Celeste Rodriguez

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You Can Light a Match With Just a Rubber Band

You know, if it ever comes up.<p>You don't need a matchbox to light a match. Apparently, you need only a rubber band... and another match.<p>In this demo, the disembodied (and apparently fire-resistant?) human hands tie the rubber band into a knot around match A. The other end is then looped around the …

Rubber Bands

Watch SpaceX land a rocket in this awesome 360 video

Have you ever wished you could stand on deck as a 160-foot rocket lands an arm’s length away from you, after a short trip into space? Yeah, me too, but given the rockets’ tendency to fall over and dramatically explode in a giant ball of fire, perhaps watching it with a VR headset is a the slightly …

Construct a Fun, Powerful Rubber Band Crossbow

<i>This project is an excerpt from</i> Rubber Band Engineer <i>by Lance Akiyama. This book is all about taking common household items and making awesome things out of them. You can buy the book here on May 15th.</i><p>This project requires some determination to complete, but the payoff is worth it. The crossbow …

The JetJat Nano-C camera drone is fun, silly and useless

Pros<p>Easy to use controller; cheap; quick to charge<p>Cons<p>Low photo quality; hard to control; poor build quality<p>Price<p>£35<p>5 / 10<p>Mota's JetJat Nano-C drone …

Let This 3D Printed Robosnake Wiggle Its Way into Your Heart

Nikodem Bartnik recently got a 3D printer. Like many people, he was suddenly faced with the ultimate question “now that I have this, what will I make?” Immediately the idea of a robot popped into his head. Robot animals are alluring, but Nikodem says that his initial thoughts of a dog or spider …

3D-printed hydraulic robot 'can practically walk right out of the printer'

Researchers from MIT have used a new 3D-printing method that works with both solids and liquids to create a six-legged, hydraulically-powered robot. The team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) created the bot using a commercially-available 3D printer. Several …

Secret DIY Gun Compartment Hides Behind a Mirror

Gun safes are great for securing firearms, but not so great when you need quick access. This gun compartment doubles as a living room mirror, which hides them in plain sight.<p>Home firearm storage mostly consists of safes and ugly cabinets. This DIY secret gun compartment doubles as a living room …

Living Rooms

This 3D Printed "DNA Lamp" is Incredibly Mesmerizing to Stare At

There has been so much made of 3D printing as a means for rapid prototyping, but one area many people certainly didn’t realize it would impact in …

Behold, Plastic Killer Robots Battling For Your Amusement

I just want to say two words to you. Just two words. "Plastics warfare."<p>Don't act like you wouldn't create a bunch of killer robots in your free time if you worked at a robotics company. Honestly, a tendency to make doofy little robots sounds like a job requirement. That's what the people at Fetch …

Robotics

A 40-Watt Laser Shotgun. Really.

Livin' la vida laser<p>There’s no practical reason why a 40-watt laser shotgun should exist. But it’s not illegal, or—with the appropriate vision and know-how—even that difficult to build. So this past June, DIY laser whiz Drake Anthony, then a college junior, decided to give it a go.<p>Rather than craft …

Hobbies

BB-8 Uses Omniwheels and Beaglebone for Self-Balancing Head

<i>Editor’s note: This build diary is condensed into project steps below. Read on to build your own!</i><p>After seeing the first trailer for <i>Star Wars Episode VII</i>, I knew what my next robotics project had to be. I wanted to build a working, full-size BB-8.<p>I started by figuring out how I thought BB-8 would …

Huzi Design Launches a Space-Related Set of Magnetic Blocks

Huzi Design has launched their latest collection that transforms the classic wooden building block. Cosmos adds a surprising twist to their fun, …

NASA unveils new metallic look for its Orion crew vehicle

Shiny, captain!<p>On Thursday, NASA showed off a new look for its Orion crew capsule — the spacecraft that could eventually take humans into deep space and on to Mars someday. Future versions of Orion will now sport a shiny, metallic coating that will cover a large portion of the vehicle's outer …

Low-Cost, Arduino-Compatible Drawing Robot

Bringing women into technical education at times seems to be an insurmountable challenge. As a counter, a small drawing robot created by [MakersBox] …

Learn How to Pull Off These 5 Classic Drone Shots

Using drones to capture beautiful images has become pretty standard these days, so chances are you'll eventually want to learn the ins and outs of …

Drones

Meet Bit Figs: 3D Printed, Pixel-Style Mini Figurines Built with the LEBLOX App

I have experience working with and caring for children, and recently observed children’s attraction to a particular suitcase that sits on a high …

Harvard creates a material that lets light go 'infinitely fast'

Researchers at Harvard University announced recently that they had successfully developed a means of manipulating light at the nanoscale, which could lead to photonic-based (rather than electronic) telecommunications. Think, ubiquitous fiber optics. The team reportedly developed an on-chip …

Three Words: Self. Destructing. Drone.

Imagine a team of commandos, cut off in rugged terrain. The futuristic drone ICARUS drops them their supplies, then pulls a disappearing act. This is …

Fold A Paper Robot With An Arduino Brain

Origami action<p>Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, also shows up in modern science and engineering. By turning a two-dimensional sheet into a 3-D product, as origami artists do, engineers can make more-versatile versions of devices like space mirrors and heart stents. The same techniques can …

Arduino

He Poked 10,000 Holes In A Photo And Made Something You'll Want In Your Home

As a hobby, blogger and photographer Jesse Rockwell takes photos of the night sky, reaching with his lens into the deep regions of space to bring the …

Remote Controlled Confetti Cannon

Confetti cannons are a lot of fun. An explosion of confetti can make any celebration better. But it isn’t always convenient to have someone next to the cannon to set it off. So today I am going to show you how to make a remote controlled confetti cannon that you can set off from anywhere.<p>Step #1: …

Top 16 for 2016: Best new rides coming to U.S. theme parks

At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2016, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages.<p><b>IN THE LOOP: Sign up for our weekly theme parks newsletter</b><p>It already …

Watch Astronauts' Violent Return To Earth From Inside Their Space Capsule

The three-hour trip from the ISS is loud and surprisingly bumpy.<p>If you think riding a rocket to the International Space Station makes for a bumpy ride, check out this new video showing what it's like to return to Earth after the mission is over.<p>The video, just published by io9, follows three …

This might be the best new drone to buy for beginners

Don’t be like Enrique Iglesias. In May the multi-platinum singing sensation was playing a sold-out show in Tijuana, Mexico, when a drone dropped down near the stage to get some close-up shots. He reached out to it to pull it closer and sliced his fingers open on the spinning propellor blades.<p>Even …

Automatic Revolver

A lot has been made about the 3D printing of firearms. Whether you are for or against the rights to own and operate a gun, there is no denying that …

Ferrofluid Clock Moves Like Elegant Little Caterpillars

It squiggles, collects, and disperses. Amalgamous fluid blobs zip along what appears to be a predetermined path. This substance is magical and uncanny, behaving almost like a living creature. In short, this clock is mesmerizing. So how does it work?<p>Created by designer Zelf Koelman, Ferrolic is a …