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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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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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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: $30.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $10.50 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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Clever Kinetic Sculpture


Nice little kinetic ball sorting thing. The video (might take some time to load, it’s coming from China) has enough close up shots that is would not be that tough to duplicate this. I need to find a good supply of that brass wire he uses, looks like it’s brazing rod so it shouldn’t be too hard to locate some. I see a trip to Harbor Freight in my future!
Funny DIY Device With Subtle Control of Steel Balls’ tracks




Artist, inventor, and longtime author Rodney Frost is known for wacky, whimsical woodworking books that encourage readers to experiment. With his newest, most creative volume yet, he provides an introduction to the wild and whimsical world of kinetic art—art that moves. Using plenty of informative sidebars and dynamic illustrations, Frost teaches the basic techniques in his own inimitable style, beginning with easy, fun projects like weather vanes and mobiles powered by air currents alone. Then it’s on to simple toys you manipulate with strings, and art mechanized by levers, cranks, cams, and cogs. Far from a routine woodworking book, Creative Kinetics will inspire even the least craft-minded reader to pick up some scissors and turn a tuna can into a propeller or cardboard into a jumping-jack.
List Price: $14.95 USD
New From: $122.22 USD In Stock
Used from: $42.19 USD In Stock

Posted: January 30th, 2011
at 12:02pm by John

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The Mechanical Mustache

“A mustache party? By Jove I’ll be there!” I exclaimed as I dashed forth from my lab!

I few weeks ago I got wind of a party that the local hackerspace here in the greater Phoenix area was having. They decided to celebrate their one year anniversary by holding a mustache party. So I decided to live the hacker dream and build my own mustache (yes, I have a natural one but that was easy to make).
Take a look at the process that I went through to build my creation. I give you the  Mechanical Mustache Project!

Posted: October 29th, 2010
at 10:32pm by John


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

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