The Lego wheelchair is a prototype capable of moving a nearly 200-pound person around. The wheelchair uses quite a few bits from the Lego Mindstorms line. There are 12 Rotacaster multi-directional wheels providing the rolling.… Read more
"If you can draw it, you can make it." In the realm of 3D printing, those are the words hobbyists and advocates share with prospectives poking around this young technology.
Easier said than done, but with a little practice, you really can fabricate almost anything on a 3D printer. Accessories, miniature figures, components for a project, smartphone accessories, tools -- these everyday objects can be materialized with 3D printing.
It's about as close to the Star Trek replicator as we'll ever get (at least in my generation).
In the latest episode of Always On, I ventured into the world of 3D printing to attempt to print my own, custom iPhone case. I went into this mission as a complete noob, without the slightest idea of how the printing process works.… Read more
Some people drift off to sleep on a bed of clouds. Customers of Etsy store Craftsquatch drift off to sleep on Google, Twitter, and Facebook pillows.
You won't need sheep anymore when you can count your Google+ friends while laying your geeky head on a $28 Google+ pillow handcrafted from fleece with a polyester filling. A matching Plus One pillow is available to complete the set.
If Facebook is more your thing, you can get a blue and white Facebook pillow for $24.99. Go ahead and poke it with your finger for a truly tactile social-media experience. … Read more
Whether you're a freshman noob, a gray-haired grad student, or even a long-term member of the professional elite, you most likely have trouble focusing on your tasks at times. Modern tech is lovely, but it's also a nonstop parade of distractions that can tear down the resolve of the strongest wills. Here are some tricks to help you overcome electronic distractions as you study or work.Wear headphones. This is especially true if you have to work around other people, but even if you're on your own, this helps you focus (as long as you have the … Read more
I have a friend who still looks out for her stolen bike wherever she goes. She might not be so obsessed with the loss if the bike had been made for $9 out of recycled cardboard.
Bike enthusiast and designer Izhar Gafni built a functioning bicycle out of cardboard. The inspiration came from a another inventor's cardboard canoe project.
Gafni ran his idea by some engineers who told him to give up the dream, that it was impossible. He tried it anyway. The result is an attractive, working bike that costs as little as $9 to make. Of course, that price tag doesn't include the immense amount of R&D time Gafni put into it.… Read more
If you think NFC (Near Field Communication) is only good for Google Wallet or MasterCard PayPass, think again. With the growing number of NFC-equipped phones, NFC tags are becoming an increasingly popular way to take advantage of this sprouting technology.
Thing is, Android users aren't quite sure what to do with them.
Once you have a stack of NFC tags and have already learned how to program them, bookmark this page. It's an ever-growing list of practical and unique ways to utilize NFC tags, with ideas collected from forums, Twitter, and my own personal experience.… Read more
MakerBot is best known for its 3D printers. Would you have predicted an MP3 player for its newest product?
The MixTape is available in two iterations. The $25 MixTape Kit, aimed at those who already own a 3D printer, includes the guts of a basic MP3 player. Simply print out the enclosure using the plans on MakerBot's Thingiverse site, plug in the electronics, and you're ready to upload your music.
For those without a 3D printer, MakerBot will sell you a pre-assembled MixTape for $39.
The actual specs of the MixTape MP3 player are modest. It has 2GB … Read more
Wouldn't it be handy if when someone was speaking a foreign language, subtitles appeared just below their face? CNET reader Will Powell thought so, so he built some glasses that make you feel like you're in an arthouse movie.
Using some 3D specs, a couple of mics, a smartphone, a few cables, and two Raspberry Pi mini-computers, Powell hacked together a working automatic translation system -- and he's made a video showing it working.
It seems doubtful we will live "in a galaxy far, far away" in this lifetime, but we can at least build incredible homages to the "Star Wars" saga in the meantime.
One could say that Brad Lewis -- a BioWare senior visual-effects artist who works on the Star Wars: The Old Republic role-playing game -- wields a certain affinity for "Star Wars." After all, his personal blog Slothfurnace features systematic build guides for half a dozen previously created lightsabers that completely outshine those frail plastic toys that occupy countless toy shelves. … Read more
Never mind today's weather forecast. What were conditions like yesterday? A 16-foot sculpture now on display in London's Hoxton Square broadcasts the temperatures from the day before.
Not necessarily useful information when deciding whether to pack an umbrella. Instead, "The Weather Yesterday" celebrates "the weather as a predominant topic of discussion in British culture while offering a spin on the urgency with which we are using our mobile devices, forecasting, and interactive technology," says Troika, the London design studio that created the piece.
The playful installation, on exhibit through September 9, employs LEDs, aluminum, … Read more