• 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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  • Beer Blaster Liquid Shooter Arms With A 12Oz Can, Fires Carbonated Projectiles

    Beer Blaster Liquid Shooter Arms With A 12Oz Can, Fires Carbonated Projectiles

    Why play with water guns when you can blast each other with a full load of beer?  That’s right, bathe your enemies in a putrid stench of brew and smell like the morning after a wild keg party with the Beer Blaster Liquid Shooter, a water gun designed to draw ammunition from a 12-ounce can of ale. Able to shoot carbonated liquids out to distances of up to 10 feet, it paves the way for nasty (and sticky) close-range combat.  [...]

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  • Guiding Light Mailbox Rides Your Letter Box, Makes Sure The Pizza Boy Sees It From Afar

    Guiding Light Mailbox Rides Your Letter Box, Makes Sure The Pizza Boy Sees It From Afar

    Lighted house numbers may sound unnecessary.  Ask any pizza delivery guy making late-night runs to customers, however, and your opinion will quickly change.  The Guiding Light Mailbox adds solar-powered illuminated numbers right on your letter box, allowing people to see it from “half a football field away” in the dark. I’ll put it out there now.  The “half a football field” claim may be a bit excessive.  After all, the strip of lighting is just a tad larger than a [...]

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  • Sputnik Multi-Tool Puts Seven Screwdrivers In A Satellite-Like Torch

    Sputnik Multi-Tool Puts Seven Screwdrivers In A Satellite-Like Torch

    If you’re like me, you probably find Swiss Knife-style screwdrivers a load of crap.  Unless the screws are already loose to begin with, they’re nearly impossible to use.  The Sputnik Multi-Tool, with its large full-grip handle and strong, sturdy arms, should offer better utility, able to take on heavy-duty tasks without making you exert more effort than you really need to. Meant to look like a Russian satellite in orbit when unfolded, the multi-purpose instrument is armed with seven different [...]

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  • Underwater Grooming Robot Crawls Ships, Cleans Hulls

    Underwater Grooming Robot Crawls Ships, Cleans Hulls

    Still waiting for that promised future when robots will take care of cleaning our homes and properties?  Me too.  In the meantime, at least one of them machines will be doing a similar job for the US Navy.  Called the Hull Bio-Inspired Underwater Grooming  (Hull BUG) robot, the amphibious creation scrapes off barnacles, oysters and other marine life that end up sticking to the hulls of ships. More than turning out a better-looking vessel (as the “grooming ” in the [...]

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  • 2010 Brabus Mercedes-Benz Viano Lounge Is Like An Entertainment Center On Wheels

    2010 Brabus Mercedes-Benz Viano Lounge Is Like An Entertainment Center On Wheels

    Don’t have room in your apartment for either an entertainment center or a home office?  Consider getting a van and decking it like the 2010 Brabus Viano Lounge, a concept vehicle that turns the erstwhile Mercedes-Benz van into a multi-purpose luxury space. While only a concept, it shouldn’t be too difficult to mimic what the company did here.  Just throw a wad of cash around, buying all sorts of electronics systems, and pay a tuner to install everything similar to [...]

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  • Yoke Shopper: Because Excessive Shopping Doesn’t Have To Be Strenous

    Yoke Shopper: Because Excessive Shopping Doesn’t Have To Be Strenous

    Big shoppers not only require a huge lump of cash to satiate their habits.  They also need more hands to carry all those uncomfortable bags.  The Yoke Shopper simplifies life when raiding stores in bulk, allowing you to carry heavy sacks of plastic while leaving both of your hands unoccupied. While it won’t carry your bags for you, the Yoke Shopper should make the whole activity more comfortable.  Lock the handles together, sling the strap around your shoulder and stroll [...]

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  • Marubot Football League Puts Real Robots Into Arcade Cabinets, Pits Them Against Each Other

    Marubot Football League Puts Real Robots Into Arcade Cabinets, Pits Them Against Each Other

    Video games are fun.  Having physical robots crush each other’s head, however, is way more entertaining.  While the Marubot Football League isn’t exactly Robot Wars, having four mobile mini-androids tossing balls and making goals across a playing table sounds just as enticing. Is it more fun than foosball?  Given that you control inanimate men on a stick on one versus moving robots with actual faces on the other, there’s no contest.  That’s right, your robot will have a face – [...]

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  • Thermal Laser Weapon Will Help You Keep The Beachfront Free From Nudists

    Thermal Laser Weapon Will Help You Keep The Beachfront Free From Nudists

    A fire hose usually does the trick when trying to keep a small crowd back without putting anyone in serious harm’s way.  However, the whole mess that water creates makes it largely unusable for indoor applications (such as when trying to control a disturbance inside a facility, for instance).  That’s where the Thermal Laser System, which keeps people from moving forward by creating heat sensation within a certain distance, comes in.  Unfortunately, it only works if the people are naked. [...]

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  • Coffee For One With The Uber-Stylish WMF1

    Coffee For One With The Uber-Stylish WMF1

    Coffee for one?  Why use a regular coffee machine designed to make several cups when you can cook just the right amount with the Coffee Pad Machine WMF1, a single-serve brewer that pumps out exactly 125ml of coffee every time (provided you put in enough water, of course). Let’s face it.  Coffee cooked three hours ago is just better poured on the drain than down your throat.  It just tastes bad.  Of course, you can always make just one cup [...]

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  • D.I.Y. R-Cade: Make Your Own Arcade Racing Cabinet For $500

    D.I.Y. R-Cade: Make Your Own Arcade Racing Cabinet For $500

    Arcade racing simulators are pricey rigs that few can really afford to install in their homes.  Even low-end cabinets can easily go for ten thousand dollars and that’s before you even slap in a large HD display.  If you really, really want one and can’t handle the exorbitant costs, 0-60 and Electronic Arts have collaborated on a downloadable guide that details instructions on how you can build your own. Tied in with the release of Need For Speed: SHIFT, the [...]

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