Fortunately, aspiring Batpeople can lock down their own Batmobile to be ready the next time Gotham's chief of police puts out the Batsignal.
Can computers, and even coding, be as simple and fun as Lego?
Yes, says the London-based group behind Kano, a $99 DIY computer that's designed to provide a sense of play and exploration for what can sometimes seem like just a black box.
Since its debut on Kickstarter earlier this week, the concept has raised more than $460,000, far beyond its funding goal of $100,000. What's so exciting? … Read more
Imagine painstakingly creating a working astromech that looks and sounds just like the beloved R2-D2, and then being asked to build one just like it for the new "Star Wars" film. That's exactly what happened to UK "Star Wars" fans and R2-D2 builders Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples.
It all started when Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy toured the R2-D2 Builders area at Star Wars Celebration Europe this summer in Germany, Steeples told StarWars.com. "She posed for pictures with us, looked at all the droids we'd built, and was very complimentary," Steeples said. "I mentioned that the R2-D2 Builders in the UK were available if required, as a semi-joke. When I was contacted to work on the film by [executive producer] Jason McGatlin, it was on her recommendation." … Read more
There are a few different ways to obtain an Iron Throne. The recommended method is to ruthlessly conquer your cowering enemies over a period of many years, capture their swords, and forge them into the shape of a terror-inducing throne full of fear and sharp edges. An easier way is to start with a plastic lawn chair.Instructables user "flaming_pele!" began with a white, plastic Adirondack chair on his way to building a "Game of Thrones" Iron Throne that could handle party guests in chain mail. Other materials on the list include foam insulation, wood yardsticks, craft foam, duct tape, metal tie-down strapping, and plenty of metallic paint.… Read more
I recall being entirely squicked out by the giant sandworms in the film version of "Dune." Now, if I so choose, I can recapture and own that feeling by following Instructables user canida's directions for making a sandworm costume.
The clever costume design begins with a $13 kid's-play tunnel. After that, you need 6 yards of sandworm-tan fabric, mouth-pink fabric, posterboard, wire, and a large cardboard box. You will need some basic sewing skills to pull the costume off, but the end result is a wonderfully squirmy and toothy worm outfit.… Read more
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- In this corner, it's Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. In that corner, it's phone phreaking pioneer Captain Crunch.
Over there, it's Apple employee No. 1 Bill Fernandez, and across the room, there's Lee Felsenstein, the creator of the world's first mass-produced portable computer, the Osborne.
Welcome to the Homebrew Computer Club reunion, an extremely rare gathering at the Computer History Museum tonight of dozens of the earliest home computer makers. Thirty-eight years after the first meeting of one of the most famous groups in the world of technology, nearly 100 of its … Read more
For me, though, the most desirable aspect of KitKat is the refined look of the home screen launcher. It's also the fastest way to deceive people into believing you have the real deal.
So … Read more
Modding star Ben Heck has built a lot of gaming mods for one-handed players, but a guitar is an entirely new kettle of fish. How do you modify a two-handed musical instrument, ensuring that it keeps its acoustic and structural integrity so that someone with only one hand can play?
When Ian Pierce, who lost his right arm working on the railroads, contacted Heck asking for a way to be able to play with his band again, Heck took the challenge. He called on local musician Tyler Kapla to make sure he didn't do anything too heinous to the guitar, tested the concept as the project progressed, and crafted a system that uses two pedals and a 3D-printed pick holder to strum the strings, while Pierce uses his left hand on the fingerboard. … Read more
Having all these small and expensive parts sitting in front of you may look like a daunting task, but in reality the setup process, while long, is relatively simple. Having tools like a box cutter, scissors, zip ties, and a screwdriver by your side will only make the process that much quicker.
The most important task, and I cannot stress this enough, is to ground yourself. This can be done by touching … Read more
This is the second part of CNET's guide to building your own computer. Make sure you read part one before proceeding.
Now that you have decided to build your own computer, you must have a basic understanding of what each component does. You didn't really think we would just jump right into building it, did you? These are the components that are found inside today's desktop computers:
StorageThe operating system and all your files are stored on your computer's internal storage. There are two different kinds of storage options available: hard disk or solid-state. The … Read more