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DIY Android powered robot tank, complete with artillery Prepare yourself for the future of Android-powered combat. Pictured to the right you’ll see the world’s first robot tank powered by an Android smartphone. According to the gadget’s creator, Tamlyn, all you need is an Android smartphone and an IOIO board which connects the phone to the tank via USB.

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This little antenna’d chap might look like Short Circuit’s Johnny Five without arms, but wait till you see him dance. That’s right, he’s got moves, but even better, you can make him yourself, just given the right tools, a bit of patience, and enough willing to watch a robot dance.

Click through for the video of him dancing like an over-excited toddler after six cans of Red Bull, as well as instructions on how to make your own.

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We see a lot of cool Kinect hacks but not many you can easily make yourself. This one is different. Lanny Lin put together the Kinect Kung Fu Tetris hack with a combination of open source software and cheap hardware.

In the video after the break you can see Kung Fu Tetris in action with front kicks to rotate pieces, side kicks to move pieces left or right and jumps to fast drop a piece.

To create your own Kung Fu Tetris set up you just need Kinect, a PC, a TV monitor, three open source drivers and a small configuration file. Check out the video after the break then hit the link for Lanny’s step by step instructions.

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Angry Birds is a gaming and cultural phenomenon. Its universal appeal across all ages has spawned an Angry Birds board game, Angry Birds toys and now a playable Angry Birds cake conjured up by our very own Mike Cooper to celebrate his son Ben’s sixth birthday. We’ve been taken aback by how much you all loved it. So here it is in our video of the week. Read on for a video of it in action and step by step instructions on how to make your own.

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UPDATE: Like what you see? We’ve got a full Angry Birds cake step by step guide for you. Check it out!

It’s become a family tradition that I make increasingly ridiculous birthday cakes for my kids each year. So with my little boy Ben turning 6-years-old over the weekend, and appreciating his love of Angry Birds, I thought I’d have a shot a making him a playable Angry Birds birthday cake with working catapult and iced birds as ammunition. Join me after the jump where you can watch the making of video as well as the rapid demolition. It took 10 hours to make and 2 minutes to destroy.

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iPad BMX stereo: ultimate Apple DIY!

The iPad BMX stereo is the hi-tech step up from strapping a boombox to your handlebars. This snazzy bit of DIY was spotted by Mike Wally at a meetup for BMXers back in June but just surfaced on Tumblr and was spotted by the brilliantly named Apple blog, Obama Pacman. Read on for more details and to share your own homemade Apple accessories.

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A Doctor Who fan from Birtley in Gateshead has built a full-size, functioning Dalek from wood, scrap and an electric wheelchair. We’re just glad we live on the second floor.
Rob Bosher built his full-size Dalek for around £700. At its heart there’s an electric wheelchair with a joystick to control is wheels and a voice modulator to create the classic Dalek bark.
Bosher’s Dalek also has working lights and a moving eye made from a magic eight ball. Bosher who built the Dalek’s shell with scrap wood by hand claims he’s “never been much of a DIY man”. That’s impressive work from someone who doesn’t do DIY.
The Dalek has already taken part in a Children In Need and Bosher hopes to take his homemade baddie to other charity events to help raise money. It certainly puts our attempts at putting together an IKEA bookshelf to shame.
Out now | £free | via Evening Chronicle

dalekA Doctor Who fan from Birtley in Gateshead has built a full-size, functioning Dalek from wood, scrap and an electric wheelchair. We’re just glad we live on the second floor.

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It’s Christmas Eve. Even the all-night garage has closed early. But there’s still hope for those without presents. Our DIY Gift Guide!

Here’s five presents you can make at home while watching festive telly and still put a smile on your loved one’s face come tomorrow morning.

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