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cool tech August 21, 2007 posted by

RedPost Kit – hackable DIY Linux based 19 inch digital picture frame

The RedPost/Kit is a DIY Linux powered 19 inch digital picture frame. It features WiFi or USB connection, 128 MB of system memory and a 200MHz CPU. The makers also encourage you to tinker with the system and customise it to your requirements, which is a refreshing change. It’s not as svelte or elegant as other brand name products on the market, but if you’re looking for an open platform to do some clever things with remote transmission of images (like…


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cool tech August 16, 2007 posted by

Green Glue – soundproofing gets a strange new material

Green Glue is a new liquid material which the makers claim substantially reduces sound by converting the audio vibration into heat. It’s deployed by sandwiching it between two layers of thin material like drywall or plywood. The concept sounds absolutely fascinating, especially for city dwellers who have a permanent battle with noise pollution, and I’d love to know whether it works as advertised. Their website contains an impressive amount of information, but that’s not everything of course.  How does Green Glue…


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Bookmark This! July 26, 2007 posted by

Make your own BioDiesel – cheap legal engine power on tap

Etruk offers a home biodiesel processing plant so you can make your own cheap, cleaner burning (60% less CO2) renewable fuel for your vehicles. The company also offers training to make sure you get it right. For those what don’t know, biodiesel is biodegradable and can be made from waste vegetable oil (from restaurant chip fryers for example) or animal fats etc. Apparently Volkswagen cars are able to run on 100% biodiesel as standard, which is probably because Germany is ahead of the game…


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but is it art? July 10, 2007 posted by

Knit your own plush videogames console – and hug a Nintendo today

Let’s face it, there can be little more satisfying in this world than to sew your own plush Nintendo games console, complete with interchangeable screens, two games cartridges and all the controllers. Yowsers!  I made the system with an opening cover so that games can be put in and removed and I made Mario 3 and Duck Hunt games…I made a controller and a gun that can both be plugged in and unplugged…And here’s where my obsessive compulsive behavior comes in,…


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diy July 4, 2007 posted by

Color Style Studio – test your home paint schemes quickly and easily

Color Style Studio. Take some digital photos of your home and then test out different paint schemes just by using the on-board palette. It’s actually designed for house painters to use for their clients, hence the $69.95 pricetag and the fact that it comes with a paint and materials calculator, but hey, it looks like a pretty useful tool for normal folk too. There’s a free trial available on the site. [Thanks Tim]  Select a photo of your client’s house and…


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diy June 25, 2007 posted by

Hydra Games Console Kit – build your own games console

The Hydra Games Console Kit is perfect for all you do it yerselfers out there who can’t stand paying extra coin for flash packaging and TV adverts. OK, so you’ll need to be a programmer, it’s 8 bit only and costs about the same as a full-on supercomputer-cool black bodied major name console. But hey, think of the kudos as you invite your chums around to play 3 colour break-out with a beeps and chirps soundtrack. Wow! £199.99.  Now you can relive those…


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diy June 22, 2007 posted by

The Digg PC – the ultimate fanboy case mod

The Digg PC is a bit of an oddity, isn’t it? Built to celebrate a rabid, flesh eating swarm of angry teenaged bumblebees. But hey, whatever floats a boat. It’s kind of pretty though, for a PC, doncha think?  The Digg case will primarily be made of 1/2″ MDF (medium density fiberboard) with a few acrylic windows. It is cheaper than aluminum and acrylic but does have some disadvantages. For starters, cutting is a very dusty process, you have to…


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Bizarre June 7, 2007 posted by

DIY Darth Vader Belt – make your own destiny

Make your own Darth Vader Belt. Actually there’s enough information on this site to help you make the whole costume. In fact there’s too much information. Much too much information. Far far too much.  The red around the aluminum knobs are red powder coated washers. You could achieve this same effect with small washers and some paint, I believe that russrep above actually includes these in his boxes now a days. The silver stuff in the rectangular area can be…


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Bookmark This! June 6, 2007 posted by

PocketMod – roll your own mini paper Filofax

PocketMod is a DIY organiser maker which lets you create clever little pocket notebooks with different page styles and content. So you can add a variety of calendar pages a la Filofax, games, info pages, or just plain sheets with or without lines. There are even To-Do and shopping lists available. Once you’re done, just follow the folding and cutting instructions and bingo. It’s a superb idea, and excellently done (although I think it needs a bit more work on the cutting part)….


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cool tech May 29, 2007 posted by

Build your own electric car for $800 – DIY eco warrior

Greg Coleman has built an electric car for $800.00. We’re not exactly talking Tesla type functionality here, it’s an old Yugo that he’s converted, but the mere fact that an ordinary person can do this proves that there’s a lot of misinformation going around at the moment from the motor industry and beyond. Go Greg, go.  I have driven the car home tonight for the first time. Road speed is about 35 mph because of the 5 HP motor. This will…


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diy May 29, 2007 posted by

Make-A-Game – DIY board game fun

Make-A-Game. Ever wished you could make your own board game rather than rely on the efforts coming out of the toy market? Well here’s your chance to put your dice where your mouth is. Blank cards, die, game tokens and money all in a box for you to tweak as desired. All you need to do is create your own board and you’re laughing…and who knows you may even get to commercialise it and get rich. Hmm…now that’s a great…


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diy May 25, 2007 posted by

Multimeter Metal Detector – DIY combo heaven

The Multimeter Combo Tool is not yer average DIY throwaway. It contains a cable finder and metal detector, a laser and spirit level, an LED torch, bulb and electrical tester and a polarity checker. It won’t, unfortunately, drink large amounts of tea every 2 hours while moaning about the weather. Which makes it a bit of a dead loss around these parts. £19.95.  Primarily it has been designed as a metal detector, able to locate concealed metal objects within walls…this little baby…


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diy March 27, 2007 posted by

Free DIY Lens Hoods – download and print

Download, print off and assemble your own glare and flare reducing DIY camera lens hood. Why? Well the most expensive real ones cost upwards of $400.00. OK, so it’s going to be more solid than a cardboard version, but even so, worth a look?  This site contains PDF documents that can be printed and cut out to make lens hoods for a variety of 35mm and digital SLR camera lenses. Lens hoods give better quality photographs by reducing flare caused by…


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