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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Oct 31, 2018. 14 comments

A Hidden Vape Takes This Smoking, 3D-Printed Ghost Rider Costume to the Next Level

A Hidden Vape Takes This Smoking, 3D-Printed Ghost Rider Costume to the Next Level
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFThat ain’t Nic Cage.Image: Mike Warren (YouTube)

‘Tis the season to go completely overboard with costumes and decorations, so when Mike Warren decided on Ghost Rider for his Halloween getup, he knew he’d have to go the extra mile with a wearable glowing skull helmet surrounded in a cloud of smoke. But instead of...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Feb 25, 2018.

DIY Etch A Sketch Creates Tiny Zen Gardens Instead of Crappy Drawings

DIY Etch A Sketch Creates Tiny Zen Gardens Instead of Crappy Drawings

Using the Etch A Sketch for drawing or doodling is exactly what the toy was designed for—and it's also what it's completely terrible at. You might as well be tying your hands behind your back when you trade a pencil for a pair of knobs, but Jonathan Odom has found a way to turn the Etch A Sketch's weaknesses into strengths with a tiny zen garden you groom with a similar pair of hand-cranked...

Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Dec 31, 2017. 2 comments

A DIY Classic Game & Watch Handheld Made With an Old Nokia Cellphone

A DIY Classic Game & Watch Handheld Made With an Old Nokia Cellphone

Before the Game Boy came along, handheld gaming consoles were limited to just a single title, played on a low-quality segmented LCD display. At the time it was cutting edge stuff, but by today's standards they kind of suck. So to scratch his nostalgic gaming itch, Instructables contributor Andrew Hannay built his own Game & Watch with improved electronics so it could be loaded with multiple...

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Annalee Newitz Annalee Newitz Aug 20, 2017. 8 comments

​How Autodesk's Experimental Lab Gave Us an Odd Little Star Wars Movie

​How Autodesk's Experimental Lab Gave Us an Odd Little <i>Star Wars</i> Movie

The long rectangles of San Francisco's famous piers gave the city a blocky, geometric border with the Bay over a century ago. Now these abandoned remnants of the Barbary Coast are being rejuvenated by companies like software giant Autodesk, whose Pier 9 Workshop is so experimental that it feels like science fiction.

On an early afternoon in mid-March, I walked between refurbished buildings,...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 19, 2017.

Build This Auto-Tracking Nerf Sentry Gun That Does all the Aiming for You

Build This Auto-Tracking Nerf Sentry Gun That Does all the Aiming for You

You’re supposed to spend at least part of your day at work doing actual work, but those rare times of productivity leave you vulnerable to surprise attacks from Nerf blaster-toting co-workers. Not if you build this robotic camera-equipped sentry turret to watch your back.

This isn’t a cheap hack, mind you. You’ll need to start with RobotGeek’s—the folks behind the sentry gun Instructable

Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 19, 2017. 9 comments

3D-Printed Gatling Gun Fires 48 Rubber Bands in Mere Seconds

3D-Printed Gatling Gun Fires 48 Rubber Bands in Mere Seconds

Matthew Davis’ Arcus is officially the most impressive thing we’ve ever seen come out of a 3D printer. Sure, cheap prosthetics and replacement body parts are important uses of the technology, but this spinning rubber band blaster is what finally makes us want to put a 3D printer on our desks.

Unlike most rubber band blasters that only fire a single shot every time you squeeze the...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 19, 2017. 13 comments

Marvel at This Bagpipe-Playing Robot, and Then Cringe at the Music it Plays

Marvel at This Bagpipe-Playing Robot, and Then Cringe at the Music it Plays

At no point in the history of humanity did anyone ever ask for a bagpipe-playing robot that would never get tired. But this is exactly what Instructables’ XenonJohn has built with his Ardu McDuino bot that uses a pair of 3D-printed prosthetic hands to autonomously play a bagpipe’s chanter. Thanks?

Powered by an Arduino Mega 2560, the Ardu McDuino is an impressive creation to see in...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 18, 2017. 11 comments

The Best Fidget Spinner Has an Animated Cat Inside

The Best Fidget Spinner Has an Animated Cat Inside

Thanks to Jonathan Odom, a clever designer and builder who’s created everything from animatronics for films to museum exhibits, the fidget spinner has just taken a giant leap forward. Odom created One Spinner To Rule Them All: one with an animated cat video that comes to life when you flick it.

You're Not on Mushrooms, This Animated Fidget Spinner Brings Super Mario to Life

Despite the...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 18, 2017. 10 comments

All the Instruments In This Excellent Rock Band Are Played by Actual Rocks

All the Instruments In This Excellent Rock Band Are Played by Actual Rocks

Last year, artist Neil Mendoza turned a hamster running in a wheel into a talented sketch artist . This year he’s pulled off an even more amazing feat by turning inanimate rocks into a talented (literal) rock band that plays a surprisingly decent cover of The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.”

The band features a series of electromechanical devices that make music by firing small rocks at aluminum...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski May 07, 2016. 3 comments

Combining a Blender, Chainsaw, and Motorcycle Is Summer Done Right

Combining a Blender, Chainsaw, and Motorcycle Is Summer Done Right

Looking for a fun weekend project that promises to improve every last part of the forthcoming summer? Do what Instructables’ Mike Warren did and combine a gas-powered chainsaw with a blender to make a machine that churns the smoothest frozen margaritas on the planet, without the need for a power cord.

Warren has posted a detailed how-to over on Instructables. (It includes a...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 17, 2015.

Make Barbie More Useful By Turning Her Into a Swiss Army Knife

Make Barbie More Useful By Turning Her Into a Swiss Army Knife

Are you hesitant to buy your child a Barbie doll for fear of reinforcing negative stereotypes about women? Instructables user mikeasaurus had the same concerns, but found a clever way to empower kids by turning the iconic doll into an all-purpose multi-tool.

The hack isn’t terribly difficult to do yourself, especially if you’ve got a workshop full of tools at your disposal. The most...

Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 14, 2015. 3 comments

The Dad of the Year Built His Daughter a Custom Speeder Bike Rocking Horse 

The Dad of the Year Built His Daughter a Custom Speeder Bike Rocking Horse 

It looks like the 2015 Best Parent of the Year Award is all but a lock for Australian Instructables user ‘Tez_Gelmir’ who built this custom Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike rocking horse for his daughter. And Tez gets bonus points for meticulously documenting its construction, and sharing those details with the world.

A word of warning, though, this build isn’t for the faint of heart. You’re...

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