Created by Tony DeRose and his two sons for the upcoming Maker Faire, Saphira is an 8-foot tall metal, mechanical, fire-breathing beast. Now, that’s some dragon breath. (Jump to 2:50 for fire!)
Inspired by 1930s to 1950s science fiction, this handbuilt rocketship sculpture is truly a sight to behold. The retro-fantastic ship is getting ready to land at the Maker Faire Bay Area (5/22-5/23).
This tiny box isn’t much bigger than a sandwich, but the VIA ARTiGO is a fully-functional PC, with a 64-bit 1.2GHz VIA Nano CPU. It measures just 5.7â€³ x 3.9â€³ x 2â€³, and comes in a bare bones kit.
This street-legal Battlestar Galactica’s Viper was built by amusement park mechanic Dean Shorey. It’s made from a postal jeep with a small-block Chevy V8 – just like the original spaceships.
Our favorite bleepin’ light-controlled audio synth is back with Thingamagoop 2; it adds analog and digital oscillators, an improved speaker, and an Arduino Programmer jack.
Colin Furze’s completely street illegal scooter burns rubber–and just about everything else; he’s equipped it with a “road rage” rear-facing flamethrower that shoots flames up to 15 feet.
Remember Wooly Willy? With a little blood, sweat, wood and magnetic filings, you too can have your own Wooly Willy table, thanks to guys at Instructables.
Even the best handymen find themselves short a hand in certain situations, which is why the MagnoGrip is a godsend: it’s a magnetized wristband that keep nuts and bolts handy.
Proof that you can build just about anything with LEGOs: Sariel’s Robotic Arm was built in just two days but includes movable fingers (w/thumb) and is driven by a pneumatic compressor.
Never be without a Rock, Paper, Scissors sparring buddy again with Steve Hoefer’s Playing Glove: this arduino gadget will not only play against you, but learns from your moves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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