As the printed word gives way to digital distribution, libraries must change in both form and function in order to remain relevant in the Internet age. One New York book repository has taken the lead in this effort by installing the country's first "maker's space" within a public library.
CyanogenMod is one of the biggest hacks to ever hit the Android mobile platform. It's got an estimated 500,000 users. Many Android programmers use it as a starting point for their own coding projects. And according to the project's founder, a number of Google employees have it installed on their Android devices.
Some people (hello, hypochondriacs!) feel safer carrying around a first aid kit. Others—like many of you reading this right now—can only feel truly prepared if they're packing a few resistors, transistors and capacitors. Me, it's a miniUSB cable.
Federal authorities in the first-of-its-kind game-console–modding criminal trial abruptly dropped their prosecution here Thursday, "based on fairness and justice." What happened?
While there's been no shortage of DIY Iron Man projects, some have definitely been more inspired/obsessive than others. This hand-mounted blaster, though, gets to the very essence of Iron Man's appeal: the intersection between useful augmentation and looking really badass.
Ceramic isn't just for pottery. It's used in military armor to stop bullets and the Space Shuttle to thwart heat. Now, Asus is reintroducing the material in its sci-fi-tastic Marine Cool motherboard.
I've had some harsh words for lesser Steampunk mods, and with good reason—it's getting tired, and most examples are massively boring. Not boring: the "Frankenstein Steampunk", an absurdly thorough PC mod built by Dana Mattocks.
Daniel Pon needed to make a steampunk mouse to accompany his tricked-out keyboard and monitor, so he got to work, and perhaps a little carried away. The end result is impressive. And kind of nauseating.
An awkward cross-breed time-travelling mongrel is a fairly fitting description for this mod that's jammed an Atari 2600 emulator into the shell of a Sega Game Gear. Sure, it's not the prettiest of mods, but taking the '80s-era Atari and squishing it into the '90s-era Sega took some tricky work: it has a built-in…
Mods don't get much simpler and more useful than this: It's an alarm clock that whisks open some window blinds when the alarm goes off, so the sun can tempt you out of bed. There's a microcontroller to handle detecting the alarm signal and to drive a servo wired into the blinds, and some switches to override the alarm…
I was never jealous of my friends who had those Viewmaster slide-viewer toys when I was a kid—they just seemed kinda boring, but I would have been jealous if the toy was as clever as this mod. This guy's taken the toy and added an Arduino-driven display unit, accelerometers and a Bluetooth connection to a PC so that…