This battery makes the Amazon Echo portable

The Amazon Echo has to be constantly plugged into a wall outlet to receive power and turn on. But what if it didn’t? Mission Cables has built a small stand that you can place the Echo on, called the Battery Base, that plugs into the speaker and gives it enough power …

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Check out this VR robot tank that makes fart noises

Finally, everything that I’ve ever wanted out of DIY engineering culture, virtual reality, and the internet have been delivered with the VR Robot Tank, which makes fart noises and quotes the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Kindergarten Cop. “I feel like my body is inside the ground.” Freddy Kilo breaks down …

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Carl Burton’s beautiful sci-fi GIFs are from another world

Carl Burton’s oddly hypnotic animated GIFs depict a range of monochromatic scenes: a strange, pulsating cylinder or mysterious beams of light in a lush forest. No matter the subject matter, though, the style remains the same. It’s a look the New York-based artist came up with while experimenting on his …

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Disney Research uses RFID tags to make ordinary objects smart

Researchers from Disney Research, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT have figured out a way to increase the speed and accuracy of tracking wireless, battery-less RFID tags. They’ve used the discovery to create a bunch of cool, interactive objects that don’t need a power source, including wireless pong controllers, an interactive wood-block tic-tac-toe …

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Activision is bringing live e-sports events to Facebook

In an effort to further expand its fledgling e-sports efforts, Activision Blizzard is looking beyond Twitch and YouTube. Today the company announced a new “deeper collaboration with Facebook” that will allow it to broadcast live e-sports events on the social network. The broadcasts will be powered by the MLG.tv streaming …

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Look how small this USB synth is

DIY projects typically aren’t best known for their miniaturization efforts. But this synth, it’s really small. It was built by Mixtela, who has a whole blog full of tiny projects — many of them MIDI-related. But this small synth is his most small. It takes MIDI signals over USB and …

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