• 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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  • Air Board, A Hovercraft That’s A Little Picky About Its Surfaces

    Air Board, A Hovercraft That’s A Little Picky About Its Surfaces

    In the future, we’ll all be riding hovercrafts.  In the meantime, however, you’re going to have to settle for the Air Board, a slightly-hovering mobility device that looks like an oversized lawn mower. Remember those “hovercrafts” they used at the Sydney 2000 Olympics?  This is it.  With plenty of surface restrictions and bulky as hell, it’s not exactly the most convenient ride either.  But, hey – it’s a taste of the future all the same. Looks amazing fun though. The [...]

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  • Helmet Mounted Radar System Will Let You Sniff Out Hiding Enemies, Uncover Stalkers

    Helmet Mounted Radar System Will Let You Sniff Out Hiding Enemies, Uncover Stalkers

    Curious you’re being stalked?  A military technology currently under development should help you find out for sure.  Called the Helmet Mounted Radar System (HMRS), the device is designed to help soldiers recognize threats within their immediate vicinity. Able to detect moving targets with a full 360 degrees field of view, the radar can catch potential enemies  at distances of up to 80 feet.  Of course, the Moving Target Indicator (MTI) will turn up everything that moves, so soldiers will probably [...]

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  • Booq Viper Rush Laptop Case Turns Into A Work Desk On Your Lap

    Booq Viper Rush Laptop Case Turns Into A Work Desk On Your Lap

    Laptop cases are supposed to carry your notebook, along with fitting in a few other pieces of business crap.  Booq’s shoulder-worn laptop case, however, goes beyond that, turning itself into a veritable workspace. Literally a desk in a box, the Booq Viper Rush looks like any regular, semi-rigid notebook bag.  Open it up, though, and it reveals a well-planned interior setup that offers plenty of storage space for all your electronic and professional accessories, along with a dedicated laptop area. [...]

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  • Banks iQ Dashboard Computer Provides Diagnostics And Controls, Plays Media Too

    Banks iQ Dashboard Computer Provides Diagnostics And Controls, Plays Media Too

    Most in-dash computer systems come pre-installed on vehicles.  Even then, few of them are all that great.  The new Banks iQ dashboard computer changes all that, offering a self-contained, full-featured system you can throw into any existing car (considering Banks Power’s customer base, though, it will most likely be diesel trucks). While it naturally offers precise control for the aftermarket performance add-ons that Banks produces (e.g. tuners and exhaust brake systems), the personal vehicle interface also lets you run instant [...]

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  • Nissan’s New Mobility Prototype Puts You On Automated Stilts

    Nissan’s New Mobility Prototype Puts You On Automated Stilts

    The Segway was cool, but you have to admit: it’s too big for its own good.  Nissan’s new personal mobility prototype works the same way, rolling you along on a set of wheels, together with a few nifty functions, while being considerably smaller. Created in partnership with Japan’s National Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (AIST), the  device runs much like any mobility device, getting you from place to place all on its own (it can go both forwards and [...]

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  • World’s Smallest Model Train Set Boasts A Ridiculous 1:35,200 Scale

    World’s Smallest Model Train Set Boasts A Ridiculous 1:35,200 Scale

    Does the idea of watching a model train go around and around the same closed track make you want to pull your hair out?  Well, this one’s even worse, likely making you want to poke your own eyes in disgust disbelief.  We are referring, of course, to the smallest model train set in the world, which should require either 20/20 vision or a magnifying glass to thoroughly admire. How small is the thing?  The whole set, including the tracks, measures [...]

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  • AlterG M300 Treadmill Lets You Exercise Like An Astronaut In Orbit

    AlterG M300 Treadmill Lets You Exercise Like An Astronaut In Orbit

    Why pay six figures to float in near space when you can do it everyday at home?  For only $24,500, you can take home an AlterG M300 series machine, an anti-gravity treadmill that lets you run like an unbathed astronaut.  Except you’re at home, so you can take a bath right after. The company first showed off their anti-gravity tech (the P200 series) earlier this year, but priced it at three times that of the current model.  Sure 25 grand [...]

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  • Experimental Augmented Reality Goggles Show Mechanics How To Fix Stuff, Cuts Repair Time In Half

    Experimental Augmented Reality Goggles Show Mechanics How To Fix Stuff, Cuts Repair Time In Half

    In the future, mechanics may not have to know how to fix anything.  While we’re not quite there yet, there is something impressive about rigs like these Augmented Reality Goggles from Columbia University, which has been shown to help mechanics perform maintenance on vehicles at twice the usual speed. You probably know the augmented reality drill by now.  With a layer of tech between you and whatever  you are looking at, you get to see the world through a different [...]

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  • Funbrella Makes Sure That Rainy Days Are Here To Stay

    Funbrella Makes Sure That Rainy Days Are Here To Stay

    Love the rain, hate getting wet? Enjoy the sound of raindrops landing on the canvas right above you with the Funbrella, a prototype umbrella that simulates the sounds and feelings of rain – even when it’s 80 degrees outside. Created by students from Osaka University’s Human Interface Lab, the odd contraption produces both vibrations and sounds that make you feel like drops of water are landing right above you. For what reason? I haven’t the faintest idea. The Funbrella uses [...]

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  • How To Control Girls With A Joystick

    How To Control Girls With A Joystick

    Everywhere else in the world, women control men with their “joystick.”  Not in this dude’s Japanese laboratory, though, where he controls that helmet-clad girl using a joystick-fitted remote. Unfortunately, it’s not a brain control apparatus…yet.  Instead, it’s a navigational device that lets the operator inform subjects (who wear bicycle helmets with various contraptions affixed to them) where to turn by tugging on their ears.  The mechanism is simple – it pulls on the left ear to make you turn to [...]

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  • Cigar Stub Lets You Enjoy Your Smokes Down To The Last Puff

    Cigar Stub Lets You Enjoy Your Smokes Down To The Last Puff

    Sick of burning your fingers while smoking the rear end of your stogies (or whatever other stuff you like to light up)?  Salvation is here in the form of the Cigar Stub, a smoking accessory that lets you enjoy your smokes down to the last puff. Experts say the sweet spot of cigars (where the most flavor sits) starts when there are only three inches remaining.  With the lighted end so close to your fingers, though, you’ll be charring your [...]

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  • Make Your Eyes Literally Shine With The LED Eyelashes

    Make Your Eyes Literally Shine With The LED Eyelashes

    All this time, women have been cleansing, toning and using a ridiculous amount of products to make their eyes shine.  What a waste of time.  As it turns out, all you need are fake eyelashes with a series of LED lights to achieve those results. Designed by artist Soomi Park, the LED Eyelashes were supposedly designed to serve Asian women’s (well, the Japanese and Korean variety, mostly) desire for bigger, rounder eyes.  Nah.  I don’t buy it.  To serve as [...]

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  • Chain Condoms: Protection For Your Drivetrain

    Chain Condoms: Protection For Your Drivetrain

    When I first heard of the Chain Condom, I imagined something naughty, like a prophylactic with shackles of sorts.  Instead, it turned out to be something a good deal less shocking and a little more useful in the non-risque variety. Just like actual condoms , the Chain Condom keeps bicycle chains from putting their grease and grime at everything in its vicinity.  Designed for folks who  frequently carry their bikes at the back of their cars (fit and athletic outdoor [...]

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  • Livestrong LS9.9IC Exercise Bike Lets You Train Like Lance Armstrong

    Livestrong LS9.9IC Exercise Bike Lets You Train Like Lance Armstrong

    Exercise bikes are cool for general fitness, but they’re crap for training you to ride like a pro.  The Livestrong LS9.9IC claims to accomplish the latter, boasting a feature set that’s approved by Tour de France superstar Lance Armstrong himself. Reportedly used by Lance to train prior to actual competition, the manufacturer bills their bike as the “ultimate indoor cycle.”  Reading through the specs, it doesn’t sound like anything special (compared to a regular top-brand bike machine), save for a [...]

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  • GE’s Vscan Puts An Entire Ultrasound Machine In A Clamshell Cellphone’s Body

    GE’s Vscan Puts An Entire Ultrasound Machine In A Clamshell Cellphone’s Body

    If GE gets their way, the future of ultrasound will look like a clamshell phone. Billed as the “stethoscope of the 21st century,” the company’s new Vscan puts a functional ultrasound in a very portable and very familiar form factor. Measuring about the same size as a cheap and bulky flip phone, the handheld medical device packs a complete ultrasound console within its small frame. When flipped open, it reveals a screen display on the upper flap and navigation controls [...]

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  • Rex, A Robotic Beast Of Burden

    Rex, A Robotic Beast Of Burden

    Why carry bags when the robots can do it?  That’s the idea behind Rex, a load-bearing robo-mule that will trail you and respond to voice commands like a well-trained mutt. Created by Israel Aerospace Industries, the baggage-toting machine is currently being marketed to military organizations in an effort to fill an “urgent operational need.”  According to the company, the robot will relieve in-field combatants of the encumbrance created by putting heavy loads on their back, allowing them to perform their [...]

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  • Entourage Edge Combines E-Reader With An Android UMPC

    Entourage Edge Combines E-Reader With An Android UMPC

    Why settle for an ebook reader when you can get a full UMPC with it?  That’s the whole selling point behind the Entourage Edge, a clamshell-style device that opens to two large displays on each flap. Able to unfold like a netbook (and it does look like one when closed), the nifty two-in-one integrates a grayscale e-reader on the left side and a functional Android-based UMPC on the other.  Both screens display in an upright format, so you can grab [...]

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