Some Chinese guy made an Iron Man mask for his cat out of a grapefruit peel. My life will never be the same.
It’s taken Masashi Teshima seven years (and the equivalent of $121,000) to build his Akira bike and while it’s not the only such project, it’s the only one to get Otomo’s official stamp of approval. Teshima’s cross-country ride—during which he’s raising money for autism research—will terminate in Tokyo, where it’ll then be displayed at an “art of Katsuhiro Otomo” exhibition.
And I thought my shitty volcano science projects were cool. Not by today’s standards, not when you have these kids from San Rafael, California building a full motion Battlestar Galactica Viper simulator in someone’s back yard. Stupid smart kids.
Flying RC quadrorotor Back to the Future Delorean doesn’t need roads
With a small rotor under each wheel, this custom built flying Delorean time machine is super badass and flies surprisingly well despite a bit of weight unevenness. Now if it were only as easy to build an equivalent flying car/time machine…
And now, here’s a Super Mario Christmas tree
I think this just won infinite lives.
Guy builds a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea “Nautilus”, complete with mechanical iris door
Made by Alan Rorie: “The motorization of the large aperture was surprisingly easy. I used two small DC motors with spur gears and nice torque mounted on either side of the cam ring. I then welded chain around the cam ring turning it into a giant gear. It worked the first time I tried it. I controlled the two motors with an Arduino and a motor shield, two limit switches and a few lines of code. I then modified an old positioner and inserted a set of buttons, so that when you pull the handle of the positioner it trips the buttons and turns the motors.”
Cosplay of the Day: Carbon fiber Storm Trooper suits
Lighter and stronger than plastic, and it just looks cooler. Leonard Carson made four of these for him and his friends for a total of around $25,000. Must be nice to have that kind of dough lying around for awesome projects like this. Sigh…
Amazing Pokemon jack-o-lanterns by Joh Wee. If you want awesome carved pumpkins that will ensure every single kid in the neighborhood bugs the shit out of you all evening, he’s your man.
Why didn’t I ever think of this? Seriously regretting losing my old cartridge cases…
German art student, Benjamin Harff, decided, for his exam at the Academy of Arts, to do something only slightly ambitious — to hand-illuminate and bind a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion. It took him six months of work. In very 21st century elvish-monk style, he hand-illuminated the text which had been printed on his home Canon inkjet printer. He worked with a binder to assemble the resulting book. This is just beyond amazing.
Making a grappling hook launcher with a fire extinguisher
After he was unable to find instructions on the interwebs to build one, MIT student Christian Reed just decided to wing it, using a fire extinguisher as the propellant to launch your hook into a tree or over the side of a building, where you can climb to safety.
You can see the full how-to here at Instructables
Hand-knitted Spock beanie is… fascinating
Well technically, the creator of this fashion statement, Five Corners Design, calls it a toque, but I’m not a damn dirty Canadian. Actually, where I’m from, we would call it a tobogan, but then up north, a tobogan is a sled, not something you wear on your head.