Tag Archives | Modification

…Scooters can be customized?

Japanese Customized Scooters

Apparently the new trend in Japan is customized scooters that have been lowered, chromed, painted and tuned.

Since Japan brought us the rice rocket, could this be the next trend in vehicle modification?

[Pink Tentacle – Japanese Custom Scooters]

…You can make your own Keyport?

Leatherman KEYman Keyport Hack

Sure, you could spend $300 on a Keyport to keep your keys in one convenient location, but with a little bit of clever modification to a Leatherman Micra, you can make your own flip out key storage gizmo that takes up less space, and impresses more with its DIY attitude.

Follow the link below for a step-by-step guide to making your own.

[Leatherman KEYman]

[Via: Toolmonger]

…Your alarm can be deadly?

Phaser Blasted Alarm Clock

Have you ever just wanted to shoot your alarm in the morning and go back to bed?

(Or perhaps the better question is, have you ever NOT wanted to shoot your alarm in the morning and go back to bed?)

Well now you can, thanks to a clever bit of electronic hacking and modification.

The Phaser Blasted Alarm Clock uses a gaming gun to shoot the alarm to sleep, and also integrates a tilt sensor so that you can change the time and set the alarm using just the gun itself.

[Instructables – Phaser Blasted Alarm Clock]

[Via: MAKE: Blog]

…It’s Website Wednesday: CGSphere?

Sphere Project

The Sphere Project is a place “dedicated to the evolution of technical and creative 3D sphere design”, where 3D creatives can go to show off their handiwork.

The goal is to create a captivating and visually appealing sphere from the provided sphere scene using a 3D program and renderer of choice. Anyone is allowed to submit, provided they follow the rules, and a voting system brings the best submissions to the top. Clever ideas, thoughtful execution, technical expertise, and dazzing presentation are all considered, and the making the front page means you’re among the best of the best.

Spheres

Submitted spheres can focus on modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing modifications, or a combination of any of the above, though above all, creativity and cleverness will win over most of the judges.

Why a sphere?

    The sphere is arguably one of the most basic and fundamental primitives in computer graphics. Its uniformly curved structure allows for wide field of view coverage, as well as full diffuse tonal range shading. When reflective, its convex shape can reveal more of it’s surrounding environment than any other primitive, and when refractive it can bend surrounding light into a single concentrated caustic point. The sphere is an inherent form chaotically evident in nature and continually apparent in man-made designs. From the smallest atomic structures to the largest planetary globes, the sphere continues to be perhaps the most common geometric form in existence.

Think you have what it takes?

[CGSphere – Sphere Project]

[Via: Core77]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Mercedes-McLaren SLR 722 GT?

Mercedes-McLaren SLR 722 GT

Refusing to leave well enough alone, Mercedes-McLaren have taken their SLR supercar and turned it into a club-racing monster, called the SLR 722 GT.

Developed in conjunction with British motorsports company RML Group, and designed for the handful of very rich drivers who can afford to pony up the one million pounds it takes to get behind the wheel of one of the 21 being made, the 722 GT features modifications to the suspension, braking, aerodynamics, interior and exhaust of a normal SLR. In total, more than 400 components have been either replaced or redesigned.

Power comes in the form of a supercharged AMG 5.5L V8 that is rated at 671 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque.

Eye appeal upgrades include a new front apron with front splitter, wide wings, prominent side skirts, a rear diffuser, and an airplane sized wing on the back.

Now, you’ve just got to track down one of those Ferrari FXX Evoluzione owners and challenge him to a race.

Ahh, the life of the rich.

[Via: Motor Authority]