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World’s Smallest Fully Functioning V8 Engine, With Electronic Injection

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We’re not 100% sure of the “world’s smallest” claim, but the engine above sure is small. And it works just like its bigger sibling, internally combusting its fuel, albeit with a paltry 45cc displacement. Yes, 45cc. Despite the small size, there’s a good amount of tech in there.

Scratch built 45cc V8 with Megasquirt MS2 fuel injection.made in the shed with an old manual Bridgeport mill and a 95 year old lathe. Single fuel injector made from Punto injector internals. Pressurised oil system, drilled crank, alloy block, cast iron wet liners, vernier cam pulleys, Walbro fuel pump, tungsten alloy flywheel, bead blasted and anodised finish, throttle pos sensor on butterfly shaft, 24tooth trigger wheel for megasquirt.

Uh huh… we understand some of those words. And we fully understand that this is a one of a kind engine that might be up for purchase, direct from the man who made it. We’ll post links to his website where you might be able to reach him to inquire, if this really tickles your fancy.

[ DIY Engine Project Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Mini Movie Campy Packs a Theater Into a Tiny Camper

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This camper looks just like a typical camper, except for the fact that it’s got an actual theater crammed into it. I kid you not–it actually has a big screen inside (well, the biggest screen that could be fit into it), along with plush chairs that’ll make you feel like you’re watching a movie in an actual theater.

Created by German camper manufacturer Dethleffs, this Mini Movie Campy was showcased at the recent Dusseldorf Caravan Salon. As you can see, they made the most out of the 12.2-foot-long (3.72-m) camper, equipping it with a huge 3D television, a surround sound system, and seven theater-style seats.Continue Reading

The Ultimate Case Mod: Coffee Maker PC

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The coder’s best friend is now Red Bull. Or maybe Mountain Dew. Or is that the gamer’s best friend? We’re having trouble keeping track of the caffeinated ‘boisson du jour’, but we’re fairly certain that coffee was popular at some point. In fact, we believe it still is so we’re wondering why it took so long for someone to make a Coffee Maker PC Case. Drugnor, a user on TheZooMod (a forum for discussing and displaying DIY projects) did just that and at the link below you can read all about how it was done. Some electric board wiring, a bit of paint, some soldering and next thing you know, this fella doesn’t even need to get up to brew a fresh batch. And no, it’s not for sale, though we hope you understand that half the fun is in making the thing, not so much in using it. So go ahead, hit the link and find out how to make your own. Let’s hope you don’t burn the house down in the process.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

I Shot the Mailman: Check Out This Giant .44 Magnum Mailbox

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Roger Buchko wants mailmen and delivery guys to pull the trigger every time they stuff his mail into the barrel of his giant .44 Magnum revolver mailbox. The massive letterbox–all 350 pounds of it–is set up prominently on his front lawn. Its barrel is made from PVC pipe and the entire thing is held into place by its even heavier 1,200-pound base.

Roger, who is a semi-retired cabinet maker, is a gun rights supporter, but he didn’t build the mailbox to make some sort of political statement. Rather, he decided to make it after seeing similar designs posted online. Or so, he says.Continue Reading

DIY Gadget To Spray Paint Surveillance Cameras

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In a world where every digital word is scanned by a potentially overzealous algorithm, it can be risky even telling you folks about a product whose main usage scenario is generally illegal. So we’ll preface by saying that you definitely shouldn’t make the “surveillance camera spraypaint boomstick gadget” pictured above, no matter how much you think that new camera they installed on your block shouldn’t be there. But if you’re going to spraypaint a camera anyway, at the very least don’t get yourself killed by using an unstable ladder. This DIY gadget is fairly easily made at home, with step by step instructions from Chinese activist Al Weiwei.

These instructions are included in a fairly old book called “Do It: The Compendium”, which began to be compiled by Hans Ulrich Obrist back in 1993 as an experiment into open-ended, instruction-based, DIY art; the artist would provide the steps but the ‘art’ itself would be constructed by the motivated observer. Fast forward 20 years, and some sections seem appropriately relevant in today’s current events context.

[ The Book ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Big Shot Digicam Comes In Assemble-Yourself Kit

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Watching hordes of American children fail at knowing that chips came from potatoes and that eggs came from chicken while watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was shocking and eye opening. Granted the kids were young and would eventually learn (hopefully), but it made you realize that you do have to put some effort into getting people to figure out that stuff can be made from… other stuff. The Big Shot digital camera you see above is the brainchild of Shree Naya who believes that the best way to get children and adults of all ages to learn how it works is to get them to assemble it before they can use it. It’s a fully functioning digicam, with a “3-megapixel sensor, a 1.4-inch LCD screen, plus three lenses for different shooting modes (normal, 3D and panorama).” We’re not convinced you’ll produce prize worthy captures with it, but you will at least be relatively smarter than you were before you got started. It’s $89.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

‘I Used To Be a Washing Machine': Artist Turns Broken Appliances Into Chairs

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Most people just throw out appliances that conked out rather than shell out some cash for repairs because the former seems like the more economical choice compared to the latter. But instead of sending your old appliances to the junk yard, why don’t you let your creative juices take over and turn it into something else that you can still use?

That’s what industrial art designer Antonina did with her project called “I used to be a washing machine.”

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Onion Pi Could Help You Remain Anonymous On The Internet

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Worried about all the NSA spying? You’re a law abiding citizen but are incensed that your browsing habits are being recorded and analyzed, in possible violation of your constitutional rights? There are ways to make that tracking more difficult (though, fair warning, possibly not impossible) with the DIY project pictured above. It’s called the Onion Pi, uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and access to TOR to give you access to potentially anonymous surfing.

Browse anonymously anywhere you go with the Onion Pi Tor proxy. This is fun weekend project that uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and Ethernet cable to create a small, low-power and portable privacy Pi. Using it is easy-as-pie. First, plug the Ethernet cable into any Internet provider in your home, work, hotel or conference/event. Next, power up the Pi with the micro USB cable to your laptop or to the wall adapter. The Pi will boot up and create a new secure wireless access point called Onion Pi. Connecting to that access point will automatically route any web browsing from your computer through the anonymizing Tor network.

The link below brings you to a page that sells a pack with all the parts you need for the project. It’s $95, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Tor foundation. But yeah, you still have to put it together yourself.

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Light Up Lightsaber Knitting Needles

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It’s pretty amazing the kinds of things you can make with knitting needles. But it’s not just the resulting craftwork that can look good; your needles themselves could use a little livening up. The Light Saber Knitting Needles pictured above are made from acrylic and feature an LED at the base. That material was chosen because it focuses and extends the light the diode emits, so it’s perfect for the intended effect. Of course they’ll look better in the dark, but who stitches in the dark?

If you want your own, you’re unfortunately going to have to make them. The link below points to an Instructables page with specific steps for this awesome DIY.

[ Product Page] VIA [ Technabob ]