India is experiencing a shortage of coconut harvesters. It's dangerous work, as harvesters must climb trees that are sometimes 50 ft tall. Once they reach the top of the tree they have to hack away at the stems with a machete, making their grip on the tree more tenuous. To deal with these problems, researchers have designed a robotic coconut tree climber and harvester. It wraps its way up the coconut palm's trunk, then deploys a remote-controlled circular saw to release the coconuts from their stems.
Over at Instructables, attosa has posted instructions for making a lot of cool things, such as a gravity-defying ramen cake, a zombie Snow White cosplay costume, and homemade cleaning putty. She recently made a Popcorn Kernel Jar Diversion Safe. It looks like a plastic jar filled with popcorn kernels, but actually has a hollowed-out space… READ THE REST
Justin Fogarty generously gave step-by-step instructions for making a giant popsicle prop. I love the way the hot foam cutter carves through the insulation foam in the video. READ THE REST
The Adventure Playground in Berkeley, California was built by children in 1979. Take one look at the photos of the playground in all its haphazard glory, and you'll see why it's a helicopter parent's nightmare. It's a place for non-helicopter parents to let their kids run free and explore many painted wooden shacks and handmade… READ THE REST
Personal hygiene is an essential part of self-care. Keeping your body clean and well-groomed not only makes you more pleasurable around, but it can actually help to keep you from getting sick. There are some interesting and downright bizarre products around to help with your personal hygiene, and perhaps none are more beneficial than an update to the time-honored… READ THE REST
It's summertime, and you know what that means? Unbearable heat waves are coming, and for some, they're already here! The only way for many people to sleep comfortably during the warmer months is by getting an air conditioner for their bedroom, but what about during the day when you need to cook in the kitchen or when you… READ THE REST
It takes a lot of hard work and discipline to build a web page for a company, freelance business, or product. The same goes when creating the mobile app version. You don't dislike the job; it's what you wanted a career as a developer in the first place, but if there's a way to make the conversion… READ THE REST