Misc. Gadgets

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Redditor and father hahabird posted photos of the awesome life-size glowing Minecraft block he made for his son’s birthday. Since the blocks in the game are about one meter, he decided to build one side of a cube true to scale. Then he added color-changing LEDs which can be remote controlled. The entire project took about a week in his spare time and only cost $85 in parts and paints.

His son’s reaction was absolutely perfect:

“At 7 this morning: “DADA! This is super cool! Come see! It can change colors! Look: redstone! Diamond! Lapus lazuli!” A few minutes of sitting in front of it staring, interspersed with the occasional “Wow! Sooooo cool.”

Then he asked where I got it (he should really know better by now). “I made it.” “How?” So we looked through the album as I explained each step.

Now we’re eating cupcakes for breakfast, because birthday.”

Well done Minecraft Dad. Click below to see the entire DIY project gallery…

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nokia nickel

We’ve seen a lot of objects take on the dreaded red hot ball of nickel, but today is the day. Oh yes. Today is the day you finally get to see what happens when that red hot ball of nickel is placed on the “indestructible” Nokia 3310.

Find out if all the memes have it right after the break…

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A camera toting drone navigating the skies over Australia recently became the victim of an eagle who probably viewed it as a mechanical meal.

See Also: Chimps Hate Drones Too

Whatever the case, the YouTuber who captured the video noted that the eagle emerged from the encounter unscathed. As for the drone, the video after the jump says it all.

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The futuristic Lifestyle Home Elevator from England-based Terry Lifts definitely looks like it could beam you up. According to their site, the lift is designed to carry up to 550 pounds at once and can be customized to fit any decor. And it totally beats those granny chair lifts.

“We have combined luxury with the latest technology to bring you an innovative high end home elevator, ergonomically designed and created specially for your home.”

If I could customize it to make the materialization sound then I’m sold. Check out the video of the fancy lift in action after the break.

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monkey hunt

Ben Millam has a cat named Monkey and this self described “aspiring geek” was looking for a to give his beloved cat a more fulfilled life. Monkey has the instinct to hunt for his food, so he created a machine that trades food for RFID tagged balls Millam hides around the house.

This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it’s partly to establish and survey their territory, but they’re also practicing ‘mobile’ hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal.

See the system in action after the break.

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Oh yeah, rubber band wars at the office got a level up with this 3D printed rubber band sentry gun. Forget the old days of finger flicking rubber ordinance at your cubicle foe. This gun, created by 20-year-old Kevin Thomas of Switzerland, is constructed from 3D printed parts, an Arduino Mega and servo-motors to control motion. It can find targets and fire upon them automatically using software from Project Sentry Gun.

His final gun design, which was first inspired by the Automatic Rubber Band Blaster, is available for download on Thingiverse. So now you can defend your cubicle while on an away mission to the breakroom.

Check out more images and video demo after the break.

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Febo is a magnifying lens in a special wooden body that allows you to capture and focus sunshine so precisely that you can use it to draw and paint.

“Febo is much more than a regular magnifying glass, it is a proper tool designed to make your drawing experience really unique. Its wooden body is precisely calibrated in order to immediately focus the sun’s rays once you place Febo on the object of your choice. Its size makes it super comfortable to hold, making your creative projects easy and enjoyable. It was designed with the aim of turning nature into beautiful, creative and permanent works of art.”

Check out more images and a short video after the break.

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bubble-bucket

There has never been a more important use of 3D printing than for this outrageous bubble machine, aptly named “Bubble Bucket.”

Designer Scratchhax explained his inspiration to 3D Print:

“The idea [for the Bubble Bucket] had two origins; the first one being that my kids and I just really enjoy having a bubble machine to play with when the weather is nice. The second reason was from my Wife [who is] working with special needs children and wanting to use the idea of a bubble machine, hooked to a switch that they could control regardless of physical ability as a re-enforcer.”

Using a modified chain drive for a motorcycle, he mounted the 3D printed wands vertically into a bucket with its bottom half submerged into bubble solution. So when the chain rotates, the wands are coated in the solution and then a fan is used to created an monsoon of shiny bubbles.

This is definitely the most fun bubble machine I’ve ever seen. Check out the video after the break.

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This intricate gothic cathedral lamp is made from over 120 laser-cut 3D puzzle pieces. The design was created by Etsy shop 1 Man 1 Garage and ships to you in parts so you can admire you handiwork every time you turn on the light.

Check out more pics of this awesome gothic lamp after the break.

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