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BullseyeBore Helps You Drill In A Straight Line

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You’re a DIY kind of guy, doing stuff around the house with the power tools you had so much fun buying in Home Depot, right? Well, chances are you know just how hard it is to drill a hole that’s perfectly perpendicular to your surface. With the BullseyeBore drill attachment though, your problems might be solved. It uses a laser to project three circles onto your surface. As long as the three circles are perfectly equidistant, you’re drilling straight; deviate from that and you’ll immediately notice.

There are three patterns generated by BullseyeBore: a single dynamic position pattern, and two fixed circular measurement patterns. This is demonstrated in the video (left) and images (below) with the single dynamic position pattern as the outermost pattern, and the fixed circular measurement patterns on the inside.

The single dynamic position pattern changes shape dramatically when the drill is misaligned with the work surface, while the two fixed measurement patterns maintain consistent and evenly spaced concentric circles regardless of alignment.

A drill is properly aligned with the work surface when the single position pattern becomes circular and is concentric with the two fixed measurement patterns.

The BullseyeBore attachment also helps you know exactly how deep you’ve drilled, since the circles will change size as you go deeper, letting you keep track of your progress.

It’s not available for purchase yet, but there are two versions planned: one that attaches to the chuck of any drill and accepts bits on the other end, and one that’s actually integrated into a chuck directly. The company is looking for partners to bring it to market.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ DudeIWantThat ]

Trouble Waking Up? This Bed Will Toss You Out!

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There’s two types of people in this world: those who wake up when their alarm rings, and those who snooze themselves into oblivion. If you’re tired of letting your life pass you by because you can’t get yourself out of bed, you might want to consider Colin Furze’s approach: he built the Ejector Bed! When the time comes, it’ll activate two flashing lights, two fire alarms, a firework, two semi truck horns… and then launch you out of bed with a hydraulic lift. The pressure is adjustable, so you can either be gently tilted out, or violently expelled. Either way, you won’t be able to keep on snoozing and your day will lay before you, ready for consumption.

Of course, the Ejector Bed is not something you can buy. But if Colin was able to build it, an enterprising reader could do the same.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

DIY Paint Roller That Paints Rainbows

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If you have to ask why you’d want a paint roller that paints rainbows, we can’t offer you a sensible answer. Just because it’s cool, we guess? It’s the same reason we have for thinking Unicorn Finger Puppets are great. Because why not? In any case, the paint roller you’re looking at is not sold in stores. You’ll have to put in a little effort to make your own, but clear instructions are provided. Once you’ve finished, you can then set to add some color to your environment, which we urge you to do in a legal manner, of course.

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Make Your Own Pocket Laser Engraver

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The main reason I haven’t bought a 3D printer is that I suspect that once that initial “gee-whiz, I can print objects” phase has passed, I’ll be hard pressed to find useful things to actually print. But projects like Thingiverse member Isolt’s Photon Printer, a Micro Laser Engraver, make me realize there are plenty of people working to provide us with things to do with these fancy printers. In this case, you’re looking at a little device that uses repurposed DVD drives as well as 3D printed parts to create a laser engraver, capable of, well, engraving anything you want on a variety of surfaces. It’s not a project for beginners, but if you’re got some time on your hands and know your way around electronics, you should be able to pull it off.

[ Thingiverse Page ] AND [ Instructables Step by Step ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Bricasso Made From Legos Prints Lego Art

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You don’t have to be a fan of Lego to appreciate the awesomeness of the Bricasso. It’s an aptly-named printer that prints Lego mosaic art, and the coolest part is that it’s also built using Lego bricks. The Bricasso is the work of Jason Allemann who’s as good in coding as he is in building Lego-tastic works of art.

The Bricasso uses the Mindstorms EV3 to scan the images to be Lego-lized. It then picks up bricks which have been placed in a gravity feed system and “prints” them on a base plate.
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Deal Of The Day: DIY Craft Beer Kit

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This DIY Craft Beer Kit isn’t on special, so it’s not quite a deal like you’re used to. But at $45, we think it’s a decently priced way of making your own beer at home. And why wouldn’t you want to? It’s a fun project, and you can get drunk on something you made!

Nothing’s sweeter than a refreshing craft brew on a hot summer day, especially when it’s brewed with your own two hands. With simple instructions, the freshest ingredients, and all the tools you need, you’re sure to go from beer drinker to beer brewer in no time, and have fun doing it.

– Use the highest quality, freshest ingredients hand-packed in the USA
– Learn the same processes that award-winning home brewers and professional craft brewers use
– Make outstanding craft beer right out of the box
– Brew the best possible beer on the first attempt in your kitchen

So get it while you can, because even though it’s not a deal, it’s only available for one more day.

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Cool Parents Make Lucky Kid An Awesome R2-D2 Dresser

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This has been around for a couple of years, but we just stumbled upon it. It’s a simple dresser painted to look kind of like R2-D2. Ok, a lot like R2-D2. It was made by Imgur user zombiecontroller for his kid, one Conan, back in 2013.

My parents once made me a snow sled out of a garbage can lid, and tried to make me believe it was a flying saucer. For some reason they were sad when I wouldn’t buy it. I still love them: not everyone can be creative. Good on little Conan here that he got parents with some arts & crafts skills.

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Millenium Falcon DIY Drone

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What happens when you combine two of the hottest geek hot-button topics in one? A viral sensation, is what. And that’s exactly what’s happening with Redditor Olivier-FR’s Millennium Falcon project. He combined a quadcopter with an aluminum and carbon frame to create a badass flying machine. Better yet, he detailed his build step by step so that any enterprising Star Wars fan can attempt to build his own. And to top all this off, Olivier-FR has also hinted that his next project will be a TIE Fighter. Considering the amount of interest this project is garnering, we expect to see him motivated enough to follow through on that second flyer.

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DIY Heisenberg Paper Snowflake? DIY Heisenberg Paper Snowflake!

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We’re going to download the below PDF, print it, then set out to cut all the pieces. What we should end up with is one badass Heisenberg Paper Snowflake, of Breaking Bad fame. What we’ll actually end up with will be a mix between a saltshaker and a triangle; arts and crafts were never our forté. That said, maybe you kids can do one better with a pair of scissors. Or an Exacto knife. Whatever the means taken, we’d really love for some of our readers to pull this off.

[ Heisenberg Paper Snowflake ] VIA [ Geekologie ]