How to change an iPhone 5 screen in 3 minutes

By Sébastien Page on Jan 26, 2013

In the DIY category, this one might come in handy to those of you who accidentally dropped their iPhone 5 and broke the screen. In this video, we are showed how to change the iPhone 5 screen in just about 3 minutes.

Note that the iPhone 5 screen is integrated with the digitizer and is replaced with the entire front assembly. Of course, you’ll need a few tools to do the job, namely a Pentalobe screwdriver, a plastic pry tool, and a suction cup, all of them available for less than $3 on Amazon. Of course, you’ll also need the digitizer frame assembly as well.

 

Check out this awesome DIY Angry Birds controller

By Cody Lee on Aug 10, 2012

What do you get when you combine an Arduino-based microcontroller, a hacked motorized slider and one of the most popular video games of all time? The Super Angry Birds force feedback USB controller.

The DIY (do it yourself) controller simulates the game’s slingshot, giving you full control over both the angle and power at which the birds are launched. It’s hard to explain, you just have to see it in action… Read More

 

Weird Way To Improve Your iPhone 4′s Reception

By Alex Heath on Mar 20, 2011

Still suffering from the antennagate problem with the iPhone 4? How about spotty coverage on AT&T?

A strange and inventive method will supposedly help your reception strength. Next time you find yourself with crummy coverage, put your iPhone in a glass. You probably want to make sure it’s empty first…

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Use the iPhone to Enable GPS on the iPad While Tethering

By Alex Heath on Mar 16, 2011

If you don’t pony up the cash for a 3G-enabled iPad 2, you won’t get the GPS capabilities of a carrier network connection. That means that, unless you are connected to a Wifi access point, the maps functionality of the iPad will not be able to track your location or give you live directions, etc.

The internal GPS is definitely one of the biggest pros for the 3G models of the iPad. With an internal GPS, the iPad can be a great navigation tool for your car’s dashboard. So, what can you do to get GPS on the iPad 2 without a 3G connection?

A new report claims that you can use the iPhone’s data connection through tethering to enable GPS functionality on the iPad

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DIY: the $100 iPhone Stand

By Sébastien Page on Sep 30, 2010

It had been a while since we saw one of these creative DIY iPhone stands. While doing my morning reading I came across this video on TUAW showing designer Enrique Pardo turning a $100 bill into an origami iPhone stand.

Of course this would perfectly work with a $1 bill but we ain’t that cheap ;) Read More

 

Can’t Wait for the iPhone 4? Get This DIY Paper iPhone 4 Now

By Sébastien Page on Jun 11, 2010

We’re still about 2 weeks away from the official release of the iPhone 4. If you’re like me, you’re probably counting every minute of it. Rejoice because the wait is almost over.

You can now get your very own iPhone 4 in paper by downloading the template here and by cutting, folding and sticking the different parts.

Alright, it’s now time for me to go show off my paper iPhone 4 at the mall. Later!

 

Original iPhone Stand Made Of Pencils and Rubber Bands

By Sébastien Page on Jan 22, 2009

It had been a while since we had seen an original DIY accessory. I found this one at Geeky Gadget via Life Hacker. Fatgadget shows us how he made a pretty ingenious iPhone stand from rubber bands and pencils.

 

iPhone External Keyboard

By Sébastien Page on Dec 31, 2008

This is an interesting concept developed by Ralf Ackermann…

An external iphone / ipod touch keyboard – using a more “mainstream approach”. The keyboard (it’s a standard Freedom Universal Keyboard) uses the Bluetooth SPP (Serial Port) profile to talk with a Robotech Bluetooth module ( www.tigal.com/product.asp?pid=1124 ). This module is placed in a modified iphone battery sleeve and connected to the iphone serial port. The jailbroken iphone runs veency (a VNC server) and a tiny libvncclient based VNC client for keyboard event injection to whatever application you use.

All schematics and source code to appear on www.ubiqkom.org soon.

More photos here.

 

DIY Cardboard iPhone Dock

By Sébastien Page on Nov 25, 2008

In the iPhone DIY category, we can now add the DIY iPhone dock made out of cardboard. The guys over at Geeky Gadgets posted complete instructions on how to make your own cardboard dock by downloading a template and following the simple directions. Definitely not as classy looking as the DIY iPhone speakers, but there is potential…

Let us know if you have made your own accessories for your iPhone and we will feature them on the blog.

 

DIY iPhone Speakers

By Sébastien Page on Nov 16, 2008

These speakers could have easily been designed by MacGyver but it’s designer Dmitry Zagga who came out with this brilliant, yet simple idea. Made out of 2 cups, 2 toothpicks and a set of earplugs, these DIY iPhone speakers won’t compete with your real speakers but it will certainly increase the volume of your earbuds; the sound being magnified due to the shape of the cup. More pictures after the break. Read More

 

DIY iPhone Landscape Stand

By Sébastien Page on Nov 10, 2008

Inspired by Nathan Barry’s iPhone alarm clock stand, gbzphoto decided to create his own DIY alarm clock stand. The result is pretty amazing. gbzphoto has more images on his Flickr account.

 

DIY iPhone Picture Frame

By Sébastien Page on Oct 21, 2008

That’s amazing how creative people can be! We’ve seeing more and more of these DIY accessories and I really like that. The latest DIY creation comes from LifeHacker’s reader Gorodin, who after being inspired by the DIY alarm clock stand, decided to share his own hack. Gorodin says:

I recently saw the DIY iPhone-Turned-Alarm-Clock Stand. This inspired me to share my own hack using the black plastic iPhone packaging, two jumbo binder clips, and some double-sided tape. I dremeled out a notch to accommodate my charging cable, but that’s optional. It’s great for watching a show while working in my home office. It also gives the illusion of less clutter than just leaving the iPhone sitting on the desk, taking up space.

Do any of you have some cool DIY hacks like this? If so, send us an email!

More pictures at LifeHacker.

 

DIY iPhone Alarm Clock Stand

By Sébastien Page on Oct 18, 2008

In the DIY series, we had the paperclip iPhone stand, the iPhone binder clip dock, and now we have the iPhone alarm clock stand. Nathan Barry, the creator of this cheap alternative to an iPhone stand, used the plastic packaging that the iPhone 3G came in and used a sharp carving knife to craft it. Nathan says:

I’d been after a nice looking digital clock for the bedroom for ages, so I was pleased with the ‘Digital Clock’ app from the iPhone App Store. It’s quite customizable (colour, brightness and digit style) and auto-rotates. Only problem is you have to leave it on all night – which used to drain the battery almost flat, until I discovered the ‘Airplane Mode’!

You can see his pictures on Flickr, here and here.

 

DIY iPhone Binder Clip Dock

By Sébastien Page on Oct 2, 2008

If you liked what I posted earlier this week on how to make an iPhone stand with a paperclip, you will appreciate this video found on Make on how to make an iPhone dock, using binder clips. It doesn’t look really easy to do but the result is pretty good. If you try this at home, please send us pictures!

 

DIY paperclip iPhone stand

By Sébastien Page on Sep 30, 2008

How smart is this guy? While some of us would spend $50 in an iPhone or iPod Touch stand, our friends Dean and Ying created their own for just about $0.01. How? Simply by using a paperclip. That has to be the cheapest iPhone accessory you can find. The guys were kind enough to also provide you with a PDF template to make your own. Check them out!