Category Archives: DIY

Do It Yourself has never been so much fun, or so dangerous.

Turning Your Smartphone into a 3D Holographic Projector, Stunningly Simple.

Bringing photons to life in a stunning 3D holographic display has till now been then the domain of men in white coats with immensely powerful lasers and a myriad of mirrors. Typically not something that we all have access to and let’s face it not many of us could get away with it in our living rooms.

Holograms however don’t need to be that complicated, there is an easy way that anyone can do and the results are simply stunning. YouTuber MrWhosTheBoss has put together a little DIY tutorial that will show anyone how to build the simple Holographic projector with a few bits of clear plastic and some sticky tape.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the DIY tutorial that will lead to hours of oows and ahhs in your living room. Sit back relax and prepare to amaze your friends and family with the Star Wars display made from spare plastic and sticky tape.

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Experiment at Home: How to Reveal Subatomic Particles.

The universe as a whole is made of many many layers, the physical world that we recognize is somewhere in the middle with many layers below and many layers above. Stepping down a couple of layers from our physical world is the domain of the subatomic particle, a world of highly strange particles that combine to make atoms which combine to make molecules which in turn combine to make up us.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is an incredible home experiment that will before your very eyes reveal these tiny particles in action. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the incredible world of subatomic particles as viewed from a kitchen bench.

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Making Your Own Electric Arc Furnace, DIY Metal Melting Madness…

Grant Thompson the King of Random has ventured into his man shed once more; this time around he has destroyed a microwave and ruined all of the batteries in his house in order to produce one hell of a homemade electric arc furnace. A surprisingly simple DIY project that’s able to melt steel in seconds and reduce stone to liquid lava worthy of any volcano.

Traditionally Electric Arc Furnaces have been large pieces of industrial equipment that process massive amounts of raw material to produce slabs of metal ready to use. It turns out that anyone with access to electricity can have a go at the modern version of alchemy with a only a little know how and a lot of nerve.  Never before has something so simple been so dangerous and handy.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest DIY project that allows anyone to turn hardened steel into a pool of fiery liquid. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by what can be achieved with stuff you can find around the house. Although it may be hard to explain to the wife what happened to the microwave and where all the batteries went.

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Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest Kits, Build Your Own Amazing Wind Powered Creatures…

Few people can claim to have created their very own form of synthetic life but Dutch artist and engineer Theo Jansen takes great pride in his creations called the Strandbeest, an autonomous robotic form of living sculpture. Jansen has always been fascinated by the life of mechanical creatures, he dreamed of creating natural robots that have a life of their own. This obsession has become a very close facsimile to the dream.

Now Theo has released miniature Strandbeest kits that anyone can purchase and build, bringing these miniature living sculptures to life with a little patience and a gentle breeze. Two of his famous autonomous sculptures are now available as DIY kits; the Strandbeest and Rhinoceros are real working versions of their larger original big brothers.

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Worlds Simplest Electric Train is Just Too Cool…

Sometimes in life the simplest things are the most incredible; take for example the world’s simplest electric train which consists of dry cell battery, a coil of copper wire and some powerful magnets. Ingredients that produce an incredibly simple form of locomotion as demonstrated by YouTube channel AmazingScience.

The train itself is propelled by the magnetic field generated by the electricity passing from the battery through the magnets and to the copper wire. This field then acts upon the poles of the magnets which are attracted in and repelled out of the magnetic field created as the permanent magnets touch each coil of the wire.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the incredibly simple electromagnetic train, an experiment that anyone can try and will amaze everyone who watches it. Be assured this is no fake trickery, just plain old physics in action. Sit back, relax and be sure you’ve bought a ticket to ride the World’s Simplest Electric Train.

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Electronics Projects with LittleBits via the King of Random…

Here at Highpants our favourite little electronic gadget is undoubtedly the LittleBits electronics kits. Prolific YouTube video producer Grant Thompson seems to agree with us and has produced a video of the amazing things that can be done with these very clever little electronics kits.

For his latest video Grant has put together a number of incredibly useful little projects that literally took 5 minutes to complete. From home automation to keeping an eye on his kids TV watching habits and warning him via SMS that his home safe has been opened these practical projects couldn’t be more useful or simpler.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is a small sampling of the amazing things that can be achieved by simply snapping together parts from the LittleBits kit, no soldering required.  Sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed by these little bits of incredible in action.

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The DIY Match-Head Rocket, Evil Genius!…

As children almost all of us experimented with matches, some just burnt things while others attempted to launch themselves into space by making match-head rockets. Possibly the most effective and efficient design of match rocket has recently been released onto an unsuspecting world by YouTuber Grant Thomas. Using only a single match head and some aluminium Grants Match-Head Rocket design is able to launch up to 40 feet.

Join Grant for his DIY instructional video as he runs us through the manufacture of these incredible little flying machines. He has even fine tuned his manufacturing process to the point that he can produce dozens of pre-assembled rockets in mere minutes. Also included for your view pleasure and continuing the rocket theme is one of the funniest butt rocket compilations ever to make its way onto YouTube. Sit back relax and prepare to be educated and entertained.

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The Glow Table, the Coolest DIY Self Illuminating Table…

DIY instructional website the Instructables have recently released the designs for making your own Glow table, possibly the coolest self illuminating table ever. Lighting up your next dinner party indoors or out the Glow table shines a light on any occasion.

In the daylight the glow has an eye catching luminescence, not blindingly bright but it draws the eye capturing attention. In the dark, after time in the sun the tables glow really shines. A simple idea that is amazingly effective and bound to be the centre of attention at every get together.

With complete instruction on their site and an instructable video to follow this may be the Christmas project that many people decide to tackle.

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Don’t Try This at Home: How to Make a Taser (Stun Gun)!…

Mehdi Sadaghdar is back once more with another lesson in electricity and pain. This time Mehdi has turned his attentions to making his own Taser, generating many definitely don’t try this at home moments.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the funny man of science helping us all to learn through his mistakes, and pain. The high voltage educator in physical comedy here to pass on his hilarious wisdom. Sit back relax and please turn to page 55 in the electrical pain guide.

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Paper Airplane Machine Gun, Magnificent…

Obsession with paper planes is shared by many people around the world but few come close to Dieter Michale Krone’s obsession. Having explored most aspects of folding your own flying machine Dieter has taken it to the next level with the construction of his paper airplane folding machine gun.

The latest version of this magnificent machine the A6 v1.0 Paper Airplane Machine Gun is able to feed paper out of its tray like an inkjet printer and then fold it into flying machines that shoot out of the guns flat wide barrel. Parts for the A6 were produced using 3D printers via the fabberhouse.de website and the remaining parts came from the hardware store. Check out Dieters site if you share his obsession, he is in deep too.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest work of the paper airplane mad genius, Dieter the Destroyer. Sit back, relax and let the machine do all of the work.

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