• 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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  • Mavizen TTX02 Race Bike Includes A Web Server, Wi-Fi And Linux On Board

    Mavizen TTX02 Race Bike Includes A Web Server, Wi-Fi And Linux On Board

    A laptop on wheels.  That’s what Mavizen is calling their new TTX02 race bike, which comes with an integrated computer on board. Yep, it’s the most computing-friendly bike put together.  Probably the only one ever.  With an operational web server setup running Linux, Wi-Fi and a dedicated IP address, you can literally take your websites with you while you’re hitting the road. Want to boast about having the fastest web server around?  While Wi-Fi ensures you probably won’t get the [...]

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  • Bulldang Configurable Sofa Mimics Intestines, Snakes Into A Variety Of Shapes

    Bulldang Configurable Sofa Mimics Intestines, Snakes Into A Variety Of Shapes

    If you told me that intestines would make a great couch design, I would have laughed in your face. With the Bulldang, though, it all makes sense. Created by Japanese designer Hirihiko Kamiya, the configurable armchair sofa uses a segmented tube that can be tied and bended in any form you fancy. Using one, you get plenty of options in your seating implements, allowing you to deck out your living room in a traditional, creative or downright insane manner. The [...]

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  • Gordon Murray Intros The T.27, Planned To Be The World’s Most Efficient Electric Car

    Gordon Murray Intros The T.27, Planned To Be The World’s Most Efficient Electric Car

    With a name like that, one would naturally expect a new Terminator robot.  Hmmm…not exactly.  Instead, the T.27 is Gordon Murray’s new project, which he believes to be the future of automobiles. For one, it’s bound to be the world’s most efficient electric car.  At least, that’s the plan.  For now, Murray is showing off the petrol version of the ride, with every intent to convert it into full-electric mode over the next 16 months, just in time for the [...]

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  • Listen Through Walls With The Next Room Ear Amplifier

    Listen Through Walls With The Next Room Ear Amplifier

    Got a nasty eavesdropping habit?  Feed it to the hilt with the Next Room Ear Amplifier, which lets you listen covertly to all the conversations going on in the next room. Light and compact, you can carry it around, ready to spy on verbal exchanges wherever you feel the urge.  You use it like a stethoscope, putting the sensor to the wall and the attached buds to your ear, so you can glean all sounds coming from the other side. [...]

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  • Vertical Bed Lets You Sleep Upright In The Middle Of The Street

    Vertical Bed Lets You Sleep Upright In The Middle Of The Street

    Ever tried to sleep while looking like you aren’t?  We’ve all done it at one time or another.  The Vertical Bed takes the pretending to new heights by creating a full contraption that’s supposed to let you sleep comfortably while standing on two feet. If you’ve ever wanted to sleep standing but could never figure out how to do it, this thing could serve as your basic training kit.  Even better, it collapses into a suitcase and assembles in a [...]

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  • Samsung Tango, An Autonomous Vacuum That Cute Chicks Like To Play With In Bed

    Samsung Tango, An Autonomous Vacuum That Cute Chicks Like To Play With In Bed

    Yep, it’s a vacuum cleaner.  On a bed.  With a hot Korean chick wearing a very short skirt.  Questions arise. Why is it in bed?  I have no idea.  But I get the feeling I’ve seen a similar scene in certain type of movie before.  Except the gadget is not a vacuum, but something else. What does it suck in? Excellent question. From what we can tell, dirt – just like every vacuum cleaner known to man.  The look in [...]

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  • Wear Robot Hands With The Knox Handroid Gloves

    Wear Robot Hands With The Knox Handroid Gloves

    Not being a big motocross fan, I rarely pay attention to motorcycle gloves.  Despite that, it’s hard not to notice the Knox Handroid Gloves, a pair of full-track specification hand covers for motorcycle enthusiasts of all inclinations. Why the name?  The futuristic-looking pincher protection looks like a pair of functional robot hands more than anything.  Even if the wildest crotch rocket you ride is a moped, this thing is what you should put on if appearing like a half-man, half-machine [...]

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  • Fender Blackface Hotseat: Amp-Like Stool For Guitarists, Both Real And Fake

    Fender Blackface Hotseat: Amp-Like Stool For Guitarists, Both Real And Fake

    Need a place to store your effects boxes, pedals, cords, strings and other guitar accessories?  Throw it in the amp.  Huh? I mean, that footrest-cum-stool Fender Blackface Hotseat that looks like an actual amp but really isn’t.  Instead, the combination storage bench and equipment case was merely decked out to play a fitting part to your musical inclinations. Sorry, it’s not a functional amp either.  It’s really just furniture.  Except Fender made it, so they recycled their own design and [...]

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  • Prometheus Device Lets You Shoot Flames From Your Hands

    Prometheus Device Lets You Shoot Flames From Your Hands

    This man shoots fire from his hands. Like a mutant or a superhero or a supervillain or an alien, you ask?  Not really.  Actually, like an engineer who created his own awesome fire-breathing contraption. Everett Bradford’s Prometheus Device overloads everyone’s wow meter with his crazy rig, shooting real fire like a hand-mounted flame thrower.  Actually, it is a hand-mounted flame thrower.  The next time you eat steak and it isn’t well done, you can char it on the spot – [...]

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  • Avast! It’s A Pirate Keyboard, Me Matey

    Avast! It’s A Pirate Keyboard, Me Matey

    Real pirate ships don’t have computers onboard.  Or do they?  This customized Pirate Keyboard suggests some clues. Created by designer Bobby Baker, the clever poke at pirates (the seafaring variety, rather than the torrent-monger kind) imagines what a useful personalized keyboard for them will actually look like.  The result is this: six keys that contain all of the ASCII character set that a real pirate will need to type. There’s an exclamation point, a letter R (or as pirates would [...]

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