We've seen a number of artists create hand-cranked "GIF machines" over the past few months, from the Giphoscope to Juan Fontanive's creations. The only problem is how expensive they are — but now, thanks to this handy little kit, you can make your own on the cheap.
The package comes courtesy of FlipBookKit, a company founded by two artists after it was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year. You can buy standard flip books on their website, but the do-it-yourself kit sounds like way more fun. It shows up with all the laser-cut mechanics you need — you just insert a 24 frame GIF and tighten it up with a screwdriver.
Another plus: The kit includes a tiny motor, which means you can mount this thing on the wall and make it fly without cranking its handle. [MakerShed]