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Owning blueprints to a 3D-printed gun can now land you behind bars

By: Chris Smith | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

If you're thinking about making, downloading or tinkering with a 3D-printed gun file, you might want to think again. Reports have come to light stating that the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) doesn't take to this kindly, offering hefty jail time to anyone who might want a gun file of their own.




Last week, the NSW Government passed its Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, with one section stating that simply owning a 3D blueprint of a firearm can land you up to 14 years in jail.


With incarceration also extended to owning plans for "electric milling machines," this new legislation marks further action against illegal real-life weaponry, offering up harsher penalties to those with stolen guns or others who are keen on making illegal firearm modifications.

Custom Surface 3 skin evokes the inner Microsoft fanboy

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Oct 20, 2015 6:43 pm

Reddit user "mechgingeneer" has applied a custom matte-like Windows logo-themed skin to his Surface 3, and it's strikingly well done, enough so that it's a wonder Microsoft hasn't come out with something like this by itself by now.




The skin was created by DecalGirl, so if you want it for yourself, head there with the image found at the bottom of the full gallery here.

Engineer builds Thor's hammer that nobody can lift but him

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Oct 15, 2015 5:23 pm

Electrical engineer Allen Pan aka YouTube's Sufficiently Advanced has taken it upon himself to create a real-world version of Thor's hammer Mjolnir of Marvel fame. That is, the hammer that can only be wielded by "the worthy."




Pan utilized the power of magnets to make his version of Mjolnir impossible to lift when placed on a magnetic surface by anyone but himself. The exception is courtesy of a fingerprint scanner which, in combination with other hardware, deactivates the magnetic field effect when it detects his fingerprint.


Now, watch hapless citizens try to lift it in the video below. Most fail to catch onto why Pan can lift it but not them, but one clever fellow manages to, while another figures out a workaround.

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Intel thinks it's an 'exciting time' to support the maker community

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Aug 21, 2015 7:30 pm

During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel spent a lot of time promoting the "Maker" craze in the current world. Intel corporate strategy officer Genevieve Bell believes it's a great time in the maker movement, with Intel interested in supporting new technology ecosystems created by developers.




Intel is a supporter of the Maker Faire and of Make magazine, with growing popularity in the print publication and global maker events.


"It's never been a more exciting and accessible time to invent the future," Bell said during IDF. "It's about changing the world, in small ways and big ways. It's about breaking the rules. Possibilities and disruption. Hard work. Solitary or collaborative. It's not always clear what you are doing. It involves curiosity. It certainly involves failures. It is exhilarating. Sometimes people resist it. To me, that is making."

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Sony Xperia Z5+ could be the first smartphone with a 4K display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Aug 17, 2015 3:33 am

Sony's purported codenamed S70+ is shaping up to be a monster, with the Xperia Z5+ said to feature a 4K display. This would have Sony being the first smartphone on the market with a 4K display.




The Xperia Z5+ looks pretty much identical to the Xperia Z3+ in the design department, as its design is already pretty slick. We should see it offered in gold and chrome options, with a fingerprint scanner included. Inside, the Xperia Z5+ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, with its 4K resolution splashed onto a 5.5-inch display.

Blind mom-to-be 'sees' her son thanks to 3D printing technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: May 8, 2015 10:29 am

Any parent will admit that seeing their child through an ultrasound is one of the most amazing points of their lives, but what if you were blind? A blind mom-to-be got the chance to 'see' her son thanks to the molding of two technologies: 3D printing, and an ultrasound.



Tatiana Guerra is expecting her son in the near future, where she was given a 3D printed version of her son's face along with the words "I am your son" spelled out in braille. Guerra lost her sight at 17, and now at 30 years old, technology has given her the chance to 'see' her son. Guerra worked with ad agency Mood, to produce the short film you see above.


The film is called "Huggies Presents: Meeting Murilo", and is part of an ad campaign from Huggies Brazil, with reporting that the 3D printing was done by The Goodfellas, a digital design firm. Photographers Lucas Tintori, Roridgo Westphal Galego, and Fábio Kenji captured the teary moment on film.

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Watch this amazing Boeing 737 RC model plane take off, fly, and land

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Feb 12, 2015 2:39 pm

We just stumbled upon this amazing video on Facebook showing a demonstration of a model remote controlled aircraft flying around a display room in Hong Kong in tune to "Adiemus" by Enya. It's really quite amazing.


Some commenters questioned how the model aircraft could stay in the air given its speed. We're not sure on the exact speed its traveling, but it wouldn't be much more than 5 - 10 KM/h at a guess. Possibly the model is filled with helium to help keep it afloat in flight. As for what's powering the plane, we're not sure on that either, but various commenters suggest that they are in fact tiny jet powered engines.


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Not Rocket Science: The Layman's Guide to Creating a Smart House

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Feb 4, 2015 10:08 pm

The interconnected age is upon us, and the proliferation of smart devices has made them consumer accessible and easy to use. The "Internet of everything" is everywhere. Business Insider estimates that by 2018 there will be more than 18 billion connected devices in use globally, ranging from smartphones to cars and wearable tech. Creating a connected home has never been easier. Here's a look at just a few of the devices you can use to move your home into the smart age. And you don't even have to be a rocket scientist or engineer to make it happen.




August Smart Lock


The August Smart Lock lets you control your home locks from the palm of your hand, and even issue keys with various accessibility permissions. You can issue one key for a family member that allows 24/7 access and another for a cleaning person or guest who will only unlock the door at a certain time. August Smart Locks even keep a log of who entered and when, allowing you to know precisely who has been in and out of your home. August sends you reminders if the batteries in the lock are low and can even unlock the door automatically as it senses your approach.


Philips Hue Smart Lighting


Smart lighting is more than just being able to turn your lights on and off from your phone. Philips Hue Smart Lighting systems let you create macros and parameters for your lights. Hue can brighten gradually over time to wake you up in the morning or dim slowly to help you fall asleep. Perhaps the most impressive feat of the Hue system is the ability to re-create light parameters from photographs, such as bathing your home in the colors of your favorite sunset or even match the ambiance to events in the movie you are watching.

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Samsung announces all-metal 5.5-inch Galaxy A7 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 11:34 pm

Samsung did say it was going to ease down on the amount of smartphone offerings for 2015, but here we are just days into the New Year and we're being introduced to the new, all-metal Galaxy A7 handset.




The new Galaxy A7 smartphone features a much better, high quality build made from a full aluminum, unibody construction. We have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 64-bit processor, providing eight CPU cores in total. These are split into two separate quad-core processors, clocked at 1.8GHz, and 1.3GHz or 1.5GHz and 1GHz for the dual SIM version of the Galaxy A7.


We don't know which resolution the 5.5-inch panel sports, but we can be sure it'll be 1920x1080 (but it could be 720p, boo). There's also 2GB of RAM, 16GB of NAND flash backed up by expandable microSD, LTE Category 4, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel selfie shooter, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and Android 4.4. We should expect a 2600mAh battery, and a thin design for the Galaxy A7.

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Barilla is using 3D printers to work on its upcoming new pasta shapes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Dec 23, 2014 8:31 am

3D printers can be used for so much these days, but what about creating new pasta shapes? This is something pasta maker Barilla is using to find out a new pasta design, which is unique if you ask me.




The company held a competition recently, where they revealed three winners who created new shapes using a 3D printer. One of the winners, Rosa, blooms into a full rose when it is put in boiling water. Two other designs include a conical vortex shape and a circular moon, with the moon featuring craters to "improve the interaction between pasta and sauces."


Barilla has said that it might starting working with leading design using 3D printers going into the future, coming off the back of the company announcing plans to look into restaurant-grade printers that would be capable of made-to-order custom shapes. An interesting road for pasta, that's for sure.

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