• Livestrong LS9.9IC Exercise Bike Lets You Train Like Lance Armstrong

    Livestrong LS9.9IC Exercise Bike Lets You Train Like Lance Armstrong

    Exercise bikes are cool for general fitness, but they’re crap for training you to ride like a pro.  The Livestrong LS9.9IC claims to accomplish the latter, boasting a feature set that’s approved by Tour de France superstar Lance Armstrong himself. Reportedly used by Lance to train prior to actual competition, the manufacturer bills their bike as the “ultimate indoor cycle.”  Reading through the specs, it doesn’t sound like anything special (compared to a regular top-brand bike machine), save for a [...]

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  • GE’s Vscan Puts An Entire Ultrasound Machine In A Clamshell Cellphone’s Body

    GE’s Vscan Puts An Entire Ultrasound Machine In A Clamshell Cellphone’s Body

    If GE gets their way, the future of ultrasound will look like a clamshell phone. Billed as the “stethoscope of the 21st century,” the company’s new Vscan puts a functional ultrasound in a very portable and very familiar form factor. Measuring about the same size as a cheap and bulky flip phone, the handheld medical device packs a complete ultrasound console within its small frame. When flipped open, it reveals a screen display on the upper flap and navigation controls [...]

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  • Rex, A Robotic Beast Of Burden

    Rex, A Robotic Beast Of Burden

    Why carry bags when the robots can do it?  That’s the idea behind Rex, a load-bearing robo-mule that will trail you and respond to voice commands like a well-trained mutt. Created by Israel Aerospace Industries, the baggage-toting machine is currently being marketed to military organizations in an effort to fill an “urgent operational need.”  According to the company, the robot will relieve in-field combatants of the encumbrance created by putting heavy loads on their back, allowing them to perform their [...]

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  • Guy Shoots Anvil 200 Feet Up In The Air, Looks Pointless And Amazing At The Same Time

    Guy Shoots Anvil 200 Feet Up In The Air, Looks Pointless And Amazing At The Same Time

    The man above is Gay Wilkinson, the self-proclaimed world champion of the very manly sport of Anvil Shooting.  Yes, anvils – those large slabs of dense metal they use for both blacksmithing and killing Wile E. Coyote in a variety of ways. If you’ve never been to a mountain man festival or lived around some crazy blacksmiths during the Fourth of July celebrations, you’ve probably never even heard of this endeavor.  Shooting anvils?  What kind of cockamamie is that? As [...]

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  • Blood Energy Potion, An Energy Drink For Vampires (And Weird-Dressing Wannabes)

    Blood Energy Potion, An Energy Drink For Vampires (And Weird-Dressing Wannabes)

    If you watch any sort of TV this season, you’ll know that vampires are in and werewolves are out.  With the New Moon movie coming and all sorts of programs about them pale blood suckers, it’s only a matter of time before everyone starts wanting to grow fangs and drink that red stuff.  Since imbibing real human blood probably isn’t healthy, you might want to substitute with the Blood Energy Potion, an energy drink made to look and feel like [...]

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  • SealLine Urban Backpack Brings River Technology To Your City Gear

    SealLine Urban Backpack Brings River Technology To Your City Gear

    Do you live in a rainy part of the world?  Or maybe someplace like Seattle? That can prove a harrowing experience for any stuff you carry around, from books to notes to small electronics.  The SealLine Urban Backpack should prove indispensable in your situation, offering an easy-to-access backpack that’s 100% watertight. Creator SealLine claims that their water-safe bag uses the same technology that’s employed for bags used in canoeing and kayaking, ensuring the highest form of protection for your carry-on [...]

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  • Ares I-X Rocket Ready For Launch

    Ares I-X Rocket Ready For Launch

    Welcome to the moon.  Again.  The new Ares I-X rocket, the first version of the vehicle that will bring man to the moon once more, is now geared for launch at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.  And it’s quite the sight. Situated at Launch Pad 39B, it’s the first rocket to sit on that pad in over 25 years, representing NASA’s initial major step in the Constellation Program, the new, post-shuttle era of space exploration.  Apart from returning to the moon, [...]

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  • Entourage Edge Combines E-Reader With An Android UMPC

    Entourage Edge Combines E-Reader With An Android UMPC

    Why settle for an ebook reader when you can get a full UMPC with it?  That’s the whole selling point behind the Entourage Edge, a clamshell-style device that opens to two large displays on each flap. Able to unfold like a netbook (and it does look like one when closed), the nifty two-in-one integrates a grayscale e-reader on the left side and a functional Android-based UMPC on the other.  Both screens display in an upright format, so you can grab [...]

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  • Revel In The Luxury Of Whale Penis Upholstery With The Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition

    Revel In The Luxury Of Whale Penis Upholstery With The Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition

    How do you make an SUV, in itself an already excessive vehicle, even more over the top?  Throw in gold-plated windows?  Meh.  Declare the engine “rocket grenade proof”?  Mmm.  Use whale penis leather for upholstery?  Uh….what? Yep.  You heard that right.  Castrated, turned to leather and used to deck the interior of the Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition. Billed as the world’s most expensive SUV, the fully-armored car is bulletproofed from head to toe (yep, the 400 kW V8 [...]

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  • MXXL 24 AH: Why Get An RV When You Can Have A Mobile Fortress?

    MXXL 24 AH: Why Get An RV When You Can Have A Mobile Fortress?

    Why settle for an RV when you can ride around in a mobile fortress?  As odd a proposition as that might sound, it’s actually possible with the MXXL 24 AH, a high-end RV with a ridiculous number of custom options. Created for hardcore outdoor enthusiasts, the made-to-order vehicle sports a monstrous M-Cab chassis.   From the outside, the rugged, all-terrain truck looks like it’s shipping a battalion of soldiers with a bevy of large weapons.  Heck, I’d run back into the [...]

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  • Toilet Paper Holder Makes You Solve A Puzzle Before You Can Wipe

    Toilet Paper Holder Makes You Solve A Puzzle Before You Can Wipe

    What could be worse than running out of toilet paper?  Having toilet paper and not being able to use it, of course.  That could well be the case with the Don’t P Me Off Toilet Paper Holder, which requires you to solve a puzzle before being able to wipe off. The rule is simple: if you can’t solve the integrated puzzle, you can’t use any.  Can you imagine the torture?  Put the only roll of toilet paper in the entire [...]

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  • Powermat Makes Wireless Charging A Reality, Now In Stores

    Powermat Makes Wireless Charging A Reality, Now In Stores

    Many companies have shown wireless, inductive chargers before.  Most of them were either prototypes or experiments, though.  The Powermat, on the other hand, is now in store shelves and it works like a charm. Consisting of a thin platform where you can place up to three gadgets at a time, it wirelessly charges everything you throw over the mat.  Yes, just like magic.  Each device you want to power up will need to wear a receiver sleeve, which locks it [...]

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  • Scubacraft, A Sea-Diving Speedboat

    Scubacraft, A Sea-Diving Speedboat

    A speed boat that craftily doubles as a submarine has been an endless fascination in many movies and comic books.  If the Scubacraft, which  recently went through underwater testing at the Pinewood Studios, pushes through, that longing can finally become a reality. On the surface, the Scubacraft looks like a typical luxury racing speedboat, sporting aerodynamic lines and fancy good looks.  Once you tire of the usual sights around the marina, however, it should let you uncover a whole new [...]

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  • Make Any Room Look Like Your Garage With Surface View’s Haynes Manual Prints

    Make Any Room Look Like Your Garage With Surface View’s Haynes Manual Prints

    Gearheads who are into interior decorating, rejoice!  Wow, that sounded awful.  Regardless, you can now get huge size prints of Haynes Manual graphics for putting up over your walls from Surface View. Like the rest of Surface View’s portfolio, the new collection will be available in all of their various formats, which include canvases, dry mounts and adhesive prints.  Been wondering what to decorate the walls of your room or office with?  You can drop the indecision, now.  From this [...]

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  • The Future Of Home Security – Emergency Zombie Defense Station

    The Future Of Home Security – Emergency Zombie Defense Station

    Sure, it’s a craft project and won’t really work in the event of a zombie attack.  Regardless, the Emergency Zombie Defense Station is an excellent prototype for what should be sitting right next to your Fire Emergency Kit.  After all, with so many movies pointing towards an imminent infestation of the undead, I have a feeling it’s only a matter of time until it becomes a reality. Intended to be mounted up an easily accessible wall, the one-stop self-defense kit [...]

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  • Look Like A Chain-Smoking, Perpetually Drinking 1960s Ad Executive With The Mad Men Edition Suit

    Look Like A Chain-Smoking, Perpetually Drinking 1960s Ad Executive With The Mad Men Edition Suit

    Need a new suit, love Mad Men?  Brooks Brothers just made your choice easier with the Mad Men Edition Suit, dapper business threads designed to make you look as sharp as Don Draper and Roger Sterling. Created with the help of the hit drama’s Emmy-nominated costume designer Janie Bryant, the limited-edition suit is officially endorsed by AMC.  According to Brooks Brothers, the garb features “razor sharp 1960s tailoring,” as seen hanging around the nicotine-infested bodies of the show’s main characters.  [...]

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  • Skatekeyboard: A Neon-Painted Keyboard On Wheels

    Skatekeyboard: A Neon-Painted Keyboard On Wheels

    Just because it’s not functional doesn’t mean it’s not awesome.  The Skatekeyboard, an art piece that combines two very different things (hint: the name’s a dead giveaway), looks good despite the obvious dissonance it creates.  I blame the neon. Created by artist Tobi Leingriber, the odd-looking contraption outfits a full-sized PC keyboard with skateboard wheels, making it functionally useless as either one or the other.  To make sure it gets noticed, the board is clad in neon green and pink [...]

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  • Solta Island Resort Will Boast The World’s First Rotating Hotel

    Solta Island Resort Will Boast The World’s First Rotating Hotel

    Want a room with a view?  If you book at the Solta Island Resort, that won’t be a problem.  At least, during certain parts of the day. As the home of Europe’s first rotating hotel, every room in the facility gets their turn facing the Adriatic Sea.  Moving in a continuous turntable motion at the rate of 1.3 complete spins a day, you’re guaranteed a few hours of your window facing the ocean during your stay. The relatively small hotel [...]

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  • Murakami Chair Comes With Its Own Light, Kinetic Charger

    Murakami Chair Comes With Its Own Light, Kinetic Charger

    Some dual-function furniture items make sense.  The Murakami Chair, a unique piece that features a rocking chair with an attached lamp, could make a good argument on that end.  Even better, though, it sports an integrated kinetic charging facility, powering up the light source using energy created from rocking back and forth. Created by Rochus Jacob, the plain-but-elegant piece managed to snag top honors at the Design Boom Green Life Competition.  It’s a pretty nifty idea, after all.  Why waste [...]

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