• Samsung’s Chef Collection Induction Range Comes With Fake Flames, So You Know When Food Is Cooking

    Samsung’s Chef Collection Induction Range Comes With Fake Flames, So You Know When Food Is Cooking

    Induction cooktops are great.  They heat up cookware incredibly fast, they waste very little heat, and they’re way easier to clean than any conventional cooktop.  If there’s anything to criticize, it’s the lack of any hard-to-miss visual cues that tell you when a burner is running, making it easy to mistakenly touch a red-hot pan, thinking it’s as cold as the one hanging up the wall.  Ouch.  That should happen less with the Samsung Chef Collection Induction Slide-In Range, which [...]

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  • SAM Lets You Build Internet-Connected Electronics With Drag And Drop Ease

    SAM Lets You Build Internet-Connected Electronics With Drag And Drop Ease

    Similar to LittleBits, SAM is a modular electronics kit that lets you build functioning tools by combining different hardware modules.  Unlike it, you don’t need to snap the SAM modules together.  Instead, each one comes with its own power source and wireless connection, so you simply gather all the modules in one place and use the app to define each module’s function.  No wiring, no soldering, no snapping things together. Described as “the first electronics development kit that seamlessly integrates [...]

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  • This Guy Turned His Retired Power Mac G5s Into Functional Home Furniture

    This Guy Turned His Retired Power Mac G5s Into Functional Home Furniture

    There have been a lot of awesome computer cases that came out over the years, from PC boxes that look like kitchen appliances to animal-shaped cases to entire desks that serve as a computer chassis.  When it comes to your run-of-the-mill desktop tower for business, few can claim they looked better than the body on the Apple Power Mac G5.  Simply put, it was a big fan favorite.  Apparently, Klaus Geiger loved them so much that when it came time [...]

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  • Scientists Build Tractor Beam 100x More Powerful Than Others Before It

    Scientists Build Tractor Beam 100x More Powerful Than Others Before It

    In the future, we can visit other planets and beam up their inhabitants into our spaceships.  Well, if we can make spaceships that travel that deep into space.  And if we actually find nearby planets that have existing lifeforms.  And if this new reversible tractor beam scientists developed can actually mature into a nefarious tech straight out of a sci-fi movie.  Watch out aliens, the Earthling invaders are coming. In a report published in the journal Nature Phonics, scientists from [...]

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  • VisionTek Pocket SSD Puts Ultra-Fast Solid State Storage On A Stick

    VisionTek Pocket SSD Puts Ultra-Fast Solid State Storage On A Stick

    Sure, these VisionTek Pocket SSDs aren’t the most compact thumb drives you can get.  But, man, these are SSDs.  On a USB stick.  That can fit inside tiny pockets.  It’s awesome. Described as “the pocket-sized, bus-powered SSD,” it gives you the speed, performance, and storage capacities of a regular SSD built into a laptop.  Whether you’re copying large media files, launching a software installer from USB, or running a portable build of Windows 8 from a stick, these drives will [...]

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  • Bamboo Visors Make These Hats From Guapa Peaks Totally Unlike Any Other

    Bamboo Visors Make These Hats From Guapa Peaks Totally Unlike Any Other

    We already have wooden watches, wooden sunglasses, and even wooden neckties.  So why not a wooden hat?  Probably because wood won’t feel very comfortable around your head.  So why not a cap with a regular fabric crown and a wooden visor, instead?  Yeah, that will work and Guapa Peaks got you covered. Apparently, putting a wooden visor on a hat looks darn good.  Who’d have thought?  Well, apparently these guys.  Seriously, I want to burn every snapback in my closet [...]

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  • A Glass Top Ping Pong Table Makes Hitting Plastic Balls With A Paddle Feel So Much More Refined

    A Glass Top Ping Pong Table Makes Hitting Plastic Balls With A Paddle Feel So Much More Refined

    We’re not entirely sure how well little plastic balls will bounce on glass.  We also probably won’t care if we can have an object as beautiful as the TravisMathew Glass Top Ping Pong Table on our style-starved game room. Sure, a ping pong table with a glass top sounds ostentatiously unnecessary.  In fact, it’s probably a bad idea if you regularly have hot-headed friends who like to slam their paddles on the playing area when they realize they suck at [...]

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  • These Dunk Animal Lamps Look Like Upright Horses On Three Legs

    These Dunk Animal Lamps Look Like Upright Horses On Three Legs

    Turning old bottles into lighting elements isn’t exactly a novel undertaking.  We’ve seen it done in products like the Satechi LED Lamp, the Tejas Home Barlite, and Mandles.  Despite that, these Dunk Animal Lamps still feel fresh and fun, with its playful, lighthearted take on functional lighting for the home. Created by Nishi Chauhan, it’s the latest entry in her Animal Farm series, which consists of different types of lighting units that combine recycled objects and revived traditional craft.  For [...]

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  • Carvey Might Be The Best-Looking Desktop CNC Mill We’ve Seen

    Carvey Might Be The Best-Looking Desktop CNC Mill We’ve Seen

    The Carvey isn’t the first desktop CNC mill to come out, as we’ve seen products like the Nomad 883, the Handibot, and the Othermill over the course of the last two years.  Heck, we’ve even seen one dedicated to producing nothing but unmarked and untraceable AR-15 rifles.  We have to say, however, this is exactly the kind of sleek-looking device we wouldn’t mind sitting next to our desk in the office. Made by Inventables, it’s designed with the help of [...]

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  • Take Your SimCity Obsession To The Tabletop With These 3D-Printed Ittyblox Buildings

    Take Your SimCity Obsession To The Tabletop With These 3D-Printed Ittyblox Buildings

    Ever wanted to build your own mini-city on a tabletop, but realized there weren’t too many options in toy buildings and other infrastructure available at hobby shops?  Yeah, city building fans are like unwanted children when it comes to fun things.  If you’d still like to take a break from SimCity to build miniature urban landscapes you can touch, Ittyblox offers a potential avenue to satiate your longing. Created by architectural enthusiast Steve Fox, it’s a series of 3D-printed buildings [...]

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  • This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Ultrasound Waves

    This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Ultrasound Waves

    In the future, we can all have chips inserted in our bodies that do not need to be hooked up to a power source in order to function.  Instead, you simply beam ultrasound into wherever it’s implanted to keep it up and running.  That’s the promise made by these new tiny chips being developed by engineers at Stanford University. Rather than use conventional sources of power, the chips include a piezoelectric material that reacts to ultrasound by compressing and decompressing [...]

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  • Hendo Hoverboard: It’s Real, It’s Awesome, And It Kinda Works

    Hendo Hoverboard: It’s Real, It’s Awesome, And It Kinda Works

    It’s not quite the hoverboard we wanted, but given the absolutely barren list of choices, the Hendo Hoverboard is the one we want anyway.  Yes, someone finally made a real hoverboard that can lift a short distance off the ground while supporting the weight of an adult on top. Unlike the one Marty McFly rode in the Back to the Future movies, you can’t exactly take this one out for a spin around the neighborhood.  That’s because it can only [...]

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  • These DIY Wintercroft Masks Make For Beautiful Low-Cost Halloween Costumes

    These DIY Wintercroft Masks Make For Beautiful Low-Cost Halloween Costumes

    You hate dressing up for Halloween, but don’t like being the Debbie Downer of the gang, either, so you’ve decided to buy a mask to wear for this year’s festivities.  Except all the cheap masks in the store are really crappy and it’s too late to order those Freak Masks from the internet and you don’t really want to spend a lot of money and you don’t know what to do.  How about you make your own using these printable [...]

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  • The Mozartkugel Music Box Is The Random Desk Toy You Never Knew You Wanted

    The Mozartkugel Music Box Is The Random Desk Toy You Never Knew You Wanted

    Looking for a way to inject some culture into your cold, unwelcoming cubicle at work?  Try this Mozartkugel Music Box, an odd-looking desk toy that will play Mozart’s “Voi che sapete” on cue. Designed by Adam + Harborth of Siebensachen, it’s an adult take on the classic childhood music box that automatically plays music when opened.  You know, like those toys that will mysteriously open and play music in haunted house movies even though the protagonist was sure it was [...]

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  • MyBuild Robot Frame Lets You Build Articulated LEGO Robot Figures

    MyBuild Robot Frame Lets You Build Articulated LEGO Robot Figures

    Building LEGO robot figures is fun and all, but if all they can do is stand there all stiff, they can only be so much fun to play with.  While using LEGO Technic pieces can let you make articulated robot parts, this new solution called MyBuild Robot Frame offers what appears to be a simpler, more cost-effective approach.  If you have access to a 3D printer, that is. Made by Hero Design Studio, it’s a 3D model for an articulated [...]

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  • ShotGlass Is A Wearable HUD For Hunters, Soldiers, And Alien Resistance Forces

    ShotGlass Is A Wearable HUD For Hunters, Soldiers, And Alien Resistance Forces

    Smart glasses may be an unnecessary technology at this point in time for a lot of people.  When your daily life involves carrying big guns and shooting it at aliens trying to invade the planet, however, it can become an indispensable tool in your survival.  At least, that would be the case with the ShotGlass, a pair of smart glasses that will let you shoot at targets without having to look at them. Made by TrackingPoint, it’s a dedicated-function wearable [...]

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  • Floyd Shelf Quickly Turns Wood Planks And Similar Materials Into Functional Wall Storage

    Floyd Shelf Quickly Turns Wood Planks And Similar Materials Into Functional Wall Storage

    Remember the Floyd Legs, which can turn any plank of wood into a functional table?  Well, meet its beloved cousin, the Floyd Shelf, a similarly utilitarian tool that turns any plank of material into a functional wall shelf. That leftover plank of wood in dad’s garage?  It’s now a shelf.  Those jalousie windows rotting in the attic?  They can now be shelves, too.  Basically, any long and reasonably slim strip of wood, plastic, glass (with reservations, of course, because it [...]

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  • New Medicine Extracted From Blushwood Fruits Can Destroy Cancerous Tumors

    New Medicine Extracted From Blushwood Fruits Can Destroy Cancerous Tumors

    (image from The Australian) A new drug is showing great promise in the fight against cancer. Called EBC-46, the compound is extracted from the fruit of the Blushwood tree, a variety that only grows in the Queensland rainforests in Australia.  When injected into tumors, they are able to successfully shrink and even destroy them completely.  The latest study, published in the journal PLOS One, was conducted by Dr. Glen Boyle and other scientists at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. [...]

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  • Undress: This Dress Lets You Change Outfits Right In The Middle Of The Street

    Undress: This Dress Lets You Change Outfits Right In The Middle Of The Street

    Sure, you may never get in a situation where you will need to change your clothes in public. Most people tend to plan around wardrobe changes, after all, so having to change into office clothes from your running gear right on the jogging trail doesn’t exactly figure in the kinds of things most people concern themselves with.  But what if you do get into one of those situations?  Now, you can prepare for it with the Undress. Described as a [...]

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  • This ETE Plate Comes With Portion Guides That Will Help You Avoid Eating Too Much

    This ETE Plate Comes With Portion Guides That Will Help You Avoid Eating Too Much

    While counting calories can help when trying to cut down on your food consumption, it isn’t an absolute necessity.  In fact, restricting yourself to healthy portions for every meal is usually enough.  If you need assistance with determining the correct portion sizes, this ETE Plate should help steer you the right way. At first glance, it looks just like a regular plate with some colorful lines printed on it for decoration.  Except, it isn’t.  Instead, the lines are actually portion [...]

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  • Dyson Hygienic Mist Is A UV-Blasting, Air-Multiplying Humidifier

    Dyson Hygienic Mist Is A UV-Blasting, Air-Multiplying Humidifier

    Dyson’s bladeless fan is, easily, one of the most beautifully-designed appliances of the past decade.  It’s just brilliant.  Which is why we can’t blame them for integrating that stylish design into other products, like the previously-released Dyson Hot.  This time around, they’re bringing the same thing to humidifiers with the Dyson Hygienic Mist. Basically, it’s an Air Multiplier, with a large water tank in its base.  Like other portable humidifiers, it takes water from the reservoir, which the fan then [...]

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  • Track Your Surf Sessions Like You Track Your Runs With The Glassy Pro One

    Track Your Surf Sessions Like You Track Your Runs With The Glassy Pro One

    If you spend more time catching waves at the beach than hitting the trails for a run, then a general purpose fitness tracker isn’t likely to do you a lot of good.  For the most part, they just aren’t rigged to keep track of the things you’re likely to care about most.  So ditch the Fitbit and get that wrist ready to strap a Glassy Pro One instead. A dedicated sportsband for surfers, it ditches the “calories burned” and “steps [...]

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  • Japan Is Building The Chuo Shinkansen, A 300MPH Levitating Train

    Japan Is Building The Chuo Shinkansen, A 300MPH Levitating Train

    Japan’s about to reclaim the title for the fastest train in the world.  The country’s government just approved a plan to build a new train that uses magnetic levitation technology to send it soaring through the tracks at ridiculously high speeds.  Unlike their existing bullet trains, which travel at top speeds of 200-plus mph, this new one, called Chuo Shinkansen, is expected to fly through the tracks at top speeds of over 300 mph. The new train will be used [...]

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  • This Antarctica-Ready ICE Full Fat Trike Will Ride You Through Any Terrain

    This Antarctica-Ready ICE Full Fat Trike Will Ride You Through Any Terrain

    Sure, we doubt you’ll be riding from the edge of the Antarctic continent straight to the South Pole anytime soon.  But, man, having a ride that’s equipped to do exactly that sure sounds sweet.  That’s exactly what you can get with the Full Fat, a recumbent trike that’s ready for the toughest trails nature has to offer. Made by Inspired Cycle Engineering (ICE), the trike is based on the custom-built three-wheeler that Maria Leijerstam rode across Antarctica late last year.  [...]

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  • Crazy Cart XL: Everyone’s Favorite Drifting Toy, Now For Grownups

    Crazy Cart XL: Everyone’s Favorite Drifting Toy, Now For Grownups

    Razor’s Crazy Cart is one of the most amazing toys ever created, giving kids an insane drifting machine that can turn any empty room into a veritable wonderland.  It’s so amazing, in fact, that even grown-ups want one.  And, soon, they can with the new Crazy Cart XL. Designed for adults, the new ride is bigger, faster, and downright crazier than the original kiddie version.  Sure, it’s no actual drift car like Ken Block would drive, but we doubt you [...]

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  • Lumu Turns The iPhone Into A Light Meter For Film Photography Buffs

    Lumu Turns The iPhone Into A Light Meter For Film Photography Buffs

    Modern cameras come with advanced sensors and algorithms that allow them to automatically measure light and take optimal shots.  If you’re working with film, however, those things still need to be done separately, making a light meter indispensable when it comes to choosing the right exposure for each shot.  The Lumu is a small accessory that lets you turn an iPhone (iOS 6 and newer) into one. Designed to measure incidental light, the device will give accurate readings on the [...]

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  • Stumble Upon Sofa Is A Carpet That’s A Couch That Also Happens To Be A Bookcase

    Stumble Upon Sofa Is A Carpet That’s A Couch That Also Happens To Be A Bookcase

    A carpet with large ridges is just a whole lot of annoying.  And, yes, it looks just as annoying on this Stumble Upon Sofa, a large carpet with huge kinks in it that actually serves as a couch. Designed by Alessandro Isola, this carpet and sofa combo comes with a carbon fiber structure under the ridged section of the carpet, giving it a firm and sturdy surface that you can plop down on.  We’re not entirely sure why you would [...]

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