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Why You Should Upgrade Your Raspberry Pi

The hard-working developers behind Raspbian OS, the custom-made Linux distro tweaked for the Pi, have announced a major update called Pixel (short for Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight, if you’re wondering). It’s now the default OS offered for download by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and here’s why you should give it a try.

How To Build A Low-Budget Roomba

If you hate vacuuming as much as you hate spending money, it turns out you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on an autonomous robotic vacuum like the Roomba. With some scavenged electronics and a cheap handheld vac, you can just build your own.

Picky Typist Builds A Custom Keyboard Out Of Concrete

Is there anything worse than having a flimsy, lightweight keyboard sliding all over your desk while you type? Probably a lot of things, but not for Redditor ipee9932cd, who couldn’t find a keyboard case they liked so they went the extra obsessed mile to make their own using rock-solid concrete.

Deals: A DIY Tech Resource For Your Inner Mad Scientist

Your childhood dreams of becoming a mad scientist are about to become a reality. With the DIY Hardware & Internet of Things eBook Bundle, you’ll get access to eight premium e-book resources to help you do just that.

Guy Builds A Water-Cooled 72,000-Lumen Torch And Boy Is It Bright

Video: Unimpressed with the torches sold at your local outdoors store? Need to be able to spot bears at night from 8km away on your next camping trip? Just do what YouTube hacker Samm Sheperd did and build your own using eight 100-watt LED chips that produce somewhere around 72,000 lumens.

Watch Someone Hand-Carve A Very, Very, Very Small, Working Super Nintendo

Sure, YouTuber Hugo Doris could have 3D-printed some slick shell for his super-mini Super Nintendo, but when you’re making a one of a kind object, why not craft it by hand?

Guy Builds Gorgeous Sequencer Just To Test Video Game Arcade Buttons

When Mike Sannikov was designing an arcade game controller and needed to test which brand of buttons would work best, he didn’t just read some online reviews — he bought a small sampling of buttons and used them to build this gorgeous music sequencer as a test bed.

Someone Made A Miniature Of The Original Iron Throne And Ouch My Butt

The Iron Throne is one of the most iconic images in Game of Thrones, and yet it’s always been a bit, well, lacklustre. Now, someone’s taken it upon themselves to make a throne worthy of the Ruler of Westeros — or, at least, their LEGOs.

This LittleBits Kit Lets Kids Boobytrap Their Room

No one’s more invested in protecting their privacy than kids and teens who don’t want siblings or parents snooping around their bedrooms. So littleBits new “Rule Your Room Kit” includes eight different touch-activated gadgets that kids can build themselves, without requiring an electrical engineering degree, to help secure their rooms.

Building Your Own Air Hockey Table Is Surprisingly Easy

Video: Air hockey is Canada’s greatest pastime. OK — that’s not exactly true, but who the hell doesn’t love a game of air hockey?

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