5 Homemade Geeky Gadgets You Can’t Find in Stores

Joshua Lockhart 03-07-2012

cool homemade gadgetsEver imagined a robot 8 Robot Quadrotor Videos Suggest A Scary Future Many technological advances have a scary side to them, pointing towards a future where humanity is in danger of being overrun by intelligent machines which no longer need us. If they ever decide they don't... Read More cameraman? What about your own affordable grappling hook? It’s too bad no one has invented anything like that stuff, yet. Bummer, right? No. These things have already been invented, and their inventors are people like you and me.


I’m lying. These people are a lot smarter than me, and I could never invent anything like they have.

Below, we have five cool homemade gadgets for you to check out including what’s already been mentioned. Beyond that, you’ll find videos of machines that will help you capture photos of lions, bypass Google Glass The 7 Best Google Project Glass Parody Videos After months of rumors regarding a move into augmented reality, Google finally unveiled its Project Glass initiative at the beginning of April. Apart from a few photographs of annoying models wearing an early version of... Read More , and even climb walls. With all that said, we have some nifty stuff for you today. So buckle in, champ. MakeUseOf is going to take you through some toys you won’t find in stores.

The SmartTripod

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Engineered by Arthur Wait for Microsoft’s Robotics@Home, the SmartTripod does something that up until now was only imagined in futuristic, sci-fi films. Wait’s machine is a mobile tripod that – using an Xbox 360 Kinect 5 Microsoft Xbox Kinect Hacks That'll Blow Your Mind Read More – acts as an autonomous camera operator. No. I’m not kidding.

The device is programmed to physically follow its subject on wheels (while avoiding potential obstacles and collisions – Roomba-style) while at the same time contextually pointing the camera by either following on-screen action or recognizing subtle hand signal cues. Waits created the SmartTripod for YouTube show hosts who tend to be a one-man band. Even still, I believe this machine could very well see itself in the hands of professionals in the future.

Grappling Hook Launcher

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It may not have a touch screen, battery pack, or Wi-Fi capable abilities, but the Grappling Hook Launcher is exactly what you need to be the Batman of your neighborhood. This machine utilizes the simple mechanics of air pressure to in order to shoot its grapple at the designated target, and let me be clear – this thing shoots high. Constructed by Christian Reed using only a Nerf gun, a fire extinguisher, and a few other odds and ends, this device is sure to MacGyver you out of any situation.

Are you stuck with your mother-in-law at dinner? Whip out the Grappling Hook Launcher. Have you just been asked for a charity donation 7 Apps and Websites to Help You Give Money to Charity Give more money to charity and become a more engaged human citizen by using these 7 apps and websites. Read More after ordering at your favorite fast food restaurant? Bam. Grappling Hook Launcher. This device is pretty nifty, and since Reed has provided a how-to via Instructables, you can make your own.


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Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas wanted a practical way to take pictures of lions without getting their heads eaten off. So instead of finding a nameless wanderer to take the risk, they created the BeetleCam. The BeetleCam is a simple device that takes DSLRs Start Shooting With These 4 DSLR Video Tutorial Sites Recently, I covered a little bit of DSLR video for those of you stepping out to see the low-cost solution to production. My focus has been on helping those who don't necessarily do much video... Read More on wheels into the wilderness to take photos of African wildlife.

The brothers’ prototype was almost lost to a lion (the camera did not survive), so they recently set out to create a better, protected version. Nowadays, you’ll see the BeetleCam with rock-like armor to prevent any damage being done.

Homemade HUD

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Google Glass Why An Augmented Reality Future (Google Project Glass) Scares Me [Opinion] At the beginning of April Google unveiled Project Glass, a new effort to bring smartphone functionality to your eyeball(s). And that's not me overstating the case. This is a HUD (Heads-Up Display) offering augmented reality,... Read More  can move over because Matthew Kwan has already made his own personal HUD using a baseball cap, some duct tape, and an HTC smartphone. The device isn’t exactly pretty to look at, but seeing that it’s only a prototype, things are forgivable. Kwan noticed something about all of today’s HUDs – they don’t offer a full field of view.

With that said, he set out to create an immersive HUD offering a complete wrap-around screen. Hopefully, if this were to ever hit the market, the device won’t be tied together with a rubber band and an alligator clip. However, with Kwan’s genius, I believe it would be just fine even if it was.

Wall-Climbing Device

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It seems like we have an unintentional superhero theme with this article. First, there was the Batman grappling hook. Then there was the Iron Man HUD. Now? Well, we have Spider-Man hands.

Hibiki Kino was just your average teenage boy that does a little technological engineering on the side. Using suction cups and vacuums, the kid made a device that allowed him to climb walls. At first glance, the video may not be the impressive. However, you should stick around and watch a little longer. After thinking about it, you may change your mind.


So that’s a wrap, folks. However, these are just five homemade geeky gadgets out of tons more! Hopefully, we can show a few more in the future. What other homemade geeky gadgets do you know of? Have you made any of your own?

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  1. Deepika
    October 27, 2012 at 8:58 am


  2. Deepika
    October 27, 2012 at 8:58 am


  3. Deepika
    October 27, 2012 at 8:58 am


  4. fritz Richard
    August 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    i really like your articles sir.. keep them coming.. :D

  5. Terafall
    July 8, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I won't be surprised if any one of these people become superhero

  6. Yudono Ra
    July 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    re: wall climbing device

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Understood, friend.

  7. Yudono Ra
    July 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    yeah, now i can be like spiderman right?

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 5, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Just in time for the new movie, eh?

  8. Mohit Tandon
    July 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I wish I had so much time! lol..

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Even if I had that kind of time... I don't think I could do this.

  9. Tanguy Djokovic
    July 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

    some people have way too much time on their hand ^^

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Spider-man hands, maybe?

  10. Reý Aetar
    July 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    creativity booms if one has that plenty of resources ;)

    • Mitesh Budhabhatti
      July 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Resources booms if one has creativity ?!!

      • Reý Aetar
        July 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        surely but lack of resources also kills creativity

        • Joshua Lockhart
          July 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

          Ah, but couldn't creativity boom if one has no resources? Look up MacGyver.

      • Joshua Lockhart
        July 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

        That could be safely said, I believe.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

      And time. Lots of time.