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Winscape Virtual Window

Posted By Guest on June 10, 2012

Want to Wake Up in San Francisco or Paris? Turn Two HDTVs into a Virtual Window to the World with 3D Perspective
Winscape Virtual Window

Winscape is a DIY project that features two HD plasmas in faux window frames that display whatever scene you’d like to see out your window. Using a Wiimote, the setup even detects your position in the room and shifts the perspective screens' high-resolution video to create the illusion of looking out a real window.Read More

Multiple Computer Monitors

Posted By Guest on April 05, 2010

Multiple computer monitors aren't just for gamers. Several multiple monitor setups that increase business productivity
Multiple Computer Monitors

An NEC study found that people who use dual monitors were 44 percent more productive.

Having at least two computer monitors (or more!) is one of the best business productivity tools you can have along with a fast computer and an 8-button mouse. In fact, an NEC study at the University of Utah found that people who used dual monitors were as much as 44 percent more productive at certain text-editing operations than people using a single monitor.Read More

$1,000 i7 Desktop Computer

Posted By Jake Easton on March 25, 2010

Core i7 Reference Guide
Build It Or Buy It? A Practical Guide for an i7-920 Computer with 12GB Memory and Windows 7 for under $1,000
$1,000 i7 Desktop Computer

The Core i7 is Intel's monster processor that everybody seems to be talking about, but is the Ferrari of processors really worth the price?

We wanted to see what all the i7 excitement was about, so we decided to take the plunge based on the following criteria: It had to be screaming fast, upgrade compatible (1366 socket), and relatively low cost. After some research, we learned that an i7-920 would be the best i7 computer to meet our requirements - and to our surprise - could be built OR purchased on a budget of less than $1,000.

Make sure you start with a Core i7-9xx series (1366 socket) processor. Other i7s like the i7-860/870 use the 1156 socket and are not upgrade compatible.

An i7 computer needs three essential ingredients that generally aren't lying around in the garage: (1) an i7-900 series processor (like the entry-level i7-920); (2) an Intel X58 chipset-compatible motherboard, and (3) lots of DDR3 memory. Knowing what we needed, we then had to decide whether to build it - or buy one off the shelf.

The decision turned out to be an easy one after we found a Core i7-920 workstation at Costco loaded with a jaw-dropping 12GB of DDR3 memory, 1TB SATA hard drive, and Windows 7 - all for $999 delivered.Read More

Jet-Powered ATV

Posted By Guest on March 08, 2010

Popular Science photographer John Carnett builds a four-wheeler with a screaming Garrett turbine jet engine
Jet-Powered ATV

Built around a Polaris RZR all-terrain vehicle, John Carnett's homemade machine tops out at just over 60 mph powered by its 87-pound Garrett GTP 30-67 tubine jet engine. The project took Carnett 10 months to build at a cost of more than $15,000.Read More

Inventor Creates Homemade Hovercraft

Posted By Guest on March 06, 2010

Inventor Creates Homemade Hovercraft

New Zealand inventor Rudy Heeman used a gas bottle from the family barbecue, parts from his wife's car, and the control lever from his daughter's motor scooter for his creation. The craft can fly at up to 60 mph at a height of about 5 feet.Read More

The $1000 Fusion Reactor

Posted By Guest on March 03, 2010

Build a DIY $1000 Fusion Reactor in Your Basement
Thiago Olson $1000 DIY Fusion Reactor

Most college freshmen fill their dorm rooms with clothes, books, and electronics. Thiago Olson also brought his fusion reactor. But Vanderbilt University drew the line: No do-it-yourself reactors in the dorm! Instead, his device was housed in a nearby laboratory.Read More

Music Sensitive LED Box

Posted By Guest on February 24, 2010

Easy to build LED light box dances to your music
Music Sensitive LED Box

Here's a really simple electronics project that plugs into your computer or music source, and the LEDs react in sync to your music.Read More

Cell Phone Car Starter

Posted By Guest on January 17, 2010

Wireless car starter project starts car using a cell phone
Cell Phone Car Starter

Fed up with his frigid car, Aaron installed a remote starter to warm the car up before he got to it. This didn’t help at his work because his car was parked several hundred feet from his office - outside the range of his OEM starter. Aaron decided to make his starter work with GSM so he could start his car with a phone call from any distance.Read More

Building The Zeppelin

Posted By Guest on January 13, 2010

Building The Zeppelin

David Keyes

Have you ever wondered how the huge 803 foot long by 130 foot in diameter Hindenburg Zeppelin was built in the 1930s? Apparently with several really tall ladders.

How Combination Locks Work

Posted By Guest on January 07, 2010

Woodworking project shows how a combination lock works
How Combination Locks Work

In terms of neat mechanical things to build out of wood, Matthias Wandel figured a single dial sequential combination lock would be a great project to make. It's relatively simple and shows people how a combination lock actually works. The video (below) shows the steps.Read More