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It's already evident that most Apple computers aren't designed with do-it-yourself repairs in mind, but the new MacBook takes that inaccessibility to a new level. The crew at iFixit has torn down the ultra-slim machine, and it's clear that Apple took away a lot of repair options in its quest to sq...

April 15th 2015 at 11:21am 0 Comments
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What do you do if you want to 3D print in any direction, but can't buy a pre-made pen like the 3Doodler? If you're Vimal Patel, you build your own. He melded a hot glue gun with a powered Lego mechanism (really, Technic) to extrude filament in any axis. To call it bulky would be an understateme...

March 16th 2015 at 1:34pm 0 Comments
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The audience for do-it-yourself computing might be larger than you think. The Raspberry Pi Foundation just revealed that it recently sold its 5 millionth mini computer -- not bad considering that the team had only delivered 1.75 million Raspberry Pis as of October 2013, or 16 months ago. The fig...

February 17th 2015 at 2:28pm 0 Comments
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Want a PS4 and an Xbox One, but don't have the space in your entertainment center? Enter the PlayBox. The laptop-style console mod, created by serial tinkerer Eddie Zarick, crams both systems into a single design, complete with a 22-inch, 1080p display. It's not sleek, but seems perfectly playable...

January 14th 2015 at 9:03pm 0 Comments
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A new breed of personal transportation has been bubbling up from the DIY underground over the last few years and it's called the electric skateboard. That's a bit of an umbrella term, actually, since devices range from your standard four wheels and a deck, a snowboard-focused freeboard and uniqu...

January 8th 2015 at 11:14pm 0 Comments
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Scanners are really extra-large image sensors at heart, so it stands to reason that you could make a decent camera out of one. Right? Well, Dario Morelli just proved it... and then some. His homebrew medium format camera uses parts from an Epson V30-series scanner to take enormous 143-megapixel...

December 30th 2014 at 4:44pm 0 Comments
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Let's all just be honest here for a moment: Who among us hasn't wanted to strap an array of leaf blowers to our feet in hopes that we could float in mid-air. Oh. No? Well then, at least one person saw the untapped potential of those raucous foliage movers. According to CNET's Crave blog, Austin, T...

December 12th 2014 at 6:02pm 0 Comments
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Once upon a time it was a mainstay of American education: shop class -- a place where students learned to use common tools to build, create and repair just about anything their hearts desired. This curriculum is all but gone from most schools, but a spiritual successor is worming its way into some...

December 6th 2014 at 2:06pm 0 Comments
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We can't always work alongside a pro to see what makes things tick, and that's where do-it-yourself projects come in handy. They're the entertaining alternative to learning a new skill. In this week's Rewind, we've tracked down a series of kits that were released over the years, which have sought...

November 30th 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Some of fashion's most innovative designers showed off their high-tech collections at the Make: Wearables on the Runway fashion show at Engadget Expand in New York. Make: Magazine Contributing Editor Matt Richardson introduced each designer's work, along with Adafruit's Becky Stern and Associate P...

November 7th 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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One of the features of iOS 8 that we weren't expecting to use on a day-to-day basis was predictive texting. Normally it's faster to just type out the words, but using predictive text -- especially with longer words -- is a simple joy we didn't know we needed until it was here. We've discovered a...

October 7th 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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We first covered Cycloramic in 2012 thanks to the inventive photography app's clever way of taking hands-free panoramic shots. Users simply placed the iPhone standing up on its flat edges and the app would activate the device's vibration function to spin the phone around to in a circle. You can se...

October 7th 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments