Do it yourself

  • MIT built a self-assembling cell phone

    MIT built a self-assembling cell phone

    Researchers at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab have stepped up their game from an Ikea-like chair that can put itself together: the team built a working cell phone that’s self-building, Fast Company reports, using a basic DIY cell phone design create by MIT professor David Mellis as a model. How can a phone put itself together? The key is actually simplicity – there are six parts… Read More

  • Bio
    Citizen scientists, you can now DIY your own DNA analysis with Bento Lab

    Citizen scientists, you can now DIY your own DNA analysis with Bento Lab

    Want to know if you have the “athlete gene” or if you’re actually related to the weirdos who claim you as a family member? Get your collection tubes ready, citizen scientists, Bento Lab’s DIY DNA analysis kit is here and ready for the in-home lab. Normally you’d order a kit somewhere like 23andMe, spit in a tube and mail it off for results in six to eight weeks. Read More

  • littleBits’ new STEAM kit for students emphasizes invention

    littleBits’ new STEAM kit for students emphasizes invention

    We are big fans of littleBits here at TechCrunch. The company, which raised $44.2 million last year, offers a number of different sets that teach kids (and grown-ups) about programming and electronics — and lets them get creative with their new skills. Today, the company introduced its first STEAM kit. STEAM adds “Arts and Design” to STEM’s science, technology… Read More

  • Littlebits Releases A Wonderful Gizmo And Gadgets Kit

    Littlebits Releases A Wonderful Gizmo And Gadgets Kit

    LittleBits are fantastic, but I’ve never been able to recommend them for kids. Most of the company’s kits are just not intuitive for novices, nor do they contain everything needed to make gadgets that will keep kids interested. Well, the NYC-based gadget just released a kit that addresses this issue and it should be perfect for budding makers. At least 12 gadgets can be made from… Read More

  • Recreate the Frozen Han Solo With Chocolate

    It’s what you’ve been waiting for ever since you saw Han Solo frozen in carbonite: a step-by-step procedure on how to make you very own chocolate bar mold of him. You’ll need an action figure of Han Solo, cooking chocolate, and the ability to decipher the clear as mud directions. This, perhaps more than anything else I’ve seen lately, is an example of why sound grammar… Read More

  • Do-It-Yourself Apple TV Upgrade Kit: More Power

    Sure, you can send your Apple TV away to some company and let them upgrade its hard drive for you, or you can buy a simple installation kit and do it yourself. Weaknees sells a kit that includes a 160GB hard drive, Torx T8 screw (for opening the Apple’s TV’s chastity belt and all the relevant instructions. The kit will set you back $200, but at least then you can store all the… Read More