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Did you know you can turn a computer mouse into a camera? You probably shouldn’t, but you can (video)

Mouse modern computer mice feature optical sensors that track the position of your mouse as you move it over a flat surface. But you know what else uses optical sensors? Cameras. So can you use a mouse as a camera? Kind of. YouTuber Doctor Volt turned an old Logitech mouse into a camera. But it’s […]

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ZeroWriter: Open source, DIY E Ink typewriter that costs about $200 (or less) to build

The ZeroWriter is a portable, distraction-free writing device that combines a compact keyboard with an even smaller E Ink display. It’s also an open-source, DIY gadget that you can build yourself using parts that cost about $200 or less, although you will need access to a 3D printer (or 3D printing shop) to build the chassis. […]

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NucDeck transforms a 4×4 NUC mainboard into a DIY, open source handheld gaming PC

There are a growing number of handheld gaming PCs on the market, with a wide variety of designs, features, and performance levels. Some are even a little customizable, allowing you to increase the storage or even replace the screen with an after-market upgrade. But you know what’s really customizable? A DIY solution that’s designed to let […]

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FriendlyELEC CM3588 NAS kit features 4 M.2 slots and 2.5 GbE Ethernet

FriendlyELEC’s new CM3588 NAS Kit is a versatile little computer that effectively lets you build your own network-attached storage or video device. At its heart is a compute module with a Rockchip RK3588 processor, but that module snaps onto a feature-packed carrier board with 4 M.2 2280 slots with support for PCIe Gen 3 x1 […]

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Framework Mainboard powers this modular, upgradable handheld gaming PC

There’s no shortage of handheld gaming PCs on the market today, and more arriving all the time. But hardware hacker Pitstoptech has taken a novel approach to the concept, by designing a modular, upgradeable handheld gaming PC. The current prototype has all all the features you’d expect of a good current-gen handheld PC, but since […]

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Blackberry Pi is a pocket-sized device that runs a full Linux-based OS

If you’re looking for a Linux-based handheld PC these days, there are plenty of off-the-shelf kits you can purchase. But if you’ve got the parts, desire and skill why not build something like the Blackberry Pi yourself? The device you see here started out as a Gameboy-inspired build, but maker IMBalENce had always wanted to […]

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Lilbits: Cortana for Windows is dead, Brave Search doesn’t rely on Bing anymore, and a DIY handheld Linux PC

It’s hard building a search engine from scratch, which is probably why privacy-centric web browser DuckDuckGo relies on Bing for its search index. But when privacy-focused browser company Brave launched a search engine a few years ago, the company did build its own search index… but still relied on Bing for image and video search. Now […]

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Raspberry Pi-based Decktility cyberdeck is inspired by a love of 90s handhelds

Maker Ken Van Hoeylandt, who goes by ByteWelder online, has been tinkering with code and electronics for years. His latest project is a slick open source cyberdeck he calls Decktility. The system is built around a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 and its powerful Broadcom BCM2711 processor. An Arduino helps manage power and a compact […]

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OURphone is a DIY Raspberry Pi-powered Linux smartphone

Folks have been using Raspberry Pi computers to build smartphones and other mobile devices for almost as long as Raspberry Pi hardware has been around. But developer Evan Robinson’s new OURphone is a new build that does an impressive job of balancing features, price, and open source design. It’s kind of chunky though. The OURphone […]

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PotatoP is a purpose-built, low-power laptop with up to 2 years of battery life

Most laptop computers have battery life that’s measured in hours. Some offer “all-day” battery life. The PotatoP is a homemade laptop that should run for up to 2 years on a charge. The catch is that it won’t do many of the things you’d expect from a modern laptop. But developer Andreas Eriksen says the […]

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Framework Mainboard breathes new life into the classic ThinkPad 701C with a “butterfly” keyboard

The IBM ThinkPad 701C and was one of the most unusual laptop computers released in the 1990s thanks to a sliding keyboard system that allowed IBM to pack a full-sized keyboard into a notebook that measured just 9.7″ x 7.9″ x 1.7″. First launched in 1995, the laptop was discontinued later that same year. And even […]

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This DIY e-paper instant camera is like a digital polaroid (for ephemeral photos)

E Ink screens can display a static image indefinitely without consuming any power. So while they’re probably best known for their use in eBook readers, they’ve become increasingly popular options for digital signage such as price tags. But one hacker came up with another use for small E Ink displays: photography. Cameron Dowd’s e-paper instant […]

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DIY Triple Screen Laptop is a portable multi-display computer, but it probably won’t fit on your lap

It’s easy to set up multiple displays at your desk, giving you more space for viewing apps, documents, and other content. It’s a lot trickier to do that on the go. You could buy a USB monitor and plug it into your laptop. Or you could completely reimagine what a portable multi-display computer would look […]