Boing Boing: This guy cobbled together off-the-shelf AI tools to make an impressive digital assistant

Boing Boing: This guy cobbled together off-the-shelf AI tools to make an impressive digital assistant . “Consumer-grade AI has gotten a lot better and a lot cheaper. Here, a guy used UnrealEngine’s Metahuman, Stable Diffusion, and OpenAI’s Whisper and GPT3 to make a digital assistant that understands what he says and creates art on command.”

Elecrow CrowPi L: Chromebook Killer for Creatives? (Make)

Make Zine: Elecrow CrowPi L: Chromebook Killer for Creatives?. “Raspberry Pi-powered laptops are not anything new, with offerings from Pi-Top, Kano, and Elecrow themselves, not to mention homebrew projects from makers, the desire to create a fully featured computing device based around the Pi is almost as old as the venerable board itself. The CrowPi L, however, represents a ready-to-run, full-featured maker lab in a box, with a price point and capabilities similar to a low-end Chromebook – but seemingly much more potential.”

Review Geek: You Can Now Access iFixit’s Entire Catalog Offline

Review Geek: You Can Now Access iFixit’s Entire Catalog Offline. “To many people, the internet is an invasive, essential, and ever-present force. But nearly half of the world’s population lacks home or mobile internet access, and even in ‘developed’ nations, the internet is held together by superglue. That’s why iFixit has made the entirety of its guides available offline.”

From the Workshop to the War: Creative Use of Drones Lifts Ukraine (New York Times)

New York Times: From the Workshop to the War: Creative Use of Drones Lifts Ukraine . “Ukraine still uses advanced military drones supplied by its allies for observation and attack, but along the frontline the bulk of its drone fleet are off-the-shelf products or hand-built in workshops around Ukraine — a myriad of inexpensive, plastic craft adapted to drop grenades or anti-tank munitions.”

Ars Technica: Apple launches self-service repair program for iPhone users in the US

Ars Technica: Apple launches self-service repair program for iPhone users in the US. “Apple describes the program in a blog post and closely matches what was previously announced. You can now visit an online ‘Self Service Repair Store’ to read repair manuals and order tools and parts. The store is only available in the United States for now, but it’s coming to other countries later this year.”

MakeUseOf: 6 DIY 3D Scanners You Can Build at Home

MakeUseOf: 6 DIY 3D Scanners You Can Build at Home. “The cost of buying a decent 3D scanner ranges from $700 to $10,000 at the highest end. On the other hand, building a DIY 3D scanner can cost less than $200—some even as little as $35. Depending on the resolution of your homemade 3D scanner, you will still have to work to tidy up the 3D model so that it can be used for things like 3D printing, game development, or perhaps design prototyping. But overall, it will still speed up the design process when compared to building a model from scratch.”

Spotted on Reddit: Makerbook

Spotted on Reddit: Makerbook. It’s a specialty search engine for finding woodworking, metal fabrication, or blacksmithing shops in your area that will let you rent the use of their space. The advanced search is decent, allowing you to filter by tool or experience level, but I don’t see any kind of About page or changelog as more information is added to the site.

Click2Houston: Beat winter break boredom with free DIY activities

Click2Houston: Beat winter break boredom with free DIY activities. “Vanessa Raponi is a Product Development Engineer with Spin Master. She and her team has created a new website called the Future of Play with free activities that teach kids how their favorite toys are made through easy DIY activities. The website walks you through one of these fun at-home projects and explains the science behind each…”

Tom’s Hardware: How to Build a Tweeting Weather Bot with Raspberry Pi

Tom’s Hardware: How to Build a Tweeting Weather Bot with Raspberry Pi. “When I first started getting into programming, one of my mentors built a project where he took an image every day, overlaid the current weather, and tweeted it. I remember at the time thinking there was no way I could ever build something that complicated. Fast forward to now, it’s a relatively simple thing to put together – and in my opinion, a great starter project for someone getting involved with programming. So with all those in mind, let’s build a twitter bot that takes a photo every day and tweets it out, using a Raspberry Pi.”

Tom’s Hardware: Nostalgic Raspberry Pi Radio Tunes to Music From Past Decades

Tom’s Hardware: Nostalgic Raspberry Pi Radio Tunes to Music From Past Decades. “The Raspberry Pi makes an excellent gift on its own, but getting one in a custom Time Machine Radio is remarkably fulfilling. This holiday, a maker known as Byte-rider created a custom Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W-powered radio for his father. This custom radio has a professional design and clean finish that we think looks fantastic. There is a dial on one side that can tune into different decades. The Pi reads this input to play only music from the selected decade.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Useful Things You Can Create With Your Old Floppy Disks

MakeUseOf: 6 Useful Things You Can Create With Your Old Floppy Disks. “Of course, there are tons of other creative uses for floppy disks, from lunch boxes to earrings. A quick search on Pinterest or Google for ‘recycled floppy disk’ will throw up more results than you can shake a stick at. But the six examples shown here provide a range of awesome projects from quick and easy, to challenging but worth it!”

Daily Record: Haynes offers new AutoFix digital help for motorists

Daily Record: Haynes offers new AutoFix digital help for motorists. “AutoFix has been designed to ensure that people new to motoring DIY can build skills over time as they get to grips with maintaining and repairing a car. So it covers simple but essential maintenance tasks such as identifying what warning lights mean, learning how to replace bulbs, guidance around monitoring tyre pressures and advice on fluid checks and top-ups.”

The Verge: Stream It Yourself

The Verge: Stream It Yourself. “Twitch is usually thought of as a place for streaming video games. And while that reputation is deserved — yes, a lot of people stream their gaming on Twitch — the site also has a surprising breadth of channels. Makers & Crafting is one of them; the category was created in 2018, after Twitch renamed ‘Hobbies & Crafts’ to better represent the many pros who streamed in it (in their words). According to Twitch Tracker, a website that logs Twitch statistics, the category averaged 520 viewers in September 2018, the month it was created. As of January 2021, Makers & Crafting was averaging 1,520 viewers, or about three times more.”