• 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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  • Sudoku Solver Robot Answers Puzzles, Writes Legibly

    Sudoku Solver Robot Answers Puzzles, Writes Legibly

    Why bother solving Sudoku puzzles when you can get a robot to do it?  That makes sense, of course, if you can build a text-reading, puzzle-solving and answer-writing android like Swedish hacker Hans Andersson’s Sudoku Solver, which he built using a Lego Mindstorms kit. The robot performs a quick scan of the puzzle, sweeping the light sensor across the page to determine which cells are empty.  Once it takes account of the blank areas, it looks through all the non-empty [...]

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  • gScreen Spacebook Full-Sized Dual Screen Laptops Coming In December

    gScreen Spacebook Full-Sized Dual Screen Laptops Coming In December

    It’s not the first time a dual-screen laptop showed up, but the gScreen sure does it in a way no one else did.  Instead of adding a small secondary screen like previous efforts, the company’s gScreen Spacebook throws in two full displays on a single machine. The prototype they’re currently showing around is a 15.4-inch model, sporting two full-sized LCDs.  In compact form, one screen hides behind the other, allowing you to use just one monitor if it’s all you [...]

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  • Next-Generation Rodem Wheelchair Lets Users Board And Get Off Unassisted

    Next-Generation Rodem Wheelchair Lets Users Board And Get Off Unassisted

    Having a wheelchair is great for mobility, but getting from your bed to one isn’t exactly something most wheelchair users can do autonomously.  The Rodem is a next-generation wheelchair that aims to make sliding into it something that everyone can perform all by themselves. Instead of requiring a nurse to assist you into the wheelchair and off it, the Rodem lets you do that on your own, allowing for more independent mobility.  It redesigns the conventional wheelchair altogether, turning it [...]

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  • Shredder Scissors Destroys Documents In One Snip

    Shredder Scissors Destroys Documents In One Snip

    Need to snip documents to bits but can’t afford a full freaking shredder?  Make your life easier than cutting off one end at a time with these Shredder Scissors, which uses multiple blades to slice off paper, cards, fingers and other things into numerous pieces. Whether you’re tearing down old receipts to keep the identity thieves away, preparing a confetti shower or protecting your shady investments by disposing of the paper trail, the Shredder Scissors let you do a whole [...]

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  • BookArc Turns Your MacBook Into A Tower Desktop

    BookArc Turns Your MacBook Into A Tower Desktop

    Miss having a desktop with a tower case at home?  Feel like you still have one with the BookArc, a MacBook stand that lets you pose your notebook like a regular PC tower. Designed to free up the large amount of desk space that a laptop can take, the BookArc props your machine upright when you connect it to an external display and peripherals.  That way, you get to use it like a traditional desktop, all while having the whole [...]

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  • MIT’s Robot Fish: Perfect Aquarium Pets For Lazy Fish Tank Owners

    MIT’s Robot Fish: Perfect Aquarium Pets For Lazy Fish Tank Owners

    Want to know what’s going to be in your future aquarium? With fish reserves dwindling and their habitats threatened, you may as well content yourself with robot fishes, such as these water-gliding machines that a few MIT scientists are creating. Designed as a monitoring tool for underwater activity, the synthetic marine animals are being geared for use in industrial applications, like navigating pipelines and sunken ships. Since they’re small, they can take care of entering areas of the water that [...]

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  • Duo Dynamic Digital Pen Mouse Lets You Turn Any Monitor Into A Touchscreen

    Duo Dynamic Digital Pen Mouse Lets You Turn Any Monitor Into A Touchscreen

    Why bother buying a tablet when you can turn your monitor into one?  The Duo Dynamic Digital Pen Mouse should bring up that question for most computer users, as it transforms any regular PC display into a full-featured touchscreen device. Designed for machines running Vista or Windows 7 (it uses the tablet interface in those OS platforms), the Duo is a two-component system that makes touch response available on any computer.  You can use it to navigate presentations, draw scribbles [...]

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