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Pip-Boy x iPod Touch

Pip-Boy x iPod Touch

Post-nuke America meets Apple with this iPod Touch-powered Pip-Boy 3000; it uses the shell of the wristwatch replica that came with Amazon’s Survival Edition of Fallout 3.

DIY: Cardapult

DIY: Cardapult

Free up some room in your wallet and rain papery death on coworkers with the Cardapult: this DIY project is made using only business cards/card stock, rubber bands and glue.

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SNES Cartridge USB Hub

SNES Cartridge USB Hub

Kristofer Hammar’s DIY SNES Cartridge USB Hub is fast and easy; three out of four ports are available, with the last is permanently attached to a flash drive dongle for storage.

Wii Spray

Wii Spray

The Wii’s artistic offerings have thus far been limited, but Wii Spray promises to shake things up a bit; it allows you to do virtual graffiti using a spray can with a Wii Remote inside.

Spoke POV Bike Kit

Spoke POV Bike Kit

Whatever your bike–road, mountain or BMX–Spoke POV lets you customize your wheel using 30 LEDs; you’ll get a kit with software for using your own bitmap images.

Botanicalls

Botanicalls

If babies and U.S. presidents twitter, why not houseplants? Botanicalls is a DIY Arduino-powered kit with a moisture sensor that tweets via Wi-Fi everytime you forget to water.

WiiMote Airsoft Gun

WiiMote Airsoft Gun

Ideal for defending against space invaders (or annoying coworkers), this Airsoft Gun rig by Jay is controlled with a WiiMote using Python code and an ioBridge 204 module.

DIY: Daft Punk Suits

DIY: Daft Punk Suits

Celebrate your 30th birthday in style: Instructables reader Derek and his girlfriend has created two Daft Punk-styled suits and helmets with EL wire and Arduino-powered LEDs.

Super Nintoaster

Super Nintoaster

Vomitsaw’s 8-bit Nintoaster has been one-upped with twice the bits: made with an actual toaster, the Super Nintoaster plays SNES games and features dimmable orange LEDs.

Sting Case Mod

Sting Case Mod

Shaped into a scorpion from old motherboards, Frenkie’s Sting Case Mod not only glows and packs a laser in the tail but is a working PC: it’s got a 533MHz CPU on a VIA EPIA mobo.

Video: Flavor Paper

Video: Flavor Paper

If you’ve ever wanted to see how professional screenprinters do it, the video above follows Jon Sherman of Flavor Paper around his hand-screened wallpaper plant in New Orleans.

Jenga Pistol

Jenga Pistol

Anybody up for a game of Speed Jenga? This home-made wooden pistol uses a rubber band to snap a bolt into a tower, fast enough to eject bricks without toppling (usually).

Hand-tooled Hard Hat

Hand-tooled Hard Hat

You’ll either be the envy of construction crews or teased mercilessly, but we’re still amazed by the level detail in this hand-tooled aluminum hard hat; check out that dozer!

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LEGO Ogre Tank

LEGO Ogre Tank

This LEGO Ogre Tank by brdavis5 is cool enough with “Hailstorm”, a multiple Zamor sphere firing system; even cooler: its NXT can autonomously seek out and destroy targets.

Ray Gun Junk Sculptures

Ray Gun Junk Sculptures

Lifelong inventor Dan (aka Tinkerbots) of San Diego has a sweet collection of ray guns that are pure heaven for steampunk and retro sci-fi fans; he assembles them from found objects.

Video: Contra x LBP

Video: Contra x LBP

Just when we thought we’d burned out on Little Big Planet: this Contra remake is a must-see for old-school NES fans, and includes 8 stages by 7 authors on the LittleBig Contra team.

Paintball Turret

Paintball Turret

Jared Bouck takes paintball seriously, and with his dual-barreled turret who are we to argue? It can be controlled wirelessly from half a mile while blasting out 34 balls per second.

Make: Mini Robots

Make: Mini Robots

Make Magazine’s John Park not only talks about consumer ‘bots like the Roomba but shows us how to build our own, including a solar junkbot and a more complex beetlebot.

Solar-powered DS Lite

Solar-powered DS Lite

Not bad for a 14 year-old: this DS Lite is solar-powered thanks to four cells, two diodes and a chip to prevent overcharging; it trickles power to the battery so you’ll never wall charge again.

DIY Star Trek Toons

DIY Star Trek Toons

Go where no Trekkie has gone before and create your own Star Trek cartoon, thanks to a partnership between CBS and GoAnimate.com; create your own adventures with Kirk & the crew here.

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Edge Robotic Arm Kit

Edge Robotic Arm Kit

We woulda killed to have one of these Edge Robotic Arms as a kid; when assembled this solder-less DIY kit results in a five-axis arm with an LED-lit gripper that can lift up to 100g.

DIY: Fireball Trebuchet

DIY: Fireball Trebuchet

Texan Mark Winkler builds a full-scale trebuchet, calls it “Mongo,” uses it to hurl sixteen pound balls of fire at the Maker Faire, and one of his friends still has the nerve to ask, “Why?”

DIY: Portal Gun

DIY: Portal Gun

Short of creating interdimensional rifts, this replica SDHPD/Portal gun is about as real as it gets with blue, orange and red LED lighting, a subtly weathered case and blood splatters.

Transforming Lego Barricade

Transforming Lego Barricade

Disguised as a Saleen ‘Stang, Barricade was easily one of the hottest Transformers in the ’07 movie; uber-brick guru Gyuta (who also did Wall-E) is back with an amazing LEGO version.

Video: Theremin Hero

Video: Theremin Hero

No, he’s not on crack: Theremin-master Greg uses a mic buried into headphones along with his hands for pitch and volume to create a trippy version of the Portal song via Rock Band.

DIY: Water Bottle Bazooka

DIY: Water Bottle Bazooka

Some dads are content putting together bikes, but Jeff-O uses bike brake cables and a tire pump to create this Water Bottle Bazooka; he inflates half-filled bottles to 50-80 PSI and lets ’em rip.

Papercraft R2-D2

Papercraft R2-D2

Those intrepid papercrafters continue to amaze us, this time with a beautifully detailed version of our favorite astromech droid; R2-D2 comes complete with rotating head and legs.

DIY iPod Speakers

DIY iPod Speakers

Give your first or second gen iPod a second lease on a musical life by turning it into a 2.25″ speaker; DIYer Jordan Horwich details how to build a pair of your own for under $100.

Multitouch Music Device

Multitouch Music Device

Built by Randy Jones for his CS thesis, this multitouch music device is actually a passive force sensor that makes music with a MacBook Pro via an 8×8 RME audio interface.

C&C Case Mod

C&C Case Mod

Command & Conquer fans will love this GDI construction yard case mod by Frenkie Janse; he uses a Recom RC-9B case, polystyrene, old Pentium I fans and perforated steel.

DIY: NERF Chaingun

DIY: NERF Chaingun

This Nerf Chaingun is a heavily modded Nerf Vulcan that fires 500 rounds per minute by quadrupling the voltage for some serious cubicle pwnage. Get the full instructions here.

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