• Map2 Makes The Paper Map Zoomable

    Map2 Makes The Paper Map Zoomable

    Maps work better with Zoom In and Zoom Out functions.  That’s why we all love Google Maps as a handy alternative to carrying a fold-out map of the city.  Well, Map2 is looking to cut into our over-reliance on electronic maps a little by adding at least one level of zoom to the classic paper map.  Yes, a Zoom function.  On paper. The trick, as it turns out, is in the fold.  As in, the way the paper map is [...]

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  • Tejas Home Barlite Puts Discarded Beer Bottles To Good Use…As Chandeliers

    Tejas Home Barlite Puts Discarded Beer Bottles To Good Use…As Chandeliers

    Show your love for beer like you mean it.  How?  By hanging it over your ceiling in the form of the Tejas Home Barlite, a series of decorative lighting systems made out of empty beer bottles. Proprietor Trent Cody has spent the last ten years perfecting his craft, which entails building chandeliers, sconces and other illuminating fixtures from your discarded Coronas and Miller Lites.   The result is a lovely-looking series of lighting artifacts of varying designs and configurations. The Tejas [...]

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  • Pega Design’s Wall Decals Will Do More Than Decorate Your Room

    Pega Design’s Wall Decals Will Do More Than Decorate Your Room

    Who says only TVs could go the 3D route?  Pega Design’s new line of wall stickers don’t just adorn your walls with fancy art – they pop out too.   And you don’t even need special glasses to enjoy it. I’d say throw a little more flair to the concept however, and these could make for some awesome-looking interiors. Current designs consist of just three pieces – a lampshade sticker with a pop-out top that actually functions as a light, a [...]

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  • Karim Rashid’s Alloy Decorative Metal Tiles Will Make Your Kitchen Look Like A Spaceship

    Karim Rashid’s Alloy Decorative Metal Tiles Will Make Your Kitchen Look Like A Spaceship

    Metal tiles are awesome.  Forget the waterproof and stain-proof qualities – it’s the fastest way to make any interior look modern and classy.  Karim Rashid’s collaboration with Australian company Alloy Design ups the ante, creating combinations that look downright futuristic. Touted to “change the face of metal tiles,” the collection consists of seven new designs (with names like Flux, Infinit, Karma, Kismet, Ninja, Kink and Ubiquity) that are based off recurring cells.    Dispatching of the traditional square patterns completely, the [...]

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  • Tatoo Helmet: Protective Headgear For People Who Don’t Like Protection

    Tatoo Helmet: Protective Headgear For People Who Don’t Like Protection

    Don’t like helmets, but the law says you have to wear one?  Give Big Brother the middle finger with the Tatoo Helmet, a probably-illegal protective headwear that doesn’t exactly give your cranium any protection.  As in, you’ll likely experience the exact same head injuries if you’re driving without a helmet.  Ha, that will show them! Even better, using this bicycle headwear means you won’t need to carry a bulky helmet around.  The design allows it to collapse into a flat [...]

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  • Willow Garage Giving Away Free Open-Source Robots, Mad Scientists Rejoice

    Willow Garage Giving Away Free Open-Source Robots, Mad Scientists Rejoice

    Willow Garage has an idea about how to advance the state of robotics: make the development of robots open source.  They’ve already done plenty of work on the hardware side and, now, they’re going to use that to encourage action in programming them. The company has announced that they will be giving away 10 examples of the PR2, the company’s just-unveiled robot.  Currently in beta, it runs off software culled from the best parts of both the ROS (Robot Operating [...]

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  • Over 18 USB Drive Keeps Your Dirty Secrets, Tells The World You Have Dirty Secrets

    Over 18 USB Drive Keeps Your Dirty Secrets, Tells The World You Have Dirty Secrets

    Since keeping a stack of Playboys under the bed has fallen out of favor with the advent of digital content, people have begun keeping their dirty stashes in “special” hard drive folders and external media.  The Over 18 USB Drive is meant for those who do the latter.  It’s a special USB stick that declares, in big bold graphics, that it’s contents are strictly For Adults only. This product has to be a joke, right?  Probably.  Since it’s from Japan, [...]

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  • Siftables: Bite-Sized Toy Computers With Limitless Possibilities

    Siftables: Bite-Sized Toy Computers With Limitless Possibilities

    Think kids already spend too much time staring at screens now?  Wait till Siftables, a new set of cookie-sized computers with near-limitless interactive possibilities, come out.  Then you will really start to worry. Now, enough of the doomsday pronouncements.  This thing is really way coooool.  First seen as a  project out of the MIT Media Lab, the toy has garnered so much interest that the researchers behind it have now founded a startup company, Sifteo, to produce them. What exactly [...]

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  • Man Flies In An Office Chair Strapped To 55 Balloons, Comes Back Down And Goes To Work

    Man Flies In An Office Chair Strapped To 55 Balloons, Comes Back Down And Goes To Work

    What do you make of adrenaline junkies, 55 party balloons and an office rat?  As it turns out, all three things came together in the person of Jonathan Trappe, a North Carolina middle manager who flew 14,783 feet up in the air using 55 helium balloons strapped to his office chair.   Yes, a cluster balloon flight, like that Disney movie with the grumpy old man and the rotund child which was moderately funny. A technical project manager at work, he [...]

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  • Trexa Electric Vehicle Platform Lets You Design Your Own EV

    Trexa Electric Vehicle Platform Lets You Design Your Own EV

    A boom in the production of electric cars is all but imminent.   It may take two, five or ten years, but the proliferation of EVs in large numbers is something everyone is anticipating.  Instead of building their own line, a company called Trexa decided to go the other way – producing a development platform for EVs, so that even smaller garages and builders can begin putting together their own. Yep, an EV platform with a complete drivetrain enclosed in a [...]

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  • Crank Out MIDI Tunes While Prancing Onstage With The Misa Digital Guitar

    Crank Out MIDI Tunes While Prancing Onstage With The Misa Digital Guitar

    Your keytar may be the geekiest instrument on your block, but I’ll gladly put my bottom dollar on the Misa Digital Guitar to trump you on the Devo Scale (which, by the way, doesn’t exist).  What could be more attuned to nerdy sensibilities than a touchscreen MIDI controller built into a guitar body? Ready to create beautiful electronic beep-beeps (okay, we’ll call it music), it’s basically a rudimentary computer with a music software slotted into a guitar body.  Why?  So [...]

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  • 200 Used Six-Axis Robot Arms Going On Auction, Will Look Perfect In Your Mad Scientist Hideout

    200 Used Six-Axis Robot Arms Going On Auction, Will Look Perfect In Your Mad Scientist Hideout

    We’re not sure what you can do with robot arms (unless you have 733t engineering and robotic skills), but finding huge ones on sale is just too good to pass up.  That’s exactly what’s going to be available to mad scientists worldwide when the University of Delaware holds the auction of items from a shut-down Chrysler plant.  Yeah. Aah, robot arms.  Not just lame “pick up an object from the floor” kind of automatons either; they’re full-featured, six-axis, robotic limbs [...]

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  • Love Handles Chair Lets You Leave Your Mark Whether You Like It Or Not

    Love Handles Chair Lets You Leave Your Mark Whether You Like It Or Not

    Your pants may not make your ass look fat, but here’s a couch that will.  Called Love Handles, it’s a thermochromatic chair that changes color when any part of your body touches it.  Oooh…your ass looks way fat. Created by Nuno Erin, the full-figured lounge chair looks like regular sitting furniture.  After getting up from it, though, you’ll shriek in horror as you watch your bum, thighs, arms and, pretty much, every part of your body register on the surface, [...]

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  • Thunder Generator, A Non-Lethal But Potentially Fatal, Shockwave Cannon

    Thunder Generator, A Non-Lethal But Potentially Fatal, Shockwave Cannon

    Tasers are awesome.  When it comes to dispersing large crowds, though, firing thousands of zappers blindly into a mass of people doesn’t seem like the most sound idea.  That’s where the Thunder Generator, a cannon that unleashes shockwaves from range, comes in. It looks no more ominous than a harmless farm tool kept inside the barn.  Well, it actually used to be one.  In fact, the non-lethal artillery was originally employed by Israeli farmers to scare away birds feeding on [...]

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  • Hate The Outdoors?  Blast Away At Flying Discs With The Indoor Skeet Shooter

    Hate The Outdoors? Blast Away At Flying Discs With The Indoor Skeet Shooter

    Like Skeet Shooting, hate leaving the house?  No need to force yourself to soak in sunlight with Interative Toy Concepts’ upcoming Indoor Skeet Shooter, which lets you play the gentlemanly English sport right in your living room.  That’s if you have the headroom to accommodate flying discs, of course. Sounds ridiculous?  Yes it does.  They use real shotguns when playing the game outdoors, so bringing it inside might seem like a recipe for disaster.   Of course, the game replaces bullets [...]

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  • ICE Recumbent Trikes Make Mountain Bikes Look Boring

    ICE Recumbent Trikes Make Mountain Bikes Look Boring

    We don’t see many people riding recumbent trikes where I’m from (actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any), but after drooling over pictures of ICE’s recumbent three-wheelers, I know I was put on this Earth to ride one.  Okay, maybe it’s not as dramatic as I made it out to be, but damn it – those trikes (Adventure, Sprint, and Vortex) look downright amazing. Recumbent bikes don’t look all that comfortable.  Trikes with similar reclining positions, on the other [...]

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  • Rethink Hanger Finds A Novel Use For Discarded Water Bottles

    Rethink Hanger Finds A Novel Use For Discarded Water Bottles

    Got a lot of empty water bottles at home?  If you’d rather use them for good, instead of landfill, the Rethink Hanger offers a pretty novel idea.  Use them to hang your clothes. How exactly?  Well, the clever contraption acts like an unfinished hanger, with nothing but a hook to hang from and two holes that should accommodate plastic bottles on the sides.  All those used PET containers?  Simply screw them into the slots and use them as shoulders for [...]

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  • Manpacks Will Ship You A Fresh Batch Of Underwear Regularly, So You Can Skip On Those Dumb Shopping Trips

    Manpacks Will Ship You A Fresh Batch Of Underwear Regularly, So You Can Skip On Those Dumb Shopping Trips

    Need a new batch of briefs every three months, but can’t seem to remember to get them?  Since robots can’t shop for you yet, a company ran by humans might prove the best thing you currently have available.  Manpacks, a scheduled delivery service for socks, briefs, boxers and undershirts, should have you covered. Why would you need a company to regularly send over personal garments?  Because you’re a dude.  And dudes would rather do anything to get out of a [...]

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  • The Daily Shelter Hides A Secret Fort Within An Ordinary-Looking Table

    The Daily Shelter Hides A Secret Fort Within An Ordinary-Looking Table

    Like to play fort, but don’t want visitors making fun of you for it?  Not a problem with the Daily Shelter, an ordinary-looking table that craftily hides an elusive, secret fort. Created by artist Ingrid Brandth, it seems like a perfectly normal dining table at first glance.  Slide under it, however, and you’ll get access to a bevy of sliding and pop-up mechanisms that turn it into a veritable fort.  Yes, a completely private space where you can live in [...]

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