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DJ Your Way Back To The '80s With This Floppy Drive Orchestra

Turning old hardware into musical instruments is a time-honoured tradition among nostalgic, tech savvy children of the ’80s. But few have taken the idea as far as James Willis, whose floppy drive orchestra is so cleverly arranged I wouldn’t be surprised to see people deejaying with these soon.


This Rotary Dial Smartphone Hack Fills Me With Glee

Rotary dials are one of my favourite UI devices. I like the force feedback they provide as you spin a number in, and the sound they make as the dial zips back into position. At last, I can have that feeling every time I make a call, using Polish engineer Paweł Zadrożniak’s crazy DiY rotary dial smartphone.


8 Things You Can Do With Old Wine Corks

Cork is one of the magic materials of the world which is fitting since its most common use is in wine bottles (wine being one of the magic liquids in the world). But what to do with all the wine corks you have after you finish a bottle of wine? Don’t just toss ‘em out, they can be used as alcohol soaked candles, decorative magnets, bag clips and makeshift labels.


All The Gear You Need To Throw A Karaoke Party In Your Living Room

Karaoke: For something that strikes fear into many hearts, it can be life-affirming magic in the hands of the right host. You, my friend, can be that host.


The Dad Of The Year Built His Daughter A Custom Speeder Bike Rocking Horse 

It looks like the 2015 Best Parent of the Year Award is all but a lock for Australian Instructables user ‘Tez_Gelmir‘ who built this custom Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike rocking horse for his daughter. And Tez gets bonus points for meticulously documenting its construction, and sharing those details with the world.


NASA Released A Free 3D-Printable Model Of The Curiosity Rover

Last year NASA started releasing 3D models of its probes and spacecraft that anyone could download and use to 3D print their own space fleet. That collection now finally includes a tiny replica of the Curiosity Rover that’s been exploring Mars since 2012, and will soon be exploring your desk as well.


Objects That Couldn't Be Made Before 3D Printers Existed

3D printing isn’t just for making unique stuffed animals or weird fake meat. It allows us to fabricate objects we never could with traditional manufacturing. Here are some of the incredible things we can print now, which were nearly impossible to make before.


Actually, Perpetual Slinky Escalator Is Humanity's Greatest Achievement

There are some questions I have about the world’s first perpetual Slinky escalator. Will this Slinky ever stop slinking? Will the entire rickety machine collapse into a pile of repurposed IKEA particle board and dust? Is this not the world’s most mesmerising GIF?


Build Your Own Cheap BTTF Hoverboard Replica

Remember how elated you were when Mattel announced it would be releasing a replica of the hoverboard from Back to the Future 2? And then how sad you were when it was priced at $US120? Now you can just build one yourself with this handy tutorial and about $US50 worth of random supplies.


How To Turn Empty Pepsi Cans Into A Back To The Future DeLorean

There’s always some added level of satisfaction when you build something yourself. So instead of spending money on a model of the BTTF DeLorean assembled in an overseas factory, here’s a simple tutorial — courtesy of Dave Hax — that will show you how to build one from scratch using a couple of empty Pepsi cans and other household crap.


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