• Air Board, A Hovercraft That’s A Little Picky About Its Surfaces

    Air Board, A Hovercraft That’s A Little Picky About Its Surfaces

    In the future, we’ll all be riding hovercrafts.  In the meantime, however, you’re going to have to settle for the Air Board, a slightly-hovering mobility device that looks like an oversized lawn mower. Remember those “hovercrafts” they used at the Sydney 2000 Olympics?  This is it.  With plenty of surface restrictions and bulky as hell, it’s not exactly the most convenient ride either.  But, hey – it’s a taste of the future all the same. Looks amazing fun though. The [...]

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  • Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt Puts Six-String Sounds On Your Clothing

    Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt Puts Six-String Sounds On Your Clothing

    Why strap a heavy guitar around your neck when you can wear it on your shirt?  Sure, the Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt doesn’t bring along a real six-string, but you won’t know that when you hear it play. Yep, it really plays.  Strum it by waving the included magnetic pick (it comes with two, since all rock stars lose picks a lot) over the body, all while pressing down on specific areas of the fretboard.  It can only play all [...]

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  • DeepDyve Lets You Rent Scientific Journals Online For 24 Hours

    DeepDyve Lets You Rent Scientific Journals Online For 24 Hours

    Do you consume scientific papers the same way you voraciously take to music?  Maybe not, but many folks do require them for regular research needs.  If you’re among those folks who fork out ridiculous amounts of cash for copies of obscure research publications, then you’ll love DeepDyve, a new service that rents out scientific papers for the same 99-cent price as an iTunes download. For a long time, everyone without a student pass regularly had to pay serious cash for [...]

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  • Tokai Challenger Wins Globar Car Challenge, Leaves Competition Handily

    Tokai Challenger Wins Globar Car Challenge, Leaves Competition Handily

    At this year’s Global Green Challenge, a Japanese team from Tokai University took the crown in convincing fashion.  Riding the solar-powered Tokai Challenger, the team completed the race in four days, easily clearing the victory well ahead of their nearest competitor. The Global Green Challenge is a bi-annual race that pits different “green vehicles” against each other in a race to the finish.  The last several events have been dominated by Dutch utility Nuon, who has won the competition four [...]

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  • In A World Without Trays, The Link Mug Is King

    In A World Without Trays, The Link Mug Is King

    When you’re serving more than two cups of coffee, it’s obvious you need to use a tray.  If you like making things difficult, though, you can opt for these Link Mugs, a set of three coffee mugs that stick to each other so you can carry them with two hands. In a world without trays, this clever little mug will be King.  Since we have trays in this planet, though, I find it just a little bit unnecessary.  Not that [...]

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  • Helmet Mounted Radar System Will Let You Sniff Out Hiding Enemies, Uncover Stalkers

    Helmet Mounted Radar System Will Let You Sniff Out Hiding Enemies, Uncover Stalkers

    Curious you’re being stalked?  A military technology currently under development should help you find out for sure.  Called the Helmet Mounted Radar System (HMRS), the device is designed to help soldiers recognize threats within their immediate vicinity. Able to detect moving targets with a full 360 degrees field of view, the radar can catch potential enemies  at distances of up to 80 feet.  Of course, the Moving Target Indicator (MTI) will turn up everything that moves, so soldiers will probably [...]

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  • Booq Viper Rush Laptop Case Turns Into A Work Desk On Your Lap

    Booq Viper Rush Laptop Case Turns Into A Work Desk On Your Lap

    Laptop cases are supposed to carry your notebook, along with fitting in a few other pieces of business crap.  Booq’s shoulder-worn laptop case, however, goes beyond that, turning itself into a veritable workspace. Literally a desk in a box, the Booq Viper Rush looks like any regular, semi-rigid notebook bag.  Open it up, though, and it reveals a well-planned interior setup that offers plenty of storage space for all your electronic and professional accessories, along with a dedicated laptop area. [...]

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  • Real3D’s Look3D: Reusable, Replaceable 3D Glasses

    Real3D’s Look3D: Reusable, Replaceable 3D Glasses

    Everything’s going 3D now.   And 3D glasses continue to be ugly pieces of crap.   Save yourself from the fashion disaster of cardboard blue and red specs with the new Real3D Look3D glasses, which let you put on a stylish-looking pair for once. That’s not even the best part.  The frames come with interchangeable red and blue lens, allowing you to switch them with your regular prescription ones (yep, they’ll do the normal lens, too, as part of your order) when [...]

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  • Banks iQ Dashboard Computer Provides Diagnostics And Controls, Plays Media Too

    Banks iQ Dashboard Computer Provides Diagnostics And Controls, Plays Media Too

    Most in-dash computer systems come pre-installed on vehicles.  Even then, few of them are all that great.  The new Banks iQ dashboard computer changes all that, offering a self-contained, full-featured system you can throw into any existing car (considering Banks Power’s customer base, though, it will most likely be diesel trucks). While it naturally offers precise control for the aftermarket performance add-ons that Banks produces (e.g. tuners and exhaust brake systems), the personal vehicle interface also lets you run instant [...]

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  • Nissan’s New Mobility Prototype Puts You On Automated Stilts

    Nissan’s New Mobility Prototype Puts You On Automated Stilts

    The Segway was cool, but you have to admit: it’s too big for its own good.  Nissan’s new personal mobility prototype works the same way, rolling you along on a set of wheels, together with a few nifty functions, while being considerably smaller. Created in partnership with Japan’s National Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (AIST), the  device runs much like any mobility device, getting you from place to place all on its own (it can go both forwards and [...]

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  • 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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