• Sleepbox Concept Is Like A Vending Machine For Hotels

    Sleepbox Concept Is Like A Vending Machine For Hotels

    I hate traveling.  More than dealing with all the hassles associated with jumping from place to place, the sleep deprivation is really what gets to me.  Maybe the Sleepbox, a veritable vending machine that lets you sneak in a quick nap, will make it easier for me. Designed for public facilities, such as airports, malls and train stations, the concept service looks to provide a temporary sleeping area for world-weary travelers of all sorts.  Simply pay for one-time use at [...]

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  • Neverwas Haul, A Steampunk Victorian-Era House On Wheels

    Neverwas Haul, A Steampunk Victorian-Era House On Wheels

    If you’ve attended any Burning Man event the last couple of years, you’ve probably caught sight of the Neverwas Haul, a three-story Victorian steampunk house on wheels.  Rather than a trailer home that needs to be pulled from a car, however, it’s entirely self-propelled using steam technology (at least, I think so). An ongoing project from the Academy of Unnatural Sciences out of Berkley, California, the vehicle has been constantly evolving since its inception in 2006, when it was originally [...]

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  • Intel Reader Scans Books, Turns It Into Audio For The Visually-Impaired

    Intel Reader Scans Books, Turns It Into Audio For The Visually-Impaired

    Sure, text-to-speech isn’t anything new.  Putting it in a small box that can also scan physical documents, however, changes things up a tad.  That’s exactly what the Intel Reader does, helping the visually-impaired listen to books, newspapers and other physical documents using just one self-contained, handheld device. What exactly can it do?  The gadget will readily scan pages off any printed material, run it through an onboard OCR facility, convert it to text and encode it as an MP3.  Users [...]

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  • 7-In-1 Rotating Game Table Puts An Entire Game Room In A Single Rig

    7-In-1 Rotating Game Table Puts An Entire Game Room In A Single Rig

    Looking to stock your game room with a good amount of tabletop games?  Look no further than the 7-in-1 Rotating Game Table, which bundles seven classic tabletop fares in a single rig.  And they’re no lousy roll-the-dice board games either. Instead, you get fully-functional foosball, ping-pong, air hockey, backgammon and pool tables, each occupying an entire panel of the rotating surfaces.  There are also smaller games, chess and checkers, together on one side to round out the package.  Simply put, [...]

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  • Your Bike, Now With Moustache

    Your Bike, Now With Moustache

    Everybody’s knows that you’re only half-as-cool as you can be until you grow a moustache.  Same with your bicycle.  Now, you can help it reach its full potential with a Moustache Badge. It’s a known fact that men with moustaches are plain more awesome than those without.  Seriously, it’s why Super Mario (btw, Lou Albano died last month, in case you’re a fan of the TV show) is still relevant and everyone else isn’t.  Ask Burt Reynolds, he’ll agree. This [...]

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  • The First Rule Of Fight Club Soap: Always Take A Bath Because You Stink

    The First Rule Of Fight Club Soap: Always Take A Bath Because You Stink

    Human fat in a bar.  If you saw Fight Club, you know exactly what that is – luxury soap that Tyler Durden manufactures from human fat stolen out of liposuction dumps.  If you ever fancied organizing your own little club of grown men beating each other senseless for shits and giggles, we recommend cleaning the blood off your faces with the Fight Club Soap, which looks exactly like the prop they used on the iconic movie poster. The bubbling body [...]

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  • Chillchaser Poseidon Is A Lanky Patio Heater With An Unwatchable Media Player

    Chillchaser Poseidon Is A Lanky Patio Heater With An Unwatchable Media Player

    Looking to heat up a small area of the house during the coming cold months?  How about enjoying a movie while you’re at it?  That’s what Chillchaser had in mind when they put together the Poseidon, a patio heater with an integrated media player. Of course, the video capability feels more like a tragic joke, being that the screen looks barely bigger  than a touchscreen phone’s.  Still, if you’re willing to risk burning the lower parts of your body, you [...]

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  • Cole-Bar Hammer Works As Hammer, Crowbar, Demolition Tool And More

    Cole-Bar Hammer Works As Hammer, Crowbar, Demolition Tool And More

    You had me at “demolition tool.”  Anything that’s meant to demolish is always fine by me.  More so if it brings six other functions to the table. The Cole-Bar Hammer is a new multi-purpose tool that claims to be able to perform seven different capabilities.  It features a two-piece design, with a ratchet that locks at any angle from 0 to 180 degrees, facilitating a good range of uses. According to the product page, the versatile construction tool can be [...]

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  • Multipin Digital Pinball Machine Plays Like Mechanical Classics From The 70s

    Multipin Digital Pinball Machine Plays Like Mechanical Classics From The 70s

    If I wanted to play video pinball, I’d buy a 1000-in-1 sort of game for the PC or the Xbox 360, not a dedicated machine.  Those were exactly my thoughts when I first caught sight of the Multipin, a digital pinball simulator that looks like the real arcade classics of yesteryears. However, I might still be persuaded.  Let’s see.  It’s sized like real pinball machines, complete with similar physical characteristics, including old-school plunger and flipper buttons.  A 32-inch LCD with [...]

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  • Keep Your Coffee Scalding Hot With The Perfect Coffee Mug

    Keep Your Coffee Scalding Hot With The Perfect Coffee Mug

    Sure, the Plug Mug, Link Mug and Dunk Mug come with a unique range of features.  However, they’re as far from “perfection” as it gets.  The Perfect Coffee Mug, however, carries the highest degree of quality. What defines perfection?  In the case of this invention from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, the cup is able to keep the coffee at an ideal temperature (which, according to the same guys, is 58 degrees Celsius) for up to 30 minutes, all without [...]

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  • Freedom Legs Let You Walk Without Crutches Even With An Injury

    Freedom Legs Let You Walk Without Crutches Even With An Injury

    I’ve broken my legs twice. Both times, I had to walk around in crutches. It sucked eggs. The Freedom Leg from Forward Mobility claims to be the better alternative, allowing you to move with just a clever brace around your injured leg. That means no more hauling crutches, as the device transfers all the pressure on your injured leg to the thighs. As such, you’ll probably still be hobbling, but you can do it without awful-looking wooden sticks that look [...]

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  • Haptic Cow Is A Robot Bovine Rectum Where Future Vets Can Practice Their Palpation Skills

    Haptic Cow Is A Robot Bovine Rectum Where Future Vets Can Practice Their Palpation Skills

    Sticking your fist up a cow’s posterior isn’t the most appetizing idea in the world.  For new students of veterinary medicine, though, it’s an unavoidable procedure.  And educator Sarah Baillie put together the best tool to teach it. Called the Haptic Cow, it’s a fiberglass model of a cow’s rear end, with parts that feel real and respond to touch.  According to Baillie, “students can feel something” similar to what’s inside an actual cow when you penetrate it from the [...]

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  • Open Office Releases Official Mouse, Comes With More Buttons Than Human Fingers

    Open Office Releases Official Mouse, Comes With More Buttons Than Human Fingers

    I love it when software companies put out hardware, especially when it’s designed to take full advantage of their applications’ capabilities.  The Open Office crew, who pioneered the free MS Office alternative, apparently gave the thumbs up to the OOMouse, an erstwhile regular peripheral that’s supposed to make using the software easier.  Big emphasis on “supposedly.” With 18 buttons (all of which can be double-clicked), a clickable scroll wheel and an analog joystick (with up to 16-key command modes) added [...]

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  • Circle Board Welds Nine Skateboards Into One Huge Rig, Gets Ridden On Video

    Circle Board Welds Nine Skateboards Into One Huge Rig, Gets Ridden On Video

    Skaters can get pretty crazy on their own. Throw them a rig like this Circle Board and it could make for a lot of fun tricks. We said “could,” not that they necessarily will. In the video at the bottom, you can see skater Anthony Pappalardo attempt to ride the thing with very limited success. Duh. A giant hamster could have done better than that guy. Or maybe not. That thing looks unstable as hell. Created by skateboarding legend and [...]

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  • Bowl Your Way To A Perfect Game With The Remote-Controlled RC900 Ball

    Bowl Your Way To A Perfect Game With The Remote-Controlled RC900 Ball

    Piss-poor bowling skills? Not a problem. Cheat your way into a 300 score with the RC900, a remote-controlled bowling ball that you can steer on the way to a perfect game. Made by Texas-based 900 Global, it doesn’t look much different than other bowling equipment. In fact, you can fit your fingers in and throw it like any ordinary bowling ball, so you can compete fairly if you don’t feel like playing with an undue advantage. It’s a pretty light [...]

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  • Tactical RPG Airbag Protection Uses Air-Filled Cushion To Neutralize Warheads

    Tactical RPG Airbag Protection Uses Air-Filled Cushion To Neutralize Warheads

    Airbags make awesome protection inside car cabins.  Who knew they could help protect vehicles from the outside, too?  That’s what the Tactical RPG Airbag Protection (TRAP) system does, adding an extra layer of armor using airbags to keep enemy warheads at bay. Currently a prototype under development by Textron, the system will involve both airbags and a radar that can detect incoming RPGs.  Once it recognizes a threat, armored airbags will be deployed on the side of the vehicle to [...]

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  • Tumbleweed Houses Let You Ditch The Trailer, Buy An Elegant Home And Stay On The Road

    Tumbleweed Houses Let You Ditch The Trailer, Buy An Elegant Home And Stay On The Road

    Why haul a trailer home when you can hit the road with a real house on wheels. Yep, the Tumbleweed Tiny Houses are real, traditional-style homes that come complete with angled roofs, a patio and the works. Save for the fact that they occupy about the same space as a boxy trailer, of course. Proprietor Jay Shafer built his first small house back in 1997, as a way to make a living space without putting him neck deep in mortgage. [...]

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  • Secret Knock Detector Automatically Identifies Correct Banging On The Door, Unlocks The Bolt

    Secret Knock Detector Automatically Identifies Correct Banging On The Door, Unlocks The Bolt

    The problem with secret knocks is that you’ll actually have to listen to the knock.  Now, why would I spend my time listening to the banging on the door when I could be watching TV or playing online multiplayer with the volumes cranked up?  With today’s bevy of distractions, let’s just say that secret knocks are no longer the useful identity system that they used to be.  Until somebody came up with this improvised door lock that detects secret knocks. [...]

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  • LED 130 Might-D-Light: Portable Lighting You Can Stand, Fold, Stick And Hang

    LED 130 Might-D-Light: Portable Lighting You Can Stand, Fold, Stick And Hang

    Your car conks out in the middle of the road.  It’s late in the night.  No worries, you know your way around automobiles and you’ve got a flashlight.  Oh wait, you need both hands to fix the car – you’re screwed.  With the Cooper Lighting LED 130 Might-D-Light, you don’t have to be. When spread open, the lighting equipment can stand upright.  Simply prop it on a flat surface, angle it so the light is facing you and proceed to [...]

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