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Twitter Pulse Box

Twitter Pulse Box

We’ve seen Twitter hooked up to plants and to your electrical wiring, but this Twitter Pulse Box takes the cake for sheer morbidity: it measures your heartbeat–or the lack thereof.

DIY: LOLrioKART

DIY: LOLrioKART

Shopping cart theft is bad, but LOLrioKART is too full of win: made by MIT students, it’s powered by aircraft NiCd batteries, a 15hp motor, features regenerative braking and goes 45mph.

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Potato Gatling Gun

Potato Gatling Gun

Potato cannons are a favorite project for weekend warriors, but this Potato Gatling Gun brings serious spud pwnage: for $200, it packs six barrels and can launch tubers up to 400 feet.

Wood iPod Mini

Wood iPod Mini

The Mini isn’t the newest kid on the block, but Josh D’s Wood iPod Mini gets a drool-worthy makeover; it’s made with Australian red cedar and a working Camphor Laurel clickwheel.

Papercraft Ninja Gaiden

Papercraft Ninja Gaiden

You won’t need to be an origami master to fold this papercraft Ninja Gaiden, which is why it’s full of win: simply download the rar’d PDF here to build yourself an 8-bit diorama.

DIY Contemporary Art

DIY Contemporary Art

Don’t let Damien Hirst and BANKSY have all the fun–IARTISTLONDON is selling DIY kits that let you recreate over-hyped, uber-pricey contemporary art pieces on the cheap.

ReBo:Do Three

ReBo:Do Three

No, it’s not making off with your laptop–ReBo:Do Three is a semi-autonomous robot which accepts any Windows, Linux or Mac netbook to guide its array of IR navigation sensors.

Website: Quirky.com

Website: Quirky.com

Quirky.com doesn’t just let you buy things–it lets you build them, too; the social product development site lets users submit product ideas, vote on them and earn cash for their help.

Death Star Grill

Death Star Grill

That’s no moon, it’s a BBQ grill: Bryan A. Tate’s Death Star Grill is actually two Webers shaped into a fearsome grilling battlestation; Mandolorian-marinated Ewok steaks, anyone?

Steampunk Explorer Helmet

Steampunk Explorer Helmet

Though still a work in progress, Tom Banwell’s leather Underground Explorer Helmet is perfect for steampunk spelunkers; it includes a respirator, headlamp and oxygen canister.

Android Energy Monitor

Android Energy Monitor

Using webcams, Android and Flickr, MOTO Labs’ Home Energy Monitor keeps track of your power usage and pushes it to your Google homepage; it even works with Tweet-A-Watt.

DIY: Katamari Controller

DIY: Katamari Controller

You won’t be rolling up people, cars and cities, but this shiny Katamari Controller by Kellbot is pretty sweet nonetheless; it uses hacked PS2 controllers, Arduino, and an optical mouse.

DIY: Tweet-A-Watt

DIY: Tweet-A-Watt

Finally, a twitter tool with real “utility”: Adafruit Industries’ Tweet-a-Watt tweets your power usage using a Kill-A-Watt monitor and a wireless transmitter; build your own or buy a kit.

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Ghostmatrix Printer

Ghostmatrix Printer

We hope you can read fast, because this Ghostmatrix printer uses an array of UV LEDs to scan across phosphorescent paper; the result is a stream of letters that slowly fade.

DIY:Traveling Drum Kit

DIY:Traveling Drum Kit

Kudos to David Osborne for being ultra efficient: his traveling drum kit serves as both his ride and his gig, with a bicycle that can be transformed into a drumset in only 20 minutes.

PAPERduino

PAPERduino

Guilherme Martins’ PAPERduino is an ultra-affordable Arduino that uses paper instead of PCB; even better, he gets to print all his layouts right on the paper, making assembly a breeze.

DIY: Keyboard Pants

DIY: Keyboard Pants

You’re not playing with yourself, you’re just playing Tetris: these funky DIY keyboard pants by Zach Hoeken are actually only half functional but definitely put the quirky in QWERTY.

Styrofoam Turntable

Styrofoam Turntable

Saving money never sounded so good: Teenage Engineering’s Styrofoam Turntable is constructed from high density foam and actually works; they also plan to make an OP-1 Synth.

CoilMaster Coil Gun

CoilMaster Coil Gun

We’re not sure how effective Daniel Eindhoven’s CoilMaster Coil Gun is, but it sure as hell looks badass: it’s a 14-shot semi-automatic which fires 42g projectiles with 18J of kinetic energy.

Video: Peggy 2 RGB

Video: Peggy 2 RGB

Evil Mad Scientist Labs shows off some of the chroma-fantastic properties of their Peggy 2 LED board in the video above; it’s amazing that they’re doing this with 2×2 RGBW super pixels.

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Wooden MacBook

Wooden MacBook

Its refresh rates are atrocious, but we have to hand it to Kyle Buckner for creating one cool school project: his wooden MacBook features a working hinge and penciled-in details.

DIY: RGB Coffee Table

DIY: RGB Coffee Table

Turn your living room into an impromptu nightclub with this hypnotic DIY RGB Coffee Table; it uses 9×9 array of 81 Arduino-controlled ShiftBrite LEDs installed on a 2×2 Ikea table.

Pinhole Camera Gun

Pinhole Camera Gun

Running around with Franziska Dierschke’s pinhole camera is a surefire way to get yourself actually shot; still, it makes for some interesting candid photos as it lacks a viewfinder.

Modern Thinker

Modern Thinker

Modern Thinker is Peter Terren’s rendition of Rodin’s classic Thinker, albeit with Tesla coils and sparklers; a fine wire mask and foil suit kept hit from becoming a Modern Charcoal Briquette.

Patachronic Clock

Patachronic Clock

Mesmerizing to watch, interactive artist Tobias Revell’s Patachronic Clock consists of 60 clocks in a circle; each clock ticks roughly one second faster and slower than its neighbors.

Bacon Lance of Death

Bacon Lance of Death

Using nothing more than bacon and an air house, Theo Gray creates a thermic lance capable of cutting steel; it’s really about the oil, as he also uses cucumber and oil-coated breadsticks.

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