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AKB48 – Computer Generated Band Member

Here’s a shocking surprise, the Japanese girl band AKB48’s Eguchi Aimi is not a real human being but a computer-generated singing machine based on all the facial features of everyone else in the band.

The fact is that yes, she looks exactly like the others. Literally. The big eyes, the juicy lips, the perfect cheeks, the cute chin, the blinding smile and the angelical look belong to the other six member of AKB48. Eguchi Aimi is not a real person, she has been composed in a computer using parts from her fellow band members. Her fans, who are legion, just learn abou

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How to Make a DIY Touchpad Input Device!

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Adding a touch-input to your next project can enhance its user experience but did you know that a simple touchpad isn’t rocket science but do-able under budget?

Giorgos Lazaridis shows you (and even shares his circuit diagrams) on how to make such DIY touchpad input device, and believe me, no one wants to push physical buttons these days.

I made this circuit, because i faced several problems with the touch-pad for my keycode doorlock project. I tried many dif

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How do Fiber Optic Cables Work?

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For years, I knew fiber optic cables works by transmitting light (instead of electricity), which travels at speed of light and probably the future of all cables. Well, for those of you who don’t understand the ins and outs of fiber optics, here’s a great demo by the Engineer guy who shows you how light can travel in liquid, similar to how fiber optics work.

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DIY Receipt Printer Racing Game!

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How would you make video games in a world where LCD displays didn’t exist?

Well, there’s actually an answer for that, use a receipt printer to literally print your screen while you try to make through the maze, as shown on this DIY receipt printer racing game.

No matter how pointless and wasteful this game seems, I am sure it has some good applications to other projects.

The game is played on a receipt printer, a common device you can see at every convenient store. It prints those papers you usually find crumbled up in your pockets, just to throw the

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HP TouchPad Now Available Everywhere!

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HP TouchPad is now finally here everywhere!  I still remember getting my first Palm Pre, which runs the same WebOS that the TouchPad runs.  I still think WebOS is better than both Android and iOS as far as intuitive multi-touch plus apps can easily be erased from the RAM using the card system.

WebOS is more close to

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How to Install A Chandelier!

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Ever wonder if you could a chandelier to your rooms with no hanging lights? If you have access to your attic, this might not be such a hard task so long as you have some tools and wire up some power lines to your desired room.

Here’s three great videos on YouTube that can help you install a chandelier:

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World’s Smallest Portable Fire Extinguisher!

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Here’s a great idea for protecting yourself against fire, you can put it in your house, car, or even your pocket, a small portable fire extinguisher size of a remote control! This should be the world’s smallest fire extinguisher yet.

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Airport Prank at Dallas Airport!

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Ever get stuck at an airport? Watch this hilarious video of Joe Ayala and Larry Chen (photographers for Speedhunters and Drifotos) who got stuck at Dallas Airport with their $30,000 camera equipment and decided to make a movie about airport pranking. Wait, did they forget to plank?

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How to Make an Android Bluetooth Garage Door Opener!

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Here’s a really simple garage door opener which you can easily to yourself to make an Android bluetooth garage door opener using a bluetooth headset and transistor.

The idea is simple that a bluetooth headset’s amplifier produces a small signal when connected by your Android device, that can be connected to your garage door’s motorhead signal inputs and voila, you’ve got an Android garage door opener with no programming, just hit connect/disconnect on your phone.  Brilliant!

The author has even wrote a

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Digital Electronic Peephole!

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Here’s another useful gadget for the home, especially if you tend to leave your wife and kids alone while you are at work, a digital electronic peephole that lets you see your visitors at the push of a button via its LCD.

Traditional peepholes had the problem that sometimes your visitors can tell if someone is home or not, this one effectively solves that problem by using a camera and LCD.

Now, if you wa

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