Made in Oakland: How one city turned into an art and maker mecca

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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I felt like I had walked into a scene out of Mad Max. Inside a fenced-in lot sat a broken-down beige Nissan hatchback. The ground was covered with a blanket of gravel that kicked up with every step. Shipping containers surrounded me on all sides and a row of retired buses formed a fortress of derelict industry. I looked up. On top of every bus was a torrent of activity, with people toiling away with hammers and saws and welding torches and power grinders.

After just staring for a bit, I walked over to one of the buses and thumped my fist against it. The rain of sparks pouring from above me stopped, and a shirtless man wearing a welding mask and bandoleer across his chest peered over the edge of the bus. I shouted, “Hey, this is NIMBY, right?”

The man popped up his mask and a white smile peered out just above his soot-covered neck. He shouted back: “Hell yeah, this is NIMBY!”

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Get geek swag delivered to your door with these three services

Elizabeth Fish Contributor, TechHive

Elizabeth Fish is a freelance writer who happens to run a hyperlocal news website in Lincoln, UK. She also covers all things geeky for TechHive.
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We may be adults, but let's be honest, we all still love our toys here, be it Lego sets, figurines, or plushies. If you're looking to have the finest of geek loot without spending a fortune, there are a few services around that will deliver a box of nerd each month, for $20 or less.

Nerdblock

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Lazy Glasses let you lie down to game, read, or watch TV

Chris Brandrick Contributor, TechHive

Chris Brandrick is a freelance writer with an interest in all things tech, gadgets, and gaming.
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Put your feet up and get ready to relax like you’ve never relaxed before. Nerd emporium ThinkGeek has a new pair of specs that are perfect for your more leisurely moments.

The appropriately named Lazyglasses are designed with horizontal viewing in mind. Thanks to built-in mirrored lenses, you can lean back on your sofa and watch the latest episode of Breaking Bad without having to sit up like a chump. Yup—you can lie back and read, game, or watch TV at a 90-degree angle.

Such a luxury will set you back around $16, but ask yourself, can you really put a price on comfort, no matter how stupid you may look wearing these? I think not.

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These Lego Nintendo 64 Transformers will make you regret giving Lego sets away

Elizabeth Fish Contributor, TechHive

Elizabeth Fish is a freelance writer who happens to run a hyperlocal news website in Lincoln, UK. She also covers all things geeky for TechHive.
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While I love posting interesting Lego projects on GeekTech, never before has it been so exciting to write about Lego as right now. Check out Baron von Brunk's latest Nintendo 64 Lego Transformers.

The artist's new Lego project consists of four transformers, all made from original Lego pieces or Technic parts. Theres a Lego Nintendo 64 (Ultra Hexacon), a controller (Tetragon), a Donkey Kong cartridge and a James Bond Goldeneye cartridge, all of which turn into robots smoothly—no need to remove parts or rebuild.

A contest this summer actually spurred Baron von Brunk's Legoformers project. The cartridge Transformers apparently took the longest to make, due to the difficulty involved with the dynamics of turning a box into a cool ape or scorpion. Personally, though, I think these are the best.

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Here’s the entire cast of Final Fantasy VII 3D-printed into real life

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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These are awesome: Joaquin Baldwin, a Walt Disney Animation Studios digital cinematographer, perfectly 3D-printed the entire cast of Final Fantasy VII into real life. It’s a beautifully painted group of 26 low-polygon figurines, and it’s really neat to see that the blocky 32-bit PlayStation graphics don’t look dated in real life.

If you want to check out more of Joaquin’s 3D printed art you can buy yourself a couple of prints from his Shapeways store—including that delicious looking Möbius Bacon Strip.

Joaquin Baldwin

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Spiri is a flying robotic development platform for your dreams of global domination

Jacob Siegal Contributor, TechHive

Jacob Siegal spends a vast majority of his time surrounded with and invested in technology and media, so he decided he may as well start writing about it. You can find more of his writing at Game Rant and his topical tweets @JacobSiegal.


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Pleiades’s Spiri autonomous flying robot is a unique take on the quadrotor helicopter. Most remote control helicopters are designed around the idea that your interactions will be focused around maneuvering the device. By giving Spiri a (Linux-operated) brain, Pleiades wants to shift the focus and make this robot a programmable companion.

Spiri comes equipped with plenty of features as well, including three cameras, 4 GB of storage, GPS capabilities, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connections. Pleiades lists Spiri's battery life at only fifteen minutes per flight, but once Spiri begins to fade, it will automatically travel back to its charging perch and refuel. After recharging, it’s straight back to work.

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Meet the flying man: Martin jetpack approved for manned test flights

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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Jetpacks. The ultimate in retro-futuristic transportation is finally at hand. New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority has finally given Martin Aircraft approval for manned jetpack tests, which means that, yes, we will have real jet-setting rocketeers flying over the New Zealand sky.

The jetpack—which looks like the hottest, sexiest go-kart ever—is powered by a 200-horsepower, four-cylinder V-engine that pushes power to two 1.7-foot-wide fans. Although the jetpack will only go as high as 20 feet in the air in the test flights, it supposedly can reach an altitude of around 8000 feet. It’s also capable of flying for 30 minutes and at speeds of around 60 miles per hour.

Martin Aircraft
Badass.
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