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August 21 2018

5 Knots Every Maker Should Know

An Awesome Rubberband Version of Han Solo’s Blaster

Han Solo’s iconic sidearm, the DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol is a solid sci-fi gun. The design is rugged and cool, plus it shoots lasers. What more do you need? These qualities make it an instant classic. But if you prefer rubber bands to lasers, Slingshot Channel’s Joerg Sprave has made that a reality.

This wooden replica gets the details just right. The other thing that makes this blaster replica stand out is that it looks like it is shooting lasers. This was accomplished by using miniature glowsticks as projectiles. That’s a pretty genius idea. Leave it to Joerg to come up with this.

I would pew pew pew all day long with this gun. Of course, range and accuracy leave a lot to be desired here, but that is to be expected. This blaster just looks so cool and he did a great job giving it that weathered and worn-in look. See it in action in the video and you will want one for yourself.

[via Mike Shouts]

This Stop Motion Animation Is a Machinist’s Dream

Real Life Homer Simpson: The D’oh of Your Nightmares

Last summer, artist Miguel Vasquez created some images that show what Spongebob and Patrick would look like in real life. The renderings were the stuff of nightmares. Now, Vasquez is back with a rendering of what Homer Simpson would look like if you ran into him on the street.

Homie is terrifying to look at with his bug eyes and giant mouth. He looks like he should come out of the sink in the next Stephen King horror flick to choke you while screaming “YOU LITTLE!”. Creepy as real Homer may be, the illustrations are fantastic, and this dude has some serious talent.

And no matter how disturbing this is, Homer certainly is easier on the eyes than real-life Patrick Star was. I’m fairly sure I saw Patrick in the cages under the cabin in The Cabin in the Woods.

[via Laughing Squid]

August 20 2018

Material Monday: NylonX Carbon Fiber Filament

Self-balancing Electric Skateboard Can Hit 17 mph

If you are into skateboarding, but want to do it with as little effort as possible, this might be just the ticket. The Autobalancing Electric Skateboard lets riders zoom along at speeds up to 17 mph while the skateboard does the hard part of keeping them upright.

The self-balancing board has a 36V battery and a 250W motor and it promises enough grunt to make it up inclines. It can ride up to 11 miles per charge, and it takes about 3 hours to juice up. It has 6-inch tires up front, and actually looks a bit like one of those hoverboards that was so popular a couple of years back – but with an elongated riding platform and a third wheel in back.

Riders control the skateboard using a provided wireless remote or a free app for iOS or Android devices. Either option gives control over speed, brakes, integrated Bluetooth speakers and the lights. A dashboard integrated into the top of the skateboard shows speed, mileage, and battery power. It’s available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $699,95.


Building a Super Mario Bros. Maze for a Rat

Do you have a pet rat? Do you want to build a maze for him or her to hang out in? If so, you might as well make a geeky one – something that will entertain you as much as it does your rat friend. A maze that looks like a level from Super Mario Bros. should do the trick.

Maker The Q built this colorful rat maze using just cardboard, hot glue, paint, and a sheet of clear acrylic for the front. It’s pretty awesome, but easy to make your own with a little skill and patience. His rat named Shelly figures out how to make it through to the end with no problems at all. There’s not even a single Goomba or Koopa. It can’t even collect any coins or use the warp pipes. Imagine how disappointing that is to a rat.

Designing a rat maze is like designing a video game – you don’t want to make it too easy for them. Include some Hammer Bros. to toss hammers at it. Some lava lakes. Spike pits are a nice touch too. Chain Chomps? You know it. You can’t go too easy on rodents. They want a challenge.

[via Laughing Squid]

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This Tiny Holographic Girlfriend Is Ready to Move in

Gatebox’s Azuma Hikari is a holographic digital assistant who doubles as a virtual girlfriend. She stands 8 inches tall and lives in a glass capsule, which you can put anywhere in your tiny dark apartment.

In this commercial for the creepy Japanese gadget, this guy actually leaves work early because his holographic girlfriend texts him. He then cooks her a special dinner because it’s their three month anniversary of living together. So basically this guy is going through his usual pretend girlfriend routine only now he has a tiny hologram to keep him in his mom’s basement forever.

This virginity keeper-intacter can text you and also act as a home automation control system, turning your lights on and off and more. I bet when you piss her off, she can turn evil, cut the lights, and make your smart gadgets kill you. Yep, you will be hers forever. Don’t work. Instead come home and cook me dinner that I won’t eat. Oh, so sorry you lost your job. Why don’t you get a job you slob? I hate you. I’m filing for holo-divorce! Pay for my holo-lawyer, you chump!

The Gatebox will set buyers back 150,000 yen (~$1356 USD), plus another $14 a month in subscription fees for the Azuma Hikari character (presumably other characters will be available down the road.) While this virtual girlfriend isn’t cheap, she’s about half the cost of the original limited-edition version we first saw back in 2016.

[via Boing Boing via Geekologie]

August 19 2018


These Flaming Demon Fireplace Skulls Will Terrify Your Neighbors

If you want to make your fires look badass, there’s only one way to do it. Throw in a demon skull or two. You can toss them in your fire right next to those human skull logs that the same company was selling a while back. They must have been a big hit.

Just fill your fire pit with a huge mountain of these demonic looking skulls and watch your neighbors live in fear of you after. Especially if you act weird and start chanting and circling around the fire pit… while wearing robes. One of you should be holding a knife, and maybe should shout something about “the prophecy” too. That should do it. They will never talk to you again, which is probably a good thing. Yeah. Most neighbors suck.

These demon versions of the popular ceramic fireproof skulls are for use in gas fireplaces and in regular fire pits. These have hollow eye sockets so that the flames can go through them and look awesome. They aren’t cheap though, at around $60 per skull over on Amazon.

It’s worth the investment because a pile of burning demon skulls is something that every home needs – and you can get some just in time for Halloween too.

[via The Green Head via Geekologie]


PlayStation Controller Coffee Mug: Live In Your World, Drink in Ours

Like many of you, I’ve been playing games on Sony PlayStation consoles since the very first generation. I’ve also been drinking coffee for decades – though recent medical issues have forced me to stick to decaf – blah. Still, I like the morning ritual of a hot cup of joe, and think I’ve found the mug I want to drink mine from now.

This sweet ceramic mug features a mini original PlayStation controller as its handle. It looks just like the real deal, but don’t turn it on it side to try and play Jumping Flash or Parappa the Rapper with it, or you’ll spill hot coffee all over your lap.

The mug is decked out in classic PlayStation grey, with the PlayStation logo on one side, and the brand’s iconic button shapes on its reverse side.

PlayStation fans can grab the mug over at Firebox for about $17.

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August 18 2018

Weekend Watch: The Unexpected Maker

I’ve Got Pac-Man Fever, And The Only Cure Is These Boxer Briefs

Do you have Pac-Man fever? Is it driving you crazy? Well, calm down my arcade loving friend. Wear these Pac-Man Boxer Briefs. They’re perfect for when things get too hot and you just have to play Pac-Man for hours in your shorts. The rest of us will just enjoy them under our pants.

Even though I’m not aware of any actual documented cases of Pac-Man Fever, it’s obviously a withdrawal symptom from not playing the game. I can only assume that the victim runs a fever and starts burning up. So they take off all of their clothes, stripping down to their skivvies while making WAKKA-WAKKA-WAKKA noises. So now you have something appropriate to wear when it hits you.

You get three pairs of button fly boxer briefs with contrasting buttons and a stretchy elastic waistband. They come packed in a tin because it’s the future.

Man, we are living the dream in 2018. Best timeline. You’re telling me I can buy 3 pairs of boxers in a damn tin? With Pac-Man all over them? Sweet. The set of three will set you back $39.99 from ThinkGeek. I’m waiting for a Galaga set myself. Or maybe Space Invaders.

August 17 2018

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Rick and Morty Trivial Pursuit Answers All the Questions in the Multiverse

Trivial Pursuit is generally one of those games some hate to play, and others love. The original game had questions based on all sorts of general knowlege, and there are numerous versions for fans of specific movies or shows. Not long ago we talked about a Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit game that was for fans of the Potterverse. Now, Rick and Morty fans can get a set of their own themed question cards for their Trivial Pursuit.

The card set includes 600 Ricktacular questions for you to try and answer. Categories include Frienemies, Technology & Science, Locations, Rick and the Family, History & Events, and a Wubalubadubdub Wild Card. The set includes the question cards, a storage box, and a die, but you’ll need to BYO game board, player pie pieces, and portal gun.

Naturally, given some of the crazy sh*t that happens on the show, the game is recommended for ages 17 and up. Entertainment Earth is offering the game for pre-order now for $19.99 and shipping will happen next month.


This Robot Will Tie Your Shoelaces for You

Knowing how to tie your shoes is a pretty important skill to have, because if you don’t know how, your shoes are going to fall off all day long. Well, guess what? Robots are now doing this for us so that we humans can forget how to do one more thing.

The shoe tying robot was developed by University Of California Davis engineering students Andrew Choi, Gabriela Gomes, Jacklyn Tran, Stephanie Thai and Joel Humes. The robot ties laces bunny-ear style and does a great job. They only had a budget of $600 and two electric motors.

Too bad that this robot is huge, otherwise they could market it so that you can have one at home. You guys need to shrink this robot down so that it can do the job for us every day. Honestly, I just leave my shoe strings tied and slide them on, because I refuse to put in the effort until I can have a robot in my home that can do it for me.

[via Laughing Squid]

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