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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.
Latvia-based design studio Zeltini, led by designer Aigars Lauzis, created Z-Triton, which combines tricycle, tiny home, and electric boat, into one. You can’t buy one yet, but the studio plans on renting out the vehicle by 2021. After you’re done cycling, the wheels fold up to let you safely take the vehicle from land to water. On land, the front resembles a tricycle, with a bike seat for the driver, but when in water, the back then becomes the boat’s stern. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
British inventor Colin Furze is back at it again, and this time, it’s a bizarre custom bicycle that will keep you far away from others while you’re out getting some exercise during this pandemic. Called the “Highcycle,” it’s basically a regular bike that has been fitted with an elongated frame that places the seat 6.5-feet off the ground, or the recommended distance to keep away from others. Read more for a video and additional information.
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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.
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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.
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 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.
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.