• Bottle Opening Hammer, The Alcoholic Handyman’s Best Tool For The Job

    Bottle Opening Hammer, The Alcoholic Handyman’s Best Tool For The Job

    Nothing makes weekend construction projects more enticing than the prospect of a cold brew at the end of the day.  Of course, the fact that you’ll have to wait till work is over kills much of that joy.  Well, let’s put an end to that. The Bottle Opening Hammer turns driving down nails more fun, by making it easy to enjoy a bottle of  cold beer while you’re doing it.  Rocking a functional cap opener at the other side of [...]

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  • Sexy Novation Launchpad Music Controller Drowns You In A Grid Of Shiny Buttons

    Sexy Novation Launchpad Music Controller Drowns You In A Grid Of Shiny Buttons

    Ableton Live has long been one of the most popular loop-based music sequencers on PCs and Macs.  Popularly used as both an instrument in live performances, as well as an arranging tool, the only thing it has lacked is a dedicated controller.  That’s about to change soon. The Launchpad is a gorgeous-looking hardware controller for Ableton Live that look as much fun as it is functional.  Produced as a result of a collaboration between Ableton and Novation, the interactive device [...]

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  • Gyrowheels Will Replace Bicycle Training Wheels, Could Work For Unicycles Too

    Gyrowheels Will Replace Bicycle Training Wheels, Could Work For Unicycles Too

    Learning to bike for the first time isn’t all that easy .  But with a pair of extra training wheels, its easier.  The medium needed additional improvements over the years, and it’s getting one now, by way of the Gyrowheel. A clever, gyro-equipped bike wheel, it helps first-time cyclists ride a bike without having an extra pair of wheels around the rear.  Just like the Segway (which uses similar gyrocospic discs), it’s self-balancing, allowing the rider to stay vertical on [...]

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  • Digital Peephole Viewer Updates Your Door To The Modern Age

    Digital Peephole Viewer Updates Your Door To The Modern Age

    The optical peephole on your door is plenty useful, but it really has seen better days.  In today’s digital world, it only makes sense to upgrade it with a fittingly advanced solution.  The Digital Peephole Viewer saves you from the difficult work of having to stick your eye in a small hole, showing you who’s at the door in a clear, easy-to-view LCD. Effectively a security camera in your doorstep, the contraption installs right on the same slot that your [...]

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  • Practice Your Finesse Shots With Your Own Putt Championship Video Arcade Rig

    Practice Your Finesse Shots With Your Own Putt Championship Video Arcade Rig

    If you’re ready to throw a bunch of cash on your golf game, you might as well go the whole nine yards.  Why settle for a mini-putting course, when you can drop coin for a full arcade machine?  The Putt Championship is a miniature version of the same full-size rig you can find in large arcade halls, configured specially for personal use. Up to four players can join in a game, which makes it the perfect way to conduct a [...]

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  • Robovie-PC Is A 15-Inch Robot With An Embedded PC

    Robovie-PC Is A 15-Inch Robot With An Embedded PC

    Why program a robot from a computer when you can put an entire PC on a robot?  That’s exactly what they did with the Robovie-PC, an articulated, awesome-looking robot with full-fledged netbook guts. Created by Vstone and ATR, the humanoid machine merges features from the popular RoboCup Soccer robots (not the putting practice one) and the Robovie-X platform.  Even better, you can program it without using any external computer since it comes with one right on its trunk.  Just plug [...]

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  • Flask Playing Cards Enables Two Of Your Favorite Vices

    Flask Playing Cards Enables Two Of Your Favorite Vices

    A lig of whiskey and a game of cards are a natural pairing, which is why it makes sense to carry one along with the other.  The Flask Playing Cards does it one better, outfitting a pocket-size flask with an attached storage to hold a full deck of cards. Combining two long-standing vices, the versatile flask should prove the easiest way to get your life out of order.  With alcohol to dumb your good judgment and a set of playing [...]

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  • Emergency Flares Without The Burn – The Lite Flare

    Emergency Flares Without The Burn – The Lite Flare

    Flares are awesome, but if your car conks out a lot when you drive at night, you can easily burn through a whole lot of them.  Think of the Lite Flare as your extended emergency blaze, offering a more practical alternative to incendiary flares. Armed with two AA batteries, it can flash for a total of 400 hours, taking the place of over 700 regular flares.  It’s safer (no more burns), cheaper (in the long run) and takes less room [...]

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  • The Bedazzler: A Dizzying DIY, Non-Lethal Weapon

    The Bedazzler: A Dizzying DIY, Non-Lethal Weapon

    Not too long ago, Homeland Security showed off a new $1 million non-lethal weapon.  Billed as the The Dazzler, the device blinds targets with a strong flash, leaving them dizzy and feeling “sea-sick.”  Since you probably don’t have the cool million to spare, you should be able to replicate it in a smaller scale with The Bedazzler, a $250 handheld incapacitator that mimics the effects of the government-issue instrument. While I’m not sure how effective it would be for temporary [...]

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  • PC Drawer And Locking Safe Adds A Storage Compartment To Your Desktop Box

    PC Drawer And Locking Safe Adds A Storage Compartment To Your Desktop Box

    Got a few empty slots on the front of your desktop PC case (who doesn’t)?  Why not put the space to good use with the PC Drawer and Locking Safe, which adds a functional storage compartment to your desktop rig. Classic desktop cases offer a lot of room for front-panel expansion.  Funny thing is, most people really don’t have any use for them, other than for an optical drive and added ports.  In fact, the lot of PC boxes I’ve [...]

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  • Frontgate iPod Tower Speaker Dwarfs Your Puny iPod Docks, Sits Neatly In A Corner

    Frontgate iPod Tower Speaker Dwarfs Your Puny iPod Docks, Sits Neatly In A Corner

    Why live with a bulky component setup when you can have just one vertical machine to fill an entire room with tunes from your music player?  That’s what the Frontgate iPod Tower Speaker purports to do, cranking out a full range of sound without requiring an entire wall of audio electronics. Standing 3.5 feet tall and just over a foot wide, the crafty little tower integrates an entire sound system within a single space-saving frame.  It’s the perfect piece to [...]

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  • Aliens-Style Power Loader Exoskeleton Suit Lets You Bench 220 Lbs Without Breaking A Sweat

    Aliens-Style Power Loader Exoskeleton Suit Lets You Bench 220 Lbs Without Breaking A Sweat

    Why bother lifting weights when you can wear a robot suit that gives you superhuman strength?  Coopted right out of the classic movie, Aliens, the real-life Power Loader is a hydraulic exoskeleton that will help you lift inhuman loads (well, in future form) with a single flick of the wrist. Currently in development by Panasonic subsidiary Activelink, the wearable robotic device tips the scales at 500 pounds and can carry as much as 220 lbs of weight with ease.  While [...]

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  • Craigerator Fire And Ice: Even Kegerators Work Best With An iPod

    Craigerator Fire And Ice: Even Kegerators Work Best With An iPod

    Food always tastes better with ketchup.  All pieces of home electronics and furnishings, on the other hand, simply work better with an iPod.  Even kegerators.  If you have any doubts, just take a gander at the Craigerator Fire and Ice, a custom, one-off kegerator with an integrated iPod dock and speaker system. Commissioned by Keystone Light Beer, the “made for iPod” beer dispenser (the second one in the picture) was given away as part of the grand prize for FHM [...]

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  • Secret Bookcase Entrance Puts A Batcave-Style Hidden Switch Under Shakespeare’s Head

    Secret Bookcase Entrance Puts A Batcave-Style Hidden Switch Under Shakespeare’s Head

    Old movies and comic books always had mansions with secret lairs, where the pathways were opened by similarly secret controls hidden either in the bookshelves or on one of the statues.  This Secret Bookcase Entrance, inspired by a similar unit installed in Wayne Manor, does exactly that, opening the door to a room that’s hidden from sight.  Instead of leading to a fireman’s pole which slides down to the Batcave, however, the discreet doorway opens up to the exclusive Senior [...]

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  • Ardica Moshi Power System Heats Your Winter Jacket, Charges Your Gadgets

    Ardica Moshi Power System Heats Your Winter Jacket, Charges Your Gadgets

    Three layers of thick clothing not enough to keep your warm during winter?  Not to worry.  Ardica has a  solution in the form of the Ardica Moshi Power System, a lightweight power pack that heats up your outer wear and charges your portable gadgets. Designed to integrate right into your clothing, it keeps up to 25 watts of power and provides up to 100 degrees of heat, able to keep you warm for up to nine hours at a time.  [...]

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  • De Dietrich Oris Brings Ultrasonic Cleaning To Home Dishwashers

    De Dietrich Oris Brings Ultrasonic Cleaning To Home Dishwashers

    Ultrasonic cleaning is nothing new.  In fact, we’ve seen several consumer devices purport to do that over the last couple of years.  Still, the technology hasn’t made its way into many of the regular machines we work with, much less in home appliances.  As such, finding new ones like the De Dietrich Oris dishwasher remains quite the event. If you’re not familiar with ultrasonic cleaning, it’s the process of washing an item using ultrasound.  That means no detergents, no water [...]

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  • Loop NYC Ghetto Blaster Bag Hangs An iPod Boombox On Your Shoulder

    Loop NYC Ghetto Blaster Bag Hangs An iPod Boombox On Your Shoulder

    Fancy a whiff of 80s street culture with your carry-on accessories?  Sling the Loop NYC Ghetto Blaster Bag on your shoulders and feel like you’re toting a bona fide boombox from years past. Clad in a large and impossible-to-ignore ghetto blaster graphic, the funky-looking, rectangular bag should go very well with your hip, urban outfits.  Walk down the street with a swagger and get ready to breakdance – well, at least, act like it. More than a bag with boombox [...]

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  • Human Antenna Carpet Integrates A Radio Player, You’re The Tuner

    Human Antenna Carpet Integrates A Radio Player, You’re The Tuner

    Why buy an FM radio when you can get a carpet with one in tow?  That’s right, the Human Antenna is a decorative rug that can tune in to radio waves, sending it for output to a connected speaker . Created by Swiss designer Florian Kräutli, the musical carpet is made of looms from a conductive thread.  It won’t play anything on its own.  Stand on it, though, and it will use your body as a radio wave conductor and [...]

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  • The Yay! Scale Tells You How It Feels About Your Weight, Is Excessively Optimistic

    The Yay! Scale Tells You How It Feels About Your Weight, Is Excessively Optimistic

    Think you gained a few pounds?  No matter how much you weigh, it will always be the perfect weight with the Yay! Scale, a bathroom scale that celebrates your body every time you step up to the plate. Whether you’ve lost ten pounds, gained twenty or stayed with the same extra tire you’ve been carrying around for the past couple of years, the numbers won’t matter.  The Yay! Scale tells you it’s awesome, no matter what. Designed by Marilyn Wann, [...]

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