• Level Up Your Home Monitoring With Notion

    Level Up Your Home Monitoring With Notion

    We’re still a long way from finding the limits of what we can do with smart homes.  Surely, though, we’re getting there, especially with new products that deliver more advanced functionality than ever.  For instance, this new monitoring system called Notion, which opens up a whole load of possibilities for keeping tabs on everything that goes on around the house. Described as a “home intelligence system,” you can probably think of it as the next generation of home security.  More [...]

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  • Celebrate The Birth Of The Start Menu With This Windows 95 Backpack

    Celebrate The Birth Of The Start Menu With This Windows 95 Backpack

    Are you one of the people who expressed your excessively strong opinions about the lack of a Start bar in Windows 8 at any website where you can unleash an angry rant?   Are you one of those people who felt proper retribution when Microsoft backtracked and revived the Start Menu for the upcoming Windows 10?   Celebrate the momentous occasion with this homage to the operating system that debuted the desktop navigation staple that can’t be killed: the Windows 95 Backpack. [...]

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  • Kawasaki Ninja H2R Pushes The Superbike Envelope With 300 Horsepower

    Kawasaki Ninja H2R Pushes The Superbike Envelope With 300 Horsepower

    If excessive horsepower got motorcycles drunk, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R will die of an alcohol overdose before it even travels 100 miles.  Forget drinking a case of beer, this is like gobbling an entire truck, while downing whiskey shots on the side. Powered by a supercharged 998cc four-cylinder engine, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R boasts a whopping 300 horsepower.  For perspective, that’s 50% more power than the beastly Ducati 1199 Panigale R and Ducati 1199 Superleggera, both of which put out [...]

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  • These Space Keys Let You Carry A Lightsaber In Your Pocket

    These Space Keys Let You Carry A Lightsaber In Your Pocket

    Lightsabers are awesome.  You can use them to slay enemy Siths, deflect blaster bolts, and cut through most any substance with little resistance.  Now, you can use the vaunted energy blades to open your doors, too, with these lightsaber-themed Space Keys. No these aren’t keychains.  Instead, they’re actual key blanks that you can take to the locksmith to turn into a replacement for all the other lame keys in your Keysquare.  Well, most of them, anyway — make sure to [...]

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  • Camou Is The Cowboy Chair The Wild West Missed Out On

    Camou Is The Cowboy Chair The Wild West Missed Out On

    Modern cowboys don’t spend all their days on a horse in the field anymore.  They actually come inside the house, sit on a desk, and post pictures of the calf they corralled this morning on Facebook, too.  At least, that’s what I imagine they do (I actually have no idea).  But the Camou should definitely be the chair they sit on while doing all that. Designed by Christian Sjöström, it’s a chair that’s shaped like a saddle on a horse.  [...]

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  • Finally, A Valid Reason To Keep Nukes Around: Giant Asteroids

    Finally, A Valid Reason To Keep Nukes Around: Giant Asteroids

    Thanks to a variety of disarmament treaties, the US has been steadily decreasing their stockpile of nuclear weapons, with a good chunk of the retired inventory expected to be fully dismantled by 2022.  A recent review from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), however, revealed that the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) has been slacking at getting rid of a handful of nukes.  Their reason?  Giant asteroids. According to the NNSA, they’re keeping the specific nukes around “for potential use in [...]

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  • 2015 Ducati Scrambler Revives 70s Styling And Riding Simplicity

    2015 Ducati Scrambler Revives 70s Styling And Riding Simplicity

    Retro motorcycles, circa 60s and 70s, are the new hip.  All the cool kids are riding them to their favorite hipster haunts.  And while Ducati is best known these days for cranking out superbikes, who says they can’t make a kickass retro rider, too?  That’s exactly what we’re getting with the 2015 Ducati Scrambler. Described as “a return to the pure essence of motorcycling,” the new bike is a showcase of classic design: wide handlebars, a long seat, upright riding [...]

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  • Tethercell Turns Any AA-Powered Device Into A Bluetooth-Controlled Gadget

    Tethercell Turns Any AA-Powered Device Into A Bluetooth-Controlled Gadget

    Clocks, smoke alarms, remotes, flashlights, toys – we still use plenty of things that rely on good old AA batteries.  And while they work well enough, wouldn’t you rather be able to control them over Bluetooth just like your smart bulbs?  That’s exactly the convenience that Tethercell brings. A small adapter case with an onboard computer chip, it comes with a slot to hold a traditional AA battery.  The idea is, to put it in the battery compartment with a [...]

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  • This Custom Jordan 1 Comes With Python Hide And Sueded Crocodile Skin

    This Custom Jordan 1 Comes With Python Hide And Sueded Crocodile Skin

    Snakeskin sneakers usually border on the horribly tacky.  But, sometimes, it can be executed well enough that the result is just sublime.  That’s exactly the case with the Python + Sueded Croc Jordan 1. Made by JBF Customs, the custom kicks don’t just use genuine red python hide, they come with sueded red crocodile accents, too.  The result is an absolute looker, making for a pair of shoes that’s bound to elicit impressed stares, whether you rock it on your [...]

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  • New Windows 10 Will Run On PCs, Tablets, And Phones

    New Windows 10 Will Run On PCs, Tablets, And Phones

    Windows 8.1 is a really good operating system that boots fast and looks pretty.  However, it ended up universally panned, largely because Microsoft arrogantly decided to force everyone to use the tile-based Metro UI.  Lesson learned, apparently, because for the just-announced Windows 10, the newest iteration of the OS (yes, they skipped a number because 7 ate 9 and all that), the company is bringing the Start Menu back. Just like Justin Timberlake brought sexy back around a decade ago, [...]

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  • Behold, The Amazing LEGO RC Cars In Sheepo’s Garage

    Behold, The Amazing LEGO RC Cars In Sheepo’s Garage

    Everyone who plays with LEGOs have probably tried building a car at some point.  And some of you may even be really good at it.  We have to say, though, that the cars in Sheepo’s Garage definitely take constructing LEGO automobiles to another level. Created by Sheepo, the alter-ego of a Spanish civil engineering student named Fernando, the fleet isn’t just made up of cars put together using construction bricks.  Instead, they’re functional radio-controlled vehicles that you can drive around [...]

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  • The Pikaplant One Shelf Will Water Your Plants All On Its Own

    The Pikaplant One Shelf Will Water Your Plants All On Its Own

    We’ve seen many planters that come with integrated watering systems.  If you plan on keeping multiple potted plants around the house, though, it might be a better idea to get the Pikaplant One, a standing shelf that comes with its own automated watering facility. Described as “a low-maintenance vertical garden,” it waters the plants autonomously, using an ebb-and-flow process that allows it to work without requiring any electricity.  All you need to do is fill up the transparent water tank [...]

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  • Nope Privacy Shield Puts An Elegant Cover On Your Laptop Camera To Prevent Unauthorized Snooping

    Nope Privacy Shield Puts An Elegant Cover On Your Laptop Camera To Prevent Unauthorized Snooping

    Sure, it sounds like a worry reserved for the overly paranoid, but malicious individuals really can switch on your laptop’s camera and film you using sneaky software tricks.  Even if there’s a very small chance you’ll fall victim to such snooping, why not eliminate the possibility?  Nope does that in the most elegant way possible. While you can cover up your laptop’s camera with tape, it’s hardly the nicest solution.  Tape leaves residue, apart from looking like an absolute eyesore [...]

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  • Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    We’ve seen small quadcopters before, even ones so small that you can carry them in your pocket.  The Nixie does them one better by actually being wearable, strapping on your wrist for convenient portability when not in use. More than being a super-compact drone, it’s programmed to function as a dedicated selfie machine.  Any time it’s launched, the drone will automatically detect your presence and autonomously hover around your perimeter, filming your exploits full time (it comes with a camera [...]

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  • Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    A team of researchers from Uppsala University is claiming to have found a new method for producing lithium-ion batteries that allow them to be easily recycled.  The process uses alfalfa seeds and pine resin as biomaterials, with a recycling system that uses low-energy input and non-hazardous chemicals (specifically, ethanol and water). The new method claims to produce lithium-ion batteries with the same content capacity as current-generation systems, so there’s no degradation in power nor effect in size.  It does that [...]

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  • Randonneur Chair: This Rocking Chair Is Made Using Bike-Building Techniques

    Randonneur Chair: This Rocking Chair Is Made Using Bike-Building Techniques

    What would happen if you built a rocking chair using materials and techniques traditionally employed in making bicycles?  With the Randonneur Chair, it turned out to be a hot-looking piece of home furnishing. Named after the long-distance cycling sport, the rocking chair, literally, looks like a bunch of bicycle parts (look at those racing handlebars) that have been repurposed into a seating furniture that rocks back and forth.  Except it isn’t, since furniture designers Andrew McDonald and Simon Taylor of [...]

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  • OPPO Quack Turns Your Dog Into A Duck

    OPPO Quack Turns Your Dog Into A Duck

    Muzzles are great for preventing your dogs from unwanted biting and barking.   You have to admit, though, muzzles can make even the nicest canines look extremely menacing (especially when they’re sleeping in a supervillain pet crate).  That won’t be the case when your pet wears the OPPO Quack over his snout. Like regular dog muzzles, it will keep your hound from biting strangers that spook them in the park or bark with the fury of noisy fireworks at three in [...]

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  • Rochester Cloak Uses Ordinary Lenses To Make Things Appear Invisible

    Rochester Cloak Uses Ordinary Lenses To Make Things Appear Invisible

    Invisibility cloaks?  Not going to happen for a long time.  Using lenses to make your presence undetectable, though, is something many people have pulled off in the past.  A new lens-based cloaking device developed at the University of Rochester, which we’re calling the Rochester Cloak, might be the best one yet. Unlike previous efforts, the device doesn’t require that viewers remain at a specific angle in order for the cloaking effect to work.  Instead, it provides continuous multi-directional cover, so [...]

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  • “Stacked – Hong Kong” Is A Vertical Photo Series Chronicling The Mesmerizing Geometric Beauty Of Hong Kong’s Public Housing

    “Stacked – Hong Kong” Is A Vertical Photo Series Chronicling The Mesmerizing Geometric Beauty Of Hong Kong’s Public Housing

    Sometimes, you just need to look at your surroundings from a different angle to turn them into a breathtaking sight.  That’s exactly what happens in “Stacked – Hong Kong,” a beautiful look at the expanse of Hong Kong’s high-rise public housing systems and its overwhelming symmetry. A series of images from Australian photographer Peter Stewart, it uses vertical angles to capture the erstwhile common sights of densely-populated buildings as objects of hypnotizing geometry.  Seriously, these photographs are a sight to [...]

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