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

Washing Machine Chair

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


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


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.

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The Ziploc Jacket is the Perpetual Snacker’s Dream

Ziploc Jacket

A jacket sown entirely from Ziplocs won’t keep you warm at night or keep you dry when there’s a storm raging outside. However, it can let you snack to your heart’s content because after all, you are wearing a bag made from Ziplocs.

Obviously, it’s not recommended to fill any of the bags with liquids of any kind at all, even though you might use Ziplocs to store wet leftovers or snacks in your fridge at home. What it’s great for, though, are sandwiches, candy, pretzels, Pop-Tarts, chocolate, and chips.

The jacket became viral after Tumblr blogger Jaya wrote about how one of her friends put together the Ziploc jacket.

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Do-It-Yourself Mjölnir: Thor’s Hammer Plus a Tesla Coil Equals 80,000 Volts of Fun

Thor's Hammer

Without his hammer, Thor is pretty much just an average guy. His Mjölnir gives him power and it seems like he’s just lost without it. If you thirst for power like that of Thor’s, then here’s a bit of good news: you can now make your own Mjölnir. You won’t suddenly develop god-like good looks or grow hulking muscles, but you will have a hammer that’s capable of emitting 80,000 volts of electricity at your disposal.

Behind the DIY Mjölnir are Caleb Kraft from Hackaday and Tesla coil expert Staci Elaan. The hammer was basically constructed by embedding a Tesla coil into a foam pop. At the push of a button, 80,000 volts of electricity are emitted and arc from the top of the hammer.

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RC Car With Raspberry Pi As Brain Can Be Controlled From Anywhere In The World


RC cars are fun to play with, but they’re usually limited by the range of the controller’s antenna. The small size of the Raspberry Pi make it an ideal component with which to play around and try to extend that range from a few hundred feet to anywhere on the planet. On IBM’s WebSphere Application Server development community site, some engineers have posted a home-made RC car with the Pi in charge of steering, and accelerating, all done through WiFi. The setup is fully self-contained, with the battery powering the diminutive computer as well as the car itself. As long as the Pi is receiving a strong Wi-Fi signal from somewhere and you know how to configure port forwarding, you can drive this thing from anywhere on the planet. Heck, you could possibly even drive it from the International Space Station.

This is, of course, just a project and not a commercial application. But knowing it can be done is a good first step towards an era of universally controllable toy cars, which in our opinion would totally rock.

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Can This Bike Really Hit 100mph On Pedal Power Alone?


No, not really. Or not yet, rather. But not for lack of wanting to. It’s made by Tom Donhou from Donhou Bicycles and was on display at the Bespoked Bristol exhibition, which showcases handmade bicycles from around the world. The Good to A Hundred bike by Donhou features “a 104-tooth chainring, with a diameter of nearly 17 inches (for comparison, most road bikes have about 50 teeth in their largest ring).” This could theoretically allow the rider to reach speeds of 100mph, although the bike has only achieved 60mph so far. Speeds of up to 167mph have been achieved by riders before, so it’s not so much the speed which is at issue here, but the fact that this bike is hand-built from common materials. The handlebars have been lowered to position the rider in an impossibly uncomfortable aerodynamic position, and with a bit of luck, Donhou will hit the goal for which the bike is named after sometime soon.

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Eco-Bride of the Year Makes Wedding Gown from 10,000 Recycled Bread Bag Clips

Wedding Gown

Movies often depict how little girls look forward to their wedding day, even though it’s probably still decades away. That’s not always true because some women couldn’t care less how their weddings went, just as long as they ended up with the man (or even woman) of their dreams.

Then there’s women like Stephanie Watson. She planned and looked forward to her wedding for almost ten years, but with good reason: she was still collecting the ‘material’ for her wedding dress. It’s extravagant, it’s custom-made, and it’s truly one-of-a-kind. That’s because she made it herself using over 10,000 recycled bread bag clips. Now, not everyone here is up to making a dress such as this one, but with all the effort Stephanie has put into making this dress, it has made her wedding day even more special.

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This Bulky Looking Box Contains 15 Gaming Consoles


With a lot of know-how, a soldering iron, other specialized tools, and time on their hands, it’s pretty impressive to see what some modders are able to accomplish. Ben Heckendorn comes to mind, but he’s not the only kid in town. The man known as Bacteria has put together some interesting creations, the latest one of which you see above. It’s called “Project Unity” and represents 15 consoles crammed into one space. No emulation here either: the beauty in the project is how Microbe got all the consoles to share one power supply, video cable and control pad. The man spent 3,500 hours over 3 years to make this, laying out 300 meters of cabling inside what ended up being a 20kg (44lbs) box. Yes, it’s a one of a kind box, which means it’s probably not going to be for sale anytime soon, if ever. But if you’re the tinkering type, you might want to check out the video after the break for a fairly detailed breakdown of what Microbe did.

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