Motion-triggered monster heads, a witchesâ€™ brew of liquid nitrogen, a projector rigged for fright, and more. Here, our favorite high-tech haunting tricks made easy
By Theodore Gray and Paul WallichPosted 09.26.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The Bubbling Cauldron
Want a real witches´ brew? Mix soap-bubble solution with dry ice, or use liquid nitrogen for bubbles that release fog when they pop. In the following video, PopSci´s contributing mad scientist, Theodore Gray, uses the help of a few young assistants to create cauldrons of toil and trouble.
Here´s how it´s done:
If you're anything like us, you were the type of kid who took apart dad's
new radio just to see what was inside. That kind of curiosity never dies,
which is why How 2.0, PopSci's award-winning home for the coolest
tips, tricks, hacks and do-it-yourself projects, wants to see what today's
tech tinkerers are up to.
Have you built something amazing you'd like to
show off? Tried a How 2.0 project and failed miserably? Blown something up
with the kids' chemistry set? If you've invented it, tweaked it, hacked it,
Dust off that old Xbox, add a little free software, and get your movies and songs into the living room where they belong
By Mike HaneyPosted 08.01.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
Reinvent Your XboxCost: $35Time: 1
HourEasy | | | | |
Although the sleek new Xbox 360 is all the rage with gaming geeks these days, that chunky old first-gen Xbox has something the 360 doesn´t: a legacy of hacks that give it a life beyond gaming, including the ability to take that episode of The Office you just downloaded and stream it to the flat-screen in front of your sofa.
Make your iPod play games and more by giving it a second personality with iPodLinux
By John MahoneyPosted 07.01.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
Out of the box, the iPod is basically a one-trick pony. The games and applications found under the â€Extrasâ€ menu get old faster than Britney. But thanks to four years of work by a crafty group of programmers, you can now use your iPod´s processing power and scroll-wheel interface to play dozens of games, record voice memos, or browse Wikipedia, all without messing up the existing software or your music.
The secret is iPodLinux, an alternative operating system you can install free alongside the existing one on any iPod model.
Learn to power small networked devices (like security cameras) with an Ethernet cable
By Paul WallichPosted 03.10.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
Quick, how many cables go into the back of a wireless (a.k.a. Wi-Fi or 802.11) netcam? That would be one: a power cord.
How many cables go into the back of a wired netcam, which hooks directly into your ethernet? Also one, if you´re using PoE (power over ethernet). PoE takes advantage of the fact that only two of the four twisted pairs of wire (connected to pins 1/2 and 3/6) in a standard Cat5 ethernet cable carry signals. The other four wires are available to deliver power to your camera or whatever other AC-powered device you have on the network.