• Open Office Releases Official Mouse, Comes With More Buttons Than Human Fingers

    Open Office Releases Official Mouse, Comes With More Buttons Than Human Fingers

    I love it when software companies put out hardware, especially when it’s designed to take full advantage of their applications’ capabilities.  The Open Office crew, who pioneered the free MS Office alternative, apparently gave the thumbs up to the OOMouse, an erstwhile regular peripheral that’s supposed to make using the software easier.  Big emphasis on “supposedly.” With 18 buttons (all of which can be double-clicked), a clickable scroll wheel and an analog joystick (with up to 16-key command modes) added [...]

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  • Bowl Your Way To A Perfect Game With The Remote-Controlled RC900 Ball

    Bowl Your Way To A Perfect Game With The Remote-Controlled RC900 Ball

    Piss-poor bowling skills? Not a problem. Cheat your way into a 300 score with the RC900, a remote-controlled bowling ball that you can steer on the way to a perfect game. Made by Texas-based 900 Global, it doesn’t look much different than other bowling equipment. In fact, you can fit your fingers in and throw it like any ordinary bowling ball, so you can compete fairly if you don’t feel like playing with an undue advantage. It’s a pretty light [...]

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  • Tactical RPG Airbag Protection Uses Air-Filled Cushion To Neutralize Warheads

    Tactical RPG Airbag Protection Uses Air-Filled Cushion To Neutralize Warheads

    Airbags make awesome protection inside car cabins.  Who knew they could help protect vehicles from the outside, too?  That’s what the Tactical RPG Airbag Protection (TRAP) system does, adding an extra layer of armor using airbags to keep enemy warheads at bay. Currently a prototype under development by Textron, the system will involve both airbags and a radar that can detect incoming RPGs.  Once it recognizes a threat, armored airbags will be deployed on the side of the vehicle to [...]

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  • Secret Knock Detector Automatically Identifies Correct Banging On The Door, Unlocks The Bolt

    Secret Knock Detector Automatically Identifies Correct Banging On The Door, Unlocks The Bolt

    The problem with secret knocks is that you’ll actually have to listen to the knock.  Now, why would I spend my time listening to the banging on the door when I could be watching TV or playing online multiplayer with the volumes cranked up?  With today’s bevy of distractions, let’s just say that secret knocks are no longer the useful identity system that they used to be.  Until somebody came up with this improvised door lock that detects secret knocks. [...]

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  • LED 130 Might-D-Light: Portable Lighting You Can Stand, Fold, Stick And Hang

    LED 130 Might-D-Light: Portable Lighting You Can Stand, Fold, Stick And Hang

    Your car conks out in the middle of the road.  It’s late in the night.  No worries, you know your way around automobiles and you’ve got a flashlight.  Oh wait, you need both hands to fix the car – you’re screwed.  With the Cooper Lighting LED 130 Might-D-Light, you don’t have to be. When spread open, the lighting equipment can stand upright.  Simply prop it on a flat surface, angle it so the light is facing you and proceed to [...]

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  • Listen Through Walls With The Next Room Ear Amplifier

    Listen Through Walls With The Next Room Ear Amplifier

    Got a nasty eavesdropping habit?  Feed it to the hilt with the Next Room Ear Amplifier, which lets you listen covertly to all the conversations going on in the next room. Light and compact, you can carry it around, ready to spy on verbal exchanges wherever you feel the urge.  You use it like a stethoscope, putting the sensor to the wall and the attached buds to your ear, so you can glean all sounds coming from the other side. [...]

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  • Vertical Bed Lets You Sleep Upright In The Middle Of The Street

    Vertical Bed Lets You Sleep Upright In The Middle Of The Street

    Ever tried to sleep while looking like you aren’t?  We’ve all done it at one time or another.  The Vertical Bed takes the pretending to new heights by creating a full contraption that’s supposed to let you sleep comfortably while standing on two feet. If you’ve ever wanted to sleep standing but could never figure out how to do it, this thing could serve as your basic training kit.  Even better, it collapses into a suitcase and assembles in a [...]

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  • Samsung Tango, An Autonomous Vacuum That Cute Chicks Like To Play With In Bed

    Samsung Tango, An Autonomous Vacuum That Cute Chicks Like To Play With In Bed

    Yep, it’s a vacuum cleaner.  On a bed.  With a hot Korean chick wearing a very short skirt.  Questions arise. Why is it in bed?  I have no idea.  But I get the feeling I’ve seen a similar scene in certain type of movie before.  Except the gadget is not a vacuum, but something else. What does it suck in? Excellent question. From what we can tell, dirt – just like every vacuum cleaner known to man.  The look in [...]

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  • Prometheus Device Lets You Shoot Flames From Your Hands

    Prometheus Device Lets You Shoot Flames From Your Hands

    This man shoots fire from his hands. Like a mutant or a superhero or a supervillain or an alien, you ask?  Not really.  Actually, like an engineer who created his own awesome fire-breathing contraption. Everett Bradford’s Prometheus Device overloads everyone’s wow meter with his crazy rig, shooting real fire like a hand-mounted flame thrower.  Actually, it is a hand-mounted flame thrower.  The next time you eat steak and it isn’t well done, you can char it on the spot – [...]

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  • Avast! It’s A Pirate Keyboard, Me Matey

    Avast! It’s A Pirate Keyboard, Me Matey

    Real pirate ships don’t have computers onboard.  Or do they?  This customized Pirate Keyboard suggests some clues. Created by designer Bobby Baker, the clever poke at pirates (the seafaring variety, rather than the torrent-monger kind) imagines what a useful personalized keyboard for them will actually look like.  The result is this: six keys that contain all of the ASCII character set that a real pirate will need to type. There’s an exclamation point, a letter R (or as pirates would [...]

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  • Power Heated H-Bomb Wetsuit Lets You Swim And Surf On Icy Waters

    Power Heated H-Bomb Wetsuit Lets You Swim And Surf On Icy Waters

    Some people like to hit the slopes on winter. For the few who’d rather be trawling in the cold, chilly waters, Rip Curl might have something to make the experience less suicidal. Called the H-Bomb, it’s the world’s first power-heated wetsuit, allowing you to enjoy the water even in extremely low temperatures. Cold water surfing, anyone? According to the company, the unique wetsuit has the potential to change water sports and ocean exploration forever, making it practical to engage in [...]

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  • Wall Of Sound: The Most Powerful iPod Speaker On The Planet?

    Wall Of Sound: The Most Powerful iPod Speaker On The Planet?

    Since the contractor refused to turn your wall into an iPod dock, you can settle for the next best thing: a speaker that’s about the size of a wall.  The Wall of Sound is a large slab of audio equipment, consisting of a ridiculously huge speaker and a small iPod dock down at the base. Touted as the most powerful iPod speaker in the world, it boasts 125 watts of maximum amplifier power, a frequency response of 40 Hz to [...]

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  • Make Your Own Gadget Skin With iaPeel

    Make Your Own Gadget Skin With iaPeel

    Dressing up your iPhone and iPod can be a tricky business.  Unless you know what you’re doing, there’s a good chance you’ll end up rocking an eyesore of a hardware.  Aaah…hundreds of dollars worth of ugly. The iaPeel printable skin is an adhesive paper sized to fit iPods, iPod Touches and iPhones.  They work seamlessly with inkjet printers, allowing you to produce custom photo-quality images that you can use to outfit your gadgets. According to the company, the gadget skin [...]

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  • Autofetch Motion Pet Ball Will Entice Your Dog With Treats, Refuse To Give It Up

    Autofetch Motion Pet Ball Will Entice Your Dog With Treats, Refuse To Give It Up

    To us, the Autofetch Motion Pet Ball sounds like a great way to give your mutt some exercise without having to do any work yourself.  To your dog, however, it might as well be called the “Torture Ball,” teasing him with food but never giving any up. Instead of having you throw it at a distance for your dog to retrieve, the ball makes your mutt go after it all on its own.  Simply put a few pieces of doggy [...]

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  • Autoloader Screwdriver Pumps Out Six Different Tips On Automatic

    Autoloader Screwdriver Pumps Out Six Different Tips On Automatic

    I hate screwdrivers.  Every time you need a small flathead tip, all you can find is the large Phillips one.  It’s like the unfortunate rule of home DIY: the exact tool that you’ve got in mind, you’re never going to find. KR Tools’ Autoloading Screwdriver puts an end to all of that, allowing you to carry six functional magnetic-tip screwdrivers in one.  Rather than just another modular tool with interchangeable bits, however, this particular model has all the different bits [...]

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  • A-Stand Turns PVC Pipes Into Ergonomic Laptop Stand

    A-Stand Turns PVC Pipes Into Ergonomic Laptop Stand

    The sexiest laptop stand I’ve seen the whole year is made from…PVC pipes. Huh? That’s right.  The A-Stand from AIAIAI Lab takes regular plumping tubes and fashions them into a hip-looking notebook accessory, managing to look more unique than any of the stands you can find at the shelves of your favorite computer store. Based on a design by Dan Steingart, the cleverly-connected tubes feature a practical design that sits your laptop at eye level for better ergonomics.  No different [...]

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  • Atari Lunar Lander Turned Into A Real-Life, Moving Parts Game

    Atari Lunar Lander Turned Into A Real-Life, Moving Parts Game

    You’ve never really played Lunar Lander till you play it in analog.   And that’s what the Real-Life Lunar Lander Replica does, which brings the 1979 Atari classic into a physical box with real moving parts. Created by British engineer Iain Sharp, the contraption was built to honor the 40th anniversary of man’s first landing at the moon.  Like the original game, the player must attempt to settle a lunar module on the moon’s surface, with success determined by both descent [...]

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  • Pocket Light Lets You Keep A Light Bulb In Your Pocket, Perfect For Eureka Moments

    Pocket Light Lets You Keep A Light Bulb In Your Pocket, Perfect For Eureka Moments

    Why pack a flashlight in your back pocket when you can slip a light bulb into your wallet?  That’s exactly what will happen with the Pocket Light, a concept gadget that puts a working, low-powered bulb inside  a credit card-sized slab. Created by Ryan Harc, the design won a bronze medal at last year’s Koizumi Lighting Awards.  While I’m not sure how powerful of an illumination it delivers, it looks decent enough to offer some amount of brightness when you’re [...]

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  • AIDA, A Robotic Backseat Driver That Tries To Charm You With Backlit Eyes

    AIDA, A Robotic Backseat Driver That Tries To Charm You With Backlit Eyes

    If having your wife and your mother-in-law barking at you from the passenger seats of your car aren’t enough distractions, you might soon be able to add a robot in there too.  That’s if AIDA, short for Affective Intelligent Driving Assistant, ends up making its way to future vehicles. Created by a collaboration from the MIT SENSElab, the MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group and the Volkswagen Group of America’s Electronics Research Lab, AIDA is a high-tech navigation system that [...]

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