• Smart Armor Tells Soldiers How Badly It’s Damaged, Just Like A Videogame Health Bar

    Smart Armor Tells Soldiers How Badly It’s Damaged, Just Like A Videogame Health Bar

    Robots of the future will not only fly and fire a barrage of weapons – they will even know when they’re in danger.  We’re doomed.  That last one will be courtesy of the US Army, who are developing a new Smart Armor that can do a heck of a lot more than absorb damaging blows. Designed for use in tanks and other military vehicles, as well as extra protection for soldiers (yep, imagine fighting in the ground against a team [...]

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  • Micro Bluetooth Spy Earpiece Goes Right In Your Ear, Lets You Communicate On The Sly

    Micro Bluetooth Spy Earpiece Goes Right In Your Ear, Lets You Communicate On The Sly

    Mama told you never to stick things in your ear.  Well, the Micro Bluetooth Spy Earpiece doesn’t care about that.  Going deep inside your ear canal, it lets you listen to your cellphone’s audio without attracting any attention. Ever wondered how spies received communication in the field without a visible headset on?  That’s because the receiver isn’t on the ear – the thing’s inside it.  Outfitted for covert audio surveillance, it’s as sly an earpiece as you can get.  Finally, [...]

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  • Slick Rick’s Iced-Out Eyepatch Sold In Auction For Over 20 Grand

    Slick Rick’s Iced-Out Eyepatch Sold In Auction For Over 20 Grand

    Why dress like an unbathed, out-of-luck pirate in your next costume party when you can suit up like a seafarer who just cashed out his entire booty? To make sure you look the part, best get your hands on a less-dingy eyepatch, preferably like the diamond-encrusted one Slick Rick used to own, which reportedly sold in a London auction for an estimated $25,000. Yep, 25 grand for an iced-out, blind-eye gear. Of course, legendary rapper Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters (nee [...]

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  • Hemi Jet Puts 1939 Ford Chassis, Chrysler Hemi Engine And Custom Jet Turbine Together In One Insane Car

    Hemi Jet Puts 1939 Ford Chassis, Chrysler Hemi Engine And Custom Jet Turbine Together In One Insane Car

    Car enthusiast Joe Wilkins wanted to pull even more power out of his supercharged, Hemi-engined 1939 Ford Coupe Standard.  So, he threw a jet engine in the trunk.  The result is the Hemi Jet, a classy-looking vintage with some scary modifications. Jet engines in cars isn’t a new idea.  Still, it’s tough not to draw attention every time you see one.  Especially when the custom-built jet turbine is sticking out of the rear trunk that’s just way too small to [...]

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  • Love-Digi Moving Photo Camera Lets You Ruin Your Reputation With Purikura-Style Cute Photos

    Love-Digi Moving Photo Camera Lets You Ruin Your Reputation With Purikura-Style Cute Photos

    The Purikura craze has come and gone for many of us, but the thing reportedly remains huge in Japan.  With the Love-Digi Moving Photo Camera, you won’t even have to take a trip down the mall to get your shamefully adorable pictures taken.  You can now grab the same heart-covered snaps using a handheld device that fits in your pocket. Deny it all you want.  You’ve probably visited your share of Purikura photo booths and took home a set of [...]

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  • How To Take Down A Rampaging Elephant – The Violent Elephant Control Gear

    How To Take Down A Rampaging Elephant – The Violent Elephant Control Gear

    Elephants running rampant in your neighborhood, squashing cars and knocking over power lines?  Really?  Where the heck do you live?  Regardless, that should be no problem if you’ve loaded up on the Violent Elephant Control Gear, a remotely-controlled device that immobilizes elephants on a rampage. Designed by Zachariah Matthew from India, the restraining gadget offers a more humane alternative to  sedating the beasts with loaded darts.  It’s especially useful for circuses, zoos and places where elephants are paraded during festivals, [...]

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  • Jetman Yves Rossy’s Flight Falls Short, Still Impressive

    Jetman Yves Rossy’s Flight Falls Short, Still Impressive

    Two days ago, Jetman Yves Rossy made his attempt to fly across the Atlantic Ocean on the jetwing, an operational jetpack with wings.  He failed.  Not miserably, though, so he’s alive.  No gore for you, Faces of Death fans. Sponsored by Webtel.mobi, it would have been the first intercontinental flight on such a small-scale flying device. The plan was to ride airborne from Africa to Europe, jumping out of a plane over Tangier in Morocco on to Tarifa, Spain, a [...]

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  • BlackforceOne Corvette Draws Inspiration From Presidential Plane, Runs 0 To 60 In 3.4s

    BlackforceOne Corvette Draws Inspiration From Presidential Plane, Runs 0 To 60 In 3.4s

    No, it’s not Obama’s personal sportscar, even if the chosen moniker might suggest it.  It looks nothing like the Boeing Air Force One either, though Loma Performa thinks otherwise (“It is clearly reminiscent,” they argue).  Regardless, their BlackforceOne Corvette is an absolute thing of beauty. Based off a regular C6 Corvette, the modified performer does bring a number of tasty updates that could make you feel like you’re the Prez of the most powerful country in the world.  Yep, just [...]

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  • LessLoss Blackbody Brings Voodoo To Your Music Setup

    LessLoss Blackbody Brings Voodoo To Your Music Setup

    Want to add some magic to your audio setup?  Grab ahold of the LessLoss Blackbody, an insane-sounding block of electronics that claims to greatly enhance your gear’s playback quality “by addressing the interaction of your audio gear’s circuitry with ambient electromagnetic phenomena and modifying this interplay.”  I know, I don’t think I’ve met anyone who can understand that either. Simply put the device near your audio system and it’s supposed to automatically work its improvement on the resulting sound.  Like [...]

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  • 3D-Printed Mini-Branding Iron Fits In Pocket, Burns Through Wood

    3D-Printed Mini-Branding Iron Fits In Pocket, Burns Through Wood

    Finally, a reason for non-smokers to carry a lighter around.  Shapeways is taking orders for custom-made, 3D-printed mini-branding irons that snap on to the top of lighters (the non-Zippo variety), allowing you to pull out a lighter from your pocket and brand anything in sight – even your cheating ex-boyfriend’s you know what.  Hooray. Designed to replace the head of disposable lighters (that removable section which partly covers up the flames), simply pop the new cap in and your pocket [...]

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  • Namco Bandai’s Splatterhouse Co-op Comes To Your Shoes Before Hitting Consoles Next Year

    Namco Bandai’s Splatterhouse Co-op Comes To Your Shoes Before Hitting Consoles Next Year

    Been waiting for Namco Bandai’s remake of the Splatterhouse game?  You’ll still have to wait till the third quarter of 2010 to get it, but you can let them know how much you’re looking forward to the release by rocking the game’s official kicks. That’s right, Bandai has teamed up with sneaker company Globe to put out the Splatterhouse Co-op limited series sneakers.  Based off the company’s Superfly skate shoes, the special edition comes decked in unmistakable Splatterhouse branding. Don’t [...]

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  • Road Warrior Weekend Brings Mad Max Fans To The Desert, Recreates Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

    Road Warrior Weekend Brings Mad Max Fans To The Desert, Recreates Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

    Huge Mad Max fan?  We know where you should have been last weekend.  If you were anywhere other than  Soggy Dry Lake at Southern California’s High Desert, then you missed the fandom convention held specially for your ilk. The Road Warrior Weekend is a one-shot event that brought together fans of the classic Mad Max series (I know, the flag on the photo above is New Zealand’s, lol).  For three days, the desert turned into a post-apocalyptic campground, complete with [...]

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  • Brook & Hunter Mo-Tool Axe Turns The Wood Chopper Into A Fold-Out Multi-Tool

    Brook & Hunter Mo-Tool Axe Turns The Wood Chopper Into A Fold-Out Multi-Tool

    Sure, a Swiss knife is cool.  But after seeing one pocket knife with numerous fold out tools after another, it all begins to look the same.  I’m not sure if Brook & Hunter was thinking along the same lines, but they sure did something different with the Mo-Tool Axe. That’s right – it’s the classic wood chopper, restyled to hold a multitude of small tools on its body.  Rather than sliding into your jeans for your next outdoor adventure, however, [...]

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  • Laptop Too High-Tech For Your Needs? Turn It Into An Etch-A-Sketch

    Laptop Too High-Tech For Your Needs? Turn It Into An Etch-A-Sketch

    Looking for ways to brick an old, but perfectly good notebook?  Emulate this dude and turn it into the Hack-A-Sketch, a laptop mod that sets technology back several decades.  Literally. Why mod a more powerful laptop into a low-tech Etch-A-Sketch?  I don’t know.  It looks cool, though.  For the next ten minutes, at least.  Until you realize you just downgraded something that can do about a hundred things into a novelty contraption that does one thing.  And that you suck [...]

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  • Laser Crosswalk Adds A Virtual Wall On Pedestrian Lanes

    Laser Crosswalk Adds A Virtual Wall On Pedestrian Lanes

    Sure, it’s only a concept.  Regardless, the Laser Crosswalk, which adds a virtual wall of light between motorists and people crossing the street, is the single best innovation I’ve ever seen in keeping pedestrian lanes safe. If you’re from a country where people follow traffic regulations to the letter, then it probably isn’t an issue.  For many parts of the world, though, pedestrian lanes can be an unsafe place, especially at night when a lot of drivers are either sleepy [...]

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  • Bloodhound SSC, Aiming To Be The World’s Fastest Car

    Bloodhound SSC, Aiming To Be The World’s Fastest Car

    The world’s fastest car will run at over 1,000 mph.  At least, that’s what the British engineers behind the Bloodhound SSC (SuperSonic Car) are hoping for, as they commence work in building the powerful machine. A collaborative endeavor, the Bristol-based Bloodhound project currently has the support of over 25,000 schools, along with a growing internet following.  The vehicle will seek to dethrone the current land speed record of 763 mph, set by the Thrust SSC back in 1997.  Wing Commander [...]

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  • CrustaStun Single Stunner, An Electric Lobster Taser

    CrustaStun Single Stunner, An Electric Lobster Taser

    Does the thought of boiling lobsters alive make you cringe also?  Help may be on the way. Put them through the CrustaStun Single Stunner, electric zappers that will send a quick jolt of power to render the tasty crustaceans dead.  That way, you don’t have to feel guilty about torturing your dinner. Marketed as a more “humane” way of killing off crabs, lobsters and crayfish, the machine delivers 110 volts of electricity right to the marine creatures’ nervous system, acting [...]

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  • Breathe New Life On Your Dying Shoes With The JGoods Sneaker Restoration Kit

    Breathe New Life On Your Dying Shoes With The JGoods Sneaker Restoration Kit

    Your favorite sneakers nearing their inevitable end?  Hold your favorite kicks’ eventual demise just a short while longer with the JGoods Sneaker Restoration Kit, an all-in-one outfit that lets you breathe new life into your old and battered rubber footwear. Got absolutely nothing going in the fix-it-up department?  Not a problem.  This kit lays out the process simply, putting together everything needed to get you started on the path of putting that 1989 Reebok Pump you picked up for a [...]

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  • ProFORMA Software Turns Your Webcam Into A 3D Scanner

    ProFORMA Software Turns Your Webcam Into A 3D Scanner

    Too cheap to invest in 3D scanning gear?  No problem.  That is, if the ProFORMA, an engineering software that turns regular webcams into functional 3D scanners, manages to make it to market. Short for Probabilistic Feature-based On-line Rapid Model Acquisition (whew), the new application lets you rotate any item in front of the camera, scanning it as a 3D object in real time.  It works by generating a 3D point cloud based on the image it picks up from the [...]

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