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Real Hobbit House
Photo credit: Nicolas Boullosa
Former photojournalist Dan Price decided to leave his career and live underground in rural Oregon, and he’s been there for over 20 years with no interest in returning to the hustle and bustle. Simply put, he was worn out from the never-ending rat-race in 1990, and had an epiphany after reading a 1974 book called Payne Hallow about the simple lifestyle. Read more for a tour of his humble abode and additional information.

DIY Furniture Packaging Separate Steps
Photo credit: Reddit
Let’s face it, IKEA, a Swedish-founded company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories, may be the most popular for DIY home accessories, but the pieces are not the easiest to build. For example, you may need dozens of different types of screws, but since they’re all packaged together, it’s easy to lose a few along the way. One Reddit user found a company that separated all of the parts into individual steps. Read more for another picture and additional information.

IKEA Cardboard Drone
If IKEA ever released a DIY cardboard drone, it might look something like the Ahadrone kit. Assembling it is easily as piecing together the corrugated board body for maximum rigidity, install the motor, battery pack, and a few other bits. Once completed, you’ll be able to control it with a smartphone or table using a special app. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Apple Earbuds Into Airbuds
Apple AirPods aren’t the lowest-priced wireless earphones, but with some clever engineering, at least one teen managed to make his own pair using wired Apple EarPods. Sam Cashbook, a 15-year-old teen on Reddit, wanted to make his own, so he started watching DIY videos and then bought a hands-free bone conduction headset from eBay for $4. Once he took apart the casing, he desoldered the wires from the original speaker in the headset, and connected the Apple EarPod speaker to the headset’s printed circuit board. Read more for a short video and additional information.

Petoi Nybble Robotic Kitten

Always wanted your very own robotic kitten and don’t mind building one yourself? If so, then look no further than Petoi Nybble. Simply put, this project no only makes programming fun to learn, it’s a real robotic cat that walks, perform tricks, and lots more. You can bring it to life with a small computer, customizable software, basic components kit, and whatever upgrades you can think of. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.

Bullet Time How To
Photo credit: Peta Pixel
Technically speaking, bullet time is a visual effect that detaches the time and space of a camera (or viewer) from that of its visible subject, or a depth enhanced simulation of variable-speed action and performance found in films, most notably “The Matrix”. This term is actually a registered trademark of Warner Bros., formally established in March 2005, in connection with the video game The Matrix Online, first been used within the original script of the 1999 film. If you don’t have a high-speed camera, read more to see how you can achieve this effect for free.

Iceberg Camera Lens

Photo credit: Mathieu Stern

Photographer Mathieu Stern just happened to be in Iceland, and loves making unique camera lenses, so what could be better than creating one with real ice from an iceberg? “If glass can focus light, then ice should do it too,” said Mathieu. To make it happen, a custom lens body designed to hold ice within as its main lens element had to be 3D-printed first. Then, an ice sphere maker was hacked to create optical half spheres. Continue reading to see actual images taken with the lens and for more information.

MakerPhone DIY Phone

For just $89, the MAKERphone is an Arduino-based, DIY mobile phone kit that comes disassembled, and once completed, it aims to teach even novices more about programming (Python, Scratch, etc.) as well as basic electronics. The device itself sports a GSM module, dual-core processor, 128×160 pixel color LCD display, antenna, sound module, and yes, a headphone jack. Continue reading for more pictures, information and the Kickstarter page.

Electric Skateboard Cats

Electric skateboards are nothing new, but this one was designed specifically for cats by Kim Pimmel. “For the latest in my Pet Projects experiments, I built an electric skateboard for my cat to ride. Put a treat into the throttle lever, and she pulls it to get a snack and a boost,” said Pimmel. Parts used include: an Adafruit Feather M0, Adafruit Feather Motor Wing, Lipstick USB Battery PackTenergy 12V 2000mAh NiMH Battery Pack, Orangatang Kegel 80 mm, uxcell DC 12V 2000RPM Brushed Electric Motor 45mm, XCSOURCE Pulleys / Motor + Belt + Bracket + Screw Tool Set, and a skateboard deck / trucks from a local shop. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.

DIY Camera Periscope

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

Alex of the YouTube channel “I Did a Thing” recently uploaded a video showing how you can make a DIY periscope to film underwater with just about any camera for a mere $10. The main components you’ll need are a PVC pipe, PVC elbow joint, a sheet of glass from picture frame, and a bargain store mirror. Simply attach the glass to serve as an underwater window, attach the mirror at a 45° to one end of the PVC pipe, glue everything together, and you’re ready to shoot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.