• Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo Unveiled, Rechristened As The Virgin Space Ship Enterprise

    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo Unveiled, Rechristened As The Virgin Space Ship Enterprise

    Did you book for a seat on Virgin Galactic’s future space flights?  If you didn’t, you’ll be green with envy to know that those well-heeled folks who did are now one step closer to their space journey, after the company officially unveiled the actual ride last Monday.  Formerly called the SpaceshipTwo (SS2), it’s now been rechristened as the Virgin Space Ship (VSS) Enterprise. Sir Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Galactic) and Burt Rutan (of Scaled Composites, the company tasked to [...]

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  • Ripley’s Authentic Vampire Slayer Collection – Rob Pattinson Better Watch Out

    Ripley’s Authentic Vampire Slayer Collection – Rob Pattinson Better Watch Out

    Ripley’s hasn’t been relevant in a long while.  With a ton of stuff in their long-running inventory, though, it doesn’t take long before they find a trend they can latch on to.  The current vampire rage is dripping with potential for the company, especially considering that they own the “world’s largest collection of authentic vampire killing kits.”  And, now, they’re going to pimp it. Want to see the tools Buffy would have used to kill that Twilight  guy after she [...]

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  • Iron Samurai LED Clock Puts A Faceless Watch Around Your Wrist

    Iron Samurai LED Clock Puts A Faceless Watch Around Your Wrist

    “Hey, look, that guy is wearing a watch bracelet with no watch.  Idiot.” That’s probably how people will react when they see you wearing the Iron Samurai LED Clock, a “stylish” (really, now?) men’s bracelet that looks like it’s missing a watch case.  Of course, if you want to change their minds, simply tap the first button on the right side of the piece to make the time appear in red LEDs.  Suddenly, it’s awesome.  Idiots. While the Samurai reference [...]

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  • Recon Instruments Brings HUDs To Ski Goggles, Makes Skiing Downhill Play Like A Video Game

    Recon Instruments Brings HUDs To Ski Goggles, Makes Skiing Downhill Play Like A Video Game

    When you’re streaking down a steep slope on your snowboard or skis, the last thing you want to do is pull up a piece of electronics for whatever purpose (it’s pretty much a sure way of ramming into a tree or tripping on a rock). Sometimes, though, seeing a trail map or knowing how far behind you are from your friends will prove immensely helpful. That’s where Recon Instruments’ upcoming Alpine Goggle comes in. More than a pair of protective [...]

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  • BMW M3 E30 Demoted To Gaming Cabinet, Still Looks Gnarly

    BMW M3 E30 Demoted To Gaming Cabinet, Still Looks Gnarly

    Playing a driving simulator not doing it for you?  Take the realism up to a new level by doing what Japan’s Studie AG did with “The Ultimate Gaming Machine,” tuning a functional car so that it becomes a stationary gaming cabinet.  Huh?!? It gets worse.  Instead of modifying a throwaway pile of junk, they had the gall to do the deed to a BMW M3 E30, one of the few rare cars that’s achieved universal critical acclaim for its sublime [...]

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  • Doctor Who Fan Builds His Own Full-Sized Dalek, Forces It To Do Good Deeds

    Doctor Who Fan Builds His Own Full-Sized Dalek, Forces It To Do Good Deeds

    If I’m going to try to conquer the universe, I want to do it with a bunch of heartless armored beings from another planet too.  Same as this Doctor Who fan, who thought it wise to build his own Dalek mutant to obey his every beck and call. Who is this future master of the human race (and future adversary of the Time Master)?  It’s 47-year old Rob (probably short for Robot) Bosher, a healthcare assistant, who fashioned the creature [...]

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  • Make Your Own Batsignal Projector

    Make Your Own Batsignal Projector

    Can’t afford to build your own custom Batmobile to honor your favorite superhero?  Here’s something that might be more up your alley: a DIY Batsignal Projector. While I doubt Bruce Wayne will see this from the other side of Gotham City, it should make a nifty bedroom lamp in case you need to amuse yourself.  Since it blinks, fades and performs other effects, you can also use it as temporary entertainment, if ever your TV conks out, your internet dies [...]

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  • A Bit Cross Is A Stylish Crucifix-Style Pendant With Screwdriver Bits

    A Bit Cross Is A Stylish Crucifix-Style Pendant With Screwdriver Bits

    Want a pendant that does little more than look good dangling from your neck?  Try Michiel Cornelissen’s A Bit Cross, a crucifix-shaped, stainless steel adornment that comes with screwdriver bits on the ends. Both practical and stylish, it’s an attractive piece of jewelry that should hang rather nicely from any of your favorite necklaces.  While I’m not sure about customer reactions to the obvious Christian reference (from a distance, it looks like a regular crucifix), I wouldn’t mind rocking it.  [...]

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  • Hate Your Curly Hair?  Pop A Pill For It

    Hate Your Curly Hair? Pop A Pill For It

    Curly crop of hair leaving your head a mess?  Soon, setting it straight can be as simple as popping a pill like you do when you get a headache. Current research has isolated particular variances in trichohyalin gene as being the factor responsible for creating curly hair, opening the possibility for creating an orally-administered treatment that controlled how curly, wavy or straight your top became.  That’s right, no more trips to the hair salon or spending a good part of [...]

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  • Sneak-It-In Disposable Alcohol Flasks For Closet Alcoholics

    Sneak-It-In Disposable Alcohol Flasks For Closet Alcoholics

    Got a nasty alcohol habit you don’t want anyone finding out? Get rid of that stainless steel hip flask you keep carrying around – that’s a dead giveaway to your “secret” life.  Instead, arm yourself with the Sneak-It-In Disposable Flask, a reusable foil pouch designed for your alcohol stash that won’t trigger any metal detector. Why use disposable sachets?  Think about it.  Once you’ve finished sipping the contents, you can fold the entire thing flat, freeing up more space in [...]

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  • Poster Projects Puts Dangerous (And Fun) DIY Projects In Full-Color Wall Prints

    Poster Projects Puts Dangerous (And Fun) DIY Projects In Full-Color Wall Prints

    Want to build your own flamethrower but keep forgetting the steps?  Supplement your bad memory with this large wall display from Poster Projects, which lists down everything you need to put together your very own torching device, among other dangerous contraptions. Apart from providing a cheatsheet for your DIY inclinations, the poster look svery professional too.  As such, it should make for a very attractive decoration along empty walls in your workshop, lab or garage. Poster Projects just launched, so [...]

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  • Samsonite Trolley Scooter Lets You Ride Your Luggage, Race To The Check-In Line

    Samsonite Trolley Scooter Lets You Ride Your Luggage, Race To The Check-In Line

    Since we’ve long been putting wheels on our luggages anyway, why not turn it into an actual ride?  This Samsonite Trolley Scooter does just that, fitting a clever little suitcase with its own built-in scooter.  Finally, you can dash to the front of the pack at the check-in with an unfair advantage.  Winner. Luggages have generally been a burden, even when you’re packing light.  You either carried them or hauled them, losing you precious time you could have better spent [...]

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  • USB-Powered Pet Rock Comes To Life, Still Does Nothing

    USB-Powered Pet Rock Comes To Life, Still Does Nothing

    Love pets but hate the extra work they bring?  Back in the 70s, they had a solution for that: the Pet Rock.  This year, the world’s least-disruptive household ward is making a comeback in the form of the USB-Powered Pet Rock. How is it different?  Instead of just being a hard mass of earth that you can carry along anywhere, your new favorite pet comes with a USB plug so you can connect it to your computer.  While stuck to [...]

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  • Capstone CMT-380 Supercar Pairs An Electric Motor With A 30kW Microturbine

    Capstone CMT-380 Supercar Pairs An Electric Motor With A 30kW Microturbine

    Electric cars are great, but the limited range afforded by bulky battery packs is just a deal-breaker that makes it difficult to treat it as a primary vehicle.  That’s why hybrid cars are only likely play a larger part in the next evolution of automobiles and Capstone Turbine Corporation’s CMT-380 could be a blueprint for things to come. Pairing an electric drivetrain with a 30kW microturbine that can run on either diesel or biodiesel, the car can manage an effective [...]

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  • Gryphon’s Next-Gen Parachute System Dresses You In A Stealth Wingsuit, Lets You Fly In Undetected

    Gryphon’s Next-Gen Parachute System Dresses You In A Stealth Wingsuit, Lets You Fly In Undetected

    Remember how cool Jetman Yves Rossy looked on his jet-powered wing?  Soldiers may soon be zooming across the sky on a similar-looking wingsuit with Gryphon’s new Next Generation Parachute System. Described as a modular upgrade for parachute systems, it can help soldiers glide across the sky during high altitude jumps.  On a typical 30,000 feet drop performed by US Special Forces, the wearer can glide stealthily for up to 30 miles at around 60 mph, allowing the team to launch [...]

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  • Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Plays An Orchestra Of iPhones

    Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Plays An Orchestra Of iPhones

    With the iPhone and iPod Touch finding themselves as the platform of choice for a growing range of music-making apps, it’s only natural to see it evolve as a functional stage instrument.  That’s exactly what the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble does, using the versatile devices’ range of features to make beautiful electronic music. Made up of students from the University of Michigan, the entire group comes from a first-of-its-kind fall course that teaches how to turn smartphones into musical instruments.  [...]

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  • Mirror Watch Lets You Check Your Lipstick, Nosehairs And Zits On Your Wrist, Tells Time Too

    Mirror Watch Lets You Check Your Lipstick, Nosehairs And Zits On Your Wrist, Tells Time Too

    Need to check if your fake moustache is in place every couple of minutes?  Ditch your favorite timepiece in favor of the Mirror Watch, a stylish LED watch that doubles in function as a wrist-mounted mirror. Let’s face it.  You don’t need a watch.  Your cellphone, your music player and your laptop can all tell the time.  All your wristwatch really does is look good.  Now, you can look good with it too. The Mirror Watch uses the dial as [...]

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  • Space Barley: Have A Beer…From Space…Not Really

    Space Barley: Have A Beer…From Space…Not Really

    There are a couple brands of beer that I regularly drink.  And they’re awesome.  However, none of them are from space.  Neither is the Space Barley.  But you gotta admit – they have a good angle going.  And maker Sapporo Breweries is going to milk it to death. While it’s not technically “beer from space,” the limited-edition flavor does have a few things going for it.  The barley that was used to make the beer were apparently descended from seeds [...]

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  • Magic Clock Imitates Weasley’s Whereabouts Using Twitter Feeds

    Magic Clock Imitates Weasley’s Whereabouts Using Twitter Feeds

    Harry Potter fans probably remember the strange-looking Whereabouts clock from the Chamber of Secrets movie that showed the status of each of the Weasley family members.  Some guy called “Slip” thought it was a good idea and used pretty awesome workshop skills to design his own. He christened the creation as the Magic Clock and it actually works.  It’s not endowed with esoteric powers, though.  Instead, this real-life version of the Whereabouts manages its location-pointing capability by checking each person’s [...]

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