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Support this programmable smart watch kit developed by 8-year-old

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Developed by an 8-year-old maker named Omkar, the O Watch is a 3D printable, programmable, smart watch kit for kids. Omkar has launched a Kickstarter to scale up the O Watch so other kids can use the platform "to learn programming, 3D printing and crafts." Support it!

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Amazing DIY computer control panel

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If only all computer interfaces were as gloriously sci-fi as this excellent "DIY Overhead Control Panel" hand-built by a maker called Smashcuts. It features a slew of LEDs and 100 programmable buttons and switches that activate shortcuts on his PC, open apps, control volume and screen preferences, etc.

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Spectacular, swirling custom-built stone walls and furniture

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Stonemasons Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl of Ancient Art of Stone elevate the art of stonemasonry with carefully designed and positioned decorative stone walls.

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3D printed chess set where each piece holds a tiny plant

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After this Bauhaus-inspired pattern from XYZ Workshop is downloaded and printed, each chess piece is designed as a mini-planter.

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Father builds glowing life-sized Minecraft block for son's birthday

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Nathan Pryor (HaHaBird) made this fantastic life-sized illuminated Minecraft block for his son's birthday. It's lit with RGB LEDs so the color can be changed via remote control.

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Amazing working paper model of a V6 engine

A fantastic working papercraft model of a V6 engine that runs on compressed air.

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Video: HOWTO make a paper cannon

You probably already have all the stuff you need to make this nifty paper cannon that fires at a surprisingly high muzzle velocity.

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Fruit leather purses are a thing now

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Now you can accessorize with cruelty-free "leather" created from discarded fruit, thanks to Fruitleather Rotterdam.

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Watch this rice-grain size motor clock over 100,000 RPMs

This tiny motor is only a little bigger than a grain of cooked rice (4 x 12 mm), but it can generate speeds over 100,000 RPM.

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Sculpting glove prototype combines mechanics and hand-sculpting

Morten Grønning has been experimenting with gloves fitted with small motorized sanders, and it seems it has some potential for new ways to shape materials as it gets more refined.

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WATCH: turn smartphones into 3D hologram projectors

Mrwhosetheboss made a down-and-dirty holographic projector for a smartphone using a plastic jewel case and special video files. Try it yourself!

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WATCH: model plane + box kite + LEDs = glow kite

FliteTest tracked down a father-son team who spent five years perfecting their remote-controlled box kite prototype, a plane/kite mashup. They demonstrate two of them below:

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See Lego robot controlled by DIY exosuit

Danny Benedettelli built a Lego NXT humanoid robot that he controls with a sensor-laden exosuit, known as a "waldo." For example, when he moves his arms, so does the robot.

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Homemade bumper harness saves blind dog from bumping into everything

vqGLbk “Our dog Buddy has become blind because of cataracts. My fiancé has made him this bumper harness so that he can confidently walk around the house without hurting himself!”

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Indie creator conference Intervention coming to Rockville MD next month

Intervention 2016, the terrific conference about indie online creativity, from comics to blogs to makers, happens again August 14-16 just outside Washington DC in Rockville, MD! Mark and I have both spoken at prior Interventions and had a blast meeting so many talented creators in one place. About the conference:

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Intervention is an awesome 3 day conference for people who enjoy learning amazing things and collaborating with other motivated people on a wide variety of projects targeted at the Internet generation.

Our name is the combination of the words “Internet” and “Convention” but the significance is deeper than that. The entire idea of this event is to Intervene and Inspire everyone to live a more creative, geeky, and fun life.

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WATCH: Gentleman recovers old drone using new drone

YouTuber Harrisen Howes made the mistake of letting a drunk friend crash his drone on a neighbor's roof. Solution? Use a new drone to save the old one.

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You're inflating your tires wrong. Here's how to do it right, and save up to $500 a year.

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I am a recent transplant to Los Angeles from Manhattan. Like many New Yorkers, I didn't drive a car when I lived in NYC. Now, like many Angelenos, I must.

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