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How to Get the Most From Your Toy Airplane

Remember when we would play with those little balsa wood planes and try to tweak them for better flights? Well this guy has pretty much taken that to a whole new level. I love the attention to detail like giving the wings more lift by warping them with water and an Ace bandage. The video of his flight makes it well worth the effort.

Flying and Improving Your Guillow’s Sky Streak

 

Posted: September 27th, 2013
at 6:39pm by John

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Categories: Amusing,Cool,DIY,Fun,Mods,To be used for Evil

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Get “Pi Eye’d” for Cheap!

 

Camera for Raspberry Pi

A relativity new item for the users of the Raspberry Pi micro is here. A low priced high quality digital camera module is just the thing to add to any project your working on.

[via TechCrunch]

Raspberry Pi Camera Module Now On Sale, $25 To Add An Eye To Pi Hardware Hack Projects

Posted: August 17th, 2013
at 11:12am by John


Categories: Computers,DIY,Mad Science,Photography,Technology

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Alternative Limbs Project

alternative limbs - thealternativelimbprojectif you have to have an artificial limb due to either trauma or birth defect you might as well have one with some serious style. I’d personally want exposed gears and pistons and some neon backlighting. This is a wonderful project, I can only hope that other artists and creative types step up and try this medium.

[Via Dude Craft]

alternative limbs – thealternativelimbproject.

Posted: May 21st, 2013
at 6:08pm by John


Categories: Artistic,Cool,Design,DIY,Hacked,Mad Science,Mods,Technology

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Mech Warfare


Imagine that you are the pilot of a six story high walking battle machine that is armed to the teeth. Your mission is to destroy the opposing force that has put dibs on your beloved city. As you turn a corner down a deserted street a rocket arcs towards you and you let fly a volley of machine gun fire at the six legged mech that fired it. Well, thats kind of what happens in ‘MechWarfare‘, a young sport where roboticists use sophisticated off the shelf wireless technology to give themselves the point of view of their remote controlled creations. Oh, did I mention they they are armed? Fully auto 6mm AirSoft guns are common and in the heavy class they use unguided rockets and flamethrowers! How can this not be the most fun you can have with r/c robots? Go read the article and see if you have what it takes to become the mech fighter of the future! Heck, if you want to help out you can drop them a few bucks in their Kickstarter Project, they want to build a better arena.

[via Slashdot]

Roboticists Engage in Mech Combat to Hone Their Skills

Posted: March 20th, 2012
at 6:56pm by John

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Categories: Cool,DIY,Fun,Robots,Technology,To be used for Evil

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Homemade LowFi Digital Camera

LowFi digital camera mod

Very cool!!! I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a ‘Lomo’ mod, as there are no Lomo camera parts in it and the lens is a magnitude of quality better then any plastic that has ever graced a toy camera body. Still, the effects are rather stylistic.

Take a cheap Vivitar digital camera, strip the body and lens off, add a nice lens mount and some fancy looking hand brushed aluminum U rails for a body and you have a serviceable camera. I’d add a ultra wide auxilary lens to the prime to get a nicer field of view but other than that this is something to be duplicated. Now where did I put that old camera…

[via MAKE]

DigiLomo Camera: The Homemade Lomography Camera




Vivitar V5024 5.1 Megapixel Vivicam 5024 Digital Camera
List Price: $59.99 USD
New From: $36.46 USD In Stock
Used from: $24.99 USD In Stock

Posted: November 26th, 2011
at 11:26am by John


Categories: DIY,Hacked,Mods,Photography,Technology

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R/C Truck in Afghanistan Saves 6 Soldiers’ Lives

 Very cool use of off the shelf tech.

The little truck was used by the troops to run ahead of them on patrols and look for roadside bombs. Fessenden has had it since 2007, when Ernie and Kevin Guy, the owner of the Everything Hobby shop in Rochester, rigged it with a wireless video camera and shipped it to him.

Last week, it paid off. Chris Fessenden said he had loaned the truck to a group of fellow soldiers, who used it to check the road ahead of them on a patrol. It got tangled in a trip wire connected to what Fessenden guesses could have been 500 lbs. of explosives. The bomb went off. The six soldiers controlling the truck from their Humvee were unhurt.

 

Remote Controlled Truck Sent to Soldier in Afghanistan Saves 6 Soldiers’ Lives – ABC News.

Posted: August 5th, 2011
at 10:16am by John

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Categories: Cool,DIY,Hacked,Mods,Robots,Uncategorized

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