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

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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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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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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?

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project D.I.Y. light tent

haven’t been doing much lately, been busy formulating for my ‘official’ website. however, i managed to get a D.I.Y. light tent done (which is something i have always wanted to do) based on the guide in Digital Photography School. disclaimer: i don’t have a SLR, plus i am not good with camera but i must say the light tent saves me plenty of time from editing on photoshop. for the interior, instead of using strips of blister board as recommended, i am being more ‘extravagant’ by cutting out a windows on a piece of vanguard sheet so that the side is now in one piece without any seams. however, my stock vanguard isn’t long enough for this big box. this resulted in a seam at the photography area. check out my version of the light tent below with the photo samples. pardon me for it’s filmsy look – it is filmsy – the carton box suffered quite an ordeal while in the process of being converted into a light tent 😀

         

the sample of the photos were taken for a LED lights blogsite, which is being maintained by me 🙂 you can check out the blogsite HERE or by clicking on the photos.

and here are a couple more of the ‘results’ with a little cropping and exposure adjustment with photoshop:

pretty neat huh? no more using the lasso tool or pen tool and painstaking cropping the unwanted background out. that’s good news. info: that’s my lovely iPod classic with my all time favorite Gelaskins. photos taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28.