The Cassette Tape Closet

I’m not really sure that this should be called a makeover, but for the sake of simplicity, we’ll just call it that. This DIY job is for those that have far too many useless cassette tapes lying around. It’s understandable that some would, they were used for quite a few years, so it’d be easy to build up a large stash of them. So it’s established that there are probably quite a few people out there that could probably pull off a job like this. Especially considering it’s as simple as gluing a bunch of tapes to an already built wooden cabinet. What I question is whether or not it should be done.

I, being a gadget dork, have an appreciation for outdated technology getting recycled into something new and functional. However, it really is necessary that it not be terrifyingly ugly. Otherwise, likely your spouse will while you’re not looking smash it to pieces. On accident of course, but trust me it’ll happen. The guy that pulled off this particular DIY used 918 cassette tapes. Sadly this isn’t just some average guy whipping this up in his garage, it was done by the Dutch designer Patrick Schuur and he is attempting to pass it off as artistic.

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The Blender Defender keeps cats off the counters

Cats are truly a pain to teach anything, because they really just don’t care.  Then if they know you’re not looking, they are more than happy to take advantage of that.  One devious cat owner finally got fed up and decided to do something about his sneaky kitty.  What you see in the photo is a strobe light and blender.  Both kick on by motion sensor as soon as the cat decides to jump onto the counter.  He also has a video camera pointed at the area that records also when kicked on by motion sensor.

Thankfully, not only has he given a tutorial on how to do this product yourself, he also uploaded the hilarious videos to his website.  Which means even if you don’t have a cat, you get the joy of laughing at someone else’s cat having a heart attack.  The entire project would cost about $214, the most expensive investments being the $120 networking camera and the $50 blender.  Everything else would be fairly cheap to purchase.

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DarthCast looks sweet

I certainly did not bet on seeing a portable version of the Dreamcast eight years ago, but today we have super powerful handheld consoles like the Sony PSP and its less technologically proficient DS Lite rival which far outstripped the home consoles of the 1990s in terms of processing power. What happens when you want to get your defunct Dreamcast up and running in a portable form factor? Sega certainly won’t open its doors for you to enter into its R&D labs, leaving you to do things for yourself. Enter hailrazer who has taken his Dreamcast and churned it into a portable form factor known as the DarthCast, thanks to the Lazer Doodle shell. It has a battery life of three hours and uses a PSOne LCD display. Talk about a true Frankenstein!

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The Hand Grenade Mouse Mod

If you’ve been feeling like your computer setup isn’t nearly intimidating enough, a hand grenade would probably be more than enough to make it seem more intense.  After all that online gaming, you need to feel all powerful behind your computer.  A wicked looking case and a glowing keyboard aren’t always enough.  Although, gaming mouses do have all those fancy extra buttons, they just aren’t nearly cool enough.  No, the world needs hand grenade mouses for all.

There aren’t a ton of details on the mouse itself, but it was a mod job which was posted online here by the modders.  The mouse is actually made out of an old grenade casing, so it gives a slightly more authentic feel.  However, being made out of the real stuff it’s not exactly made to be ergonomic at all.  It’s just meant to look cool.  The modders actually went through the trouble of wiring up the trigger to function as the left mouse button.  So overall it’s a cool mod, I just hope if you give it a try you don’t use your computer too much or your wrist will soon grow to hate you.

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Rubberband Gun inspired by Metal Gear


In case you are out of focus with video games, you may have heard about Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The game is immensely popular, and there is a gun used by the main character Snake that is definitely some sweet metal gear.

A Japanese fan has designed a stainless steel gun that resembles on from the game, but this one shoots rubberbands. I’ve never really used rubberband guns before, but this one certainly makes me want it.

All the user needs to do is cock the metal gear in the back and string on about six rubberbands. Then you just take aim and fire, and there is even a safety.

The gun even has a laser-sighter like the one in The Terminator, and there is even a flashlight for shots in the dark. The gun even has a fold down handle for keeping aim extra steady.

Well, this is just a fan-inspired creation for now, but surely the video game crowd is big enough to want something like this. In other words, there is a demand, but probably not much of a supply. I would say to the Japanese fanboy who invented it to get ready for mass production.

In the meantime, feel free to enjoy this YouTube video of the gun in action.


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The Portal inspired Weighted Companion Cube Subwoofer

The game Portal has motivated modders all over to recreate the Weighted Companion Cube and make it functional within their lives.  Well the latest modder, d_stilgar, decided to create the Companion Cube and slip a subwoofer into it.  Which would make your PC all the more geek friendly.  He is also working on two speakers that will also be Portal inspired to go with the subwoofer.  Hopefully he’ll get that project finished and posted soon.

Although don’t be surprised if you don’t see anything about them for a little while.  Apparently the subwoofer took several months for him to complete.  So odds are it’s going to take several more months to create the speakers.  Sadly, he’s not giving even the slightest teasing hint as to what the speakers will look like either.  The subwoofer weighs 40 lbs and features pink EL lights.  The EL lights begin to glow brightly like in the game once the lights are shut off.  Thankfully, if you’re interested in trying out this mod yourself you can go to his site and see all the details on how this was created.

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Pipe Organ Chair

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Don’t you just love the idea of convergence device? Well, the Pipe Organ Chair definitely sounds much better than a fart, but it does take a whole different of expertise level other than a healthy amount of beans on an empty stomach to come up with a symphony.

This is a pipe organ chair that plays a tune when you sit down (insert your musical furniture joke here). I built this as the encore to the Word family’s musical playroom. This isn’t the easiest DIY. So if you’re not up to the challenge, just sit back, relax, and enjoy my silent movie debut.

Head on here to read up on how it is done, but enjoy the video above in the mean time.


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The SNES Controller that is 40in long and works

If you’re tired of using your Wii to get a workout, you might try something a bit bigger.  This SNES controller is fully functioning and 40in long.  Which means you’re going to have to work a little harder to get through all of your favorite classic games.  Having to reach that far across and effectively press down on the buttons would probably prove to be more challenging.  If you look closely you can see the normal sized SNES lying on the enlarged version.  Which only makes this giant reproduction look even bigger.

It was made by SCAD Inc, who hasn’t quite gotten around to posting videos on their project just yet.  The main guy on the team, Matt LaBoone, does say that those will be coming soon.  Which means you can enjoy watching others fumble around to reach the oversized buttons.  I’d imagine anyone with a bad back would grow to hate this mod.  However, for everyone else it would be cool to show off to friends.  He of course has all of the steps to create it shown in several pictures.

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NASA Papercraft

NASA has an awesome section on their website made for “kids”. I’d like to think that what they meant to say is “kids at heart”, just so I can justify why I love it so damn much. They have some really cool goodies and even some awesome modeling work for us gadgeteers.

When I came across these papercraft models of NASA spacecraft, I thought to myself “Where the heck have I been living, and why haven’t I given this a go yet?” These free papercraft models can be downloaded in PDF form and printed out right from home. The images on the NASA site lead us to believe that these models are actually pretty accurate.

NASA even has a pretty decent collection of papercrafts available. You can build your own Pioneer 10, Mars Express, Cassini, and even more classic space vehicles and robots. When you’re done building your space models, you can launch your own personal papercraft aerospace organization.

I don’t care how childish NASA thinks these papercrafts are. I might not be an astronaut, but I sure love building my own model creations. If you want to give these papercrafts a go, just head over to the NASA Kids page and print them out for yourself.

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DIY Music Box

Most of us will know of music boxes as pleasant pieces of home decorative items that tinkle the day away while you take a break from all the rigors of the office. Folks who have a penchant for something different might be interested in the DIY Music Box that is capable of accepting any punched paper “score”.

This is the ‘big brother’ version of the Music Box Set. It has 20 notes instead of 15, so it can play 2.5 octaves. As a music box, it is quite a bit bigger, at 14.5 x 7 x 2.75cm high. Again, like the smaller music box, it just plays the white notes, and does not play sharps or flats. Included is the Music Box, one pre-punched strip which plays Romeo and Juliet, 2 blank strips, and a hole punch, so that you can create your own tunes! The strips are 66cm x 7cm.

You can pick up this alternative music box for £15.99.

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