager.

8 Stars
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Synchronized Xmas Lights

Synchronized Xmas Lightsplay video

No way Santa’s gonna miss Bainbridge Circle in Murrieta, CA; the synced music show uses 12 houses, 30,000+ lights (mostly LED), 130 extension cords, and 8,000 feet of control cable.

12 Stars
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DIY: Daft Punk Helmets

DIY: Daft Punk Helmets

DIY doesn’t get much more legit than Harrison Krix: the professional prop creator was commissioned by Daft Punk to replicate a gold helmet and outlines the entire process here.

19 Stars
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Mini WMDs

Mini WMDs
$17  Buy View

John Austin’s Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction is a must for cubicle combat; build 35 devices including catapults, slingshots, and bombs, all MacGyver’d from office supplies.

21 Stars
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DIY: Dual Monitor Stand

DIY: Dual Monitor Stand

It’s only able to swivel slightly, but for less than $15 it’s tough to beat this DIY Dual Monitor Stand; it’s mounted to a desk and made with galvanized steel pipe, PVC pipe, and wood.

13 Stars
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DIY: Millenium Falcon Bed

DIY: Millenium Falcon Bed

Han may be off making the Kessel Run in 18 parsecs, but we’ll be content to loaf like Jabba in this Millenium Falcon Bed by Kayla Kromer; photos are by Heather Leah Kennedy.

24 Stars
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Morphius Case Mod

Morphius Case Mod

An entry in Cooler Master’s 2009 Modding Contest, Macius Barreto’s Morphius is a four-legged robotic case mod of awesome; it’s built out of fiberglass and finished with car paint.

6 Stars
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