• Crank Out MIDI Tunes While Prancing Onstage With The Misa Digital Guitar

    Crank Out MIDI Tunes While Prancing Onstage With The Misa Digital Guitar

    Your keytar may be the geekiest instrument on your block, but I’ll gladly put my bottom dollar on the Misa Digital Guitar to trump you on the Devo Scale (which, by the way, doesn’t exist).  What could be more attuned to nerdy sensibilities than a touchscreen MIDI controller built into a guitar body? Ready to create beautiful electronic beep-beeps (okay, we’ll call it music), it’s basically a rudimentary computer with a music software slotted into a guitar body.  Why?  So [...]

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  • 200 Used Six-Axis Robot Arms Going On Auction, Will Look Perfect In Your Mad Scientist Hideout

    200 Used Six-Axis Robot Arms Going On Auction, Will Look Perfect In Your Mad Scientist Hideout

    We’re not sure what you can do with robot arms (unless you have 733t engineering and robotic skills), but finding huge ones on sale is just too good to pass up.  That’s exactly what’s going to be available to mad scientists worldwide when the University of Delaware holds the auction of items from a shut-down Chrysler plant.  Yeah. Aah, robot arms.  Not just lame “pick up an object from the floor” kind of automatons either; they’re full-featured, six-axis, robotic limbs [...]

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  • Thunder Generator, A Non-Lethal But Potentially Fatal, Shockwave Cannon

    Thunder Generator, A Non-Lethal But Potentially Fatal, Shockwave Cannon

    Tasers are awesome.  When it comes to dispersing large crowds, though, firing thousands of zappers blindly into a mass of people doesn’t seem like the most sound idea.  That’s where the Thunder Generator, a cannon that unleashes shockwaves from range, comes in. It looks no more ominous than a harmless farm tool kept inside the barn.  Well, it actually used to be one.  In fact, the non-lethal artillery was originally employed by Israeli farmers to scare away birds feeding on [...]

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  • Hate The Outdoors?  Blast Away At Flying Discs With The Indoor Skeet Shooter

    Hate The Outdoors? Blast Away At Flying Discs With The Indoor Skeet Shooter

    Like Skeet Shooting, hate leaving the house?  No need to force yourself to soak in sunlight with Interative Toy Concepts’ upcoming Indoor Skeet Shooter, which lets you play the gentlemanly English sport right in your living room.  That’s if you have the headroom to accommodate flying discs, of course. Sounds ridiculous?  Yes it does.  They use real shotguns when playing the game outdoors, so bringing it inside might seem like a recipe for disaster.   Of course, the game replaces bullets [...]

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  • Rethink Hanger Finds A Novel Use For Discarded Water Bottles

    Rethink Hanger Finds A Novel Use For Discarded Water Bottles

    Got a lot of empty water bottles at home?  If you’d rather use them for good, instead of landfill, the Rethink Hanger offers a pretty novel idea.  Use them to hang your clothes. How exactly?  Well, the clever contraption acts like an unfinished hanger, with nothing but a hook to hang from and two holes that should accommodate plastic bottles on the sides.  All those used PET containers?  Simply screw them into the slots and use them as shoulders for [...]

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  • Tunebug Shake Lets You Enjoy Music Without Shutting The World Out

    Tunebug Shake Lets You Enjoy Music Without Shutting The World Out

    Popping earphones is a great way to listen to music.  In fact, I’d probably run out of my wits if I had to listen to the rubbish people use to entertain themselves when I sit next to them on the bus.  When you’re doing dangerous activities (like bicycling or snowboarding), however, listening to your “Best of the 80s” playlist on headphones is just a downright terrible idea. The Tunebug Shake is a portable speaker that can attach to a variety [...]

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  • Silverpac Thermostat Communicates With Your Utility Company, Plays Your Media And, Oh Yeah, Controls Your Home’s Temperature Too

    Silverpac Thermostat Communicates With Your Utility Company, Plays Your Media And, Oh Yeah, Controls Your Home’s Temperature Too

    Thermostats rarely get me excited.  But when something pushes your gadget buttons as much as the Silverpac, its a different story. Quite possibly the smartest thermostat ever made, it goes beyond such banal functions as warming and cooling your house.  Your super-duper-thermostat lets you program it for automated operation during various times of the day? Not impressed! Wait…there’s more. Like any self-respecting thermostat, you can program a 7-day cycle of temperatures on the Silverpac, allowing it to manage your heating [...]

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  • Robo Cafe Puts Robots In Charge Of Waiting Tables

    Robo Cafe Puts Robots In Charge Of Waiting Tables

    Before robots become our overlords, they’ll have to be our servants first.  And serve our hungry fellowmen is what those piles of steel and wires will do in Robo Cafe, a concept restaurant where human waiters have been replaced by an entirely mechanized workforce.  Yay, no more service tips! Korean company ITM Technology (whose expertise lies in military robotics and weapons – makes you queasy, doesn’t it?) designed the system from the ground up, starting with a restaurant interior that [...]

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  • Korg Wavedrum, The Percussion Synthesizer, Gets A 21st Century Reboot

    Korg Wavedrum, The Percussion Synthesizer, Gets A 21st Century Reboot

    First released back in 1994, the original Korg Wavedrum was an amazing instrument.  Anyone who hears a skilled percussionist apply his abilities to the device can’t help but be in awe of the sounds it managed to produce. Korg’s new version of the high-tech drum pad debuted at the end of last year, bringing both advanced features and a more affordable price tag.  Who says only keyboard players and DJs get to play with strange sounds, again? About the size [...]

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  • Sixpack Is Like A Modified Coathanger For Toting Bottles Of Beer

    Sixpack Is Like A Modified Coathanger For Toting Bottles Of Beer

    How do you carry six bottles of beer using a single hand?  With one of those racks you got the beer with from the convenience store, of course.  Oh wait, that thing rips too easy.  The appropriately-named Sixpack from Dutch designer Oooms, which looks like a winding coathanger, should prove a more durable choice. Sure, the appearance resembles a resculpted slab of wire salvaged from the neighborhood trash, but if it does the job, I ain’t complaining.  From the looks [...]

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  • Cornucopia Is A 3D Printer That Cooks And Prepares Your Food

    Cornucopia Is A 3D Printer That Cooks And Prepares Your Food

    In the future, this is how we’ll cook dinner.   Called Cornucopia, it’s a new 3D printer project from the MIT Fluid Interfaces Group.  Instead of producing laser-cut objects, though, the futuristic digital appliance will be turning up a tasty meal. Talk about taking personal fabrication to a whole, new level – the idea is straight-out of science fiction.  It won’t just put together some lame-ass sugar and flavor bars either.  We’re talking about real, tummy-filling kitchen wonders here. The Cornucopia [...]

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  • Your Dog Is Stressed?  Get Them A Relaxing Therapy At The Canine Oxygen Cell

    Your Dog Is Stressed? Get Them A Relaxing Therapy At The Canine Oxygen Cell

    Despite how it looks like, they don’t cook dogs in that facility.  Nor is it a washing machine for your furry pets.   It is, in fact, a Canine Oxygen Cell  from Air Press, a luxury equipment where dogs can receive oxygen therapy – you know, where they get to breathe real fresh air. Why, in heaven’s name, would dogs need a “fresh air machine”?  According to Air Press, regular oxygen therapy will help the animals relax.  Relax from what, of [...]

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  • Need An Extra Rugged Boombox?  Meet The Sangean Fatbox FB-100

    Need An Extra Rugged Boombox? Meet The Sangean Fatbox FB-100

    Want a music system you can take with you to the apocalypse?  Look no further than the Sangean Fatbox FB-100, an extra-rugged boombox designed for the most brutal conditions. Looking more like an emergency worksite generator than a music player, the durable media machine boasts full resistance against water, dust and impact.  Clad in heavy-duty ABS shock blocks, it can survive drops from up to six feet (from the looks of it, it will probably live through even more than [...]

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  • Instant Print Lives With The Polaroid PIC-1000 Camera

    Instant Print Lives With The Polaroid PIC-1000 Camera

    Loved Polaroid?  You’re not alone.  A good amount of people mourned the day the company put an end to their “instant picture” products.  Lucky for you, the company has ditched attempting to cope with the digital age and go back to their roots. Yes, they will be releasing a new range of film cameras that resemble the beloved Polaroids of yesteryear.  First to bat will be the PIC-1000, a stylish camera that will be using the  classic Polaroid Color 600 [...]

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  • Fire In The Hole?  Extinguish It Fast With The Stat-X First Responder

    Fire In The Hole? Extinguish It Fast With The Stat-X First Responder

    There’s a literal fire in your literal hole?  Take it out quickly with the Stat-X First Responder, an aerosol-based fire suppression device designed for confined spaces. Using a proprietary aerosol fire extinguishing agent, the handheld device can kill a blaze faster than you can find a decent show on basic cable anytime of the day.  Actually, you can do a lot of things faster than surfing channels to find a good TV show these days, so that’s a really bad [...]

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  • BioFish Lure Systems: A Bait That Fish Just Can’t Refuse

    BioFish Lure Systems: A Bait That Fish Just Can’t Refuse

    Hate waiting to chance upon a fish dumb enough to take your bait?  Put an end to hours of fishing idly with the BioPulse Lure System, a scientifically-designed bait that the cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates just can’t resist.  Yep, it’s like hypnosis on water. Produced by Mystic Tackleworks, the modern fish lure takes advantage of the animals’ biology to ensure your immediate success.  Using a whole host of inputs, it compels the gilled water-dwellers to not only inch closer to the [...]

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  • Parrot AR Drone Is A Remote-Controlled Quadricopter With A Gaming Twist

    Parrot AR Drone Is A Remote-Controlled Quadricopter With A Gaming Twist

    Remote-controlled quadricopters are nothing new.  Your friendly neighborhood amateur spies have already been using them to survey the neighborhood (they’re ideal for reconnaissance since they’re very stable) for their own personal amusement.  The Parrot AR Drone, however, sets itself apart by adding a software-based twist that can make flying the thing a totally different experience. Intended to be controlled over Wi-Fi, you maneuver the unmanned aerial vehicle directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch.  Just like an ordinary flight control [...]

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  • The Moskitofänger, A Mosquito-Killing Flame Thrower

    The Moskitofänger, A Mosquito-Killing Flame Thrower

    Hate mosquitoes with a passion?  Show it with conviction.  This guy did, going as far as to design a flame thrower whose sole purpose is torching those little, disease-carrying insects. Called the Moskitofänger (which poorly translates to Mosquito Catcher), the device won’t simply catch them little dipterons.  It will send them to an earthly version of hell, enveloping them with fatal flames and delivering a death that’s probably worse than merely spraying insecticide. Why do you need a modified flame [...]

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  • Panasonic Builds The World’s Largest TV, All 152 Inches Of It

    Panasonic Builds The World’s Largest TV, All 152 Inches Of It

    Want to have the biggest, baddest, most insane TV in the neighborhood?  Better get a more spacious living room because the one Panasonic just unveiled covers a surface area of 152 inches. To call it overwhelming is an understatement.  Seriously.  That thing is so big, the radiation will give you an automatic vasectomy the first time you turn it on.  I swear.  It’s so ridiculously big, bloggers will make lame jokes about it till the end of time.  Do you [...]

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