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This Incredible Robotic Building Set is Like Lego Come to Life

In today's toy-scape, robotic building sets have handily made the transition from fad to staple, and for good reason—they are awesome. But in a world where Lego Mindstorms reigns king, nothing has managed to combine function, universal appeal, and straight up fun quite like TinkerBots. This could be your kids'—and, for that matter, your—new favourite toy. Read More >>

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Make a Fine First Impression With a Tetris-Playing Business Card

In a time when business cards seem more obsolete than ever, people are coming up with ways to modernise them. What way to make a better first impression than Kevin Bateske, who created this business-card-sized Game Boy clone called the Arduboy. Read More >>

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Cardboard Flappy Bird Looks Way More Fun Than the App

Missed out on your chance to download Flappy Bird? Worry not! You can just make a DIY box version of the same gameThat's what Fawn Qiu did. She made an in-real-life (IRL) version of Flappy Bird using an Arduino sensor, two servo motors, a reed switch and magnets. Oh and of course the box where it all happens. Read More >>

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Why Is a Cheap Colour Sensor Such a Big Deal?

We expect our devices to know what's going on. Automatic doors, smartphones, temperature control systems and beyond all perform actions when they detect certain conditions. And it seems like it would just be convenient to put cameras on everything so devices could have eyes on all different situations. It would also be creepy, but we'll leave that aside for now. Read More >>

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Parabolic Soap Bubbles Are All About Math...And Bubbles!

Childhood summers are all about blowing iridescent soap bubbles out of plastic wands. It seems like a short-lived activity, but somehow it provides endless fascination. Involving an Arduino and some stepper motors might seem like overkill, but these parabolic bubbles are pretty mesmerising. Read More >>

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This 8-Bit Annoying Person Remover Has Great Prank Potential

If you start wasting somebody's time at NASA, this is how they're going to get you out of their office. Or, it's how JPL engineer Mark Rober will, anyway. This hacked Nintendo console will definitely put you on notice. Read More >>

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The Coolest Light-Painting Device Yet

Forget your Maglite, your glowstick, and definitely your phone, as there's a new, cooler brush for painting with light. It's called the LightScythe. It's a long wand of computer controlled LED lights, and with it you can create some amazing images. Read More >>

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Triggertrap Breaks Free of Kickstarter and Hits Production

We covered the Triggertrap when it was in its infancy as a budding Kickstarter project. Now the universal camera trigger is fully funded and in production. The device comes packing light, laser and sound sensors, as well as a timer, so you can use pretty much anything to set it off -- perfect for that millisecond capture you're struggling to make. Read More >>

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Pixelated Graffiti Printer Uses Spraycans Instead of Ink Cartridges

The Graffiti Research Lab is back again with another open source project that lets untalented wannabe Banksys easily tag an entire wall with a customized dot matrix message. But we highly doubt they'll be laying down the works of Shakespeare. Read More >>

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Shoebox-Encased Mario Arduino Game Is More Fun Than Anything Nintendo's Done In 12 Months

Poor, fledgling Nintendo. When tinkerers are creating better gaming experiences than you are using nothing but a shoebox, paper cut-outs, some magnets and an Arduino, you know things aren't going well. Read More >>

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