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.
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.
Kevin Cyr’s Camper Bike is a functional three-wheeled, pedal-powered RV that made the rounds in China in 2008; he’s currently at work on his next project, the urban-inspired Camper Kart.
The rice rocket goes literal with this Extreme Japanese Cars clip; while we liked the B-Monk-W and uber-Batmobile, nothing can top the Rocket Launcher Van; liftoff is at 5:40.
We’re still waiting for our own flight to space, but MIT students recently sent a camera 17.5 miles into near-space using a prepaid GPS cellphone, hand warmers and a styrofoam beer cooler.
Behind every great business is a great flowchart: this Computer Repair Flowchart may have been made in 2003, but is still a goldmine of information on common hardware issues.
Solving Sudoku is trivial for this LEGO robot by Hans Andersson; the hardest part is image recognition, accomplished with a light sensor and several algorithms. Thanks, Nurgak!
Have your own mini-NASA minus the rocket fuel with a DIY Water Rocket: it’s a single stage soda bottle with drop-away boosters that can propel it up to 600 feet on water and air.
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