Created by unmanned vehicle researchers, Roomba Pac-Man eats ghosts instead of dustballs; it uses cameras, Wi-Fi, and localization sensors–all controlled by joystick, of course.
Based on the Hayao Miyazaki anime film of the same name, Imagine Rigney’s Howl’s Moving Castle is a LEGO tour-de-force; it’s as detailed on the inside as it is on the outside.
Dave Sterling’s NES (and TV and controllers) are crafted out of LEGOs, but we’re most impressed by the NES itself: it sports spring loaded buttons and a push-down cartridge loading system.
You won’t need an alien hand to own one, but you’ll need a steady hand to make one: learn how to build your own District 9 Gun using XPS foam, Isopon P38, cardboard, and PVA glue.
In need of uber-terrifying last minute props for Saturday? Spook no further than Hack N Mod’s collection of 30 DIY Halloween Props, which includes a pneumatic werewolf and grave grabbers.
Cobbled together from junk parts, Iain Sharp’s real-life, analog version of Atari’s 1979 Lunar Lander game is out of this world; it’s powered by a pair of old PCs and Sharp’s own software.
Coming to a customer service desk near you, the Happiness Hat is disturbing yet awesome: a servo motor moves a metal spike into the head whenever it notices you’re not smiling.
So spooky that it terrified even Nikola Tesla, the Tesla Spirit Radio is a crystal radio circuit in a jam jar that picks up everything from EM radiation and sound waves to vibrations.
Made with $2,000, two 42″ LCD TVs, and crapload of fingerprints, John and Reko’s iPhone Costumes actually work–they’ve modified their iPhone 3GS to allow live dual image output.
Kiel Johnson’s giant Cardboard Twin-Lens Reflex Camera looks cool enough as he builds it in the time-lapse video above, but here’s what wowed us: it actually takes pictures.
Made by graphic designer Matthew Davidson, this LEGO Foosball Table may look simple with wheels as knobs, but it’s fun to play; his son insists on several matches every night.
Putting the Halo in Halloween, Pete Mander’s Covenant Elite costume also puts anything we’ve ever fielded to shame; it features joystick-operated top and bottom mandibles.
Warning: do not try this at home (or anywhere else); Kipkay.com has built the world’s loudest alarm clock, replacing a cheap 1″ speaker with two ear-splitting, 140 dB electric horns.
Using a Power Wheels truck, flux83 puts other dads to shame with a Warthog conversion for his kid; it’ll seat up to two mini-Spartans and includes a Vulcan made out of PVC pipes.
It uses NESp, a Chinese PMP, but this hacked NES Cartridge still rocks our plumber’s socks: it plays NES/GB games and sports a 2.8″ TFT LCD, 4GB storage, FM radio, and TV out.
Instructables member vv_767’s Super Bright Lightsaber puts other Jedi weaponry to shame: it’s a DIY project that cost $160 and features a 36″ polycarbonate tube w/300 lumen LED.
Oh Beer & Pizza Bike, where have you been our entire lives: created by Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewing, it’s a pedal-powered bar with two kegs and a pizza compartment.
Doug Haffner’s Steampunk Arcade Cabinet is a double-dose of old school; covered with a patina and green backlit Frankenstein photos, it uses MAME on a PC to play arcade games.
Using a repurposed cooler, Brian De Vitis’ R2D2 carries far more than Death Star plans: it’s packed with eight consoles, a sound system and a dome-mounted projector.
It’s not designed to be used while moving, but the ARider is ideal for cyclers who need hands-free navigation; it’s a retractable helmet-mounted display that pulls data from an iPhone 3GS.
Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO cello not only is roughly the size of a real cello, but can be played, too–just don’t’ expect it to sound like one; watch the time lapse, brick-by-brick video above.
Our friends at 0-60mag.com show you how to build your own Need For Speed: Shift-themed racing console for only $500 (not including electronics); get the 60-page PDF here.
We’ve seen Twitter for power usage and watering plants, but the Tweeting Kegerator is easily the most useful: it monitors beer temp, handle pulls and brew levels; follow it on Twitter.
Loved for being open-source and hacker-friendly, Chumby is now available in kit-form; Chumby Guts is cheaper and comes unassembled, but is limited to 3 per order due to popularity.
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