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.

 

Gear Gripz – don’t let something precious slip away from you

by Caitlyn

We live on our phones just as much as we live in the real world. In a flash we can talk to our family whether they’re two doors down or on the other side of the world. Not to mention we can work on our phone, play games, watch movies, keep up with the news, pay bills, and just about everything else you could imagine. Of course, some people don’t like to keep their several hundred dollar phone in a protective case.

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The Watch Repair Tool Kit – gotta spend money to save money

by Caitlyn

Watch Repair Tool Kit

When you really like a piece of jewelry, you take care of it so it keeps its shine. The same can be said of a watch, but there is more involved with keeping it in top order beyond buffing it up here and there. All of the internal parts and pieces need to be working exactly as they should, and the battery has to be providing the juice, so it’s your job to make sure the status quo is maintained.

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Pine64 appeals to DIY enthusiasts

by Edwin

pine64Kickstarter is definitely a hotbed of innovations, although one cannot deny that there will be some duds from time to time. As to what makes a particular project tick compared to the rest, this cannot be determined in a particularly empirical and scientific manner, but rather, it is more or less a case of the right timing. Having said that, if you have heard of the Raspberry Pi that has seen action in many a DIY project in the past, surely you would be stoked to know that here we are with something that is more powerful – the Pine64 single-board 64-bit supercomputer that has just launched on Kickstarter.

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DIY Gamer Kit might spark the Shigeru Miyamoto in you

by Edwin

diy-gamer-kitFor those of you who enjoy playing video games, have you ever gave thought to the kind of hard work and sweat that went into each project? Those great game programmers all had to start somewhere, as their interest in the market must have kicked off with perhaps a wild imagination, an encouraging mentor, some positive thinking, and a myriad of other factors. How about the youth of today who would want to kick off their gaming career, but do not quite know how to do it? Perhaps getting them this £64.99 DIY Gamer Kit is a good place to begin.

With the DIY Gamer Kit, you will be able to literally build your own games console – won’t that sound grand on your resume in the future? Of course, it does not stop there as well, since you can then take the next step by creating your very own video games and learning how to code your inventions, and all of these are made possible courtesy of extremely easy-to-use software. You can also enjoy the games you invent on the console you built, and aspiring programmers will definitely have a field day with it! Legendary games such as Breakout and Snake will arrive pre-installed to get you started.

tinyTesla Musical Tesla Coil Kit merges both science and art

by Edwin

tiny-teslaEver wish that you could make sparks fly in a laboratory experiment, since none of it is happening in your forever alone lifestyle? Well, that is now possible with the $229.99 tinyTesla Musical Tesla Coil Kit, which is surely costly at first for the outlay, but at least you will be able to be a proud owner of a brand new Tesla coil. How many people among your circle of friends can boast of having the same? Not likely, unless everyone else has the same interests as you.

After all, the Tesla coil is nothing short of fascinating, thanks to the signature purple discharge sparks as well as plasma streamers of ionized particles. Heck, just thinking about them should be able to send a tingle down your spine, don’t you think so? With the tinyTesla Musical Tesla Coil Kit, one will be able to learn more about alternating-current electricity in a literally hands-on manner which remains easily accessible and not intimidating. If you have the skills to perform basic soldering, then it is a snap to come up with your very own Tesla coil using this kit. Not only that, the specially designed interrupter lets you control the pressure waves generated by the Tesla coil via your Windows, Mac, or Linux laptop, allowing one to make MIDI music with the tinyTesla as long as it is connected to your computer via a USB cable, now how about that? Definitely a fun toy to own which has something to do with electricity, like the WiTricity.

Wallet Ninja Pro 26-in-1 Multi-Tool ups the ante from its predecessor

by Edwin

wallet-ninja-proWe have seen the Wallet Ninja last year, which proved to be quite the purchase to carry around if you so happen to want to be a MacGyver, saving damsels in distress wherever you are. If you felt that the Wallet Ninja itself was good, but not great, perhaps the slim and stealthy £9.99 Wallet Ninja Pro 26-in-1 Multi-Tool would be able to change your mind into picking one up!

The Wallet Ninja Pro 26-in-1 Multi-Tool, as its name suggests, is the first 100% flat 26-in-1 multi-tool in the whole wide world. I suppose you can say that this is a whole lot more impressive than arrows dipped in poison, as it is perfect for trade professionals such as carpenters, electricians and plumbers. Just like the ancient ninja, it will be stealthy, thanks to the relatively thin form factor, allowing you to slip it into pockets and wallets without missing a beat. Do take note, however, that it does not double up as a deadly shuriken, so there’s no point in throwing it around. The 26 devices would include a protractor, 4 hex head wrenches, 3 hex head indicators, 13 drill bit guides, nail puller, bottle opener, CM & inch ruler.

Volumizing Hair Styler rocks your world on the cheap

by Edwin

volumizing-hair-stylerIt is said that hair is a person’s crowning glory – and this is even more so for the ladies than for guys. Guys tend to give this particular excuse, that a well used road does not grow any grass. Having said that, if you are starting to feel the pinch due to the ever rising costs of living no matter where you turn to, you might even want to start embarking on a journey of handling your own hairdo before the next big night out. Rather than to call your hairstylist to drop by your place on the evening of a glitzy gala, how about picking up the $49.95 Volumizing Hair Styler and let it do wonders?

The Volumizing Hair Styler happens to be a volumizing brush complete with detachable brush heads which will set in place as curlers so that it can easily dry and style hair – simultaneously, now how about that? When used with a blow dryer, the time-saving styler will be able to add volume thanks to its ventilated barrel which speeds up the drying process as well as a ceramic surface that will combat frizz. The moment a section of hair is wrapped around the gentle nylon bristles, all it takes is a quick pop with the thumb in order to detach the barrel and secure it on the head like a curler – sans clips, too. Each set will comprise of a single universal styling handle and half a dozen detachable brushes. Do make sure you have a hair dryer before that.

Robot used by creative gamer to progress in game

by Edwin

destiny-robotSome games do require this thing known as “grinding”, that is, collecting enough experience points so that they are able to increase their level by yet another tier, and so on and so forth. Having said that, this can prove to be quite a drag and is not one of the more pleasant aspects of a game, which is why this particularly creative gamer decided to make a robot perform such a menial task. In a game like Destiny (on the Xbox One and PS4), weekly missions happen to be the most fun content, but to maximize the fun level, one would have to grind through Destiny’s uninspired story and low-level content. Known as Redditor yavin427, he taped a couple of servos to his Xbox One gamepad with an Arduino to control them.

Hence, his Guardian will hit the relevant buttons on a timer, ensuring that a seemingly endless flood of enemies will be killed slowly but surely. In a particularly specific mission, the Guardian and enemies will spawn in such a manner where the enemies will make a rush for the Guardian from the beginning, ending up in his crosshairs. Through alternating punching and shooting enemies, yavin427’s character achieved a soft level cap of 20 – and this has happened while he was asleep. While it is not the fastest way to level up, it is definitely a fun experiment. All in all, this little experiment logged approximately 3,600 kills and 900 deaths.

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