• Zoku Quick Pop Maker Shapes Your Icy Treats In Just Seven Minutes

    Zoku Quick Pop Maker Shapes Your Icy Treats In Just Seven Minutes

    Like to make your own popsicles, but can’t stand waiting for the things to freeze?  Enjoy instant gratification with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker,  a “space-age” (whatever that means) ice pop maker that gets you frozen, lickable treats in just seven minutes. I know.  Seven freaking minutes to tongue-numbing bliss is pretty awesome.  Even better, the Zoku looks just as easy on the eyes as the treats it creates. To use it, simply slip the Quick Pop Maker into a [...]

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  • CoolerBot Is A Wildlife Papparazi Robot That Looks Like It Wants To Bomb Your Village

    CoolerBot Is A Wildlife Papparazi Robot That Looks Like It Wants To Bomb Your Village

    Robot hobbyist Steve Norris  named this the CoolerBot , but its functions have nothing to do with either lowering the temperature or being cooler than every other robot on the block.  Instead, the telepresence droid is like an armored papparazi, taking wildlife photos all on its own (with your help from afar, of course). Why a robot?  Because humans scare animals.  And humans can’t keep looking inside a peephole while standing outdoors for extra long periods of time.  While this [...]

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  • Extreme Gamers, This Is What Your Future Holds

    Extreme Gamers, This Is What Your Future Holds

    While there’s no official definition for what an “Extreme Gamer” is, I suppose this attempted viral thingie from Epson could qualify.   The look is actually a cross between “ready for extremes” and “downright duncical,” like the kind of outfit a five-year old would pick out from an entire mall.  Which is spectacular when you’re a full-grown, socially-maladjusted adult. The Extreme Gamer is the central character in Epson’s new commercial, which pimps the gaming favors of the company’s EH-TW450 projector.  Clad [...]

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  • Doormat Chivato Reveals Your Weight Every Time You Wipe Your Feet, There’s No Escape

    Doormat Chivato Reveals Your Weight Every Time You Wipe Your Feet, There’s No Escape

    Want to freak out your houseguests whenever they come to your house?  Greet them with the Doormat Chivato, a weighing scale disguised as an innocent foot wiper sitting right by the door. Keep forgetting to check in with the bathroom scale every morning?   This should fill in quite nicely, since you’re getting an eyeful of how much heft you’re carrying every time you come in and leave the house.  Even better, it lets you check out how much your friends [...]

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  • Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots Get A Modern, Motion-Mimicking Twist

    Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots Get A Modern, Motion-Mimicking Twist

    Robots that do nothing but bash each others’ heads are always fun.  It fulfills the bloodlust without any blood.  Heck, they’re robots – they can take the beating.  The good old Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots of yesteryear gets a modern twist with the Motion Mimicking Robotic Pugilists, fighting piles of plastic and electronics that mimic the motions of their human masters. Just like Wii Boxing, you hold on to sensor-equipped controllers on each hand, performing attack motions that your [...]

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  • Brando USB Wrist Band Battery Puts A Dorky Charger On Your Arm, Keeps Your Gadgets Juiced

    Brando USB Wrist Band Battery Puts A Dorky Charger On Your Arm, Keeps Your Gadgets Juiced

    Don’t have space in your wallet for a carry-on battery charger?  Not a problem with Brando’s USB Wrist Band Battery, a wearable backup battery that can charge a plethora of mobile gadgets while you’re on the road. Armed with charging tips for cellphones (LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Nokia), gaming consoles (DS Lite, DSi and PSP) and all manners of mini-USB devices, it’s a versatile emergency kit that will juice up your gadgets right when you need it.   Since it [...]

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  • Recon Instruments Brings HUDs To Ski Goggles, Makes Skiing Downhill Play Like A Video Game

    Recon Instruments Brings HUDs To Ski Goggles, Makes Skiing Downhill Play Like A Video Game

    When you’re streaking down a steep slope on your snowboard or skis, the last thing you want to do is pull up a piece of electronics for whatever purpose (it’s pretty much a sure way of ramming into a tree or tripping on a rock). Sometimes, though, seeing a trail map or knowing how far behind you are from your friends will prove immensely helpful. That’s where Recon Instruments’ upcoming Alpine Goggle comes in. More than a pair of protective [...]

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  • BMW M3 E30 Demoted To Gaming Cabinet, Still Looks Gnarly

    BMW M3 E30 Demoted To Gaming Cabinet, Still Looks Gnarly

    Playing a driving simulator not doing it for you?  Take the realism up to a new level by doing what Japan’s Studie AG did with “The Ultimate Gaming Machine,” tuning a functional car so that it becomes a stationary gaming cabinet.  Huh?!? It gets worse.  Instead of modifying a throwaway pile of junk, they had the gall to do the deed to a BMW M3 E30, one of the few rare cars that’s achieved universal critical acclaim for its sublime [...]

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  • Doctor Who Fan Builds His Own Full-Sized Dalek, Forces It To Do Good Deeds

    Doctor Who Fan Builds His Own Full-Sized Dalek, Forces It To Do Good Deeds

    If I’m going to try to conquer the universe, I want to do it with a bunch of heartless armored beings from another planet too.  Same as this Doctor Who fan, who thought it wise to build his own Dalek mutant to obey his every beck and call. Who is this future master of the human race (and future adversary of the Time Master)?  It’s 47-year old Rob (probably short for Robot) Bosher, a healthcare assistant, who fashioned the creature [...]

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  • Make Your Own Batsignal Projector

    Make Your Own Batsignal Projector

    Can’t afford to build your own custom Batmobile to honor your favorite superhero?  Here’s something that might be more up your alley: a DIY Batsignal Projector. While I doubt Bruce Wayne will see this from the other side of Gotham City, it should make a nifty bedroom lamp in case you need to amuse yourself.  Since it blinks, fades and performs other effects, you can also use it as temporary entertainment, if ever your TV conks out, your internet dies [...]

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  • Sneak-It-In Disposable Alcohol Flasks For Closet Alcoholics

    Sneak-It-In Disposable Alcohol Flasks For Closet Alcoholics

    Got a nasty alcohol habit you don’t want anyone finding out? Get rid of that stainless steel hip flask you keep carrying around – that’s a dead giveaway to your “secret” life.  Instead, arm yourself with the Sneak-It-In Disposable Flask, a reusable foil pouch designed for your alcohol stash that won’t trigger any metal detector. Why use disposable sachets?  Think about it.  Once you’ve finished sipping the contents, you can fold the entire thing flat, freeing up more space in [...]

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  • Gryphon’s Next-Gen Parachute System Dresses You In A Stealth Wingsuit, Lets You Fly In Undetected

    Gryphon’s Next-Gen Parachute System Dresses You In A Stealth Wingsuit, Lets You Fly In Undetected

    Remember how cool Jetman Yves Rossy looked on his jet-powered wing?  Soldiers may soon be zooming across the sky on a similar-looking wingsuit with Gryphon’s new Next Generation Parachute System. Described as a modular upgrade for parachute systems, it can help soldiers glide across the sky during high altitude jumps.  On a typical 30,000 feet drop performed by US Special Forces, the wearer can glide stealthily for up to 30 miles at around 60 mph, allowing the team to launch [...]

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  • Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Plays An Orchestra Of iPhones

    Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Plays An Orchestra Of iPhones

    With the iPhone and iPod Touch finding themselves as the platform of choice for a growing range of music-making apps, it’s only natural to see it evolve as a functional stage instrument.  That’s exactly what the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble does, using the versatile devices’ range of features to make beautiful electronic music. Made up of students from the University of Michigan, the entire group comes from a first-of-its-kind fall course that teaches how to turn smartphones into musical instruments.  [...]

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  • Magic Clock Imitates Weasley’s Whereabouts Using Twitter Feeds

    Magic Clock Imitates Weasley’s Whereabouts Using Twitter Feeds

    Harry Potter fans probably remember the strange-looking Whereabouts clock from the Chamber of Secrets movie that showed the status of each of the Weasley family members.  Some guy called “Slip” thought it was a good idea and used pretty awesome workshop skills to design his own. He christened the creation as the Magic Clock and it actually works.  It’s not endowed with esoteric powers, though.  Instead, this real-life version of the Whereabouts manages its location-pointing capability by checking each person’s [...]

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  • Hyperdog 4-Ball Launcher Lets You Weaponize Tennis Balls Into Streaking Projectiles

    Hyperdog 4-Ball Launcher Lets You Weaponize Tennis Balls Into Streaking Projectiles

    Tired of firing stones off your tiny slingshot?  Upgrade to the next level with the Hyperdog 4-Ball Launcher, which lets you send tennis balls coursing through the air at high speeds. Sure, a tennis ball seems like lame ammunition.  However, this allows the manufacturer to peddle it to different markets.  While you can use it to attack oncoming aliens, it lends itself equally well to practicing your tennis swing as well as playing with your dog in the park.  Great [...]

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  • How To Cook 2 Lbs Of Fries Using One Spoonful Of Oil – The T-fal ActiFry

    How To Cook 2 Lbs Of Fries Using One Spoonful Of Oil – The T-fal ActiFry

    Seldom does cooking equipment float my boat.  When it can prepare 2lbs of crispy French Fries using just a spoonful of oil, however, I’d be silly not to take notice.  That’s exactly what the the T-fal ActiFry does, performing cooking feats it takes the local burger joint tubs of oil to accomplish. How is that possible?  My money is on voodoo magic.  According to T-fal, though, it’s a lot less esoteric than that.   To accomplish the feat, the machine combines [...]

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  • Piranha Pocket Tool Comes With Eleven Killer Functions In A Single Sheet Of Steel

    Piranha Pocket Tool Comes With Eleven Killer Functions In A Single Sheet Of Steel

    While it doesn’t resemble the deadly fish, the Piranha Pocket Tool has a good reason for the carnivorous name.  According to creator Pocket Tool X, it gets the job done as fast as the sharp-toothed, Amazon-dwelling creatures can clean the flesh off some poor animal’s carcass. Made from a single piece of stone-washed S30V stainless steel (the same material used on high-end culinary knives), the multi-purpose tool can perform eleven different functions.  The heat-treated and corrosion-resistant material is particularly hard [...]

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  • Bliptronics 5000 LED Synthesizer Lets You Make Electronic Music Easily, For Cheap

    Bliptronics 5000 LED Synthesizer Lets You Make Electronic Music Easily, For Cheap

    Always wanted a digital synthesizer but can’t help but balk at their prices?  Join the club.  Then, turn your attention to the Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer, a $50 box that pumps out retro-style 8-bit tunes. With a face partly ripped off from the full-featured Yamaha Tenori-On, the music-making gadget makes turning out licks fairly straightforward.  Using a pattern-based approach to playing, it ditches all the other complex capabilities that usually comes with sequencer rigs (no MIDI, no in-depth editing), keeping [...]

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  • Texas Instruments eZ430-Chronos Makes Programming Your Watch Sound Cool Again

    Texas Instruments eZ430-Chronos Makes Programming Your Watch Sound Cool Again

    Need a gift for those perpetually-tinkering geeks in your life?  Keep them busy for cheap with Texas Instruments’ $49 eZ430-Chronos, a digital sports watch that houses a fully-capable wireless development platform they can program to their hearts’ content. As the first contraption of its kind, the super-customizable gadget is specifically designed to facilitate building wireless networking applications, regardless of your specific expertise.  It’s about the geekiest thing we’ve seen  all year and might just be the very thing that resurrects [...]

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