Category Archives: DIY

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

A New XBMC Approaches, meet Kodi and the Free TV Add-On Revolution…

XBMC version 14 is fast approaching; Helix the development version has recently reached the second alpha and is available for download and testing. Once testing is complete Helix will be released as Kodi 14, hopefully in the next few months.

Yes you heard correctly, the release of version 14 will see a major re-branding, XBMC14 will become Kodi 14. A name that will resolve many trademark issues, like not being able to register XBMC because of the XBox reference in the name. The fact that XBMC is now far more than a media center also invalidates the MC part of the name.

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littleBits Enter the Cloud, Snap Together Electronics Now Connects Everything…

liitleBits the company that brought us the snap together electronics kits have recently added to the abilities of their incredibly cool kits. Introducing the CloudBit module that’s ready to connect everything to everything via the internet.

The new CloudBit module adds to the Arduino compute module and analogue synch module that have added extremely advanced functionality to the system in recent years. As with the all bits programming is via IFTTT or API library.

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Metal Earth presents the Cool Snap Together DIY Star Wars 3D Metal Models…

Gadget loving website VAT19 has this week released the promo for their latest cool toy, shiny steel Star Wars models. Produced by InnovaToys the new models are part of the Metal Earth series of laser cut steel models.

Four officially licensed models are available in the Metal Earth Star Wars series; build yourself a Tie Fighter, R2-D2, Millennium Falcon or AT-AT. All of the models are delivered on a pair of laser cut steel sheets that the parts are popped out of. The parts are then shaped and bendy tabs are used to lock the model together. No glue or soldering is involved in the assembly and the only tool required is (no jokes please) a pair of needle nose pliers. Follow the instructions and the models snap together with just the aforementioned pair of pliers in under an hour.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the eye catching promo for Vat19’s latest hit, the very shiny and very cool Star Wars steel models. Sit back, relax and prepare to be stunned by the perfect addition to any science fiction inspired office space.

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Have Team Behind Sugru Created the Worlds Coolest Water Pistol?…

The team behind Sugru the silly putty like substance that turns into solid rubber overnight have put their scientific minds to building the world’s coolest water pistol using their magic putty.

The Gatling gun style water pistol uses Sugru for all of the seals within the fairly complex water pistol. Follow the link below for a full run down on how the team built the mechanised water whacker.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the hilarious water warfare made possible by Sugru. Sit back, relax and remember you should most definitely try this at home.

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The Colin Furze Madness Returns with DIY Magnetic Shoes…

DIY madman Colin Furze has emerged from his shed once again, this time though the world is upside down. Harnessing Magneto’s power over magnetism Colin has crafted himself a rather swanky pair of magnetic shoes that give him the super power of being able to walk on steel ceilings.

While not the most practical of super powers it is spectacular and looks like a whole lot of fun.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the hilarious video of Colin Furze walking on the ceiling of his lab. Sit back, relax and let the madness begin.

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The Amazing Persistence of Vision LED’s and LED Cubes, LED Displays with a Techno Beat…

LED’s, the little silicon wonders that are able to convert electrons to photons are slowly changing the way we light up our world. Over recent years two incredibly clever designs that put LED’s to good use have become popular, emerging from the tinkering of some very clever electronics whiz kids.

POV or Persistence of Vision displays spin LEDs at high speed to form an image while LED cubes use an intricate array of LED’s. Both produce incredibly hypnotic and visually stunning displays and designs for both can be found on the web.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the most visually stunning uses for LED lighting. Sit back, relax and turn up the volume, these are some catchy LED beats.

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How2: Upgrading Your Computers Memory…

Memory magic brings machines back from the brink

Does the term chugging along ring true when describing your computer? Do you need to squeeze a bit more life out of your old beast, maybe consider upgrading the memory in your computer. Upgrading a computers memory is the easiest upgrade off all. Computer RAM is sort of like your brains short term memory, when your brain is adding numbers together, listening to people talk it is all going on in you short term memory. Computer memory is the same, it’s a computers working space, it’s the computers scratch pad to keep track of whats going on. Just like an alcoholic with no short term memory a computer without enough memory wont be at it’s best, the computer wont be able to do many things at once, things will be a little slow to get going, and things will stumble and fall every now and then, just like an alcoholic.

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XBMC Media Centre Software, 10 Feet Tall and Twice as Wide…

So you’ve decided to build that media centre PC, spent the big dollars on the hardware, finished the marathon build, installed windows, now what. Very quickly you will find out that the normal windows interface isn’t so great when viewed on a TV, even a big TV. That’s where the 10 foot interfacemeaning visible from 10 feet away – of XBMC comes in. XBMC’s interface combined with the ability to bring together all of your hardware in the one place gives you the perfect way to work with you multi-media PC. Add in a remote control and you have the perfect multi media PC.

XBMC has a long history, starting out life as an upgrade to the original Xbox media playing software, a version for the old beast can still be downloaded. XBMC source code has been used as the framework for projects such as Boxee, MediaPortal, Plex, 9×9 Player, and Voddler. Many of these products display the “Designed for XBMC” or “Powered by XBMC” official XBMC logo denoting certified approval from the Team-XBMC developers and the XBMC Foundation.

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