You’d think that a 55-inch, full-HD LCD television with surround sound system connected to an enormous media pc, XBox 360 and a PS3 would be enough for a man who actually mostly plays PC games in a different room and watches TV on his phone on the train trip to work. But you’d be wrong.
Dave of DaveNewson.com is the latest of major nerdy tinkerers to take on the DIY challenge of Ambilight – a TV enhancement where the colours from your TV are projected onto the wall behind it. There are some sane reasons for doing this – improved immersion and less eye-strain when watching in the dark being the main ones. But mostly, Dave did it because it looks “cool as hell”. Click here to see it in action.
Want your own Ambilight system? There are a few different ways of setting this up apparently, but essentially you will need a strip of colour-changing LEDs, a micro controller, a PC to play media from, a 5 volt power supply, a TV, and a way better understanding of electronics than me. Click here to read the really quite detailed How-To on DaveNewson.com.
I was proud as a peacock when I mastered Frère Jacques on the tin whistle. It took me hours! To me, being able to play the ocarina sounds like a feat in itself, but building one from scratch is even more phenomenal. If you’re up for the task, gladiator Bob has made a great Instructable for you to follow.
This reader submission blew me away. Look how amazing these shelves are!
This tutorial really breaks it down into simple to follow instructions. It starts with an IKEA bookshelf and ends with the coolest hutch I have ever seen! If any of you make this, be sure to show us pictures!
Check it out!
Caleb from Hackaday wanted to make his own Thor’s Hammer. But not just any Thor’s Hammer, oh no, Caleb’s version of Mjölnir contains a mini Tesla Coil that packs an 80,000 volt, lightning strike punch.
Click the image above to see Caleb’s video that demonstrates what I’m talking about. The hammer is pretty big, but in a cool, over-sized kind of a way, and would make a great talking point at any convention. There’s also a good video where Caleb shows how he made both the hammer itself and his pretty effective version of Thor’s armour, which appears to have only taken a few hours. Check it out: DIY High Voltage Thor’s Hammer: How it was made.
Want to protect your precious phone and add something cute to your pocket as well? Why not follow Katie’s tutorial and make a phone cozy shaped like a minion? For this craft, you only need some felt and a sewing machine. Super easy!
Katie’s website, punk projects, is really amazing. She regularly posts interesting how-to’s and pictures of her own crafts. In fact, punk project has been featured a few times before on Geek Crafts!
In my most recent post, I highlighted some of the cosplay from OSFest in Omaha. I thought this clever project deserved its own post – make your own Hobbit Feet! The cosplayer simply took some fun fur and hot glued it to some thongs. Genius! And comfy, to boot!