• World’s Smallest Model Train Set Boasts A Ridiculous 1:35,200 Scale

    World’s Smallest Model Train Set Boasts A Ridiculous 1:35,200 Scale

    Does the idea of watching a model train go around and around the same closed track make you want to pull your hair out?  Well, this one’s even worse, likely making you want to poke your own eyes in disgust disbelief.  We are referring, of course, to the smallest model train set in the world, which should require either 20/20 vision or a magnifying glass to thoroughly admire. How small is the thing?  The whole set, including the tracks, measures [...]

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  • AlterG M300 Treadmill Lets You Exercise Like An Astronaut In Orbit

    AlterG M300 Treadmill Lets You Exercise Like An Astronaut In Orbit

    Why pay six figures to float in near space when you can do it everyday at home?  For only $24,500, you can take home an AlterG M300 series machine, an anti-gravity treadmill that lets you run like an unbathed astronaut.  Except you’re at home, so you can take a bath right after. The company first showed off their anti-gravity tech (the P200 series) earlier this year, but priced it at three times that of the current model.  Sure 25 grand [...]

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  • Experimental Augmented Reality Goggles Show Mechanics How To Fix Stuff, Cuts Repair Time In Half

    Experimental Augmented Reality Goggles Show Mechanics How To Fix Stuff, Cuts Repair Time In Half

    In the future, mechanics may not have to know how to fix anything.  While we’re not quite there yet, there is something impressive about rigs like these Augmented Reality Goggles from Columbia University, which has been shown to help mechanics perform maintenance on vehicles at twice the usual speed. You probably know the augmented reality drill by now.  With a layer of tech between you and whatever  you are looking at, you get to see the world through a different [...]

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  • 1966 Batmobile Replica On eBay, Comes With Serious Batgadgetry

    1966 Batmobile Replica On eBay, Comes With Serious Batgadgetry

    As sexy as the Dark Knight’s Batmobile is, there’s something about the appeal of the vintage crime-fighting ride the Caped Crusader hit Gotham streets on back in the 60s.  Even more compelling, though, is that you may have a shot at scoring one today. Now towing the bidding line on eBay is a 1966 Batmobile replica, clad to look like the one they used on the Adam West movie from that year.  Arguably the most iconic silver screen ride from [...]

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  • Zeth Stretched Cruiser Now Up For Sale To One Lucky Long-Limbed Cyclist

    Zeth Stretched Cruiser Now Up For Sale To One Lucky Long-Limbed Cyclist

    Long-limbed cyclists, rejoice!  The Zeth Stretched Cruiser’s lanky, overstretched frame might just be what you need to comfortably pedal for once in your life.  At least, that’s what I’m guessing. Creator Vanguard Designs doesn’t exactly market it for the excessively-limbed, but it’s always what I imagined Yao Ming would hit Beijing’s streets with before he was killing it with eight figure paydays from the NBA.    For the regularly-sized folks, however, I wouldn’t wish its ergonomics on my own worst enemy. [...]

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  • Learn The Art Of The Adhesive MacGyver With Stick It: 99 Duct Tape DIY Projects

    Learn The Art Of The Adhesive MacGyver With Stick It: 99 Duct Tape DIY Projects

    Everyone knows that duct tape is the home fix-it tool of champions (you know, the type who suck at actual home construction).  That’s why getting familiar with the versatile adhesive material should be in your best interest.  But how do you train in the best practices for working with duct tape (it’s not like they teach it at night school or anything like that)? That’s where this book comes in.  Stick It: 99 Duct Tape DIY Projects walks you through [...]

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  • Meet Shelley, The Autonomous Robot Car That’s Racing To Pike’s Peak Next Year

    Meet Shelley, The Autonomous Robot Car That’s Racing To Pike’s Peak Next Year

    When talk of robot cars start going around, I always get excited.  I seriously can’t wait for the day when I can just sleep in the vehicle and let the damn thing drive me places.  While we wait for that glorious (but, probably, out of my lifetime) moment, those future autonomous cars’ ancestors are doing pretty nifty things now. This Audi TTS from a team of students at Stanford, for instance, can do plenty of things on its own.  Rather [...]

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  • Funbrella Makes Sure That Rainy Days Are Here To Stay

    Funbrella Makes Sure That Rainy Days Are Here To Stay

    Love the rain, hate getting wet? Enjoy the sound of raindrops landing on the canvas right above you with the Funbrella, a prototype umbrella that simulates the sounds and feelings of rain – even when it’s 80 degrees outside. Created by students from Osaka University’s Human Interface Lab, the odd contraption produces both vibrations and sounds that make you feel like drops of water are landing right above you. For what reason? I haven’t the faintest idea. The Funbrella uses [...]

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  • Cosmos 4RWF Muscle Bike Runs On Four Wheels, Packs A Full V8 Engine

    Cosmos 4RWF Muscle Bike Runs On Four Wheels, Packs A Full V8 Engine

    Four wheels on a motorcycle just sounds dorky. Lucky that image didn’t hold true for the Cosmos 4RWF, a powerful, four-wheeled muscle bike out of Brazil. Technically a quadracycle, the unusually-styled crotch rocket features two wheels in front and two in the back, each one mounted independently. Each pair of 17-inch wheels, which are situated close together (compared to a typical quad’s wide placement), have been designed to work in unison, with the front setup connected to a hub steering [...]

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  • HAROP Suicide Drone Detects Communication Signals, Kamikazes Into The Source

    HAROP Suicide Drone Detects Communication Signals, Kamikazes Into The Source

    Attaching the word “loitering” to anything makes it sound like its floating aimlessly on its way to nowhere.  Not so with the HAROP loitering munition, an unmanned aerial vehicle that should strike fear in the hearts of whoever finds it hovering nearby. What makes it so scary?  Just like the Kamikaze pilots of World War II, the HAROP cares little for its well-being, ready to sacrifice its body to destroy enemies within range.  Once it finds itself a mark, it [...]

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  • How To Control Girls With A Joystick

    How To Control Girls With A Joystick

    Everywhere else in the world, women control men with their “joystick.”  Not in this dude’s Japanese laboratory, though, where he controls that helmet-clad girl using a joystick-fitted remote. Unfortunately, it’s not a brain control apparatus…yet.  Instead, it’s a navigational device that lets the operator inform subjects (who wear bicycle helmets with various contraptions affixed to them) where to turn by tugging on their ears.  The mechanism is simple – it pulls on the left ear to make you turn to [...]

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  • LFlect Brings Reflective Fashion To Knitwear

    LFlect Brings Reflective Fashion To Knitwear

    Wearing lights on your clothing sounds like a stupid idea, even if it is a brilliant way to stay visible in the dark (e.g. for cyclists).  Reflective yarn sort of solves that dilemma, allowing you to remain easily discernible without making you look like a walking Christmas decoration. Lost Value’s new Lflect line of knitted accessories could prove an even nicer compromise, allowing you to wear reflective night-time gear that look damn swell even under daylight.  The line features several [...]

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  • Toyota Gets Into The Supercar Business With The Lexus LFA

    Toyota Gets Into The Supercar Business With The Lexus LFA

    Toyota and supercar aren’t two words you expect to see together.  That should change somewhat when the company rolls out the Lexus LFA, which stole most of this year’s thunder at the Tokyo Motor Show. Begun as a research project back in 2000, the big bucks sports car first came out as a concept back in 2005.  Now, it’s a full-blown prototype, with a production schedule locked in for next year. The Lexus LFA is a two-seater exotic, molded in [...]

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  • Never Lose The Remote Again

    Never Lose The Remote Again

    Hey, honey, throw me the remote. Oh wait. Nooooooo. Don’t worry, your wife probably won’t be able lift this cool remote control hack overhead, much less dump it your way.  You’re safe…as long as your wife isn’t Chynna from the WWE. From the hilarious pages of “There I Fixed It” comes one of the coolest solutions for always-missing remotes:  chain it to a large, dense block of metal.  I’m not sure what the heck that slab of steel is (a [...]

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  • Cigar Stub Lets You Enjoy Your Smokes Down To The Last Puff

    Cigar Stub Lets You Enjoy Your Smokes Down To The Last Puff

    Sick of burning your fingers while smoking the rear end of your stogies (or whatever other stuff you like to light up)?  Salvation is here in the form of the Cigar Stub, a smoking accessory that lets you enjoy your smokes down to the last puff. Experts say the sweet spot of cigars (where the most flavor sits) starts when there are only three inches remaining.  With the lighted end so close to your fingers, though, you’ll be charring your [...]

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  • Women-Only Pink Taxi Cabs Hit Mexico, Comes With Onboard Beauty Kit

    Women-Only Pink Taxi Cabs Hit Mexico, Comes With Onboard Beauty Kit

    Mexico just unveiled a new fleet of taxis that’s sure to catch everyone’s attention.  Called the Pink Taxi, each cab comes in a painfully bright shade of the effeminate color.  Whatever that girl’s name is from Legally Blonde will approve. More than looking like passenger utility vehicles out of Barbie’s universe, the cabs are a response to increasing complaints from female commuters regarding inappropriate behavior from male drivers.  To foster a safer environment, each Pink Taxi, which serves female passengers [...]

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  • Make Your Eyes Literally Shine With The LED Eyelashes

    Make Your Eyes Literally Shine With The LED Eyelashes

    All this time, women have been cleansing, toning and using a ridiculous amount of products to make their eyes shine.  What a waste of time.  As it turns out, all you need are fake eyelashes with a series of LED lights to achieve those results. Designed by artist Soomi Park, the LED Eyelashes were supposedly designed to serve Asian women’s (well, the Japanese and Korean variety, mostly) desire for bigger, rounder eyes.  Nah.  I don’t buy it.  To serve as [...]

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  • Chain Condoms: Protection For Your Drivetrain

    Chain Condoms: Protection For Your Drivetrain

    When I first heard of the Chain Condom, I imagined something naughty, like a prophylactic with shackles of sorts.  Instead, it turned out to be something a good deal less shocking and a little more useful in the non-risque variety. Just like actual condoms , the Chain Condom keeps bicycle chains from putting their grease and grime at everything in its vicinity.  Designed for folks who  frequently carry their bikes at the back of their cars (fit and athletic outdoor [...]

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  • Xeros Washing Machine: The Future Of Laundry Is Plastic

    Xeros Washing Machine: The Future Of Laundry Is Plastic

    Starting next year, an unusual type of washing machine will begin hitting commercial laundromats.  Instead of water and detergent, the new washer will facilitate cleaning with the use of plastic nylon beads, which dislodge and trap dirt from your clothes. At the moment, Xeros is still in the prototype stages for their improved version of the laundry staple, which will use 90 percent less water and 70 percent less detergent than current models.  Aside from the obvious savings in soap [...]

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