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DIY: LED/Plexiglass Desk

DIY: LED/Plexiglass Desk

Will Urbina’s “The Desk” is an uber-case mod which puts the computer in a see-through, LED-lit Plexiglass table; perched above is “The Tower”, is a 5-drive hard disk cluster.

DIY: Batlamp

DIY: Batlamp

While it may not be bright enough to signal the Dark Knight, this Batlamp is ideal for do-gooder decorating; made with cardboard and RGB LEDs, the lighting is controlled by Arduino.

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Mobius Bagel

Mobius Bagel

It’s the meal that never ends: while not a true Mobius strip, George Hart’s Mobius Bagel is a topological godsend for maximizing spreadable surface area; in other words, mo’ cream cheese.

DIY: Touch Screen Gloves

DIY: Touch Screen Gloves

Ideal for folks living in chilly climes, Steve Hoefer teaches you how to make any pair of gloves touch screen-friendly: all you’ll need is a needle and about 12″ of conductive thread.

DIY: Jim’s P-38

DIY: Jim’s P-38

Easily the baddest-ass DIY’ers ever, 81-year old Jim O’Hara and his wife have built a two-thirds scale P-38 fighter using little more than CAD plans; it made its maiden flight 10/24/09.

NVIDIA ION Cube PC

NVIDIA ION Cube PC

Bill Owen’s NVIDIA ION Cube PC is a working work-of-art: the aluminum and acrylic case rotates 360 degrees on a pedestal, with an Atom CPU running on an ION 330 motherboard.

Roomba Pac-Man

Roomba Pac-Man

Created by unmanned vehicle researchers, Roomba Pac-Man eats ghosts instead of dustballs; it uses cameras, Wi-Fi, and localization sensors–all controlled by joystick, of course.

LEGO Howl’s Castle

LEGO Howl’s Castle

Based on the Hayao Miyazaki anime film of the same name, Imagine Rigney’s Howl’s Moving Castle is a LEGO tour-de-force; it’s as detailed on the inside as it is on the outside.

LEGO NES

LEGO NES

Dave Sterling’s NES (and TV and controllers) are crafted out of LEGOs, but we’re most impressed by the NES itself: it sports spring loaded buttons and a push-down cartridge loading system.

DIY: District 9 Gun

DIY: District 9 Gun

You won’t need an alien hand to own one, but you’ll need a steady hand to make one: learn how to build your own District 9 Gun using XPS foam, Isopon P38, cardboard, and PVA glue.

30 DIY Halloween Props

30 DIY Halloween Props

In need of uber-terrifying last minute props for Saturday? Spook no further than Hack N Mod’s collection of 30 DIY Halloween Props, which includes a pneumatic werewolf and grave grabbers.

DIY: Lunar Lander

DIY: Lunar Lander

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.

Video: Happiness Hat

Video: Happiness Hat

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.

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DIY: Tesla Spirit Radio

DIY: Tesla Spirit Radio

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.

Video: iPhone Costumes

Video: iPhone Costumes

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.

Video: Cardboard Camera

Video: Cardboard Camera

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.

LEGO Foosball Table

LEGO Foosball Table

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.

Covenant Elite Costume

Covenant Elite Costume

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.

World’s Loudest Alarm

World’s Loudest Alarm

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.

Halo x Power Wheels

Halo x Power Wheels

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.

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NES Cartridge Casemod

NES Cartridge Casemod

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.

Super Bright Lightsaber

Super Bright Lightsaber

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.

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.

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.

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.

iPhone ARider

iPhone ARider

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.

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