Turn Your Quadcopter Into The Best Halloween Decoration Ever (Gizmodo.com)

This is pretty great. If I walked up to some house and this thing came at me from behind, I’d be rather startled. ūüôā


Turn Your Quadcopter Into the Best Halloween Decoration Ever


Once you realize how boring your neighborhood is from the air, that expensive quadcopter you bought should find a good home in the rafters of your garage. But don’t bury it too deep, you’ll need access to it around Halloween every year because Alton Porter has come up with the perfect use for your forgotten drone: turn it into a¬†flying banshee.

There’s no explanation of how this floating ghost came to be, but watching¬†the video¬†it’s not hard to deconstruct. All you’ll need is a hollow plastic skull, a pair of glowing red LEDs, some lightweight fabric to complete the costume, and the quadcopter you’ve already lost interest in.

Put them all together and you’ve got the perfect Halloween decoration that you can actually take with you trick-or-treating and terrorize the whole neighborhood. Just make sure you’re extra careful at the controls, because long strands of dangling fabric and spinning rotors definitely don’t mix. [Alton Porter¬†via¬†Motherboard¬†via¬†Laughing Squid]

DIY Silver Samurai Halloween/Cosplay Costume (Instructables.com)

Thanks to this article over on Instructables.com, you, too can be the Silver Samurai this Halloween! This DIY project does require sewing, but isn’t terribly complicated to assemble otherwise.

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What samurai has two thumbs and uses a mutant power of a tachyon field to surround a sword and slice through virtually anything>? THIS GUY! I needed a costume for the 2012 Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo. I was looking through some old school comic cards for ideas and came across the Silver Samurai. Asian?… Armor?… Samurai?!.. Sounds like a plan!

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Materials:

1. High density Foam (thick foam that is typically used under weight benches, washing machines; can usually find at Home Depot)
2. cardboard
3. Bondo
4. Silver fabric
5. Silver and Red Metallic spray paint
6. silver string
7. small buckle clips
8. velcro
9. old shoes
10. craft foam
11. Ping pong balls
12. mascarade mask
13. fake sword

Step 1: Clothes

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Pants: (Pic 1)

1. Grab a a pair of pants and outline each leg in  the silver fabric.
2. Just follow the seams from your original pair of pants in order to get the shape correct.
3. I made two legs and then sewed everything together…(pic 1)
4. Fold the top of the pants (waistline) and sew that closed.
5. Find the middle front of your folded waistline and poke a little hole through.
6. From there, insert a shoe lace so you can make them draw string. (pic 2)

Shirt: (Pic 3)

1. Grab a long sleeve tshirt, and cut out the shape of the body, and then each arm in your silver fabric.
2. Remember to make the body and arms a little bigger, if your silver fabric is not stretchy.
* You can make the sleeves actually quite large if needed

Dickie

1. Grab some fabric and just make a bandana around your neck. you can either choose to sew it closed or tie it.

DIY Bioluminescent Zen Fountain (Gizmodo.com)

Bioluminescence has always intrigued me. Having this in my home? That’s amazing.

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Making a Stunning, Glow-in-the-Dark Fountain Is Surprisingly Simple

Bioluminescence is awesome. Essentially the production of light by a living organism, e.g. fireflies, certain types of jellyfish, etc‚ÄĒbut it doesn’t just occur in animals. There’s even some plant life that has the potential to give off that lovely, ethereal glow. And as Mark Rober shows us in the video above, you can even harness that power to become your very own natural, eerie, and totally beautiful light source.

Because fortunately for us, bioluminescent sea algae is perfect for our purposes and just happens to be¬†for sale¬†as a water mixture on our good ol’ friend, the internet.

Making a Stunning, Glow-in-the-Dark Fountain Is Surprisingly Simple

The only problem is that, to get that nice blue sheen, the water has to be constantly in motion. Which is where Rober got the genius idea to make use of a flowing zen fountain. The algae in the water will, unfortunately, eventually run out of energy and thus light, but until that happens, you’ve got yourself a fantastically clever and stunning lamp to light up the night.

New DIY Kit Turns Household Items Into Drones (PopSci.com)

Your own evil empire is just within your grasp! Even as 3-D printing is working with liquid metals at room temp, you can now turn your old motherboards, keyboards, mice, and more into the unmanned vehicles you’ve always wanted thanks to Jasper van Loenen’s Vimeo video.

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This 3-D printing kit lets you transform any sufficiently light object into a flying quadrotor.

DIY Keyboard Drone
DIY Keyboard Drone Jasper van Loenen, via Vimeo

Really, why shouldn’t keyboards fly? A new suitcase-size kit by Dutch artist Jasper van Loenen lets you attach four rotors to almost any object so that you can¬†fly it like a drone.

The kit includes instructions for 3-D printing four clamps that screw into the object and hold the mounts for propellers. You also need to 3-D print a body to house the electronics, which include a radio receiver, flight controller, bluetooth module, and four motors, each with an electronic speed controller.

The software for piloting the drone comes from OpenPilot, an open source autopilot and stabilization project. A full parts list can be found here, and the DIY drone even has an Instructables page.

In the video below, van Loenen drone-ifies a bicycle tire, a keyboard, a boogie board, a book, and an old landline phone. The possibilites are constrained almost entirely by physics‚ÄĒtoo heavy an object and the motors can’t lift it, too weirdly shaped and it won’t be able to fly straight. For now, there’s no camera included in the plans, so the pilot has to remain in sight of the drone.

DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0 from Jasper van Loenen on Vimeo.

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