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this is a real working DIY Hasselblad pinhole camera

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if you think there’s something odd about the camera featured here, you are right. what you see here is a real working 120-mm film pinhole camera made out of screen-printed corrugated cardboard – in a Hasselblad design. pretty sleek, eh? check out a couple of photos taken by this Hasselblad pinhole camera after the break. want one? this is the part where i get to say “there are something money can’t buy and this is one of them” but if you are patience enough, designer Kelly Angood will be putting a downloadable version that can printed on any home printer and made one using the print-out plus a few household items. the good thing is this downloadable version will take 35 mm film instead of the pricier 120 mm film. the download should be available at Kelly Angood website in a few weeks time.

Kelly Angood via Gizmodo / Red Ferret

cool stuff: LEGO Technic Forklift turned into an iPad stand

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(image credit: Dean Loh)

i can’t believe i actually missed out this in my posting *duh* this awesome custom iPad stand was made out from a ‘8416 LEGO Technic Forklift’ set which i thought it look pretty neat. only lovers of LEGO and iPad will go to such length to customize a stand like this or perhaps, the lack of proper stand during that time. the latter was the reason why Singaporean Dean Loh did this stand. being one of the early adopter of the Apple iPad in Singapore (around June 2010), there was a lack of stand for the iPad (in Singapore) and he decided to make one LEGO iPad stand for himself, taking inspiration from those who has done so before him.

Loh’s LEGO iPad stand’s tilt angle is adjustable via a lever at the stand’s back. the stand also features a holder for sync cable at the back which allows the iPad to be synced and charged while standing vertically on the Forklift, i mean, the stand. oh, the stand also incorporates a stylus holder upfront. very nice. for more information, check out Loh’s website.

deanloh.org via Legostand.com

enough of action figures, time for some inflatable fun

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(image credit: Blimpus) Blimpus, An Inflatable Character Canvas | from US$20.00 | www.blimpus.com

love collecting cute, arty stuff including vinyl figurines? then you should be familiar with vinyl collectibles such as bearbrick, munny, dunny et cetera. physically, these vinyl figurines look the same but what set each of them apart is the awesome graphics that each toy sports. that said, we want to introduce you to a whole new world of collectibles: the Blimpus. Blimpus differs with the rest of the collectibles in two major ways: first, it is not a solid vinyl – it is an inflatable PVC vinyl canvas and second, it comes as a flat blank canvas which makes creating design much easier. Continue reading enough of action figures, time for some inflatable fun

want some free power? try this DIY wind powered turbine

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(image credit: Applied Sciences/Mike Marohn)

before the wind cube actually makes into the market (if it ever does…), here’s an alternative that you can actually build at your own backyard using commonly available materials such as stove pipe, metal brackets, plastic sheet and a trailer hub. sure, you can always get the Israeli company, WINFLEX to build one of those low-cost inflatable wind turbine but nothing beats the satisfaction of building your own wind harvesting contraption, besides, you don’t really need the immense power, unless you want to take everything off the grid.

it’s great that Applied Sciences has decided to make the knowledge of construction of the vertical axis wind turbine available freely. head on to Applied Sciences website to find out more. who knows, the mad scientist in you may be able to improve the design and functionality further? check out the vertical axis wind turbine, dubbed The Zoetrope in action in the videos after the break.

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Applied Sciences via Hack A Day

R2-D2 with built-in projector is the coolest xbox 360 mod

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(image credit: Major League Mod)

personally, i’m not a huge fan of xbox 360 but this xbox 360 mod done by an instructables member ‘pizonbongo’ really had me go ‘wow’. this xbox 360 in R2D2 guise is definitely going to put a smile on both Star Wars fans and xbox 360 enthusiasts’ face. what makes the R2D2 xbox 360 even more wicked is the game interface can be directly projected to a wall via a built-in projector inside the R2D2, albeit not being a holographic projection (we are not there yet, but soon, i believe). the projector integration makes the whole mod appealing and gives it an extremely cool factor, don’t you think so? check out the intro video after the jump and also catch some images of the awesome xbox 360 R2D2 after the break. Continue reading R2-D2 with built-in projector is the coolest xbox 360 mod

incredible homemade pulse laser gun that actually works!

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(image credit: Patrick Priebe)

laser is used for the refractive surgery procedure to rectify short-sightedness but the laser in this gun isn’t the Lasik that i had in mind. looking into this gun could literally make you go blind. i’m not kidding. created by Patrick Priebe, this is a real working pulse laser gun is capable of unleashing a 1-kilowatt pulse, which is enough to punch holes in plastic sheet and pop balloons up to a 3 meter range. constructed out of brass, aluminum for the casing and Plexi for the center-plate, it took Patrick approximately 70-hours of work to complete. the ultimate goal was to create a handheld pulse laser gun that was as compact as possible and so here it is, a 320mm long Pulse Laser Gun that weighs just 2 lbs. check out the video of the Pulse Laser Gun in action after the jump. why am i getting a feeling that the military will be knocking on Patrick’s door…

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8-bit pixel trash can – holds your real world deletes

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(image credit: BrittLiv)

if all those high-resolution display is making you miss the pixelated 8-bit graphics, then this 8-bit look wooden trash can might just appeal to you. inspired by the paper pixel trash can, BrittLiv, a carpentry enthusiast, decided to make a real life pixel trash can out of wood and it turns out to be so gorgeous that we felt compelled to help spread the word. constructing a trash can out of wood is nothing new but for it to look like your beloved 8-bit graphics? priceless. if have the same aspiration, head on down to

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via Technobob

steampunk record player is powered by steam, what else?

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steam power was the power of choice for transportation in the past. these days we hardly heard about steam power except for our household irons. from the New Zealander who hand-built the NERF pistol, is this turntable powered by a miniature steam engine. the steam engine does make a lot of noise but once the record is span, it kind of drowns the engine a little. or maybe that’s was because he was playing punk rock music, so i guess this isn’t meant for ballet. Continue reading steampunk record player is powered by steam, what else?

make your own NERF gun that performs better

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(image credit: Asciimation)

this dude over in New Zealand, not satisfied with the toy NERF Maverick’s performance, decided to build a better NERF gun. the result is this more powerful, spring actuated pistol that looks like something that came out of the 70s James Bond movie. when i first saw this, the first thing i related it to was the Golden Gun from the 1974 James Bond movie, The Man with The Golden Gun.

completely hand-built, this awesome looking toy pistol was constructed out of metal, PVC pipe, wood and plastic. if you think you have what it takes to built a similar unit, you can head on to Asciimation blog and follow his instruction. i think i will stick to my transparent NERF Maverick for now.

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Marc DeVidts D.I.Y. working Star Trek style door opens with a ‘swoosh’

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(screenshot from YouTube video)

how many people can claim to have a Star Trek-style door in their home? while automatic glass sliding doors are common in malls, you don’t get to see a manually activated sliding in common household very often, not to mention one that’s air-actuated and comes complete with the ‘swoosh’ sound.

well, this was what electrical engineer, Marc DeVidts, did. he built an air-powered sliding door in his own home which opens with a press of a button and automatically closes after about 5 seconds (yes, we timed it!). we reckoned that would be ample time for a couple of people to enter. i guess if you have more people, then you’d be ready to go in batches or make a run for it. a sensor will be a nice touch to determine if there are people still getting in and out.

there’s a key (just under the open button) to hold the door close or open, an air vent to vent the air out after the door closes and a concealed control panel to disable the door and shut off the air supply. we were not that excited about the sliding door initially, until we heard the ‘swoosh’ sound when it opens. simply awesome. may we suggest some upgrades, such as silver colored door without any pattern or relief, and a matching door frame? perhaps, a trapezoid shape door?