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July 20, 2014

Richard Turere Invents Livestock Protection Device

at 9:28 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

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 13 year old Richard Turere lives in Kenya. Livestock is very important in their community, however lion are very smart and often kill their animals. The lions wait till everyone goes to bed before attacking. The first attempt at outsmarting the lions was to build scarecrows but the lions soon realized that since they were not moving around that there were not real people and didn’t pose and danger. Using a solar panel to gather electricity, a battery to store it and a car turn signal flasher to blink some lights he was able to place some lights at random locations around the pasture. This makes the lions think that there is someone walking around watching over the livestock at night. What a ingenious idea from such a young inventor.

Via: Hackaday



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July 19, 2014

Blackstar Hexcopter

at 7:45 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets


If you are getting into quad and hexcopters have a look at this one that Atarix777 demonstrates. He has built it in a way to keep the cost down without sacrificing performance. It has a total weight of 2.3KG so it sure isn’t a compact unit! It is an FPV system which allows the user to view the image of the on-board GoPro. Check out the 11 minute mark for a nice flight around.


July 18, 2014

Fletcher Destroyer Transmitter

at 11:20 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


JLTSoft demonstrates how his Fletcher Destroyer Custom Transmitter works. Instead of just making a remote that would directly command the servos and motors as fast as they can be the transmitter is designed to reproduce the actual delays that would be present in the real ship. There is an Arduino that controls the transmitter and the audio clips are stored on an SD card.


July 1, 2014

Bauxite – Add Automatic Skating Sound Effects

at 10:47 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks



If you like skating have a look at this cool Automatic Skating Sound Effects project called Bauxite over at Skate Hack
Via: Make

“Bauxite is an open source portable skateboard box embedded with piezoelectric sensors, customized hardware and software and portable loudspeakers. As the skateboarders ride on the box, the piezoelectric sensors convert physical vibrations into triggers and generate a selection of pre-recorded sound-samples amplified through loudspeakers. Skateboarders interact with Bauxite through tricks and movements transforming an ordinary skateboard box into a skateboard-powered music sampler!”


June 30, 2014

Pixel Shades – LED Glasses

at 9:07 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

Pixel Shades - LED Glasses


You might remember the Rave Shades that were featured here last year, good news there is a new Kickstarter for a new and improved model, you only have 10 days to jump in though so act fast. For £100 you can get your very own in with blue or green LEDs. The new version is still PCB based but used bright SMD LEDs parts this time around. The display is a 24 x 8 LED matrix of LEDs that can be custom programmed using a simple to use graphical program. The new style looks more comfortable and is splash resistant so if you are caught in an all night outside party and you get a bit of rain you can still keep your Pixel Shades cranked.



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June 29, 2014

Google’s Cardboard VR Headset

at 7:32 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets

Google's Cardboard VR Headset


If you are looking to do some VR on a budget the Google’s Cardboard VR Headset is sure to fit. Google gave them out to attendees of Google I/O. If you don’t have a ready to go cardboard kit from I/O you can make your own from the plans that Google has posted here. This free app allows you to experience the activities listed below.

“• Earth: Fly where your fancy takes you on Google Earth.
Tour Guide: Visit Versailles with a local guide.
YouTube: Watch popular YouTube videos on a massive screen.
Exhibit: Examine cultural artifacts from every angle.
Photo Sphere: Look around the photo spheres you’ve captured.
Street Vue: Drive through Paris on a summer day.
Windy Day: Follow the story (and the hat) in this interactive animated short from Spotlight Stories.”


June 27, 2014

MakiBox 3D Printer Dead?

at 7:36 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets



Looks like Makible (creator of the MakiBox 3D printer) is going through some hard times. About 6 months ago we saw that they were ramping up production capacity due to the high demand for their $200 3D printer. It is hard to see a company that had such good intentions go through this struggle but people, materials and office space all add up and if there isn’t enough profit on each unit at the end of the day you will run into trouble no matter the volume, unless you are Amazon and have an ulterior motive and can afford to spend boat loads of money on a marketing idea.

Thanks to Theone for mentioning this news.

“The Makible team have been working very hard to restart production of orders and get shipping again. As shown in March, we are able to ship around 800 boxes a month when everything is in full production. We ran into a classic issue of startup hardware companies of cash flow not matching up, leaving us short of funds to complete shipments.

We did see this event coming and worked hard to line up additional funding to keep things running smoothly, but nothing has been finalized and so we have been building consensus amongst our investors to implement a recovery plan.

We have put in place a more robust operations team, and will be appointing a new board and focusing on getting the outstanding orders shipped before moving on to other things. We are currently working on the fundraising to make this happen.

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