NotCulus Rift: How I Hacked Together My Own Serious VR Headset

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey told me not to buy an Oculus Rift. That was two years ago, and he’s repeated the plea every time I’ve seen him since. Don’t buy it. It’s not ready. It’s just a developer kit. He’s right, but I’m tired of waiting. I want a VR headset and I want it now. So I built one. Sorta.

This Periodic Table Quilt Is The Only Thing I Want On My Bed

When he’s not busy with his job as co-founder of Wolfram Research, Theodore Grey makes a lot of incredible things. Sometimes, they have to do with metal and fire. But fairly regularly he uses a robot to make a quilt. And this is the quilt which rules them all.

This Backyard Arc Furnace Can Liquify Copper, Steel And Rocks In Minutes

Arts and crafts don’t involve that much melting — plastic beads and glue perhaps — but when you upgrade to metal, it’s hard to get anywhere without a bit of heat. Not one for half measures, self-proclaimed “King of Random” Grant Thompson built his own arc furnace to transform hard materials into their gooey counterparts to create copper ingots and… carbonite Han Solos?

Build Your Own Pac-Man Ghost-Chomping Clock

Maybe the reason you find it so hard to crawl out of bed in the morning is your uninspired alarm clock? Random annoying beeps certainly don’t make the thought of facing the day any more appealing, but the sound of Pac-Man desperately trying to chow-down on a pair of terrified blue ghosts? Now that’s something to get out of bed for.

Clever Hack Makes A Guitar Sound Just Like A Video Game 

Whenceforth cometh that unusual guitar shred? What is this strange device that makes a guitar sound like the budget score to a ’80s video game? Let me explain.

Hacked Alarm Clock Only Plays 'I Got You Babe'

February 2 is one of the most important non-holidays on the calendar. You don’t get to skip work, but when you get home, you get to watch Bill Murray in Groundhog Day again and again until the clock strikes midnight. And if you want to relive the film every day, Instructables has a fun hack that makes an alarm clock radio play Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” every single morning.

A Jacket With Its Own Laugh Track Makes You Terrifying

A blazer and jeans is just about the official uniform for stand-up comics with a modicum of success, and to guarantee you keep bringing down the house once you’ve made it, the folks at Adafruit have put together a tutorial showing you how to make a jacket with a built-in laugh track (and other useful sound effects).

The Best Pet Ever Is A Life-Size Version Of Ravage From Transformers

What does a child of the ’80s who really wants a dog or cat as a pet without ever having to clean up after them do? Obviously they hack apart a bunch of foam floor mats and turn them into a life-size replica of Ravage from the Transformers. This version doesn’t transform into a cassette tape, but it still looks amazing.

A Real-Life Nine-Inch Nail Gun Puts Puny Nerf To Shame

Played Quake recently? Or listened to any Trent Reznor? This man’s insane, semi-automatic nine-inch nail gun will make you want to do both. That and also eat some melons.

A Recipe Book For The Coolest DIY Projects You Never Knew How To Do 

Building an anechoic chamber. Mapping the Wi-Fi in your building. Listening to the Earth with piezo microphones. These are all fascinating projects, and we’ve featured artists and engineers who have done them here on Giz before. But now, there’s a book in which they explain how.