DIY Gadgets

Making your own or hacking gadgets can be great fun, hear we share the various DIY gadget projects that we’ve found or done.

 

LEGO Keyboard is certainly irresistable

by Edwin

There is just something magical about these tiny little plastic bricks known as LEGO which are able to fit with one another perfectly, and removed easily to boot with but a single pry of the fingernail. All it takes is the imagination of a master builder in order to get the job done, wowing whoever lays their eyes on your masterpiece. Jason Allemann can be said to be one of those master builders, where he does carry an air of achievement around him, being famous for many of his LEGO creations in the past. This time around, it would be a fully functional LEGO keyboard that has captured the attention of the masses.

This LEGO keyboard was created using official LEGO pieces in addition to a circuit board from a standard keyboard (but of course). It is rather interesting to see the various kinds of substitutions that Jason has made concerning the various keys, including CAPS Lock, the Windows Key, as well as Print Screen. The working man’s hat makes it all too tempting to press each time you take a look at the LEGO keyboard, don’t you think so?

Gyrobot might awake the inner engineer in your little one

by Edwin

gyrobotThere is just something about a little kid whose brain remains uncontaminated and is full of wonder about the world around him or her. Their imagination, too, tends to wander to far off places that we adults have seemingly lost such magic already. How about influencing their thinking and awakening their dormant engineering spirit with the $44.99 Gyrobot? This unique purchase for your little one would allow them to build 7 different machines using all the included parts, where there will be 102 pieces in total alongside 24-page instruction manual that you might want to go through with them so that they know what they’re doing.

After all, since your kids play with devices that have gyroscopes each day, ranging from their consoles to smartphones and tablets, why not introduce them to building a robot that has a gyroscope within instead? This is what the Gyrobot is all about, where the basic concepts of inertia and angular momentum can be learned, and with 7 different machines that the kit allows children to build, they are able to observe and experiment more evolved concepts from a first person perspective. Powered by a trio of AAA batteries, your kids would have a fun time building machines such as a gyroscopic robot, personal vehicle, gyro horizon, gyrocompass, balancing game, tightrope walker, and flight simulator.

Scribbler the Drawing Robot

by Edwin

scribbler-drawing-robotRobots are always something that are worth checking out, especially those super huge ones that can change their form factor depending on the situation. Who can forget the SDF-1 from Macross? That was one bad mother, and we have also our fair share of giants from Japan including the Transformers and Voltron. Here is something a little bit closer to home – the $26.29 Scribbler the Drawing Robot kit which allows you to build your very own robot without having to go to university beforehand and obtain an electrical engineering degree. With the Scribbler the Drawing Robot kit, you will be able to build, learn and play at the same time. After all, aren’t the most effective learning experiences the ones that you play?

All you need to do to set it up woud be to follow the downloadable instructions, and you will then have your Scribbler the Drawing Robot up and running in no time at all. The motor of this robot will shake, where it makes the device dance around on the markers so that it churns out some great looking abstract art which will most probably not go p in value after the robot breaks down and is recycled. Some assembly is required for this electronic and construction kit, and you will also need to get your own hot glue gun as well as glue before putting it all together. A solitary AA battery would allow the Scribbler the Drawing Robot to churn out the next robotic masterpiece.

Kano is all-ages computer and coding kit

by Caitlyn

Kano Computer Kit
While we live in an age where technology is ever-changing, many people are being left in the dust. Computers are bought without much insight as to what’s in them, and people are hoping that sales representatives are steering them in the right direction. Everyone is taught from the top down, and is expected to figure things out on their own. There are plenty of books, classes, and programs that can walk you through what makes everything tick, but they’re not really fun, and are usually targeted to a specific age bracket.
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Brain DIY MIDI Control Interface Kits won’t turn you into a Borg

by Edwin

brain-diy-midiIf there is one particular mutant power that you think you would like to possess, what would it be? I suppose having brute strength and nigh invulnerability would come in handy when you want to be on the frontlines of war against the enemy, but it would be useless in making you rich unless you turn and be a villain, robbing banks for a living. Well, reading minds would be a far more subtle way of achieving your way to the top of the game of life, as you can garner the deepest thoughts and secrets of others without them knowing. Unfortunately, the Brain DIY MIDI Control Interface Kits are nothing of that sort in terms of its nefarious ability, but it does offer a decent way to learn more about MIDI interfaces.

With the Brain DIY MIDI Control Interface Kits, you will be able to ensure that all of the sliders, knobs and pads will remain in exactly the right place where you require them to be. Once you are done building your very own enclosure, yo are more than ready to rock the universe. Depending on the kit you purchase, it would retail anywhere from $114.99 to $229.99. It is the ideal purchase for studio or performance devices, where each kit would arrive with all that you need to construct a MIDI controller.

How about flirting with the water cooler instead?

by Edwin

microsoft-water-coolerMost of the time, plenty of gossip and some of the more tempting conversations happen around the water cooler at the office, and if there was a smart person who would love to make plenty of money, he or she would have come up with a water cooler that has the hidden abilities of recording conversations and perhaps throw in a video camera for good measure. Now that would certainly be the cause of many a lawsuit if the recorded people were to find out about it, btu thankfully, this unique water cooler invention is not that snoopish. In fact, this is an office water cooler that would want you to flirt with it.

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Brother’s ScanNCut Machine – the Cricut Killer?

by Julie

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It’s that time again. The holidays are creeping up on us, and at least in this house, thoughts have turned to Christmas cards, presents and picture taking. It’s this time of year I usually drag out my Cricut cutting machine to add some flair to holiday cards, make some decorative gift boxes and ornaments, and start up the scrapbooking. But there’s a new cutting machine in town, and it doesn’t require any of the creativity-hindering cartridges that the Cricut does… Continue reading » Brother’s ScanNCut Machine – the Cricut Killer?

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