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IRL Mario Kart

This week is a plethora of re-creating childhood memories in real life.  Next up is the classic game of Mario Kart.  Go Karting is nothing new, power ups are sorely lacking from the experience however.  Four students of Colorado State University’s mechatronics class, Alex Zenk, Katie Johnson, Floyd Bundrant, and Jacob Gover decided to make a working version of it for their class.  It came out pretty darn good if you ask me.  My only gripe is that they’re not fast enough.  Not nearly fast enough.  That’s something that can easily be fixed though, just give it more power.

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Gunpowder Painting

Wyoming artist Danny Shervin uses gunpowder to make his art.  Yes, he does exactly what you are thinking, places each individual grain of gunpowder in a design, and lights it on fire.  I understand that hours are spent hand placing each grain, what I don’t understand is the prices he’s commanding for his art.  I guess these are one of a kind pieces that take many hours to make, it still seems expensive though, and it still requires an artful eye, of which I only have for photography.

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Musical Marble Machine

Musician/carpenter Martin Molin spent over a year making this kick ass marvelous musical marble machine.  Yes, the music you hear was performed by the movement of the marbles through machine itself.  OK, it’s true that some of the sounds were filtered and directly captured with microphones and sensors on the instruments instead of through the camera, but the the engineering of the thing is something else entirely.  I wouldn’t even begin to know where to start to make something like this.

Check out the jump to get a series of behind the scenes making of this marvelous contraption.He goes through building some of the key components and his workshop looks very much like a one-man show.  He’s got a good mind this kid, let’s see what else he has in store.

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Hyper Detailed Model

It is well worth your time to watch the following 12 minutes of video.  You will be amazed at the level of detail you never thought possible on a plastic 1:48 scale model of the Focke-Wulf Fw-190

This was all done by Czech modler David Damek, actually, you should watch some of his other videos to get some more look at the crazy skillz he has.  He spends nearly a half hour making an F-35A in these two videos.

I think the most impressive part of this is how he uses paint to distress the model and give it a weathered look.  That combined with putting in the lines of rivets, it’s all cool.  The level of detail on the inside of the plane, something that’s only visible through a small hatch is crazy.  It’s really cool.

I remember building these plastic models with my dad when I was a kid.  I never got this detailed.  Heck, I don’t think I even spent as much time trying to get the decals lined up.  David really knows how to use a Q-tip for it’s true intended purpose.

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Stringy Time

string time clock

German artist and maker Felix Vorreiter has created this pretty cool clock that uses encoded strings to display a digital readout of the time.  As you can see, the string passes through rollers to form 5 lines which when everything lines up, reads the time.  His clock advances the string in a traditional 1 second at a time format, which I think would make it much too difficult to actually read the time.  Also, his rope is only long enough for 2 hours of time.  He estimates it would take 0.7 miles of rope for a full 24 hour day.  To that I say it’s time to re-think the pattern painted on the string.  Re-use some of the painted lines, sure, that would be a much more difficult algorithm to figure out,but that’s why we have computers!

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Screwdriver Key Pt. 2

Remember a few years ago the screwdriver hack car key?  Remember all the steps involved?  Well, Paul Meyette has this dead simple way to make the same thing.  Watch this 5 minute video, if you liked that screwdriver, you’ll love the ingenious way he made his key.

This still doesn’t address the microchips that are in all new car keys.  And many newer cars are getting lame push button ignitions, so you just need the fob.  That sucks.  With the loss of manual transmissions, driving is getting too automated now.  I’m already fearful of the robots to begin with, we don’t need them driving us around.  But, I fear I’m going on a tangent, make your own screwdriver keychain, you’ll love it.

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FPV Drones

I’ve posted some First Person Drone video before, but did you know there’s an entire Aerial Sports League?  There is.  It looks pretty tame in this video, a basic race.  But this is America, if I know anything, there’s gotta be an EXTREME version of it somewhere, if not, it’s only a matter of time.

Now, back to the video, it’s pretty cool, but it doesn’t look nearly as fast as you would think it could be.  Maybe it’s the 60fps slowing it down?  Maybe it’s been stabilized.  Either way, that was very watchable from a first person view.  I’ve seen some that were headache inducing, but also seemed much, much faster paced.

Anyway, watch this video below from Quartz to get an overview of the new sport:

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Smart Shoes? (Or useless shoes)

Not exactly smart, they actually make your phone less smart, and less distracting.  How we evolved to need a special shoe to take the place of self control I’ll never know.  The idea that In Good Company has come up with is to make a pair of shoes that pair to your smart phone and, through settings on a special app, disable certain settings and messages and alerts on your phone at certain times.  Again, WTF do you need special shoes for this?  Most phones have settings that already let you do that.  I don’t get it.  Oh well, if people are willing to pay, someone will make it, that’s a given in the world today.

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Sitting on a bed of Rusty Nails

FinnCrafted took the 2nd R of recycling and made a shop stool out of some old rusted nuts and a bits of scrap metal.  The nuts weren’t as rusted as they looked after running a grinding brush over them.  The whole stool is pretty neat.  I don’t know enough about mechanical engineering anymore to know if this is strong enough, but from the looks of it, it is.

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The Wrench Knife

The Green Beetle proves that you can make a knife out of nearly any metal.  Above he makes a Mad Max inspired wrench knife.  That’s cool, personally, I like the steel wire knife below:

This was individual pieces of metal that were forged together and welded together, and fused together.  I think that’s pretty neat.  The vidoes aren’t DIY, mostly because these are things that not everyone has at home, but they are fun to watch.  Not overly detailed, but fun to get a quick glimpse of the world of knife making with strange objects.

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