projects

  • Check Out, And Support, This Wild Multi-Pedal Bike, The Boneshakered Bigwheel

    Check Out, And Support, This Wild Multi-Pedal Bike, The Boneshakered Bigwheel

    If you’re into big bicycles with weird, multi-tipped legs, have I got a project for you. Called the Boneshakered Bigwheel (sic), this one-off project by creator Ronald L. Schroer is an unusual trike with legs instead of back wheels. It’s made almost entirely of wood and he’s added an internal “hypno-wheel” to make the experience more pleasant. Read More

  • The Pavlov Poke Shocks You When You Use Facebook Too Much

    The Pavlov Poke Shocks You When You Use Facebook Too Much

    Do you spend too much time on Facebook? Why not administer non-lethal shocks to your body when you click over to your News Feed! Two Ph.D. candidates at MIT, Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, did just that when they realized that they were spending over 50 hours on the service per week combined, and the results – and questions their project raises – are quite interesting. Read More

  • Kickstarter Allowing Canada-Based Projects Beginning This Summer

    Kickstarter Allowing Canada-Based Projects Beginning This Summer

    Kickstarter just announced via its Twitter account that it will be opening up its crowdfunding platform for Canada-based projects as of “later this summer.” Thus far, that’s as specific as the company is getting, but anyone interested in finding out more can sign up at Kickstarter’s Canada launch page with their email and project category of interest to get an alert… Read More

  • Kickstarter: myLED Adds Another LED To Your iPhone

    Kickstarter: myLED Adds Another LED To Your iPhone

    One of Steve Jobs’ biggest pet peeves was external LED lights on cellphones. Oh how he would storm through the Apple offices, harrumphing at the thought of a Motorola KRZR lighting up like a tiny Christmas tree. He’d probably be really angry at this new product, myLED, which is a tiny LED that’s designed to light up when you get an iOS notification. Read More

  • Kickstarter: Release Your Inner James Bond With These High-Tech Linear Watches

    Kickstarter: Release Your Inner James Bond With These High-Tech Linear Watches

    High-tech watches are, arguably, a dime-a-dozen. But the Division Furtive electro-mechanical watch is something special. Built using a series of Swiss micro-motors (or LEDs), the face displays the time by moving little indicators along a sliding scale. You can see the day, date, time, day of week, time zone, phase of the moon, and a chronometer (along with a battery indicator) on a face that… Read More

  • How Pebble And Other Product Phenomenons Killed It On Kickstarter

    How Pebble And Other Product Phenomenons Killed It On Kickstarter

    It’s a good time to be Kickstarter. The crowdfunding platform has had a blockbuster year, breaking into mainstream consciousness with campaigns that raised millions of dollars, like the Pebble e-paper watch above.  The platform has seen almost $275 million pledged to some 63,000 projects to date, with $231 million going towards successful fundings. As Devin wrote at the time… Read More

  • The Singularity Is Near: NYU Student Builds A Robot That Builds Burritos

    The Singularity Is Near: NYU Student Builds A Robot That Builds Burritos

    Hey, Internet. Come over here. You sitting down? Cool. So anyway, there’s this thing I need to tell you about. No no. Over here. This tab. Stay right here. So this guy at NYU made something special. Are you listening? Put down your phone. Listen. So they made a machine that prints… no, don’t check Twitter. They made a machine that prints burritos. It’s called… Read More

  • New Project, Roominate, Offers A Fully-Wired Dollhouse For Kids

    New Project, Roominate, Offers A Fully-Wired Dollhouse For Kids

    Teaching kids – especially little girls – about electronics is a hard job. First, there’s the electricity. Then there’s the sense that soldering, wiring, and lining up LEDs is considerably less fun than watching Tangled. This project, called Roominate, aims to change the way girls think about electricity. The kit consists of a set of tiny furniture with built-in wires… Read More

  • TinyProj Shuts Down, Users Sent To TechStars Grad GroupTalent Instead

    TinyProj Shuts Down, Users Sent To TechStars Grad GroupTalent Instead

    TinyProj, a project marketplace started by Forrst founder Kyle Bragger is shutting down.  All 8,300 of the service’s registered developers and designers who used the site to find project-based work will now be transitioned over to GroupTalent, a recent TechStars grad. Read More

  • The TouchFire Chronicles: How Two Guys Raised $100K To Make A Magical Keyboard

    The TouchFire Chronicles: How Two Guys Raised $100K To Make A Magical Keyboard

    This week we’re running a three part series by Steven Isaac, a programmer with an amazing resume including stints at Sun, Microsoft, and even a hardware start-up that brought the first (non-portable) tablets. For years he’s dreamed of an easy-to-use device with a full keyboard that slides out when needed and, together with a designer, he built the Touchfire, a fully funded… Read More

  • CableKeeps Keep Your Jumbled Mass Of Apple Chargers Nice And Neat

    CableKeeps Keep Your Jumbled Mass Of Apple Chargers Nice And Neat

    I think we can all agree that one of the worst parts about buying a new gadget is the fact that it’s just one more thing we’ll have to charge, one more electrical socket we’ll have to free up, and one more charger to keep up with. But a new Kickstarter project aims to help deal with that. From a startup called Nice, I proudly introduce to you CableKeeps. Read More

  • The Isostick Makes A Mockery Of Optical Disk Hegemony

    The Isostick Makes A Mockery Of Optical Disk Hegemony

    In the old days, you used to have to put something called “optical media” into a “DVD drive” to install software and operating systems. Those days are long over thanks to an odd little USB key called the Isostick. Although the project doesn’t officially exist – it’s almost funded on Kickstarter – the IsoStick promises to allow you to load any… Read More

  • LusionBloom: A Magnetic Vase For Your Next Weird Cocktail Party

    In the old days, pole-shaping meant something completely different. However, now it is a technique for attaching multiple arms to each other at odd angles that allows them to remain upright with a load without falling. The LusionBloom is a nice example of pole shaping and, more important, is a freaking vase that tilts to the side while keeping flowers and water upright. Perfect for… Read More

  • How to turn an old PowerBook into an arcade cabinet

    How to turn an old PowerBook into an arcade cabinet

    Oh my, this does look nice. Frederic Sebton has taken an old PowerBook and an IKEA side table (Ramvik is the model) and turned it into an arcade cabinet. Sebton has basically taken a PowerBook apart and mounted the screen and computer guts back-to-back, with the screen showing up through a hole cut in the top of the table. He then used a piece of black cardboard and a piece of glass as… Read More

  • Project: Double-barrelled elevated composter

    Project: Double-barrelled elevated composter

    It’s Earth Day, if you hadn’t yet noticed, and as we gear up for CrunchGear’s Green Week we find a how-to on making a neat two-level, double-barrelled composter. If you have a few power tools and the space, it appears to be a fairly straight forward Make that raises your compost heap up off the ground to keep it away from the likes or raccoons and other scavengers. If… Read More

  • Arduino TouchShield OLED

    Arduino is little open source circuit board that lets you create some fairly compelling projects with a few lines of code and some circuit boards. The latest addition to the project is LiquidWare’s TouchShield, an sensitive OLED that sits on top of the main board. Here it interacts with its human subject. (via Make) Read More

  • BlinkyBugs: The Coolest DIY Project You'll See Today

    BlinkyBugs: The Coolest DIY Project You'll See Today

    PT over at MAKE has a great post on BlinkyBugs. These electronic critters are made up of LEDs, a watch battery, and a little coper tubing. You can really get creative and add pipe cleaners for that “fuzzy insect” effect. Each BlinkyBug will light up when picked up or moved thanks to a little set of antenna that act as a circuit. The project requires a little bit of soldering… Read More

  • RFID Starter Kit

    RFID Starter Kit

    You know damn well ever since that genius implanted himself with an RFID chip, you’ve been wanting to do it to. Not that we’re condoning surgical practices, but if you want to become more familiar with RFID and how it works, ThinkGeek was selling a kit with lots of RFID tags and a USB RFID reader for your tinkering pleasure, but is currently sold out. From the product… Read More