• 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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  • CT&T’s Multi-Amphibious Vehicle Lets You Drive Its Six Wheels On Water

    CT&T’s Multi-Amphibious Vehicle Lets You Drive Its Six Wheels On Water

    Need a glorified golf cart that can haul a bigger entourage and run after balls that go in the water?  Okay, we’re not exactly sure what CT&T is planning with their Multi-Amphibious Vehicle, but it looks designed to do just that. Combining an electric powertrain with amphibious capabilities, it marries two downright cool talents in a single ride.  Of course, that also means when your neighborhood’s flooded and the power lines are down, you’re screwed – but, hey, I ain’t [...]

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  • GOAT: Champ’s Edition Is The Definitive Treatise On Muhammad Ali, Makes For Heavyweight Reading

    GOAT: Champ’s Edition Is The Definitive Treatise On Muhammad Ali, Makes For Heavyweight Reading

    Boxing may be dying on its knees (with the Pacquaio-Mayweather debacle serving as its latest poison), but the great memories of pugilists past will remain with us forever.   Taschen’s latest opus on Muhammad Ali, GOAT: Champ’s Edition, is the definitive volume on boxing’s greatest practitioner, collecting an insane amount of content relating to the champ over the last 50 years. GOAT (acronym for Greatest Of All Time) is one huge treatise in eight-color print – 792 pages, consisting of over [...]

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  • Tunebug Shake Lets You Enjoy Music Without Shutting The World Out

    Tunebug Shake Lets You Enjoy Music Without Shutting The World Out

    Popping earphones is a great way to listen to music.  In fact, I’d probably run out of my wits if I had to listen to the rubbish people use to entertain themselves when I sit next to them on the bus.  When you’re doing dangerous activities (like bicycling or snowboarding), however, listening to your “Best of the 80s” playlist on headphones is just a downright terrible idea. The Tunebug Shake is a portable speaker that can attach to a variety [...]

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  • Have Famous People At Your Fingertips With The Mullish Muse Finger Puppets

    Have Famous People At Your Fingertips With The Mullish Muse Finger Puppets

    We don’t know how you’re supposed to pull off putting Chuck Norris on your finger without having him break it, but you can try anyway with the Mullish Muse Finger Puppets.    Featuring the bearded action hero, along with a whole slew of celebrities and other pseudo-famous folks, the awesome collection should be the fastest way to your own YouTube comedy special (well, next to lip-synching Lady Gaga while looking like an idiot, of course). Made out of felt paper, glue [...]

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  • Unrestored 1895 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller, One Of The World’s Earliest Motorcycles, Going Up For Auction

    Unrestored 1895 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller, One Of The World’s Earliest Motorcycles, Going Up For Auction

    The 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller is officially credited as the first two-wheeled vehicle to be called a “motorcycle.”  Now, one of the machines produced during its 1895 production run can be yours in an auction scheduled for April 25. Officially billed as the “ultimate barn find,” the 1895 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller is totally unrestored and is probably as good as junk.  Heck, it looks like it belongs in a trash heap.  Regardless, its status as one of the earliest examples [...]

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  • The Transformers Home Edition: Roland Landsberg’s Boxetti Collection

    The Transformers Home Edition: Roland Landsberg’s Boxetti Collection

    The Boxetti Collection is like the Transformers of home furnishings.   In stealth mode, they look like a bunch of fancy-looking boxes.  Once you slide some compartments, pull out others and take out a few parts, however, they turn into functional home systems. Dreamed up by designer Roland Landsberg, the collection is a showcase of minimalism – what else could be simpler than your entire house decked out in compact, solid blocks?  When you need to use each piece, simply roll [...]

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  • Silverpac Thermostat Communicates With Your Utility Company, Plays Your Media And, Oh Yeah, Controls Your Home’s Temperature Too

    Silverpac Thermostat Communicates With Your Utility Company, Plays Your Media And, Oh Yeah, Controls Your Home’s Temperature Too

    Thermostats rarely get me excited.  But when something pushes your gadget buttons as much as the Silverpac, its a different story. Quite possibly the smartest thermostat ever made, it goes beyond such banal functions as warming and cooling your house.  Your super-duper-thermostat lets you program it for automated operation during various times of the day? Not impressed! Wait…there’s more. Like any self-respecting thermostat, you can program a 7-day cycle of temperatures on the Silverpac, allowing it to manage your heating [...]

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  • Buy Your Own Cold War-Era Russian Fighter Jet

    Buy Your Own Cold War-Era Russian Fighter Jet

    Want a Cold War-Era Russian fighter plane that you can call your own?  Look no further than the Russian Sukhoi SU-27 Flanker jets that are currently being sold for private ownership to well-heeled Americans.   Yes, top-flight Russian wartime hardware that can be yours for a measly $5 million. At that price, it’s cheaper than some luxury performance yachts and around the cost of most used business jets, which should put it at serious consideration for your next “nothing better to [...]

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  • Robo Cafe Puts Robots In Charge Of Waiting Tables

    Robo Cafe Puts Robots In Charge Of Waiting Tables

    Before robots become our overlords, they’ll have to be our servants first.  And serve our hungry fellowmen is what those piles of steel and wires will do in Robo Cafe, a concept restaurant where human waiters have been replaced by an entirely mechanized workforce.  Yay, no more service tips! Korean company ITM Technology (whose expertise lies in military robotics and weapons – makes you queasy, doesn’t it?) designed the system from the ground up, starting with a restaurant interior that [...]

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  • Gecko: Adhesive Textiles For Your Windows

    Gecko: Adhesive Textiles For Your Windows

    Want decorative windows, don’t want to pay for expensive home renovations?  Dress that plain glass up real sexy with the Gecko, an adhesive decorative fabric that works like temporary wallpaper for your windows.  Yep, we said temporary, which means you can easily remove them without leaving any trace residues. A first-of-its-kind solution, it has received numerous commendations, including the Swiss Textile Design Award, the AIT Innovation for Fabrics and Objects, the Interior Innovation Award and the Red Dot Prize for [...]

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  • Korg Wavedrum, The Percussion Synthesizer, Gets A 21st Century Reboot

    Korg Wavedrum, The Percussion Synthesizer, Gets A 21st Century Reboot

    First released back in 1994, the original Korg Wavedrum was an amazing instrument.  Anyone who hears a skilled percussionist apply his abilities to the device can’t help but be in awe of the sounds it managed to produce. Korg’s new version of the high-tech drum pad debuted at the end of last year, bringing both advanced features and a more affordable price tag.  Who says only keyboard players and DJs get to play with strange sounds, again? About the size [...]

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  • eVaro Claims 275 Mpg On Three Wheels, 0 To 60 Of Five Seconds

    eVaro Claims 275 Mpg On Three Wheels, 0 To 60 Of Five Seconds

    A whopping 275 mpg.  That’s the claim that Future Technologies is making for their teardrop-shaped eVaro, a hybrid eco-car that’s among the participants for this year’s Automotive X-Prize. According to the creators, the ride achieved the milestone mpg average during testing at British Columbia while running at city speeds of between 20 to 60 mph.  For highway driving at between 70 to 120 mph, the car posts mileage of 135 mpg equivalent – still a mighty impressive feat. Those awe-inspiring [...]

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  • IMEC Etches The Smallest World Map Onto A Photonics Chip

    IMEC Etches The Smallest World Map Onto A Photonics Chip

    Your map of the world will always be too big next to this thing: the Smallest World Map, as created by the Photonics Research Group of Ghent University-IMEC.  Sure, you’ll probably have no use for it, but I’ll bet all the crab lice living in your body (ewww, gross) will appreciate one.  Hey, a couple of them may be interested in geography too. Why would anybody make a map so small?  Because they can.  And it gets attention.  Heck, any [...]

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  • Sixpack Is Like A Modified Coathanger For Toting Bottles Of Beer

    Sixpack Is Like A Modified Coathanger For Toting Bottles Of Beer

    How do you carry six bottles of beer using a single hand?  With one of those racks you got the beer with from the convenience store, of course.  Oh wait, that thing rips too easy.  The appropriately-named Sixpack from Dutch designer Oooms, which looks like a winding coathanger, should prove a more durable choice. Sure, the appearance resembles a resculpted slab of wire salvaged from the neighborhood trash, but if it does the job, I ain’t complaining.  From the looks [...]

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  • Cornucopia Is A 3D Printer That Cooks And Prepares Your Food

    Cornucopia Is A 3D Printer That Cooks And Prepares Your Food

    In the future, this is how we’ll cook dinner.   Called Cornucopia, it’s a new 3D printer project from the MIT Fluid Interfaces Group.  Instead of producing laser-cut objects, though, the futuristic digital appliance will be turning up a tasty meal. Talk about taking personal fabrication to a whole, new level – the idea is straight-out of science fiction.  It won’t just put together some lame-ass sugar and flavor bars either.  We’re talking about real, tummy-filling kitchen wonders here. The Cornucopia [...]

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