• Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    We’ve seen small quadcopters before, even ones so small that you can carry them in your pocket.  The Nixie does them one better by actually being wearable, strapping on your wrist for convenient portability when not in use. More than being a super-compact drone, it’s programmed to function as a dedicated selfie machine.  Any time it’s launched, the drone will automatically detect your presence and autonomously hover around your perimeter, filming your exploits full time (it comes with a camera [...]

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  • Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    A team of researchers from Uppsala University is claiming to have found a new method for producing lithium-ion batteries that allow them to be easily recycled.  The process uses alfalfa seeds and pine resin as biomaterials, with a recycling system that uses low-energy input and non-hazardous chemicals (specifically, ethanol and water). The new method claims to produce lithium-ion batteries with the same content capacity as current-generation systems, so there’s no degradation in power nor effect in size.  It does that [...]

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  • OPPO Quack Turns Your Dog Into A Duck

    OPPO Quack Turns Your Dog Into A Duck

    Muzzles are great for preventing your dogs from unwanted biting and barking.   You have to admit, though, muzzles can make even the nicest canines look extremely menacing (especially when they’re sleeping in a supervillain pet crate).  That won’t be the case when your pet wears the OPPO Quack over his snout. Like regular dog muzzles, it will keep your hound from biting strangers that spook them in the park or bark with the fury of noisy fireworks at three in [...]

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  • Rochester Cloak Uses Ordinary Lenses To Make Things Appear Invisible

    Rochester Cloak Uses Ordinary Lenses To Make Things Appear Invisible

    Invisibility cloaks?  Not going to happen for a long time.  Using lenses to make your presence undetectable, though, is something many people have pulled off in the past.  A new lens-based cloaking device developed at the University of Rochester, which we’re calling the Rochester Cloak, might be the best one yet. Unlike previous efforts, the device doesn’t require that viewers remain at a specific angle in order for the cloaking effect to work.  Instead, it provides continuous multi-directional cover, so [...]

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  • AlumaSki Brings Jet Skiing To Shallow Waters

    AlumaSki Brings Jet Skiing To Shallow Waters

    While jet skis can work great for navigating the narrow confines of rivers and streams, they present a problem when you end up in shallow areas of the water.  Simply put, all those rocks are likely to render your QuadSki’s fiberglass hull beat down, banged up, and heavily damaged.  The AlumaSki, a new personal watercraft, offers a more durable alternative. Combining the shallow water durability and payload of an aluminum river boat with the affordability and fuel efficiency of jet [...]

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  • Harvard Offers Free Soft Robotics Toolkit For Building Your Own Bio-Mimicking Robot Army

    Harvard Offers Free Soft Robotics Toolkit For Building Your Own Bio-Mimicking Robot Army

    If you’ve already come to terms with a future filled with robots that look like the hunks of steel they’ve always been depicted in the movies, you’ll probably be very upset when the future comes.  Why?  Because instead of shiny tempered steel shells, they’ll likely be decked in shells as soft as human skin.  And they’ll have soft, flexible body tissues, rather than the rigid mechanisms inside factory machines that allow them to move like real living creatures.  Yeah, the [...]

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  • MV Recyclone Is Dyson’s Concept Vacuum Barge For Cleaning Up Rivers

    MV Recyclone Is Dyson’s Concept Vacuum Barge For Cleaning Up Rivers

    High-end home vacuum cleaners are near-synonymous with the Dyson brand, but that doesn’t mean indoors is where the company plans to stay.  James Dyson revealed long-term plans to build a new product called the MV Recyclone, a giant vacuum cleaner that will siphon plastic out of our increasingly-polluted rivers. Since it will need to navigate bodies of water, the giant cleaning machine comes in the form of a barge rather than a typical vacuum cleaner.  The waste-sucking boat will run [...]

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  • This Prehistoric Mammoth Skeleton Will Be All You Want For Christmas

    This Prehistoric Mammoth Skeleton Will Be All You Want For Christmas

    Tired of buying yourself a new supercar every Christmas?  Yeah, after a few years expanding your fleet of exotics as a gift to yourself, it can get kind of trite.  This year, why not change things up and get yourself this Prehistoric Mammoth Skeleton instead? That’s right, a near-complete skeleton (it has a couple of toes missing, but that’s it) of the wooly mammoth.  Not just a tusk, a head, or some other body part like you’d normally get in [...]

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  • Krazy Beaver Super Shovel Comes With Sharp Teeth For Chomping On Clay And Ice

    Krazy Beaver Super Shovel Comes With Sharp Teeth For Chomping On Clay And Ice

    Shovels are extremely useful in the garden, apart from serving as a makeshift weapon in a time of need.  Only problem?  It looks about as intimidating as a wheelbarrow to strike enough fear at anyone intending to do you harm.  The Krazy Beaver Super Shovel changes that. From the handle down to the shoulder, it looks just like every other shovel you can get from the hardware store, ready to dig deep into any pile of dirt.  Unlike ordinary digging [...]

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  • Please Call Key Helps Nice People Return Your Lost Keys

    Please Call Key Helps Nice People Return Your Lost Keys

    It’s not uncommon to lose your keys.  Sometimes, you drop them while reaching for bills in your pocket.  Other times, you get too drunk and don’t notice stuff falling out of your pants.  On occasion, you’d set them down on a public bathroom sink and forget about them until you’re at the front door, unable to enter your house.  While the Please Call Key won’t keep those things from happening again, it might give you a shot at getting an [...]

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  • 10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    Self-described as “the greatest show and tell on Earth,” (and we agree with that statement) Maker Faire returned to  New York this past weekend, bringing with it a wide array of fascinating new technology, impressive DIY projects, and oddball curiosities that have all become a trademark of the ever-growing maker movement. Like every Maker Faire, the event brought together a wide cross-section of people, including engineers, craftsmen, educators, tech enthusiasts, artists, science fans, and the occasional indescribable figure. Most importantly, [...]

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  • Mighty Mug Eliminates Coffee Spills Forever

    Mighty Mug Eliminates Coffee Spills Forever

    Sometimes, we act clumsy and we make a mess.  It happens and it’s our fault.  Then, again, maybe we should blame bad design.  You know, like, why the heck isn’t my Starbucks Tumbler designed to stay on its feet when I bump into it?  Well, someone thought that way about coffee mugs and sought out to build one that will stay standing even in your clumsiest moments: the Mighty Mug. A mug that can’t be knocked over, it eliminates spills [...]

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  • 137-Feet Y-40 Is The World’s Deepest Swimming Pool

    137-Feet Y-40 Is The World’s Deepest Swimming Pool

    Sorry Nemo 33, your claim to fame just got usurped.  Four-star Hotel Terme Millepini in Montegrotto Terme, Italy is now host to the new record holder for the deepest swimming pool in the world.  Called Y-40 The Deep Joy, the insane facility has a bottom floor that extends 137 feet deep. Designed by renowned architect Emanuele Boaretto, the pool has the diving height of a 12-story building, making it perfectly suitable for recreational diving activities.  Wetsuits aren’t required (thank God, [...]

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  • Seatylock Bike Saddle Also Doubles As A Bike Lock

    Seatylock Bike Saddle Also Doubles As A Bike Lock

    Riding a bicycle to work is awesome.  Getting to the office and realizing you forgot to bring the bike lock?  Not so much.  Maybe it’s time you got a bike lock that’s impossible to leave at home.  That’s exactly what the Seatylock is. A bicycle saddle that’s also a bike lock, it’s the perfect way to never forget your bike lock again.  After all, you can’t possibly leave the saddle at home unless you intentionally want the seat post to [...]

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  • Deska Board Lets You Windsurf Without Any Water For Miles

    Deska Board Lets You Windsurf Without Any Water For Miles

    Because the world can never have a shortage of ridiculously fun looking ways to cruise the city streets, someone made a board that you can use to windsurf on concrete roads.  Called the Deska Board, it can be armed with a sail similar to windsurfing equipment, allowing you to use the wind to propel you from the mini-mart, where you bought a six-pack of beer, to your buddy Caleb’s house, where you will drink it while playing Killzone Shadow Fall [...]

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  • This Is A Beer Briefcase For The Beer-Drinking Pro

    This Is A Beer Briefcase For The Beer-Drinking Pro

    It doesn’t matter whether you carry those half-dozen bottles on their original six-pack carton, a beer coathanger, or some other specialty contraption, walking around with a six-pack of booze is never classy.  Walking around with a briefcase, on the other hand, always seems dignified.  That’s why the Beer Briefcase exists. Perfect for transporting a healthy supply of beer during a workday, the briefcase comes with designated slots that nestle each bottle around a layer of protective foam.  That way, you [...]

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  • This Authentic Soviet Era Dog Spacesuit Is The Cutest Dog Costume You Will See Today

    This Authentic Soviet Era Dog Spacesuit Is The Cutest Dog Costume You Will See Today

      Why dress your dog in some second-rate costume from the pet store when you can deck it in a legitimate outfit used by canine cosmonauts?  That’s exactly what will happen when you dress it up in this authentic 1950s-era Soviet Dog Spacesuit. The suit is believed to have been worn by Belka and Strelka, the first two dogs to return from space back in 1960.  It was used for the USSR’s Korabl-Sputnik 2 mission during the training phase, where [...]

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  • 3-in-1 Stanley Vacuum Coffee System Turns Into A Pot For Boiling Water And A French Press For Making Coffee

    3-in-1 Stanley Vacuum Coffee System Turns Into A Pot For Boiling Water And A French Press For Making Coffee

    A thermos is essential if you want to keep coffee hot when camping, yet it’s all but useless if you don’t have a way to boil water or make coffee.  That’s why the Stanley Vacuum Coffee System integrates both functions within its normal-looking thermos body. When all closed up, it looks like a regular vacuum flask – the kind where you keep the boiled water in the kitchen back home.  Except, the thing is actually designed to disassemble into three [...]

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  • Schiller X1 Lets You Navigate The Water Like You’re Riding A Bicycle

    Schiller X1 Lets You Navigate The Water Like You’re Riding A Bicycle

    You love bicycles.  That’s just how you are.  When you go to work, you ride a monstrously colorful fixie.  When you hit the gym, you exercise on the stationary bike.  When you play the fairways on the weekends, you go hole to hole on a Golf Bike.  Now, you can even hit the water while bicycling with the Schiller X1. No, this isn’t a boat that got fitted with a pedal system.  Instead, it looks like they took apart a [...]

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