What happens when life takes you somewhere that lacks Internet access or electricity, but you need to use your computer? Whether you’re faking out your boss while on a long fishing trip, or suffering through an extended power outage, there are times when laptop batteries won’t cut it. That’s when this portable solar office setup comes in handy. With a few off-the-shelf parts, you’ll have continuous juice and Wi-Fi anywhere there’s sun and a cellphone signal.
Fire enthusiasts have long used propane "poofers" to shoot huge fireballs for oddball art projects and theatrical special effects. As someone who has always been, as my grandfather puts it, "interested in exothermic reactions," I've seen and built my share of them, too. But this time around, I decided to try a new approach that incorporates some striking visual elements as well as a bit of science.
A young German guy has a detailed Instructable online this week that explains how you can exercise your inner narcissist and make a 3-D paper clone of yourself.
It's worth checking out if for no other reason than user ddi7i4d's wry sense of humor -- "Welcome to the chamber of paper and glue, Frankenstein Junior," he says by way of introduction. The last page includes suggestions for what to do with your new cardboard buddy.
If you're building a house using brand new technology and it seems like you're spending a lot of "build" time standing, staring and walking in circles, I have some advice for you: don't mount a camera above the scene to capture exactly how much time nothing is in fact being built. I'm a photographer, so it seemed like a good idea to mount a Canon 1DS Mk II with a Canon TC80N3–remote controller to make a picture every eight minutes, eight hours a day, for 14 days. During the build I never reviewed the pictures; I just changed out the CF cards and backed them up.
I'm standing on top of the third floor after a very productive day of putting the Kama Eebs panels and the upper joists in place. When the panels arrived, we had just put them in piles all around my site so it was a bit of work just playing the find-and-seek game to get the proper panel to the correct wall location. But then it was just a matter of gluing and screwing the track into place, spraying foam onto both the shiplap joint and the track and tilting the panel into place. Once you have a tight fit, you screw the track and the shiplap joint together and move on to the next unit.
The best-selling Robosapien toy robots are made to be hacked, so we asked the guy who wrote the book on modding them to create a flame-throwing Robozilla
By Dave ProchnowPosted 10.01.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
Let's face ituntil they're cooking us breakfast and doing our laundry, the most fun you can have with store-bought robots is the fun you make yourself. Sure, robots like WowWee's Roboraptor (and its companions, Robopet and Robosapien) are surprisingly capable for $60-to-$200 toys, with wide ranges of motion, touch sensors and powerful software. But it's those same out-of-the-box skills that make the 'bots such prime fodder for hackers.
Think making a robot sounds hard? Not anymore. Now you can turn your Roomba into one
By Phillip TorronePosted 05.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Why: To patrol your home while you're away, capturing images you can access on any Web-connected device.
The Gear: Tablet PC, webcam, cable, battery pack, strong Velcro
How: Use the onboard PC to send the Roomba instructions to (roughly) follow a predetermined path around your pad. Set the webcam to snap a picture every few minutes and automatically upload it over your Wi-Fi network to a photo-sharing site such as Flickr, which you can log onto from anywhere. Advanced trick: Wire the battery pack to recharge when the Roomba hits the base station so that it can operate indefinitely.