• Laptop Too High-Tech For Your Needs? Turn It Into An Etch-A-Sketch

    Laptop Too High-Tech For Your Needs? Turn It Into An Etch-A-Sketch

    Looking for ways to brick an old, but perfectly good notebook?  Emulate this dude and turn it into the Hack-A-Sketch, a laptop mod that sets technology back several decades.  Literally. Why mod a more powerful laptop into a low-tech Etch-A-Sketch?  I don’t know.  It looks cool, though.  For the next ten minutes, at least.  Until you realize you just downgraded something that can do about a hundred things into a novelty contraption that does one thing.  And that you suck [...]

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  • Laser Crosswalk Adds A Virtual Wall On Pedestrian Lanes

    Laser Crosswalk Adds A Virtual Wall On Pedestrian Lanes

    Sure, it’s only a concept.  Regardless, the Laser Crosswalk, which adds a virtual wall of light between motorists and people crossing the street, is the single best innovation I’ve ever seen in keeping pedestrian lanes safe. If you’re from a country where people follow traffic regulations to the letter, then it probably isn’t an issue.  For many parts of the world, though, pedestrian lanes can be an unsafe place, especially at night when a lot of drivers are either sleepy [...]

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  • Bloodhound SSC, Aiming To Be The World’s Fastest Car

    Bloodhound SSC, Aiming To Be The World’s Fastest Car

    The world’s fastest car will run at over 1,000 mph.  At least, that’s what the British engineers behind the Bloodhound SSC (SuperSonic Car) are hoping for, as they commence work in building the powerful machine. A collaborative endeavor, the Bristol-based Bloodhound project currently has the support of over 25,000 schools, along with a growing internet following.  The vehicle will seek to dethrone the current land speed record of 763 mph, set by the Thrust SSC back in 1997.  Wing Commander [...]

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  • CrustaStun Single Stunner, An Electric Lobster Taser

    CrustaStun Single Stunner, An Electric Lobster Taser

    Does the thought of boiling lobsters alive make you cringe also?  Help may be on the way. Put them through the CrustaStun Single Stunner, electric zappers that will send a quick jolt of power to render the tasty crustaceans dead.  That way, you don’t have to feel guilty about torturing your dinner. Marketed as a more “humane” way of killing off crabs, lobsters and crayfish, the machine delivers 110 volts of electricity right to the marine creatures’ nervous system, acting [...]

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  • Breathe New Life On Your Dying Shoes With The JGoods Sneaker Restoration Kit

    Breathe New Life On Your Dying Shoes With The JGoods Sneaker Restoration Kit

    Your favorite sneakers nearing their inevitable end?  Hold your favorite kicks’ eventual demise just a short while longer with the JGoods Sneaker Restoration Kit, an all-in-one outfit that lets you breathe new life into your old and battered rubber footwear. Got absolutely nothing going in the fix-it-up department?  Not a problem.  This kit lays out the process simply, putting together everything needed to get you started on the path of putting that 1989 Reebok Pump you picked up for a [...]

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  • ProFORMA Software Turns Your Webcam Into A 3D Scanner

    ProFORMA Software Turns Your Webcam Into A 3D Scanner

    Too cheap to invest in 3D scanning gear?  No problem.  That is, if the ProFORMA, an engineering software that turns regular webcams into functional 3D scanners, manages to make it to market. Short for Probabilistic Feature-based On-line Rapid Model Acquisition (whew), the new application lets you rotate any item in front of the camera, scanning it as a 3D object in real time.  It works by generating a 3D point cloud based on the image it picks up from the [...]

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  • ECOS Harbinger: Lambo-Inspired Looks, All-Electric Powertrain And Up To 117 Mph

    ECOS Harbinger: Lambo-Inspired Looks, All-Electric Powertrain And Up To 117 Mph

    For $12,500, you can bring your car down to Electric Cars of Springfield (ECOS) and have it retrofitted with an all-electric powertrain.  If you have a little more cash to spare, you can skip the entire conversion process when visiting their facilities and spend it on the Harbinger, the company’s newly-unveiled, Lamborghini-inspired electric sports car, instead. With dozens of electric cars suddenly popping up, what makes this new creation so special?  In a nutshell, it’s cheaper than a Tesla, all [...]

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  • Klymit NobleTek’s Cold Weather Gear Uses Heavy Gases For Lightweight Warming

    Klymit NobleTek’s Cold Weather Gear Uses Heavy Gases For Lightweight Warming

    Like other great ideas, it started in the field.  Nate Alder was a scuba diver working on his advanced certification in 2006 when he learned that some of his colleagues pumped argon gas into their dry suits for extra insulation during low climates.  The discovery led him to wonder whether the same could be done for skiers and snowboarders who spent the entirety of their sport in the cold. The result, available just three short years later, is the Klymit [...]

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  • Vintage Lightweight Aston Martin DB4 GT Going On Auction In January

    Vintage Lightweight Aston Martin DB4 GT Going On Auction In January

    Want to own one of the rarest breed of cars ever put together?  You’ll get your chance this January, when RM Auctions puts a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT on sale to the highest bidder.  Yes, I’m talking to you as if I believe you can actually afford this. Pegged as among the rarest of the rare, only 75 of these cars were built during its production runs between 1959 and 1963.  Of that number, only six belong to the [...]

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  • Show Off Your Texting Prowess With The Textminator, An SMS-Battle Arcade Box

    Show Off Your Texting Prowess With The Textminator, An SMS-Battle Arcade Box

    Tired of shooting zombies, racing roadsters and putting together attack combos?  Head on over to the less-popular side of the arcade and pop your dollar on the Textminator, a real-life arcade box that turns sending SMS messages into a game. What? You heard that right.  Instead of memorizing button-mashing combos and showing off your joystick prowess, you wrap your grubby thumbs around a cellphone controller, racing against the clock to punch the words and phrases that appear onscreen.  Seriously. The [...]

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  • Reebok Pump Celebrates 20 Years Of Filling Your Basketball Shoes With Air

    Reebok Pump Celebrates 20 Years Of Filling Your Basketball Shoes With Air

    Has it been 20 years yet?  Apparently, yes.  Twenty years have now passed since the original Reebok Pump debuted its adjustable fit technology.  Sure, pumping air on your shoes still sounds weird, but there’s no more denying how clever the feature is. To commemorate two decades of the Pump, the company kicked off a year-long celebration beginning November 20, releasing limited edition colorways of the original Reebok Pump from 1989.  Don’t expect to walk into your friendly neighborhood sneakerhead hangout [...]

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  • St. Louis Zoo Loses Their Last Polar Bear, Installs Robotic Ones In Its Place

    St. Louis Zoo Loses Their Last Polar Bear, Installs Robotic Ones In Its Place

    Your zoo’s star polar bears just died.  What do you do?  Scramble to find replacements?  Bribe other zoos to send you theirs?  Or, just say, “The heck with it, we’re building robots.”  The latter appears to be what St. Louis Zoo officials did, installing Robot Polar Bears just in time for the holiday season. The last of the three Arctic beasts that lived in the zoo, Hope, was euthanized early in the year after suffering from liver cancer (see, I [...]

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  • Anybots’ QA Telepresence Robots Will Substitute For You In The Office, At Meetings, Maybe With Your Spouse Too

    Anybots’ QA Telepresence Robots Will Substitute For You In The Office, At Meetings, Maybe With Your Spouse Too

    Screw telecommuting, the future is all about robotic doubles in the office.  At least, that’s what Anybots’ QA telepresence robots seem to suggest, faithfully subbing in for your bedridden and homebound co-workers. How exactly does it work?  Instead of having to come to work feeling dizzy and with bloodshot eyes after a hard night of partying, you can have your humanoid buddy fill in for your presence.  You operate it from home, directly from your laptop, maneuvering it into your [...]

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  • The Self-Stirring, Self-Heating USB Whirl Wind Warmer Coffee Cup

    The Self-Stirring, Self-Heating USB Whirl Wind Warmer Coffee Cup

    Love coffee, hate stirring? Now, you don’t have to. The USB Whirl Wind Warmer Cup not only keeps your caffeine toasty, it happily stirs it too. You never have to waste a perfectly clean utensil again. I hate coffee spoons. You use them for 10 seconds and they’re done. Since they’re already dirty, you can’t exactly throw them back into your clean pile of cutlery either. With this self-stirring cup in tow, you can just leave them to gather dust [...]

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  • Credit Card Cutlery Puts A Spoon And Fork In Your Wallet

    Credit Card Cutlery Puts A Spoon And Fork In Your Wallet

    Eating with your hand sounds unappetizing?  Retain your civilized table manners wherever dastardly corner of the world you end up with the Credit Card Cutlery, a disposable spoon and fork that occupies one card space in your wallet. Best described as “emergency utensils,” it’s the easiest way to ensure you always eat in style – even when you’re washed ashore on a deserted island.  Pluck out that raw fish liver with a mighty forking and pop it in your mouth [...]

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  • XO2 Electric Scooters Fold Into A Bundle So You Can Charge Them Indoors

    XO2 Electric Scooters Fold Into A Bundle So You Can Charge Them Indoors

    If you prefer not punishing your legs on your way to work every morning, a scooter should prove a more fitting economical option.  And if you enjoy the convenience of being able to fold your bike and save on parking hassles, there’s a scooter for that, too. That’s right, XOR’s XO2 Urban Transformer electric scooter will not only ferry you on the cheap, it folds handily so you can take it indoors too.   Imagine riding a motorized vehicle without having [...]

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  • The Frictionator: A 7,000HP Rocket Truck

    The Frictionator: A 7,000HP Rocket Truck

    You think gas is expensive?  Imagine life for the guy who has to drive around on the Frictionator, a Ford F650 Supertruck that’s been fitted with a General Electric J85 Jet Engine. An exhibition truck that regularly hits auto shows and festivals, the veritable “rocket on wheels” also keeps its conventional engine up front.  As such, you can operate it like a regular vehicle without having to fork up cash for rocket fuel.  In fact, it’s street legal, so long [...]

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  • Robolamps Let You Put A Robot In Your Nightstand

    Robolamps Let You Put A Robot In Your Nightstand

    Many modern robots can do amazing things.  The Robolamps, on the other hand, can only offer low-lighting in your bedroom.  But they look pretty amazing. Using plumbing pipes and electrical fittings made from hard plastic, artist Robert Matysiak turned up this huge collection of badass-looking nightstand fixtures.  Designed and assembled over the last two years, he’s now ready to show them off the world.  And, man, I want this everywhere in my house. They don’t look all that complicated either.  [...]

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  • CString Takes Sly Lingerie To The Next Level

    CString Takes Sly Lingerie To The Next Level

    Yep, we think the g-string doesn’t completely conceal itself under your tight slacks too.  That’s why we recommend the next level of lingerie in the war against visible panty lines: the CString, which eliminates discernible lines completely since there’s absolutely nothing to make them. The name is a complete misnomer, since there’s no actual string involved.  Instead, it’s more like a rigid fabric-based pantyliner that magically sticks to your crotch.  When we say “you,” of course, we’re assuming you’re a [...]

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