Made by Monkeys: Outsourcing

MWC 2014 - The weird, the wacky and the absent

Mobile World Congress and Embedded World came not alone, notes David Manners. As well as the phones and tablets, there was the weird, the wacky,  the wonderful  and the absent. With Embedded World and Mobile World Congress this week we get, along with phones and tablets, the weird, the wacky…

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More Heath Robinson aircons

It’s always great to receive reader submissions to the blog, so thanks to Nick for thinking of us and sending this one in. The post on DIY air-con – Home-brewed air conditioning – caught his eye. Nick writes…

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Microwave membrane substitution

Here’s another good one from the excellent website There, I Fixed It.com. Necessity is indeed sometimes the mother of invention, and while this may not look very elegant, it does seem to do the trick. But we still think it fits quite nicely in our Don’t-Try…

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Apple blames it on the formula

The iPhone 4 antenna issue has taken another turn. After having initially scapegoated southpaws, Apple is now pointing the finger of blame at the formula used to calculate how many bars of signal strength are displayed… And while Apple has promised issue a free software update within a few weeks…

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I can't believe someone makes... Numerist clocks

Enough with the faceless watches, you say (passim here, here, and here)? Well, check out this wall clock instead. One for very special mathematicians. No more 9 o’clock, but 21 (4) o’clock. No more 6 o’clock, but 3! o’clock… See what we are doing here? Base…

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Gadget axeman riffs on smartphones-guitar

Wow! What do you make of this entry to our Homebrewed collection? A “guitar” made from smartphones, with the help of some drum sequencers and guitar apps. The Belgian gadgeteer, steffest, writes…

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Impossible objects #11: The inside-out salt shaker

Silly, I know, but it made me laugh – the “Saltside Out” salt shaker. Thanks to Technabob for this one: A clever handblown glass design by Jason Amendolara puts a glass void where the salt shaker would normally go, and the salt in the glass cylinder on the outside of the…

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I can't believe someone makes.... USB construction sites

The planet is dying, we need to conserve resources. We need to go green, and reuse and recycle. Not waste precious electricity powering pointless diversions. I can’t believe someone makes a USB-pwered construction site model set…. Though, you could possibly reuse the bollards as Christmas fairy lights. And…

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