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Alexa Combined With an Animatronic Skull Is a Very Creepy Hack

What’s even more unnerving than an artificially intelligent Big Mouth Billy Bass telling you about the weather? That’s easy. It’s an artificially intelligent animatronic skull telling you about the weather through a set of clacking teeth. The roving eyeballs are the creepiest part. Read More >>

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How to Build an Alarm Clock That Can Only Be Silenced by a Nerf Dart

The most dangerous object in your home isn’t the stove, the clothes iron, or that chainsaw in your garage. It’s your alarm clock’s snooze button that makes it so easy to go back to bed each morning. Silencing that alarm shouldn’t be so easy, so Christopher Guichet built an alarm clock that can only be deactivated with a perfect shot from a Nerf blaster. Read More >>

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How to Build a Remote Control for a Bulldog 

As far as needlessly complex and useless gadgets go, there’s nothing better than a mechanical backpack that moves a wiener in different directions in order to get a bulldog to do your bidding. Read More >>

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12 Ways to Build Your Own Retro Game Machine

With some 30 years of video gaming history now behind us, there’s never been a greater choice of retro games to dig back into, whether it’s on your smartphone or a classic console rebooted for modern times. For the more serious seekers of gaming nostalgia, there are plenty of hands-on projects you can attempt yourself, and these are some of the best we’ve found. So prep your wallet, brush up on your coding and handyman skills, and get ready to build. Read More >>

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This Sweet DIY Wall Mount Will Hide Your Annoying Power Cables

Plenty of homes have tangled nests of power cords just waiting to catch fire. To combat this domestic blight, Laura Kampf crafted a simple projector cabinet that both obscures cords and looks plain awesome. Read More >>

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How to Make Your Own Sonic Tractor Beam at Home

We’ve all been there: building a scale model of the Death Star in our basement and thinking, “I just wish this had a tractor beam to grab onto my tiny styrofoam Millennium Falcon.” Now, thanks to a team of scientists, you can put the finishing touches on that model with your very own sonic tractor beam. Okay, maybe we haven’t all been there, but I’m sure someone has been there. Read More >>

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How to Make an Awesome Fire Tornado with No Moving Parts

I don’t think it’s possible to make anything cooler than this homemade multicolour fire tornado that spins around and weaves itself together with absolutely no moving parts. Not with more than your own two hands anyway. Read More >>

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This Computer Destroying Thumb Drive Is Hacked Together From Old Camera Parts

When I was at school, kids used to pass around printed out copies of The Anarchist’s Cookbook and we would delight in the type of mischief and mayhem that book described. My favourite entry was the one for the floppy disk bomb. According to the book, with a little bit of match powder and nail polish, you could create a “bomb” out of a 3.5-inch floppy drive that would successfully fry the hard drive on a computer. Read More >>

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Your Grandparents Will Love This Rotary Mobile

Tired of teaching your older family members how to use their smartphones every time you visit? Just do what YouTube’s Mr. Volt did and build a custom mobile phone out of aluminium, brass, and wood with a working rotary dial that’s reminiscent of the ancient landline phones introduced back in the 1920s. Read More >>

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This Wiimote-Controlled Raspberry Pi Electric Skateboard Can Hit 30km/h

A Cambridge kid who I’m absolutely not even slightly in awe of has created his own Raspberry Pi-powered electric skateboard, which has a range of over 10km and is capable of hitting speeds of 30km/h -- that’s around 19mph. Read More >>

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The Netflix Halloween Doorbell Takes Some Building

Netflix has decided to do a Halloween thing, because everyone’s trying to be cool by saying they're all obsessed with the music from Stranger Things, and also because people hate being interrupted by greedy little shits demanding food/money when they're trying to watch terrible horror movies. Mainly the Stranger Things bit though. Read More >>

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Why You Should Upgrade Your Raspberry Pi

The hard-working developers behind Raspbian OS, the custom-made Linux distro tweaked for the Pi, have announced a major update called Pixel (short for Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight, if you’re wondering). It’s now the default OS offered for download by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and here’s why you should give it a try. Read More >>

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Picky Typist Builds a Custom Keyboard Out of Concrete

Is there anything worse than having a flimsy, lightweight keyboard sliding all over your desk while you type? Probably a lot of things, but not for Redditor ipee9932cd, who couldn’t find a keyboard case they liked so they went the extra obsessed mile to make their own using rock-solid concrete. Read More >>

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How to Build a Low-Budget Roomba

If you hate vacuuming as much as you hate spending money, it turns out you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on an autonomous robotic vacuum like the Roomba. With some scavenged electronics and a cheap handheld vac, you can just build your own. Read More >>

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Guy Builds a Water-Cooled 72,000-Lumen Torch And Boy Is It Bright

Unimpressed with the torches sold at your local camping shop? Need to be able to spot foxes at night from five miles away on your next camping trip? Just do what YouTube hacker Samm Sheperd did and build your own using eight 100-watt LED chips that produce somewhere around 72,000 lumens. Read More >>