Let’s face it, even the most secure locks can be picked by professionals, but is there such a thing as an unpickable lock? Shane from Stuff Made Here just might have built one. Standard pin tumbler locks can be picked by lifting or bumping the pins while placing tension on the cylinder pins. This innovative design prevents the pins from being set in an unlocked position individually, by locking them in the position they are set, thus preventing someone from bumping them. Read more for a video showing the build and additional information.
Many people were stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, but one Disneyland fan from Napa, California, decided to make the best of it. Since most theme parks have not yet reopened, graduate student Sean LaRochelle decided to create a miniature version of the Matterhorn roller coaster in his backyard, complete with a yeti. The two-story coaster project began at the end of March, and was finished in July. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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For those who haven’t been keeping up to date with Tesla, the Cyberquad is basically an all-electric quad bike unveiled in November 2019 at the Cybertruck press event in Hawthorne, California. There are no power numbers, but Elon Musk did say that it will come at first as an option for the Cybertruck. Inventors Rich Benoit and Steven Salowsky didn’t want to wait the 1+ years for the official release, so they built their own. Read more for a video and additional information.
Many have been forced to work from home due to the pandemic, and let’s face it, sitting in your living room isn’t the ideal place for productivity. So, Panasonic came up with the Komoru. Put simply, it’s a basic desk and partition that can be assembled at home to create a mini cubicle that can be placed in the corner of a living room without taking much space at all. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
If the thought of building your own laptop has ever crossed your mind, the CrowPi2 should do the trick. Featuring an 11.6″ 1920×1080 resolution IPS screen and a removable computing unit, which includes a wireless keyboard, trackpad, sensors, widgets and other parts for you to complete projects with. The main body houses a 2MP camera, microphone, stereo speakers, and the Raspberry Pi unit that is installed upside down in the base, plugged into the 40-pin connector. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Former aerospace mechanic for the Royal Air Force and now a stay-at-home dad Steve Jones managed to transform hollowed-out jet engine shell from a Vickers VC10 into a functional camper trailer for his family in Lancashire, England. In all, he spent around 1,000-hours between January and mid-March to complete the build. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Game designer and developer Tyler Glaiel has created an interesting voice-activated face mask, or to be more specific, a panel of LED lights that can mimic someone talking or smiling even when the protective cloth is worn. This mask basically consists of an 8×8 set of LED lights in a flexible matrix that fits in the pocket of a standard face mask, which are linked with electrical tape to a 9-volt battery and a microphone. An Arduino Nano microcomputer contains the software coded to run everything. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
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In the anime / manga world, RX-78-2 Gundam is a fictional mecha robot and a prototype weapon for the Earth Federation when it falls into the hands of Amuro Ray, who goes pilots it in the war against the Principality of Zeon. Thailand-based prop maker Poot Padee may not have created the entire suit, but his Gundam-inspired face mask will definitely make you look twice. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Star Wars fans already know that the Millennium Falcon is primarily commanded by smuggler Han Solo, along with Chewbacca, but some of the younger generation may not be aware that the ship was previously owned by gambler con-artist Lando Calrissian. What that said, Alex Dodson decided to turn this fictional starship into one of the coolest fire pits we’ve seen. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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South Korea-based MMM Design Studio has come up with an innovative solution for those who can’t seem to find face shields or masks in stores. It’s called the ‘ANYTHING’ face shield, and it consists of a 3D-printed frame that can be made at home, cut out and then fastened together. The design allows you to use off-the-shelf things in place of traditional plexiglass, like a gummy bear bag, etc. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.