• Freestyle Brings The Soda Dispenser To The 21st Century

    Freestyle Brings The Soda Dispenser To The 21st Century

    Soda dispensers usually have no more than five or six flavors of drinks. Coca-Cola’s next-gen Freestyle soda fountain, on the other hand, will come with more than one hundred choices. That’s right, you’ll soon get to pick from over 100 sweetened beverages right on one box – and it doesn’t occupy an entire room. Coca-Cola’s PR hounds are billing it as the “fountain of the future” and it’s tough to argue. After all, the only things you have to do [...]

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  • Devotec Solar Sound Speakers Look Like One Sexy Slab Of Brick

    Devotec Solar Sound Speakers Look Like One Sexy Slab Of Brick

    Better portable speakers usually mean harsher power consumption, which makes it problematic for extended playback during outings and other outdoor activities. While it won’t exactly solve the dilemma permanently, Devotec’s Solar Sound Bluetooth Speakers should help you squeeze a little more juice out of the battery. The wireless speakers can take tunes from any Bluetooth-enabled device, including phones, iPods and computers. Alternatively, you can plug the music source in via a 3.5mm jack, if you’d like to cut down the [...]

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  • Okhotsk Blue Draft Is Beer Made From Melted Icebergs

    Okhotsk Blue Draft Is Beer Made From Melted Icebergs

    One of the benefits of global warming and the ice caps melting is that the Japanese get to enjoy really good beer. Why let all that icy water go to waste, after all? The Okhotsk Blue Draft is one of the most unique beers around, counting a couple of unusual ingredients into its mix. Chief among its odd sources is water from melted icebergs that float to the Hokkaido beaches from the Sea of Okhotsk, an area in the Pacific [...]

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  • The Shweeb: Pedal-Powered Monorail Racing

    The Shweeb: Pedal-Powered Monorail Racing

    A “human-powered monorail” sounds like a lot of work.  Set it up as a race, however, with your participants suspended up in the air, and it begins sounding like a lot of fun.  That’s exactly what visitors get with the Shweeb, an amusement park ride out on New Zealand. The Shweeb consists of a series of rails on a set path, with aerodynamic capsules (enough to fit one person) hanging from it.  Each of the carts is fitted with a [...]

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  • Teddy Bear Guns – Now Even A Pacifist Can Pack Heat

    Teddy Bear Guns – Now Even A Pacifist Can Pack Heat

    There is apparently a tradition at Japanese weddings in which small pink teddy bears are thrown at the bride and groom instead of confetti or rice. The Japanese, being the guys who brought the world Godzilla and Mothra , decided that was well ..lame. What on earth can be fun about throwing a little pink stuffed toy? Better idea, fire them out of a gun. Now that’s more like it (ask any seven year old boy.) Unfortunately for the aforementioned [...]

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  • OCZ Sabre Keyboard With Programmable Goodies

    OCZ Sabre Keyboard With Programmable Goodies

    In this day and age of fancy and over the top gadgets,  it’s actually quite refreshing to come across something cool that isn’t quite so space age! This OCZ Sabre Keyboard is pretty much just that – a keyboard. OCZ are a company that manufacture pretty neat peripherals for purchase in the USA and Japan only. This keyboard isn’t just the bog standard keyboard however. It’s USB 2:0 connected with plug and play functionality, compatible with Windows XP and Windows [...]

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  • Coaster Flip-Flops, So Your Drink Doesn’t Fall In The Sand

    Coaster Flip-Flops, So Your Drink Doesn’t Fall In The Sand

    I always knew flip-flops were missing something. I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was. Now I know. This pair of Aperitivo Flip Flops from designer Tommaso Colia fashions the footwear into a usable coaster, fitted with a circular cup holder built onto the surface. That means, when you sit on the sand, you can put it right next to you and use it to keep your beer upright. Basically, it turns erstwhile regular flip-flops into a two-in-one [...]

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  • Meet Flossie, The Motorcycle Terminator’s Present-Day Ancestor

    Meet Flossie, The Motorcycle Terminator’s Present-Day Ancestor

    Remember those motorcycle attack robots chasing after automobile-driving targets on Terminator?  This is their ancestor, Flossie, who tests motorcycles for lubricant company Castrol. Developed exclusively for their testing use, the robot is a self-learning heap of steel, whose sole purpose of existence (right now) is to help Castrol evaluate its products with maximum efficiency.  While Flossie doesn’t actually take the bike on the road, it does manage some things that more self-aware testers probably won’t be able to pull off. [...]

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  • Swiss+Tech Utili-Key XT Fits In Eight Tools In A Key, Makes Swiss Knives Look Large

    Swiss+Tech Utili-Key XT Fits In Eight Tools In A Key, Makes Swiss Knives Look Large

    Let’s face it. As cool as the Swiss Knife is, it’s now too big to share space in our pockets with all the other gadgets we typically carry around. The Swiss+Tech Utili-Key XT offers an attractive replacement, bringing eight indispensable (okay, arguably indispensable) tools at your disposal while measuring only slightly bigger than a regular key. Instead of fold-out tools in a bulky panel for pocketing, the micro-sized stainless steel implement lets you have them occupying a small amount of [...]

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  • Laser Airzooka Adds Pinpoint-Targeting To Face-Blowing Weaponry

    Laser Airzooka Adds Pinpoint-Targeting To Face-Blowing Weaponry

    The Airzooka is a pretty nasty piece of novelty gadgetry on its own, puffing a huge wad of air on unsuspecting victims’ faces.  In case you want to guarantee that it does the job even better, the Laser Airzooka adds laser-point targeting to the mix, ensuring that you hit the exact mark you’ve been aiming for. Created by the same clowns at the iWOOT Armoury (who built the original Airzooka), the new variant continues the valiant tradition of its targeting-less [...]

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  • Scientists Create Universal Mirror, The Exact Opposite Of An Invisibility Cloak

    Scientists Create Universal Mirror, The Exact Opposite Of An Invisibility Cloak

    An invisibility cloak reflects light at the exact opposite direction as its source, basically making it look like there’s nothing in the way between you and the object you’re looking straight at. A universal mirror, on the other hand, is its direct contrary, bouncing light back at the exact same location from where it came. Scientists in Europe and Asia have now been able to produce the latter, a mirror that basically reflects everything back to the same source, regardless [...]

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  • iPill Remedies Your iPod Recording Woes

    iPill Remedies Your iPod Recording Woes

    The iPill may not carry any medicinal value, but it’s probably what the doctor ordered for sound recording on your iPod.  Plug it into your music gadget’s headphone socket and enable monoaural recording on your Nano 4G, Classic 120GB or Touch 2G. Apple, for all the great tech they make, usually fashion pretty nominal accessories, their mics included.   The odd-looking “noise-gatherer” claims to work better, apart from looking like a big slab of antibiotics for whatever you contracted from your [...]

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  • World’s Largest Thesaurus Took 40+ Years To Finish, Set For Release In October

    World’s Largest Thesaurus Took 40+ Years To Finish, Set For Release In October

    The Oxford University Press has announced that it will be publishing the world’s largest thesaurus this autumn. Over forty years in the making, the work is said to encompass nearly the entire vocabulary of the English language. Containing over 230,000 categories with 800,000 definitions, it will be twice the size of the current Roget’s Thesaurus, which means it’s going to be one thick tome. It couldn’t have come at a worse time, considering electronic formats are now slowly being phased [...]

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  • Dark Knight Motorcycle Suit: Now, You Really Can Look Like Batman

    Dark Knight Motorcycle Suit: Now, You Really Can Look Like Batman

    As big of a dork as you might look like wearing a Batman costume in public, you can’t deny the awesomeness behind this official replica from Universal Designs. The Dark Knight Motorcycle Suit seems every bit as authentic as you can get to the film version, making you look like a real-life Bruce Wayne in costume. Wear it with the RIPT Fusion shirt underneath and you’ll look invincible. While it’s difficult to picture a rough-and-tumble biker actually putting this thing [...]

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  • EVGA Interview 1770 Makes For A Great One-On-One Arcade Monitor

    EVGA Interview 1770 Makes For A Great One-On-One Arcade Monitor

    Looking for a more interesting dual monitor setup? Try the EVGA Interview 1770, which fits in two 17-inch LCD panels and combines it with some interesting rotation options that allow it a variety of uses. The ultra-thin LCDs each offer 1440 x 900 resolution, with a 500:1 contrast ratio and 220 cd/m2 of brightness. A single central stand holds both of the two panels, where they can swivel 180 degrees horizontally as well as clamshell in together (to protect the [...]

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  • Order An Off-Road Rally Fighter And Help Build It Too

    Order An Off-Road Rally Fighter And Help Build It Too

    Wareham-based kit-builder Local Motors held a contest several months ago, inviting designers to create a one-off ride for series production.  The wild-looking, Baja-style Rally Fighter won the most number of votes, besting close to 21,000 other aspirants.  Now, those interested in scoring the odd-bodied ride can reserve one of 3,000 units scheduled to be made with a $99 deposit. Here’s the cool thing about the off-roader. You get to sit in and lend a hand as Local Motors builds your [...]

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  • EXOvault Aluminum iPhone Case

    EXOvault Aluminum iPhone Case

    When you spend as much on your cell phone as you might spend on a week’s vacation away somewhere, you probably want to protect it. Ok, so insurance policies will cover you for most nasty accidents and carelessness, but simply for convenience, most of us would rather not damage our overly expensive cell phone handsets, right? (And I don’t think any AT&T is offering insurance on iPhone anyway). Well the EXOvault case is certainly heavy duty, if nothing else. These [...]

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  • Fish Hotel: Vacation Destination For Your Gilled Pets

    Fish Hotel: Vacation Destination For Your Gilled Pets

    Fish can survive long durations without food.  They have water, after all (just kidding).  But, seriously, leaving your swimming pets to fend for themselves even for just a week isn’t that great of an idea.  That’s the motivation behind the world’s first Fish Hotel, a large aquarium where you can bring your beloved water creatures before jettisoning out to live your vagabond lifestyle. Located at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, the one-of-a-kind pet lodging is pioneered by the D-reizen Travel Agency, presumably, [...]

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  • Life Gems: Cool Or Not, I’ll Leave It Up To You

    Life Gems: Cool Or Not, I’ll Leave It Up To You

    I have yet to decide whether Life Gems are cool or just plain creepy. One look at their website and the spectacular jewelry takes your breath away. Beautiful lab created diamonds, in all colors of the rainbow, cut in all kinds of intricate shapes and mounted on rings, necklaces and bracelets. Now make note of that phrase, lab created. It is perfectly possible to replicate real diamonds in a laboratory; GE perfected the practice way back in the 1950’s. Life [...]

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