• MiniCooker PC Casemod Sounds Strange, Looks Adorable

    MiniCooker PC Casemod Sounds Strange, Looks Adorable

    Don’t you ever get tired of the same case designs for desktop PCs?  Either it looks like an ugly box, a garish ugly box or a compact ugly box.  Czech modder Zbyšek probably got tired of it and decided to build his own.  Oddly enough, he decided to house house his computer in a fake kitchen stove.  What? It may be a strange idea, but one look at the Project MiniCooker PC and everything falls in place – it looks [...]

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  • Crafthouse Creates Articulated Hands For Your Hobby Robots, Must Handle With Care

    Crafthouse Creates Articulated Hands For Your Hobby Robots, Must Handle With Care

    Toy robots are pretty amazing.  However, I don’t think we’ve ever seen ones sporting really articulate hands, with off-the-shelf units largely consisting of grippers or some other less-complex substitute.  Japanese hobby robot supplier Crafthouse is about to change all that, putting out two different sets of robot hands that masterfully function like real human appendages. The top-of-the-line God Hands is easily the most notable, consisting of two five-digit robot hands with plenty of articulation points.   Because they’re so small and [...]

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  • USB Mosquito Repellent Stick Drives Insects Away, Lets You Work In Peace

    USB Mosquito Repellent Stick Drives Insects Away, Lets You Work In Peace

    Mosquitos suck.  Literally and figuratively.  If you live in a tropical country (or a damp area) and like to take your laptop outdoors (to a café or some such), you’ve probably had an inevitable encounter with the stinging blood suckers.  As with many things in life, there’s a USB accessory for that now too. The USB Mosquito Repellent Stick plugs into your PC’s open port and solves the problem all on its own.  No more anti-skeeto lotions to rub on [...]

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  • Blu-Link Universal Remote Handles The PS3, Along With The Rest Of Your Home Theater Equipment

    Blu-Link Universal Remote Handles The PS3, Along With The Rest Of Your Home Theater Equipment

    The PS3 makes great sense as a low-cost media center, save for one glaring problem: it won’t play friendly with your universal remote.  Since it doesn’t support the regular IR signal used by the rest of your home theater setup, you’ll have to get a separate Bluetooth unit, which defeats the whole idea of being “universal.”  The Blu-Link remote easily fills the void, handling both IR and Bluetooth components, so you can keep the DualShock controller on the shelf till [...]

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  • Coffin-Shaped Mousetrap Is Morbid Yet Impossibly Cute

    Coffin-Shaped Mousetrap Is Morbid Yet Impossibly Cute

    Even dirty rats deserve a proper coffin.  At least, that’s probably what designer Sarah Dery was thinking when she came up with her Coffin-Shaped Mousetrap. Unlike new mousetrap designs that focus on efficiency (like the Victor Mousetrap we featured just a few days ago), the Coffin-Shaped Mousetrap has more to do with hiding the immobile vermin inside a specially-designed casket.  Once caught inside, you can simply dispose of the full casket with the rat trapped inside.  No need to look [...]

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  • ThinkGeek Resurrects Slide Rule, Breathes Life Into Dead Technology For No Reason Whatsoever

    ThinkGeek Resurrects Slide Rule, Breathes Life Into Dead Technology For No Reason Whatsoever

    Back in the 60s, nobody had personal computers.  Heck, nobody even had calculators (those didn’t come out till 1974).  Instead, the math nerds of the day performed their advanced calculations on a slide rule, the mechanical analog home computer of yesteryears. If you’ve ever fancied trying one out for your own multiplication, division and basic scientific computation needs, the ThinkGeek Slide Rule should let you enjoy the experience.  That’s right, some dudes actually thought it was a good idea to [...]

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  • Penguin Home Soda Maker: Never Run Out Of Fizzy Drinks Again

    Penguin Home Soda Maker: Never Run Out Of Fizzy Drinks Again

    Fancy an ice cold soda while you’re burning the midnight oil, pawning tools at Counter Strike (or whatever new FPS you’re getting all agitated for)?  Oh crap, no more Coke in the fridge!  Do you drive to the convenience store that’s 30 minutes away, wasting time you could be using neck deep in games, instead?  Hell, no.  You get your own soda machine – that’s the solution right there. The Penguin Home Soda Maker lets you produce your own flavored [...]

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  • Sony ICF-CL75iP Dream Machine Is The Ultimate Alarm Clock

    Sony ICF-CL75iP Dream Machine Is The Ultimate Alarm Clock

    Your alarm clock sucks.  Not that it’s all bad.  It’s just that the Sony ICF-CL75iP Dream Machine is so much better.  More than an alarm clock, it’s a veritable nightstand entertainment center. Versatile and multi-featured, the new device is designed to provide you a complete range of bedside favors.  Want to wake up to a video? Done.  Want to fall asleep to soothing music?  No problem.  Want to keep a slide show of family photos on a picture frame?  It’s [...]

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  • Robotic Rodeo Held This Week, Still No Robocop

    Robotic Rodeo Held This Week, Still No Robocop

    Want to see the latest in autonomous robot systems?  Well, you missed your chance.  The Robotic Rodeo was just held this past week, showcasing the latest in life-saving battlefield technology. Don’t let the name mislead you.  There weren’t any cowboys riding motorized bulls or android robot clowns during the show, which was a bit disappointing.  There were no galloping robot horses, either – just machines that help carry out military tasks in the battlefield. The first of its kind, the [...]

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  • Victor Mousetrap Electrocutes Rats, Makes For Mess-Free Vermin Eradication

    Victor Mousetrap Electrocutes Rats, Makes For Mess-Free Vermin Eradication

    Mousetraps are great for keeping your home vermin-free.  But you have to admit, the sight of a decapitated rat is not the best image to wake up to in the morning.  The Victor Mousetrap offers a better alternative for keeping your rat infestation at bay, managing the deed without making a mess. The sales page claims 100% effectiveness.  With the kind of shock chamber it’s packing, I don’t doubt it one bit.  Simply put some food on the trap to [...]

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  • Mavic EZ-Ride Evolve Uses Magnetic Pedals To Hold Your Feet Down

    Mavic EZ-Ride Evolve Uses Magnetic Pedals To Hold Your Feet Down

    Mavic’s new EZ-Ride Evolve pedals is supposed to solve the problem of your foot accidentally slipping when you’re riding your bike.  Instead of having cleats or toe-clips, though, they hold you down with magnets.  And that is strange. When you think about it, though, it may not be all that odd.  An unusual approach, probably, but far from being nonsensical.  In fact, this should keep your feet in the best position available the whole time (something other solutions won’t be [...]

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  • Drawdio Electronic Pencil Kit Turns Your Ugly Doodles Into Horrible Noises

    Drawdio Electronic Pencil Kit Turns Your Ugly Doodles Into Horrible Noises

    Want to be the most annoying person in any room?  Grab a chair and a piece of paper, then begin sketching using a Drawdio, an electronic pencil that creates sound while you’re doodling. Forget about making beautiful music, though, the thing creates ear-splitting electronic noise that’s more akin to psychological torture.  It uses the pencil graphite’s conductive properties to create some sort of musical synthesizer, which results in buzzing, dragging, teeth-gnashing audio. As you’re drawing with the pencil, simply put [...]

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  • Meat Tenderizer Ring, The Steak-Pounding Bling-Bling

    Meat Tenderizer Ring, The Steak-Pounding Bling-Bling

    Want to punch a wall, but you’re only renting the apartment?  Bring it to the kitchen with the Meat Tenderizer Ring and take out all your fistic anger on the hapless slice of cow destined to become this evening’s dinner. A regular handheld meat tenderizer might do the job.  However, how many times do you actually get to punch stuff without getting in trouble?  Unless you make a living fighting, almost never.  With this ring around your finger, you can [...]

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  • Nokia Booklet 3G: Hot Looks, Full Connectivity And 12-Hour Battery Life

    Nokia Booklet 3G: Hot Looks, Full Connectivity And 12-Hour Battery Life

    After teasing fans the week before, Nokia has finally released full specs for their upcoming Booklet 3G during yesterday’s Nokia World event.  While we can debate the company’s claim that it’s a “mini-laptop and not a netbook” till our eyes bleed, we’d rather just fill you in on the full features of the undeniably attractive machine. Looking like a pint-sized MacBook (seriously), it’s easy to see the aesthetics Nokia was going for.  With 0.78-inch slim lines, machined aluminum body and [...]

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  • DORYU 2-16 Pistol Camera Captures Criminals On Film

    DORYU 2-16 Pistol Camera Captures Criminals On Film

    Sometimes, old gadgets are even more awesome than new ones.  That’s certainly true with the DORYU 2-16 Pistol Camera, a police-issue camera gun originally fashioned way back in 1952.  Take that James Bond. Why a camera gun?  Barring any Japanese society historians from the post-war around me, I guess it’s so  that the police can draw it from their holsters, right at the same time they pull out a pistol.  The preserved piece belongs to one Ryu Koakimoto-san (pictured below), [...]

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  • Asus EeeBox EB1012 Nettop Brings Real HD In A Pint-Sized Box

    Asus EeeBox EB1012 Nettop Brings Real HD In A Pint-Sized Box

    HD in a box.  That’s the simplest way to describe the new Asus EeeBox EB1012. Sporting an ultra-compact nettop frame, the pint-sized computer claims full 1080p video playback and 5.1-channel surround, which is a proposition we’ve heard a few undersized machines claim before (and struggle to fulfill).  By the sound of it, though, the new EeeBox really can deliver the promise of an unintrusive, low-cost HTPC (hint: it’s not running the same single-core CPU other less-than-successful machines used in the [...]

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  • Yoostar Lets You Defile Movies Without Even Trying

    Yoostar Lets You Defile Movies Without Even Trying

    Ever wondered what would happen if you put “studio-grade” (okay, not really) movie-making ability in the hands of regular people?  If you take Yoostar’s angle on it, they’ll defile the classics to insert themselves in the scenes.  That, exactly, is what the company’s latest kit does. The idea is to put yourself right in the middle of your favorite movie scenes, whether it’s a hilarious Abbot  and Costello skit or a dramatic exchange in Stallone’s ever-classic Rocky. All this is [...]

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  • SatanVision: Hellishly Bad TV

    SatanVision: Hellishly Bad TV

    The SatanVision is supposed to represent how televisions will look like in hell.  Barring that the fiery furnace exists, it should play nice with its closest earthly relative, too – the annual Burning Man festival, for which the apparatus was made. Lo-fi and painfully red, the display hardware was created by DIY enthusiast David Forbes, who spent months of his life and $1000′s of his own cash to make the crappiest TV ever.  Well, nobody said he was smart, so [...]

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  • Logitech Squeezebox Gets A Capacitive Touchscreen Makeover

    Logitech Squeezebox Gets A Capacitive Touchscreen Makeover

    Want to have a permanent music device on your workspace without having to burden your already-overtaxed PC?  Try the Logitech Squeezebox Touch, a desktop audio player with good looks, streaming support and a full touchscreen display. Just like the rest of the company’s awesome Squeezebox line, the Wi-Fi-connected base station controller can work as a standalone music player, even without a connected PC.  It retains the impressive audio streaming support, playing Pandora, Last.Fm, XM and most common internet radio streams [...]

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