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Magic 8 ball hacked

12/22/2009, Who would have thought that a childhood staple like the Magic 8 ball could be hacked? Well, this person managed to do so, using a Plexiglas cutter to cut the glue at the seam of the ball before prying it apart with a screwdriver, and in the process,...

DIY pinball machine

12/21/2009, Jeri Ellsworth decided to make her very own pinball machine from scratch, which is an amazing achievement for just about anyone. This was made possible thanks to her efforts in cannibalizing subassemblies from other pinball machines, and while it is still...

Nook Hacked to Run Pandora

12/16/2009, After Barnes & Noble’s Nook eBook reader was hacked (or “rooted” as they call it), it was only a matter of time before folks started to try installing all sorts of programs on its Android OS. Now the folks over at nookDevs have...

IntoDream turns Dreamcast portable

12/15/2009, The Dreamcast is one of those consoles that had everything going for it, and yet it still died an unnatural death to the chagrin of many. Sega fan who prefers to go by the moniker Bacteria has spent the last four months of his life working on a portable...

Keg volume monitor

12/14/2009, Just how much beer do you have left inside that beer keg of yours? The DIY beer keg monitor might just come in handy then, where it is capable of letting you know the remaining amount of carbon dioxide within the canister, monitoring and regulating...

Modular 68000 computer

12/10/2009, Flickr user nike6 is currently working on his latest project, which is building a modular computer based on the Motorola 68000 processor using some interesting parts including perfboards, a homebrew header-based interconnect bus and a generous amount of...

H4rdw4re to crack GSM encryption

12/09/2009, Security firm H4RDW4RE from California aims to crack the A5/1 encryption standard that is used to secure GSM traffic from eavesdropping. As it stands right now, the A5/1 cipher is based on a 64-bit key, which means each handset comes with a 64-bit secret...

Fully automatic crossbow

12/08/2009, A gentleman with too much time on his (skilful) hands have come up with his fully automatic crossbow that ought to send a shiver down the spines of those whom it is pointed to. Of course, this isn’t the only invention from the said gentleman, as he...

USB wall charger

12/03/2009, Who would have thought that we would see the day where your regular wall power outlet shows off nothing but USB ports for you to juice up thirsty USB-powered devices? If patience is not your virtue, you can always literally take things into your own hand...

JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser

11/30/2009, One of the wackier home-made vehicles to date, the JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser cum Tank was specially built and designed by NAO Design of Palo Alto, California back in 2002. This is an actual motorized vehicle that can be purchased directly from...

DIY capacitive sensitive floor tiles

11/23/2009, Have some time on your hands and don’t want to remain idle and be associated with the devil’s workshop? This DIY capacitive sensitive floor tiles project ought to suit you then, as it allows you to construct a USB-connected DDR controller from...

Wooden Induction Charger

11/23/2009, The Powermat surely kicked off a new way of juicing up your thirsty devices after a long, hard day at work, but this mod brings things to another level. The guts of the Powermat office charging solution have been removed and placed within a hollowed-out...

iPhone macro lens carousel mod

11/23/2009, Have a pile of junk in your working area that you’re not quite sure what you could do with them? The iPhone macro lens carousel mod might trigger a spark or two in your brain, where it offers an opportunity to come up with a unique accessory for...

DIY accelerometer-controlled USB gamepad

11/20/2009, An idle mind is the devil’s worksop, but then again sometimes idle minds conjure up wonders like this homemade accelerometer-controlled USB gamepad which houses a PIC18F2550 from Starlino within. The code for the firmware was written in PicBasic Pro...