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

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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

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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.

VIA [ Geek.com ]

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

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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.

[ Tim Donhou's Page ] VIA [ DudeIWantThat ]

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

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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.

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This Bulky Looking Box Contains 15 Gaming Consoles

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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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How to Turn a Hard Drive Into a Cotton Candy Machine

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The things that you can do with an old hard drive is virtually limitless. If it’s beyond repair, then you can have it taken apart and salvaged for parts. You could sell the components, or use it to create hard drive works of art, like the Shadow of the Colossus hard drive. If you’re not very artsy, then you could mod it so you can use it as a paper weight, door stopper, or a book end.

However, if you’re particularly handy with tools and have a sweet tooth, then you might want to embark on a little DIY project and turn it into a cotton candy machine instead.

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Get Ready for a Fizzy Blast-Off With the Soda Bottle Rocket

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Kids grow up way too fast. One minute you’re busy fussing with milk and diapers, the next you’re watching them strut across the stage to get their diploma. Parents often complain that their kids take them for granted, but I think the same can be said about some parents when it comes to their kids.

So while they’re still young and, well, living under your roof, why not set aside some time each week for some serious playtime? You can take on simple DIY projects where you can spend some time working on building toys or making crafts with your kid, and enjoy the fruits of your labor when it’s ready to be played with. And you can start with a project like the Soda Bottle Rocket.

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DIY: R2-D2 Heels

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These pretty awesome, and pretty geeky heels are more likely to remain the kind of thing you just look at. Because to actually own them, you have to make them. The good news is that the Instructables link at the bottom gives you a pretty detailed set of instructions on how to accomplish this. The bad news is that the first tool needed is a MIG welder, and that right there might be the kind of stumbling block where most casual DIYers will throw in the towel. Other tools, to give you an even better idea, include a blowtorch, a rotary tool and an electric drill. This project is business. But hey, if you got it in you, don’t hesitate to hit that link and get started. Us? We’re just gonna look at the pretty pictures and wonder how great it would be to have any hand-eye coordination.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ IncredibleThings ]

Heavy Metal Hero: Fan-Made Iron Man Gauntlet Can Shoot Real Lasers

Have you ever felt so passionate about something that you just wanted to break out the tools and make something to that thing you’re so passionate about? Well, I never did, since I’m not really good with the DIY stuff, but Patrick Priebe is–and he’s showing the rest of the world just how awesome he is at it by making this Iron Man gauntlet.

The gauntlet isn’t all for show. It can actually shoot high-powered lasers that have the capacity to burn stuff (ouch!) and pop balloons. He didn’t do any tutorials or post any in-the-making images so you won’t be able to replicate this at home, unless you do so with your own resourcefulness and ingenuity.

Hit the break for a video of the gauntlet in action.

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