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BigDog Quadbike

BigDog Quadbike

This 4-wheeled, 4-person recumbent bike is a marvel of modern mechanical engineering. See it up close and personal at Detroit’s Maker Faire 7/31-8/1. Maybe you can beg for a ride.

LEGO Pinball Machine

LEGO Pinball Machine

The guys behind this LEGO machine are real pinball wizards. It’s built from ~8000 LEGOs, including 6 NXT robots, 9 touch sensors, 10 light sensors and 4 motors. Only the ball isn’t a LEGO part.

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Coffee Powered Car

Coffee Powered Car

Created by BCC1’s Bang Goes The Theory tv show, the Car-puccino is the world’s first coffee powered car. The converted 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco has a caffeine buzz top speed of 60 mph.

Halo NERF Assault Rifle

Halo NERF Assault Rifle

Modder Moz was looking for a cool Halo-inspired weapon to go with his Spartan costume, and decided to make himself a fully-functional laser-sighted Ma5B Assault Rifle that fires Nerf darts.

TreMoto Monstrosity 620

TreMoto Monstrosity 620

Hacked out of a Ducati Monster 620ie by two U of Miss. grads for their senior project – and now a startup biz – this 3-wheeler is less likely to get you into trouble when cornering than regular bikes.

Homebrew Fire-Breathing Dragon

Homebrew Fire-Breathing Dragon

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!)

Raygun Gothic Rocket

Raygun Gothic Rocket

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).

VIA ARTiGO DIY PC Kit

VIA ARTiGO DIY PC Kit

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 5.7″ x 3.9″ x 2″, and comes in a bare bones kit.

BSG: Viper Car

BSG: Viper Car

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.

Thingamagoop 2

Thingamagoop 2

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.

Flame-Throwing Scooter

Flame-Throwing Scooter

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.

DIY: Wooly Willy Table

DIY: Wooly Willy Table

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.

MagnoGrip

MagnoGrip

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.

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LEGO Robotic Hand

LEGO Robotic Hand

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.

RPS Playing Glove

RPS Playing Glove

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.

Super Mario Bros 8×8

Super Mario Bros 8×8

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.

Steampunk Prof. X Wheelchair

Steampunk Prof. X Wheelchair

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.

Hard Drive LED Clock

Hard Drive LED Clock

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.

Ultimate D&D Room

Ultimate D&D Room

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.

LEGO Sequencer MR II

LEGO Sequencer MR II

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.

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Animator’s Survival Kit (Book)

Animator’s Survival Kit (Book)

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.

DIY: AT-AT Cable Tidy

DIY: AT-AT Cable Tidy

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.

Nintendo Wii Proton Pack

Nintendo Wii Proton Pack

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.

DIY: Cylon Teddy Bear

DIY: Cylon Teddy Bear

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.

DIY: Minigun Sentry

DIY: Minigun Sentry

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.

DIY: Drink Making Unit

DIY: Drink Making Unit

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.

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