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DIY: Tesla Spirit Radio

DIY: Tesla Spirit Radioplay video

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.

20 Stars
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Video: iPhone Costumes

Video: iPhone Costumesplay video

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.

14 Stars
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Video: Cardboard Camera

Video: Cardboard Cameraplay video

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.

5 Stars
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LEGO Foosball Table

LEGO Foosball Tableplay video

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.

11 Stars
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Covenant Elite Costume

Covenant Elite Costumeplay video

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.

22 Stars
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World’s Loudest Alarm

World’s Loudest Alarmplay video

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.

17 Stars
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Halo x Power Wheels

Halo x Power Wheelsplay video

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.

9 Stars
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NES Cartridge Casemod

NES Cartridge Casemodplay video

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.

21 Stars
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Super Bright Lightsaber

Super Bright Lightsaberplay video

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.

21 Stars
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Beer & Pizza Bike

Beer & Pizza Bike

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.

18 Stars
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Steampunk Arcade Cabinet

Steampunk Arcade Cabinet

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.

6 Stars
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R2D2 w/8 Consoles

R2D2 w/8 Consoles

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.

43 Stars
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iPhone ARider

iPhone ARiderplay video

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.

13 Stars
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LEGO Cello

LEGO Celloplay video

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.

16 Stars
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DIY: Racing Console

DIY: Racing Console

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.

5 Stars
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Tweeting Kegerator

Tweeting Kegerator

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.

1 Stars
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DIY: Chumby Guts

DIY: Chumby Guts

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.

7 Stars
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Robot: Deep Green

Robot: Deep Greenplay video

IBM’s Deep Blue may be a chess champ, but Queens University’s Deep Green is a hustler-in-training; the team is also working on human-friendly augmented reality pool.

13 Stars
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