• 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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  • INFLU Flu Collector Is A Face Mask That Invites Viruses To Your Airways, Saves Everyone Else From Disease

    INFLU Flu Collector Is A Face Mask That Invites Viruses To Your Airways, Saves Everyone Else From Disease

    I’ve always been pretty certain that I wasn’t the only one finding the rash of anti-H1N1 masks a little too tacky.  The INFLU mask not only acknowledges that questionable paranoia, it turns it over on its head, proposing a face cover that actually invites viruses to enter your system. Part-joke, part-social commentary, the INFLU separates itself from the horde of protective face masks in the market.  Rather than shoo away the Swine flu and its ilk, the thing collects them [...]

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  • Smart Armor Tells Soldiers How Badly It’s Damaged, Just Like A Videogame Health Bar

    Smart Armor Tells Soldiers How Badly It’s Damaged, Just Like A Videogame Health Bar

    Robots of the future will not only fly and fire a barrage of weapons – they will even know when they’re in danger.  We’re doomed.  That last one will be courtesy of the US Army, who are developing a new Smart Armor that can do a heck of a lot more than absorb damaging blows. Designed for use in tanks and other military vehicles, as well as extra protection for soldiers (yep, imagine fighting in the ground against a team [...]

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  • Micro Bluetooth Spy Earpiece Goes Right In Your Ear, Lets You Communicate On The Sly

    Micro Bluetooth Spy Earpiece Goes Right In Your Ear, Lets You Communicate On The Sly

    Mama told you never to stick things in your ear.  Well, the Micro Bluetooth Spy Earpiece doesn’t care about that.  Going deep inside your ear canal, it lets you listen to your cellphone’s audio without attracting any attention. Ever wondered how spies received communication in the field without a visible headset on?  That’s because the receiver isn’t on the ear – the thing’s inside it.  Outfitted for covert audio surveillance, it’s as sly an earpiece as you can get.  Finally, [...]

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  • Love-Digi Moving Photo Camera Lets You Ruin Your Reputation With Purikura-Style Cute Photos

    Love-Digi Moving Photo Camera Lets You Ruin Your Reputation With Purikura-Style Cute Photos

    The Purikura craze has come and gone for many of us, but the thing reportedly remains huge in Japan.  With the Love-Digi Moving Photo Camera, you won’t even have to take a trip down the mall to get your shamefully adorable pictures taken.  You can now grab the same heart-covered snaps using a handheld device that fits in your pocket. Deny it all you want.  You’ve probably visited your share of Purikura photo booths and took home a set of [...]

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  • How To Take Down A Rampaging Elephant – The Violent Elephant Control Gear

    How To Take Down A Rampaging Elephant – The Violent Elephant Control Gear

    Elephants running rampant in your neighborhood, squashing cars and knocking over power lines?  Really?  Where the heck do you live?  Regardless, that should be no problem if you’ve loaded up on the Violent Elephant Control Gear, a remotely-controlled device that immobilizes elephants on a rampage. Designed by Zachariah Matthew from India, the restraining gadget offers a more humane alternative to  sedating the beasts with loaded darts.  It’s especially useful for circuses, zoos and places where elephants are paraded during festivals, [...]

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  • LessLoss Blackbody Brings Voodoo To Your Music Setup

    LessLoss Blackbody Brings Voodoo To Your Music Setup

    Want to add some magic to your audio setup?  Grab ahold of the LessLoss Blackbody, an insane-sounding block of electronics that claims to greatly enhance your gear’s playback quality “by addressing the interaction of your audio gear’s circuitry with ambient electromagnetic phenomena and modifying this interplay.”  I know, I don’t think I’ve met anyone who can understand that either. Simply put the device near your audio system and it’s supposed to automatically work its improvement on the resulting sound.  Like [...]

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  • 3D-Printed Mini-Branding Iron Fits In Pocket, Burns Through Wood

    3D-Printed Mini-Branding Iron Fits In Pocket, Burns Through Wood

    Finally, a reason for non-smokers to carry a lighter around.  Shapeways is taking orders for custom-made, 3D-printed mini-branding irons that snap on to the top of lighters (the non-Zippo variety), allowing you to pull out a lighter from your pocket and brand anything in sight – even your cheating ex-boyfriend’s you know what.  Hooray. Designed to replace the head of disposable lighters (that removable section which partly covers up the flames), simply pop the new cap in and your pocket [...]

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  • Brook & Hunter Mo-Tool Axe Turns The Wood Chopper Into A Fold-Out Multi-Tool

    Brook & Hunter Mo-Tool Axe Turns The Wood Chopper Into A Fold-Out Multi-Tool

    Sure, a Swiss knife is cool.  But after seeing one pocket knife with numerous fold out tools after another, it all begins to look the same.  I’m not sure if Brook & Hunter was thinking along the same lines, but they sure did something different with the Mo-Tool Axe. That’s right – it’s the classic wood chopper, restyled to hold a multitude of small tools on its body.  Rather than sliding into your jeans for your next outdoor adventure, however, [...]

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  • Laptop Too High-Tech For Your Needs? Turn It Into An Etch-A-Sketch

    Laptop Too High-Tech For Your Needs? Turn It Into An Etch-A-Sketch

    Looking for ways to brick an old, but perfectly good notebook?  Emulate this dude and turn it into the Hack-A-Sketch, a laptop mod that sets technology back several decades.  Literally. Why mod a more powerful laptop into a low-tech Etch-A-Sketch?  I don’t know.  It looks cool, though.  For the next ten minutes, at least.  Until you realize you just downgraded something that can do about a hundred things into a novelty contraption that does one thing.  And that you suck [...]

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  • Laser Crosswalk Adds A Virtual Wall On Pedestrian Lanes

    Laser Crosswalk Adds A Virtual Wall On Pedestrian Lanes

    Sure, it’s only a concept.  Regardless, the Laser Crosswalk, which adds a virtual wall of light between motorists and people crossing the street, is the single best innovation I’ve ever seen in keeping pedestrian lanes safe. If you’re from a country where people follow traffic regulations to the letter, then it probably isn’t an issue.  For many parts of the world, though, pedestrian lanes can be an unsafe place, especially at night when a lot of drivers are either sleepy [...]

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  • CrustaStun Single Stunner, An Electric Lobster Taser

    CrustaStun Single Stunner, An Electric Lobster Taser

    Does the thought of boiling lobsters alive make you cringe also?  Help may be on the way. Put them through the CrustaStun Single Stunner, electric zappers that will send a quick jolt of power to render the tasty crustaceans dead.  That way, you don’t have to feel guilty about torturing your dinner. Marketed as a more “humane” way of killing off crabs, lobsters and crayfish, the machine delivers 110 volts of electricity right to the marine creatures’ nervous system, acting [...]

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  • ProFORMA Software Turns Your Webcam Into A 3D Scanner

    ProFORMA Software Turns Your Webcam Into A 3D Scanner

    Too cheap to invest in 3D scanning gear?  No problem.  That is, if the ProFORMA, an engineering software that turns regular webcams into functional 3D scanners, manages to make it to market. Short for Probabilistic Feature-based On-line Rapid Model Acquisition (whew), the new application lets you rotate any item in front of the camera, scanning it as a 3D object in real time.  It works by generating a 3D point cloud based on the image it picks up from the [...]

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  • Klymit NobleTek’s Cold Weather Gear Uses Heavy Gases For Lightweight Warming

    Klymit NobleTek’s Cold Weather Gear Uses Heavy Gases For Lightweight Warming

    Like other great ideas, it started in the field.  Nate Alder was a scuba diver working on his advanced certification in 2006 when he learned that some of his colleagues pumped argon gas into their dry suits for extra insulation during low climates.  The discovery led him to wonder whether the same could be done for skiers and snowboarders who spent the entirety of their sport in the cold. The result, available just three short years later, is the Klymit [...]

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  • Show Off Your Texting Prowess With The Textminator, An SMS-Battle Arcade Box

    Show Off Your Texting Prowess With The Textminator, An SMS-Battle Arcade Box

    Tired of shooting zombies, racing roadsters and putting together attack combos?  Head on over to the less-popular side of the arcade and pop your dollar on the Textminator, a real-life arcade box that turns sending SMS messages into a game. What? You heard that right.  Instead of memorizing button-mashing combos and showing off your joystick prowess, you wrap your grubby thumbs around a cellphone controller, racing against the clock to punch the words and phrases that appear onscreen.  Seriously. The [...]

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  • St. Louis Zoo Loses Their Last Polar Bear, Installs Robotic Ones In Its Place

    St. Louis Zoo Loses Their Last Polar Bear, Installs Robotic Ones In Its Place

    Your zoo’s star polar bears just died.  What do you do?  Scramble to find replacements?  Bribe other zoos to send you theirs?  Or, just say, “The heck with it, we’re building robots.”  The latter appears to be what St. Louis Zoo officials did, installing Robot Polar Bears just in time for the holiday season. The last of the three Arctic beasts that lived in the zoo, Hope, was euthanized early in the year after suffering from liver cancer (see, I [...]

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  • Anybots’ QA Telepresence Robots Will Substitute For You In The Office, At Meetings, Maybe With Your Spouse Too

    Anybots’ QA Telepresence Robots Will Substitute For You In The Office, At Meetings, Maybe With Your Spouse Too

    Screw telecommuting, the future is all about robotic doubles in the office.  At least, that’s what Anybots’ QA telepresence robots seem to suggest, faithfully subbing in for your bedridden and homebound co-workers. How exactly does it work?  Instead of having to come to work feeling dizzy and with bloodshot eyes after a hard night of partying, you can have your humanoid buddy fill in for your presence.  You operate it from home, directly from your laptop, maneuvering it into your [...]

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  • The Self-Stirring, Self-Heating USB Whirl Wind Warmer Coffee Cup

    The Self-Stirring, Self-Heating USB Whirl Wind Warmer Coffee Cup

    Love coffee, hate stirring? Now, you don’t have to. The USB Whirl Wind Warmer Cup not only keeps your caffeine toasty, it happily stirs it too. You never have to waste a perfectly clean utensil again. I hate coffee spoons. You use them for 10 seconds and they’re done. Since they’re already dirty, you can’t exactly throw them back into your clean pile of cutlery either. With this self-stirring cup in tow, you can just leave them to gather dust [...]

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  • Credit Card Cutlery Puts A Spoon And Fork In Your Wallet

    Credit Card Cutlery Puts A Spoon And Fork In Your Wallet

    Eating with your hand sounds unappetizing?  Retain your civilized table manners wherever dastardly corner of the world you end up with the Credit Card Cutlery, a disposable spoon and fork that occupies one card space in your wallet. Best described as “emergency utensils,” it’s the easiest way to ensure you always eat in style – even when you’re washed ashore on a deserted island.  Pluck out that raw fish liver with a mighty forking and pop it in your mouth [...]

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