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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Paper Millennium Falcon

Paper Millennium Falcon

The YT-1300 that made the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs is also the lightest, with this awesome papercraft version of the famed Millenium Falcon; get the full instructions here.

Beijing Digital Case

Beijing Digital Case

The 2008 Olympics may be long over, but we’re loving this sweet case mod based off the Beijing Digital building; it’s made with aluminum, wood, UV blue acrylic and UV CCFLs.

Robot Galaxy

Robot Galaxy

Like Build-A-Bear for geeks, Robot Galaxy lets you build your own ‘bots from a variety of bodies, arms and legs; you can even go online to get new sound effects, eye colors and voices.

FoldSkool 3

FoldSkool 3

Marshall Alexander is well known for his papercraft creations; Series 3 of his FoldSkool Heroes is made for old-school gamers, with cutesy Atari, Pong, and Commodore robots.

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DIY Brain Machine

DIY Brain Machine

It’s definitely on the trippy side, but Mitch Altman’s DIY Brain Machine uses sound and LED light pulses to induce brain states that range from meditative to hallucinatory.

Daft Punk Helmet

Daft Punk Helmet

Putting Halloween costumes everywhere to shame, Casey Pugh’s Daft Punk helmet is made with a cheap motorcycle helmet and an animated, Arduino-powered 16×5 LED matrix.

DIY Mac Pro Mini

DIY Mac Pro Mini

It looks like someone had a field day with a shrink ray, but this DIY Mac Pro Mini is actually made from the salvaged mobo of a damaged MacBook and a Macally hard drive enclosure.

Garage Theaters

Garage Theaters

There are man caves, and then there are MAN CAVES: these garage theaters are the ultimate in cinematic gluttony, from a rotating floor to a view of the Jedi Temple. Update: more here!

Meggy Jr RGB

Meggy Jr RGB

It may look like a mini-Lite Brite, but Meggy Jr RGB is so much more: this Arduino-powered kit is essentially a hackable, open-source gaming platform with an 8×8 RGB LED display.

Gummy LEGO Bricks

Gummy LEGO Bricks

It’ll confuse the hell out of mouthy toddlers, but Instructables has a DIY for Gummy LEGO Bricks; it teaches you everything from making the silicone mold to prepping the gelatin mix.

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