• Set In Stone Shows How Concrete Can Be Used As An Interactive Interface, Surprisingly Succeeds

    Set In Stone Shows How Concrete Can Be Used As An Interactive Interface, Surprisingly Succeeds

    Outfitting concrete with embedded LEDs is one thing.  Throwing in an Arduino, on the other hand, makes you wonder what the heck that slab of concrete will be programmed to do.  For the Set in Stone project, it’s all about setting up a cool interactive concrete interface that responds to surface contact and communicates with other similar contraptions. Each concrete block measures 13 x 13 x 2 inches and comes decked with a 20 x 20 grid of LED lights [...]

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  • Clayton Bailey’s Life-Size Robot Sculptures Make The Future Look Fun

    Clayton Bailey’s Life-Size Robot Sculptures Make The Future Look Fun

    As much as I am in awe of all the new robots we chance upon these days, I really hope our future android  creations look more like steel and aluminum mascots.  Even when laden with scary abilities, they’ll at least come across as goofy cartoon sidekicks, instead of threatening Terminators and Robocops.  More specifically, I’d like them to look like Clayton Bailey’s robot sculptures, whose life-size bodies resemble a mix of silly cartoons, junk art and a future that looks [...]

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  • Spoticam Lamp Punks Thieves, Pretends To Be A Surveillance Cam

    Spoticam Lamp Punks Thieves, Pretends To Be A Surveillance Cam

    Want the threat of a security camera without forking over the cost for a real surveillance system?  You just might get away faking it with the Spoticam, a desk lamp clad in the form of a CCTV recorder. Created by Antrepo Design, the Spoticam resembles a real deal box-style CCD camera, complete with a secure-looking chassis and tilting capabilities.  Since it’s actually intended for use as a low-light source for study desks, it fits in a lighting panel in place [...]

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  • Ring-O-Star Cup Holder Lets Bicycle Riders Enjoy Their Morning Coffee

    Ring-O-Star Cup Holder Lets Bicycle Riders Enjoy Their Morning Coffee

    Bicycle riders need to have their morning coffee too.   The Ring-O-Star Cup Holder makes sure they have an accessible place to set it. Created by designer Paul Kweton under his studio Paulbaut, the contraption consists of a silicon ring that attaches to the end of the bike’s handlebars through an aluminum expander bolt.  Just plop your cup in the ring and let it sit till the next stoplight, at which point you can grab it and take a swig of [...]

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  • Parasync iPod-Docking Station Lets The Whole Tribe Sync With iTunes At The Same Time

    Parasync iPod-Docking Station Lets The Whole Tribe Sync With iTunes At The Same Time

    I’ve never found a good reason to own more than one iPod.  Now I have.   I want to arm myself with twenty Apple handhelds just so I can justify owning the Parasync Charging and Synchronization Dock, a USB-based iPod and iPhone station that can sync up to 20 devices at a time. I have no idea what application requires plugging twenty of Apple’s gadgets in at the same time.  Maybe a  clandestine operation that offers filling your iPods (en [...]

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  • Pet At Work Backpack Lets You Haul A Dog On Your Back, Throws In A Laptop Compartment Too

    Pet At Work Backpack Lets You Haul A Dog On Your Back, Throws In A Laptop Compartment Too

    Is your puppy giving you the sad face every time you leave for work? Sneak them into the office next time with the Pet At Work Travel System, a specially-designed backpack that can fit both your laptop and your pooch at the same time. Cheekily nicknamed P@W (Pets @ Work, get it?), the versatile bag offers separate compartments for both the dog and the notebook, along with a third one for a bundled portable dog house. Called the Pet Dome, [...]

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  • Nanovision’s Mimo 710-S Offers Secondary Display For Road Warriors

    Nanovision’s Mimo 710-S Offers Secondary Display For Road Warriors

    Dual display workstations are largely commonplace now. Enjoying the same convenience while you’re on the road, however, is something that’s not quite as easy. Nanovision is looking to change all that with their latest seven-inch LCD monitor, the Mimo 710-S “Mobile Slider”. An improvement on the popular Mimo 710, the new unit comes with a foldable stand that doubles as a protective screen cover when you need to string the monitor along during your workday. Simply twist the unit into [...]

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  • London’s Firefighting Robot Foursome

    London’s Firefighting Robot Foursome

    While human-eating androids and attention-hungry robots make us queasy about the idea of how these future Terminators could evolve, other varieties give us plenty to look forward to. A quartet of firefighting robots from London, for instance, effectively cut down the time needed to extinguish acetylene fires by over 80%. Designed by defense tech company QinetiQ, the four robots are used exclusively in situations that involve cylinders of the industrial gas catching fire. According to the BBC, there have been [...]

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  • Disaster City: Where Emergency Responders Learn Their Trade

    Disaster City: Where Emergency Responders Learn Their Trade

    Do you know where emergency responders hone their craft? After all, you can’t exactly blow up buildings and crash trains every time you need to get a new batch of trainees up to speed. Many of the the brave men and women who run rescue operations put in their practice time at Disaster City, a 52-acre school where dealing with large-scale unfortunate events is the lesson of the day – everyday. Designed to instill a full array of skills and [...]

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  • F1Showcar Motion Simulator Lets You Virtual Drive A Real Formula Car

    F1Showcar Motion Simulator Lets You Virtual Drive A Real Formula Car

    Time to face reality – you just don’t have what it takes to ever drive an F1 car. Hell, you can’t even parallel park without a near-accident. Still, who’s to say you’ll never be that good?  With the F1Showcar Motion Simulator, you’ll get a chance to prove your mettle. Like other video game racing simulators, the F1Showcar involves a stationary car, a mechanized platform, some driving controls, software and a large display. In this case, they’re using a full-size Formula [...]

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  • Nikon Coolpix S1000pj Comes With Built-In Projector For Instant Slide-Shows

    Nikon Coolpix S1000pj Comes With Built-In Projector For Instant Slide-Shows

    Micro-projectors have recently begun finding their way on cell phones. It makes a whole lot of sense, considering we’ve got phone apps for Powerpoint presentations and games, two categories that can really benefit from being set on a much-larger display. Nikon is, of course, betting that people will take to showing off their photos in much the same way and are outfitting the new Coolpix S1000pj with a built-in pico projector to test the waters. The feature solves a common [...]

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  • Duck Hunter Goes Live Action, Lets You Snipe Flying Robot Ducks For Real

    Duck Hunter Goes Live Action, Lets You Snipe Flying Robot Ducks For Real

    Video games are usually based on real world activities, not the other way around. The new Duck Hunter toy, however, takes the exact gameplay from the classic arcade shooter and brings it to life. With an infrared pistol in your hand and an ornithopter robot duck autonomously flying across the room, the new Duck Hunter lets you recreate the video game in live action.  Instead of a series of ducks flying past your visible range, the lone target takes to [...]

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  • Concrete Tumblers Keep Your Drinks From Spilling, Make For Better Bar Brawl Weapons

    Concrete Tumblers Keep Your Drinks From Spilling, Make For Better Bar Brawl Weapons

    Clumsy with your drinks?  While it may be too late to improve your physical coordination (you’re an old drunk now, so it’s hopeless), it might be possible to help you in other ways.  Specifically, with concrete. We’re not advocating burying you in the construction material (not that it hasn’t crossed my  mind), so don’t run out in horror.  Instead, you might be better off using  Concrete Tumblers, erstwhile regular glasses armed with a rock-solid base. It may not look like [...]

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  • Mini Fit XL Is Laptop Cooler On Crack

    Mini Fit XL Is Laptop Cooler On Crack

    It’s a hazard of even the finest performing laptops and notebooks that they overheat. It’s simply the nature of them, what with having so much performance packed into such a small space. We’ve all heard out notebooks scream at us when we’re running a graphics and CPU intensive online game, three instances of a web browser, a graphics program and watching videos at the same time. That loud almost breathing sound you hear when the built in fan is going [...]

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  • Hero Pulse Rifle Will Scare Aliens, Horrify Wallets

    Hero Pulse Rifle Will Scare Aliens, Horrify Wallets

    When you see a real alien landing in your backyard, what will be your first instinct?  Me, I’d probably pull out a gun and blast it to smithereens.  If that doesn’t work, I’d cock this thing in the extra-terrestrial’s face and hope it saw the movie.  Are you scared yet, inter-planetary visitor? The M14A Pulse Rifle was the weapon of choice for the US Colonial Marines in James Cameron’s Aliens, splattering otherworldly guts like it was nobody’s business.  Unfortunately, this [...]

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  • Wink Glasses Will Make You Blink, Even If You Don’t Want To

    Wink Glasses Will Make You Blink, Even If You Don’t Want To

    Blinking sucks.  One moment you’re keeping a watchful eye for Japanese soldiers on World At War; one blink later, you’re being slaughtered like tomorrow’s sushi. Despite the disastrous downside on your game, blinking is a necessary activity.   Doing it too infrequently can dry out and fatigue the eyes, eventually leading to poor eyesight and other optical problems.  At the end of the day, that just makes you a shittier gamer. Not that it’s entirely your fault. When the eyes are [...]

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  • Cybraphon Robot Plays Music, Obsesses On Social Media

    Cybraphon Robot Plays Music, Obsesses On Social Media

    Building a robot band seems fun.  Making them online attention whores, however, just cranks up the entertainment value.  That’s exactly what we get with the Cybraphon, a hand-crafted musical robot that is cursed with an innate egotistical desire for being famous online. The robot comes with an emotional scale that ranges from Desolation at its lowest point to Delirium at its highest, with a number of other feelings in between.  It sits at the bottom range when no one’s paying [...]

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  • Splitterbot Doubles Your Audio Ports, Quadruples Your Joy

    Splitterbot Doubles Your Audio Ports, Quadruples Your Joy

    Headphone splitters aren’t anything special.  Keep telling yourself that and you might be able to resist the Splitterbot, an impossibly cute accessory that lets you turn that single audio port into two. Clad as a painfully adorable robot, Splitterbot has a removable head that serves as the headphone splitter.  The bottom of the cranium sports a 3.5mm jack which plugs right into the audio port of your favorite music source.  You can then share the tunes between two headphones by [...]

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  • Blofield’s Inflatable Furniture Acts Classy, Appears To Succeed

    Blofield’s Inflatable Furniture Acts Classy, Appears To Succeed

    Inflatable furniture isn’t exactly the classiest thing around.  Dutch company Blofield, however, seems intent on changing that, with their new line of Chesterfield-style chairs and sofas that come complete with a premium price. Instead of the usual playroom and swimming pool uses, the air-pumped furnishings are meant for actual living room installation and has, in fact, earned enthusiastic praise since it debuted in design fairs last year.  According to designer Jeroen van de Kant, the unusual idea took two years [...]

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