• This X Cube Puzzle Has 125 Decillion Possible Permutations

    This X Cube Puzzle Has 125 Decillion Possible Permutations

    Once you’ve solved the Rubik’s Cube multiple times, going back to the same puzzle again and again can become impossibly boring.  When you find your brain aching for some new stimulation, maybe this X Cube will present the challenge it so deservedly craves. Originally a successfully-funded Kickstarter project, the puzzle takes the original Rubik’s Cube and fashions it into a three-dimensional X-shaped monstrosity.  We’re not sure if it’s easier or more difficult than Brando’s 12-Surface IQ Pentagon puzzle, but it’s [...]

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  • Perhaps The Best Way To Spend A Weekend – Build This CupCade DIY Mini-Arcade Kit

    Perhaps The Best Way To Spend A Weekend – Build This CupCade DIY Mini-Arcade Kit

    If building an arcade cabinet is among the unrealized dreams of your younger self, you’ll be happy to know that you can still have a chance to strike it off your bucket list.  And it’s going to be drastically easier this time around with the CupCade, a DIY mini-arcade kit. Made by Adafruit, the kit contains all the parts you need to build a proper miniature cabinet with all the electronics it requires to function.  Even better, it comes with [...]

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  • Finger Hands Are Creepy And Funny At The Same Time

    Finger Hands Are Creepy And Funny At The Same Time

    The Man Hands, which makes smaller hands look like they belong to a giant lumberjack, is all manners of funny.  These Finger Hands, on the other hand, while just as funny, is also all manners of terrifying.  Like it came straight out of a demented horror movie. You know how finger puppets can be funny and, so, you assume putting hands on the tips of your fingers will look just as hilarious?  Well, it doesn’t.  I mean, look at the [...]

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  • Brick-A-Pic Helps You Turn Any Photo Into A LEGO Mosaic

    Brick-A-Pic Helps You Turn Any Photo Into A LEGO Mosaic

    People have been using LEGO to create pixelated 2D artwork for years now.  So far, though, if you want to build custom mosaics, you’ll have to tap into your creativity (assuming you have some) and fashion one completely from scratch using trial and error.  Brick-A-Pic is an upcoming service looking to change that. Using a proprietary software, the service can take any image you upload and process it into a virtual mosaic using nothing but LEGO’s available colors.  You can [...]

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  • 20 Of Our Favorite Things To Come Out Of Comic Con International San Diego 2014

    20 Of Our Favorite Things To Come Out Of Comic Con International San Diego 2014

    The 2014 San Diego Comic Con has come and gone.  Like previous years, it was used as the stage to launch some of the biggest pop culture projects due for release in the near future.  Here are our favorites. 1. Wonder Woman The first official photo of the new Wonder Woman appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice were released on Saturday.  And it shamelessly bites on Xena, the Warrior Princess.  And we have no problem with it.  And [...]

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  • These Puzzle Potatoes Let You Play Tetris With Tater Tots

    These Puzzle Potatoes Let You Play Tetris With Tater Tots

    We’re always on the lookout for more ways to play with our food.  Play is fun and food is delicious, after all, so playing with your food is like a grand collision of wonderful things on earth.  For that reason, these Puzzle Potatoes will now become part of our regular shopping schedule. Made by Monarch, the sliced potato pieces are shaped like classic tetromino bricks that you can put together to form a straight line with no gaps.  We’re not [...]

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  • Bunch O Balloons Lets You Make 100 Water Balloons A Minute

    Bunch O Balloons Lets You Make 100 Water Balloons A Minute

    Water balloon fights always come down to who can throw the most balloons in the shortest amount of time.  In that way, the battle isn’t won in the field, but in the preparation – those long hours filling up balloon after balloon from the tap.  The Bunch O Balloon can optimize that bottleneck, claiming to fill up over 100 water balloons in just a single minute. Designed to attach to a hose, the contraption has 37 mini-tubes with a balloon [...]

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  • Star Wars Stacking Mugs: Finally, A Reason To Stack Mugs On Top Of One Another

    Star Wars Stacking Mugs: Finally, A Reason To Stack Mugs On Top Of One Another

    In the past, there was no reason to stack mugs.  Why the heck would you stack mugs?   It made no sense.  So someone came along and created drinking vessels that will compel you to stack them together: the Star Wars Stacking Mugs. An officially licensed Star Wars merch, the mugs come with different parts of three Star Wars character printed along its sides.  One mug will have all the heads and upper torsos, another will have everything from the abdomen [...]

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  • Leather Bat Bow Tie Or A Hair Accessory, It’s Cool Either Way

    Leather Bat Bow Tie Or A Hair Accessory, It’s Cool Either Way

    Granted, these Bat Bows were intended to be worn as a hair accessory for women.  But they look so perfect as a Batman-inspired bow tie that we can’t help but imagine putting it on to adorn a formal tux, too.  Like you’re Bruce Wayne dropping subtle hints about your secret identity. We don’t know that many ladies who will actually be caught dead accessorizing in Batman merchandise, but for those that will, these look glorious.  It’s, like, instant-Batgirl without the [...]

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  • This Google Cardboard VR Toolkit Lets You Experience Virtual Reality For Cheap

    This Google Cardboard VR Toolkit Lets You Experience Virtual Reality For Cheap

    Sure, it’s not likely to provide anywhere near the sophisticated immersion experience of virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and ANTVR, but the Google Cardboard VR Toolkit sure makes serviceable VR perfectly convenient.  And, you never know, it might end up being awesome, too. Basically, Google made a software SDK called VR Toolkit, which lets you write virtual reality apps for Android smartphones.  It’s experimental, at best, so don’t expect the same level of support as core Android SDKs, [...]

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  • Turn Your Desk Into A Game Table With These Foosball Erasers

    Turn Your Desk Into A Game Table With These Foosball Erasers

    Boss never listens to your never-ending petition to buy a foosball table for the office?  Yeah, game rooms don’t really exist when you work in a place that isn’t a tech office — they reserve that for places where employees spend 16 hours a day in the joint.  But, alas, don’t despair.  You can now turn any workspace into a mini-foosball game with these glorious Foosball Erasers. Styled like the football men on a regulation foosball table, it comes with [...]

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  • LEGO Fusion Combines Brick Building With Tablet Games For An Entirely New Way Of Playing

    LEGO Fusion Combines Brick Building With Tablet Games For An Entirely New Way Of Playing

    These days, it’s not unusual to see little kids glued to their tablets rather than playing with actual toys.  And it’s going to be hard to peel them away from it.  If LEGO wants kids to keep playing with the company’s classic construction toys, they’ll need to get creative.  And that’s definitely the case with LEGO Fusion, a new box set that combines physical construction bricks with tablet-based play. Melding the world of digital and analog play, each LEGO Fusion [...]

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  • Mario Maker Will Let You Play A New Level Of Mario Bros. Everyday For Infinity

    Mario Maker Will Let You Play A New Level Of Mario Bros. Everyday For Infinity

    Can’t get enough of the Mario Bros? Not a problem when Mario Maker, an upcoming game that lets you design new levels of the game, comes out next year. Created by Nintendo for its current-gen Wii U console, the game lets you create infinite levels for the classic Mario Bros platformer, placing obstacles, enemies, and power-ups, among other in-game elements, at will. You only get to make 2D levels, though, so it’s not quite the sophisticated game builder that we’ve started seeing [...]

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  • Freak Mask Lets You Put Any Face On A Balaclava And It Looks Horrifying

    Freak Mask Lets You Put Any Face On A Balaclava And It Looks Horrifying

    If you want a realistic-looking mask in the likeness of any person in the world, your best bet is probably to hire Hyperflesh, the outfit that creates those amazing Baby Masks. Not in your budget? Join the club. For the rest of us, I have a feeling we’ll do well enough wearing these Freak Masks instead. Made by Firebox, it’s utterly simple. Just a lycra hood that covers you entire face with cutouts around the eyes. That’s it. The trick is [...]

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  • Razer Junglecat Gives Your iPhone A Compact, Slide-Out Gamepad

    Razer Junglecat Gives Your iPhone A Compact, Slide-Out Gamepad

    While there are a lot of physical controllers now available for iPhone, many of them tend to fall into the same problem category: they just aren’t portable enough to slip comfortably in your pants pocket. And what’s the point of a controller for mobile games when it can’t be mobile? The Razer Junglecat tries to make its case by avoiding this same pitfall. Adopting a design similar to the premium feature phones of old (think Sidekick), the controller is designed [...]

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  • Tsumiki Sushi Set Let’s Your Child Prepare Original Sushi Creations

    Tsumiki Sushi Set Let’s Your Child Prepare Original Sushi Creations

    Your daughter has a veritable stacked mini-kitchen of cooking and food toy sets, allowing her to make everything from pretend stew, fake roasts, and inedible sandwiches. When she asks you for a new cooking set to add to her collection, you’re stumped. What else is there to get? If she’s up for making some phony sushi during play time, maybe try this Tsumiki Sushi Set, a set of woodblocks that let children build their own sushi masterpieces. Designed by Plaplax, [...]

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  • Osmo Lets You Play iPad Games Using Objects In The Real World

    Osmo Lets You Play iPad Games Using Objects In The Real World

    Osmo turns the iPad into an entirely new gaming platform that combines digital games with real-world objects. Fire up a game on the tablet, then use the accompanying physical game pieces to play. The game pieces don’t electronically communicate with the game whatsoever (no Bluetooth); instead, the games use feed from the tablet’s camera to determine what a player is doing in real time. To begin playing, you first prop up the iPad in Osmo’s stand and clip the included [...]

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  • ANTVR Kit Brings Open-Source, Cross-Platform Virtual Reality To The Table

    ANTVR Kit Brings Open-Source, Cross-Platform Virtual Reality To The Table

    As awesome as the promise of both the Oculus Rift and the Sony Morpheus are, both virtual reality systems are tied down to their respective platforms (PC and PS4, respectively). The ANTVR Kit goes a different way, offering an open-source system that can work across a wide variety of operating systems. Made by Beijing-based startup ANTVR Technologies, the kit is designed to work with PC, Xbox, PS4, iOS, and Android, as well as Blu-ray for enjoying your movies in a [...]

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  • This Round Table With Rotating Net Will Make For One Chaotic Yet Fun Ping Pong Game

    This Round Table With Rotating Net Will Make For One Chaotic Yet Fun Ping Pong Game

    An entertaining twist on the classic table tennis game, the Ping Meets Pong Table features a round tabletop with a spinning net that adds an extra dimension of chaos to the proceedings. We’re not exactly sure how to update the rules with a spinning net in the mix, but we’re confident half the fun will involve coming up with a ruleset on your own. Created by Walking-Chair Design Studio, the novelty table tennis set isn’t just for flinging balls across to the [...]

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