Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:42 AM Apr 29 2015

Full-length trailers for the latest Star Wars film aren't even out yet, but a new character is already fast become a fan favorite. BB-8, an orange droid that looks like a half-dome head resting on top of a ball, appeared onstage earlier this month at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, where delighted fans could see the actual, physical robot that makes BB-8 work. How the robot itself works is a mystery (though we have theories), but fan Christain Poulsen has already made his own working version.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 12:38 PM Apr 24 2015

Patrick Priebe isn't Iron Man, but he's getting pretty close. In a video uploaded to YouTube earlier this week, the Priebe shows off his homemade Iron Man gauntlet, which has not one but two lasers--one on top and one in the palm--as well as an ejectable piece of metal for that ultra-realistic “empty shells falling onto the ground” sound effect.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 08:42 AM Mar 27 2015

With a click of the trigger, the gbg-8 shoots! Except it's not expelling bullets; it's taking a picture. In essence, the gbg-8 is a camera masquerading as a gun. After taking a photo, with a camera mounted inside the "barrel," the image become visible on the cannibalized screen of a gameboy mounted on the side of this weird piece of cyberpunk gadgetry. In seconds, a thermal printer then spits out the image on paper. Made by the artist vtol in Moscow, it seems less about the functionality--there are better cameras and portable printers out there--and more about the materials used. Built from a game boy, an arduino board, a camera of unknown origin, and a thermal printer, gbg-8 is an alternate vision of the 1990s where polaroids were outlawed and only outlaws made polaroids.

Nsikan Akpan
at 10:40 AM Mar 16 2015

Augmented reality glasses are hotter than Drake right now. Last fall, Microsoft's Hololens glasses dazzled us with promises of 'holograms' beamed throughout our workplaces. NASA announced this week that they plan to guide astronauts with projection glasses. And CastAR wants the whole family to play games in augmented living rooms.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:40 AM Mar 16 2015

Ever wanted to see the world through the eyes of a Scout Trooper chasing Luke Skywalker through the forest of Endor? Thanks to hobbyist Adam Woodsworth, you can now do so vicariously. Like the work of Olivier C before him, whose quadcopter conversions gave us a drone Millenium Falcon and TIE Interceptor, Woodsworth combined quadcopter parts and a toy to make a vehicle straight out of Return of the Jedi.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:39 AM Mar 4 2015

Blowguns are profoundly simple weapons. A tube for darts, powered by the shooter's lungs, is enough to guide silent projectiles swiftly through the air, embedding a narrow point in wood, concrete or whatever else is on the receiving end.

Dave Mosher and littleBits
at 09:46 AM Feb 13 2015

One moment, you're on the way home from the office. The next, 30 minutes have slipped by because you tried to finish that one last thing--and oops, you forgot to tell your significant other.

 
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