• Scubacraft, A Sea-Diving Speedboat

    Scubacraft, A Sea-Diving Speedboat

    A speed boat that craftily doubles as a submarine has been an endless fascination in many movies and comic books.  If the Scubacraft, which  recently went through underwater testing at the Pinewood Studios, pushes through, that longing can finally become a reality. On the surface, the Scubacraft looks like a typical luxury racing speedboat, sporting aerodynamic lines and fancy good looks.  Once you tire of the usual sights around the marina, however, it should let you uncover a whole new [...]

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  • Spooklight Puts Turn And Brake Signals On Your Bicycle

    Spooklight Puts Turn And Brake Signals On Your Bicycle

    Too lazy to stretch your arms out when turning the corner on a bicycle?  Not a problem anymore, if you installed the Spooklight, a functional caution light that works on any run-of-the-mill, mechanical bikes. Rather than operate through connected wires, the combination turn signal and brake light manages to pull everything off wirelessly.  When shifting left or right, simply tap the touch-sensitive control unit to turn the lights on.  When clamping on the brakes, on the other hand, the onboard [...]

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  • Stylophone Beatbox Brings Retro Flavor To Portable Beats Machine

    Stylophone Beatbox Brings Retro Flavor To Portable Beats Machine

    Those old enough to remember should have a feint idea of the 1970s Stylophone pocket synthesizer.  Yes, it’s the same one used by numerous artists from Kraftwerk to David Bowie to contemporary ones like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.  Well, the thing is making a comeback in the form of the Stylophone Beatbox, a beats machine that lays down electronic sounds right from the palm of your hand. What can you do with it other than look like a Star [...]

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  • WikiReader Puts Wikipedia In Your Pocket

    WikiReader Puts Wikipedia In Your Pocket

    Sure, Wikipedia is a cesspool of misinformation.  It does beat having to wade through the rest of the misinformation from Google, though.  More importantly, it’s a heck more convenient than having to actually do research in the library (it’s that arcane place where they keep books that you can borrow…sssh). Remember when some dude put Wikipedia in a physical book?  Yep, that was a disaster.  The WikiReader, a new single-purpose device, takes that same information offline and fits it into [...]

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  • Raytheon’s Wireless Combat Simulator Jolts You When You Get Hit, Blinds You With Flash Bangs

    Raytheon’s Wireless Combat Simulator Jolts You When You Get Hit, Blinds You With Flash Bangs

    Sure, FPS games make for great combat simulations.  That is, if all you want to practice is shooting and running for cover.  Raytheon’s new combat simulation takes it to the next level, adding the muscle-numbing effects of getting shot and being blinded by a flash bang into the mix. Developed in conjunction with Oscar-winning 3D simulation company Motion Reality, the new computerized battlefield training can drill up to twelve soldiers at a time.  At the moment, the available software consists [...]

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  • Dyson Air Multiplier Fan Blows Air, Will Blow Your Mind

    Dyson Air Multiplier Fan Blows Air, Will Blow Your Mind

    To put it bluntly, the Dyson Air Multiplier Fan should not work.  It’s a ring around a gaping hole.  Yet, every publication that reviewed it says it performs as advertised and they have no idea how it does either. What the heck is the Dyson Fan?  It’s James Dyson’s (yes, the guy who updated the vacuum cleaner and the hand dryer in the same awesome manner) take on the electric fan, removing the blade and leaving nothing but a ring [...]

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  • Eigenharp Alpha Makes Your Electronic Musical Instruments Look Dated

    Eigenharp Alpha Makes Your Electronic Musical Instruments Look Dated

    Described as “part-piano, part-woodwind and part-drum” (which, I think, is a terrible way to put it),  the Eigenharp Alpha is one crazy-looking instrument.  Simply put, it’s a cornucopia of musical functions, all rolled into a single electronic machine.  What exactly does it bring? Intended for professional use, the Alpha puts a limitless range of sounds on a musician’s fingertips (and lips).  The insane contraption can play native instruments (Cello, Clarinet and Synth are currently available, with plans to have more [...]

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  • USB Comb Saves Your Data, Fixes Your Pompadour

    USB Comb Saves Your Data, Fixes Your Pompadour

    Your hair is constantly a mess, requiring periodic grooming.  You need a comb.  However, with a cell phone, wallet, iPod, flash drive and other small things in your pockets, there’s really no room for anything else.  Here’s an idea: trade in the flash storage for this USB Comb and never look disheveled again. Sporting both a full-sized comb and a USB flash drive (right on the handle), it’s a clever compromise for anyone who likes to keep their hair neat [...]

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  • Bottle Your Own Perfume With The Missisippi Distiller

    Bottle Your Own Perfume With The Missisippi Distiller

    With a name like the Missisippi Distiller (yep, they misspelled Mississippi), there’s little room to suspect this thing does anything but produce cheap alcohol in some obscure garage in the middle of nowhere.  As it turns out, that’s not what it does at all.  Instead, the distilling machine is designed to extract scented oils from plant leaves, so you can concoct your own perfumes and fragrances (and, perhaps, your own moonshine, too). Looking like an apparatus out of a mad [...]

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  • 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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