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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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diy March 16, 2007 posted by

MagnoGrip – holding your bits tightly

MagnoGrip. Say it in one of those loud, deep Hollywood voices and it sounds just like an arch villain from X-Men. But it’s not. It’s a wristband magnet which holds all those useful bits and pieces you need to hand when you’re doing stuff. Like DIY stuff. Around the house. Please do be aware that waving strong magnets in and around computer equipment may not be a life enhancing experience, so in this case geekeat emptor. $14.99.  The MagnoGrip is a…

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diy March 6, 2007 posted by

Singtones – proof that lack of ability is no longer a handicap

Singtones is a service that lets everyone sing their own ringtone, and then get it digitally ‘adjusted and enhanced’ to sound reasonable before uploading to their phone. It’s sure to be a hit with the tone deaf, but is that a good thing for those with more than half an ear? Listen to some of the examples on the front page and then make your decision.  What is a ReVoice Singtone? ReVoice Singtones are a new, fun and unique way to create your…

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diy February 28, 2007 posted by

Bioloid DIY Robot Kit – screwdriver tech for the timid

The Bioloid DIY Robot Kit is designed to make you feel all Arnie as you assemble any of a number of different configuration robots. Yeah you’ve got sensors, yes also to limited programmability, just don’t expect to build your own little Asimo just yet, OK? $899.99.  The Bioloid comes with several example programs to make it walk, avoid obstacles and interact with sound. The sensor module in the head of the robot features an IrDA receiver (for communicating with other robots…

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diy February 27, 2007 posted by

Stadico Stadium Kits – why buy when you can build?

The Stadico Stadium Construction Toy is perfect if you don’t want to spend $2 billion buying a stadium, but would love to own your local team home. They’re made up of over 2,500 pieces and will take you some 20 hours to complete, but think of the satisfaction of owning Old Trafford. Well OK, think of the geek satisfaction…. £149.99.   STADICO is the ultimate stadium construction toy. It features a unique system of modular blocks and pins enabling users to…

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diy February 22, 2007 posted by

Hack your own games console – flashback to the beeps and pixels

Hack your own games console with the XGS Micro Edition Kit. Compatible with Atari 2600 joysticks and powered by an 80 MIP RISC processor. Beep, parp, beep, parp – relive the days, man. $199.95.  Now you can build your own video game console in the old style. This retro-inspired gaming system is designed specifically for hardware and software hackers. The system is powered by an 80 MIP RISC processor, has direct raster controlled graphics, 3-channel sound, built in programmer, and is…

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diy February 15, 2007 posted by

DIY Mud Clock – my, how time slides

The Mud Clock. Makes a change from a mud bath, I guess, and the lack of batteries makes the whole thing very eco-green-enviro. Which is good. $19.95.  No batteries are required to power this digital clock using dirt from your own backyard. Plant your favorite flowers in the included pots and attach the clock components. Soon after, the time is accurately displayed without the need for additional power sources. Experiment with what substances will power the clock – do tulips or lillies work better?…

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diy February 15, 2007 posted by

DIY Blood Typing Test Kit – love is a needle at midnight

The Blood Type Test Kit. All you need to identify your blood type in one small pack. This could be a rather useful product, assuming you’re not one of those unfortunates who faints within 50 miles of a needle. $8.99.  That’s why we found this awesomely simple DIY Blood Type Test Kit. Just a little prick (no jokes, please), a few drops of blood, a little water, and the special card are all you need to find out what blood…

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diy February 14, 2007 posted by

Exradia Wi-Guard Battery – nullify your mobile phone radiation?

The Exradia Wi-Guard Battery claims to be the only mobile phone battery in existence that ‘has been proven in independent scientific studies to stop man-made EMF having any effect on human bodies.’ Bold statement for such a seemingly simple product, eh, but apparently it’s all down to randomising wave patterns. Priced at £34.99 each and currently only available as a replacement for a couple of Nokia battery types.  The Exradia Noise Field Technology (NFT) superimposes a low frequency randomised magnetic…

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diy January 29, 2007 posted by

Cabestan Watch – cranky indulgence

The Cabestan Watch provides yet more proof of the current decline of Western civilisation. Why else would you pay money to someone to create a timepiece that looks so ridiculously fragile? Anyway, it’s available in a small run of 135 units until 2008, so if you hurry and have an enormous pile of cash available, you may just grab one in time.  Winding the watch and setting the hour and minutes are effected using a winding stem in the form of a…

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Bookmark This! January 24, 2007 posted by

DIY Solar Power Kit – juice up your laptop for $180

The DIY Portable Solar Power Kit. Pretty clever. You need to know how to channel geo-thermal isotopes and downgrade fissionable Deuterium, but hey how hard can it be? Oh all right, just kidding. This is definitely worth a bookmark.  This kit weighs about 2 lbs, costs $180, and will power my Macbook for 1.75 hours (1.83ghz, browsing the web and checking email via Airport Extreme, bluetooth off, screen brightness about 70%) with a little more than 5 hours of good sun…It’s great for…

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diy January 23, 2007 posted by

Wave Bubble – DIY RF Jammer

Wave Bubble DIY RF Jammer. Here’s a detailed design and description of how to craft a cigarette packet sized RF jammer. Now as far as we know these puppies are significantly illegal in certain places of the world, but for those of you who live in Greenland, here’s the long and tall of it. But remember peeps, cell phone users aren’t annoying, it’s just their very loud, boring, uninteresting conversations that are. This website details the design and construction Wave Bubble:…

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diy January 19, 2007 posted by

DIY Voice Changer Kit – I am not your father, Luke

The MK171 Digital Voice Changer Kit could provide a bit of fun for the more adventurous of you folks out there. Complete with built-in microphone. $12.95.  This voice changer kit is a riot! Just like the expensive units you hear the DJ’s use, it changes your voice in a multitude of effects! You can sound just like a robot, you can change the pitch of your voice variably from low to high. For even more effect, ad vibrato effect to your voice! Great…

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diy January 11, 2007 posted by

How to Mend it – free repair help for appliances

How to Mend It. How to fix your appliances if they go wrong. Or rather the site offers you a location where you can ask how to fix your device. The interface is a bit clunky and the responses a bit patchy, but it’s worth adding to your bookmarks just in case. I think.  Use how to mend it .com to find out how to mend vacuum cleaners and mobile phones, cars and DVD players, computers and tumble dryers, televisions…

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