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After a brief hiatus, GeekBytes is back and ready to deliver all the news GeekTech couldn't leave uncovered, but in bite-sized chunks. In today's installment, Ben Heck makes a very special hack, exoskeletons take a step forward, and a camera kit takes you a step back in time.

Heck Creates Special Controller for Deserving Fan

It's no secret that we're big fans of Ben Heck and his great hacks, but he may have made us even bigger fans with his newest hack. In his latest episode of The Ben Heck Show, Ben shows a gaming controller he created for a 13-year-old boy suffering with Pompe disease--a nasty disorder that results in weakened muscles. Check out the finished result on Ben's latest podcast.

Wheelchair Users Trial Exoskeleton Suits

Researchers with the Kessler Foundation are testing six suits on wheelchair users with serious spinal injuries to see how these suits could benefit their overall health. The Kessler Foundation hopes to put the suit into even wider trials in 2012, and we could see exoskeletons being used in the home sooner rather than later. [via Engadget]

MIT Press' Robot Ethics Book Great Christmas Gift?

Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics by Patrick Lin sounds like an extremely tempting read for any geek. Published by MIT Press, the book studies the ethics surrounding robotics, looking at discussions, expert analysis and various interesting topics regarding the field as well as academic papers. It costs $36 for the hardback edition and $41 for a Kindle copy, and is currently available on Amazon. Find out more about the book from Patrick himself.

Camera Obscura Kit Is a Fascinating Look Into the Past

Looking for a gift for a camera lover? Take a look at the Camera Obscura Kit. As the name suggests, this $38 kit will transform just about any room with a window into a camera obscura. The kit works by covering the window in a sheet with a hole in it. Then, after setting up the lens and projector screen in the correct position around the hole, darken the room. Look through the lens and you'll see a bigger, upside down version of the outside world. [via Wired]

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