• Samsonite Trolley Scooter Lets You Ride Your Luggage, Race To The Check-In Line

    Samsonite Trolley Scooter Lets You Ride Your Luggage, Race To The Check-In Line

    Since we’ve long been putting wheels on our luggages anyway, why not turn it into an actual ride?  This Samsonite Trolley Scooter does just that, fitting a clever little suitcase with its own built-in scooter.  Finally, you can dash to the front of the pack at the check-in with an unfair advantage.  Winner. Luggages have generally been a burden, even when you’re packing light.  You either carried them or hauled them, losing you precious time you could have better spent [...]

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  • USB-Powered Pet Rock Comes To Life, Still Does Nothing

    USB-Powered Pet Rock Comes To Life, Still Does Nothing

    Love pets but hate the extra work they bring?  Back in the 70s, they had a solution for that: the Pet Rock.  This year, the world’s least-disruptive household ward is making a comeback in the form of the USB-Powered Pet Rock. How is it different?  Instead of just being a hard mass of earth that you can carry along anywhere, your new favorite pet comes with a USB plug so you can connect it to your computer.  While stuck to [...]

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  • Capstone CMT-380 Supercar Pairs An Electric Motor With A 30kW Microturbine

    Capstone CMT-380 Supercar Pairs An Electric Motor With A 30kW Microturbine

    Electric cars are great, but the limited range afforded by bulky battery packs is just a deal-breaker that makes it difficult to treat it as a primary vehicle.  That’s why hybrid cars are only likely play a larger part in the next evolution of automobiles and Capstone Turbine Corporation’s CMT-380 could be a blueprint for things to come. Pairing an electric drivetrain with a 30kW microturbine that can run on either diesel or biodiesel, the car can manage an effective [...]

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  • Gryphon’s Next-Gen Parachute System Dresses You In A Stealth Wingsuit, Lets You Fly In Undetected

    Gryphon’s Next-Gen Parachute System Dresses You In A Stealth Wingsuit, Lets You Fly In Undetected

    Remember how cool Jetman Yves Rossy looked on his jet-powered wing?  Soldiers may soon be zooming across the sky on a similar-looking wingsuit with Gryphon’s new Next Generation Parachute System. Described as a modular upgrade for parachute systems, it can help soldiers glide across the sky during high altitude jumps.  On a typical 30,000 feet drop performed by US Special Forces, the wearer can glide stealthily for up to 30 miles at around 60 mph, allowing the team to launch [...]

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  • Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Plays An Orchestra Of iPhones

    Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Plays An Orchestra Of iPhones

    With the iPhone and iPod Touch finding themselves as the platform of choice for a growing range of music-making apps, it’s only natural to see it evolve as a functional stage instrument.  That’s exactly what the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble does, using the versatile devices’ range of features to make beautiful electronic music. Made up of students from the University of Michigan, the entire group comes from a first-of-its-kind fall course that teaches how to turn smartphones into musical instruments.  [...]

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  • Mirror Watch Lets You Check Your Lipstick, Nosehairs And Zits On Your Wrist, Tells Time Too

    Mirror Watch Lets You Check Your Lipstick, Nosehairs And Zits On Your Wrist, Tells Time Too

    Need to check if your fake moustache is in place every couple of minutes?  Ditch your favorite timepiece in favor of the Mirror Watch, a stylish LED watch that doubles in function as a wrist-mounted mirror. Let’s face it.  You don’t need a watch.  Your cellphone, your music player and your laptop can all tell the time.  All your wristwatch really does is look good.  Now, you can look good with it too. The Mirror Watch uses the dial as [...]

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  • Space Barley: Have A Beer…From Space…Not Really

    Space Barley: Have A Beer…From Space…Not Really

    There are a couple brands of beer that I regularly drink.  And they’re awesome.  However, none of them are from space.  Neither is the Space Barley.  But you gotta admit – they have a good angle going.  And maker Sapporo Breweries is going to milk it to death. While it’s not technically “beer from space,” the limited-edition flavor does have a few things going for it.  The barley that was used to make the beer were apparently descended from seeds [...]

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  • Magic Clock Imitates Weasley’s Whereabouts Using Twitter Feeds

    Magic Clock Imitates Weasley’s Whereabouts Using Twitter Feeds

    Harry Potter fans probably remember the strange-looking Whereabouts clock from the Chamber of Secrets movie that showed the status of each of the Weasley family members.  Some guy called “Slip” thought it was a good idea and used pretty awesome workshop skills to design his own. He christened the creation as the Magic Clock and it actually works.  It’s not endowed with esoteric powers, though.  Instead, this real-life version of the Whereabouts manages its location-pointing capability by checking each person’s [...]

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  • Uno Goes From Unicycle To Bike As Soon As You Hit High Speeds

    Uno Goes From Unicycle To Bike As Soon As You Hit High Speeds

    The Uno, a parallel-wheeled, self-balancing unicycle, was one of the hottest inventions of last year.  It’s so good, in fact, that its inventor – MIT sophomore Ben Gulak – already managed to round up $1 million in investments. Now continuing development under the banner of the newly-founded BPG Motors, the Uno is undergoing a major change.  Apart from working as a two-wheeled unicycle, it can now automatically reorient itself as a bike with both front and rear wheels. Why the [...]

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  • Hyperdog 4-Ball Launcher Lets You Weaponize Tennis Balls Into Streaking Projectiles

    Hyperdog 4-Ball Launcher Lets You Weaponize Tennis Balls Into Streaking Projectiles

    Tired of firing stones off your tiny slingshot?  Upgrade to the next level with the Hyperdog 4-Ball Launcher, which lets you send tennis balls coursing through the air at high speeds. Sure, a tennis ball seems like lame ammunition.  However, this allows the manufacturer to peddle it to different markets.  While you can use it to attack oncoming aliens, it lends itself equally well to practicing your tennis swing as well as playing with your dog in the park.  Great [...]

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  • Falling Photographer Kerry Skarbakka Captures Himself In The Middle Of Daredevil Plummets

    Falling Photographer Kerry Skarbakka Captures Himself In The Middle Of Daredevil Plummets

    Kerry Skarbakka is a photographer by profession, yet his predilection for danger makes his job description at least part-daredevil.  Known as the Falling Photographer, he takes action photos of himself right in the middle of a plummet. Jumping off a balcony onto the ground?  He’s got one. Leaping out of a dilapidated building in Sarajevo?  Hey, look.  Slipping off a ladder and falling?  Quite a sight to behold.  Capturing himself frozen in a moment of peril, all the images are [...]

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  • Screw The Bank, Put Your Money On The Somali Pirate Stock Exchange Instead

    Screw The Bank, Put Your Money On The Somali Pirate Stock Exchange Instead

    It sounds like a cruel joke, but the Pirate Stock Exchange is as real as it is strange.  Non-seafaring locals in the major pirate lair of Haradheere in Somalia can now invest their money in hijacking activities, getting a small portion of the loot as remuneration for their financial risk. That’s right.  Somali pirates have successfully turned the felonious acts of terrorizing shipping lanes crossing the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden into a community activity.  With additional resources [...]

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  • How To Cook 2 Lbs Of Fries Using One Spoonful Of Oil – The T-fal ActiFry

    How To Cook 2 Lbs Of Fries Using One Spoonful Of Oil – The T-fal ActiFry

    Seldom does cooking equipment float my boat.  When it can prepare 2lbs of crispy French Fries using just a spoonful of oil, however, I’d be silly not to take notice.  That’s exactly what the the T-fal ActiFry does, performing cooking feats it takes the local burger joint tubs of oil to accomplish. How is that possible?  My money is on voodoo magic.  According to T-fal, though, it’s a lot less esoteric than that.   To accomplish the feat, the machine combines [...]

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  • 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Puts 150 Horses On A 189Kg Bike, Looks To Invade The Adventure-Touring Market

    2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Puts 150 Horses On A 189Kg Bike, Looks To Invade The Adventure-Touring Market

    Ducati has never had a problem pushing their two-wheeled speedsters to those who can afford it, but their Multistrada model has always suffered from a seeming lack of interest in the adventure-touring bike market.  That’s what Ducati is looking to change with the 2010 Multistrada 1200, a veritable world-beater that combines monster horsepower, stylish Italian design and cutting-edge technology. Three years in the making, it has been spawned by Ducati’s goal of producing the most flexible adventure bike the market [...]

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  • Draw Your Swords, Gentlemen: The Lion Dog Koshirae

    Draw Your Swords, Gentlemen: The Lion Dog Koshirae

    Your fighting sword beginning to get a little rusty?  Considering arming up with the latest reboot of Bugei’s classic Lion Dog Koshirae, touted as the best sword to ever come out of the renowned Hanwei forge. Clad in the most elegant and intricate fittings the company has ever made, the all new bladed weapon sees the popular model completely redesigned, pushing the envelope for modern production swords.  Inspired by the golden age of the weapon in Japanese history (the Kamakura [...]

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  • Meet Amazon Eve, The World’s Tallest Bikini Model

    Meet Amazon Eve, The World’s Tallest Bikini Model

    She may not be as tall as Yao Ming, but she’s sure a heck of a lot more palatable to the eyes than the basketball superstar.  Amazon Eve is exactly how we always imagined giant forest women who captured us for breeding will be – absolutely huge and smoking hot. Whoever said good things come in small packages better rethink that idea.  Shot here for the cover of Australian men’s magazine Zoo Weekly, she towers over pretty much everyone with [...]

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  • Piranha Pocket Tool Comes With Eleven Killer Functions In A Single Sheet Of Steel

    Piranha Pocket Tool Comes With Eleven Killer Functions In A Single Sheet Of Steel

    While it doesn’t resemble the deadly fish, the Piranha Pocket Tool has a good reason for the carnivorous name.  According to creator Pocket Tool X, it gets the job done as fast as the sharp-toothed, Amazon-dwelling creatures can clean the flesh off some poor animal’s carcass. Made from a single piece of stone-washed S30V stainless steel (the same material used on high-end culinary knives), the multi-purpose tool can perform eleven different functions.  The heat-treated and corrosion-resistant material is particularly hard [...]

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  • Project Runningbird Looks To Set Lawnmower Land Speed Record, Aims For 100Mph

    Project Runningbird Looks To Set Lawnmower Land Speed Record, Aims For 100Mph

    When Don Wales claims to be going after a top speed of 100 mph on land, it’s easy to dismiss him as being an underachiever.  That’s until you learn that he’s about to do it on Project Runningblade, a modified yet functional lawnmower. It’s not some lawnmower chassis housing Ferrari innards either.  In fact, the Countox mower that’s going to be used will come with a conventional 26 hp Kawasaki engine (common in many lawnmowers), which has been updated to [...]

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  • Bliptronics 5000 LED Synthesizer Lets You Make Electronic Music Easily, For Cheap

    Bliptronics 5000 LED Synthesizer Lets You Make Electronic Music Easily, For Cheap

    Always wanted a digital synthesizer but can’t help but balk at their prices?  Join the club.  Then, turn your attention to the Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer, a $50 box that pumps out retro-style 8-bit tunes. With a face partly ripped off from the full-featured Yamaha Tenori-On, the music-making gadget makes turning out licks fairly straightforward.  Using a pattern-based approach to playing, it ditches all the other complex capabilities that usually comes with sequencer rigs (no MIDI, no in-depth editing), keeping [...]

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