• Marubot Football League Puts Real Robots Into Arcade Cabinets, Pits Them Against Each Other

    Marubot Football League Puts Real Robots Into Arcade Cabinets, Pits Them Against Each Other

    Video games are fun.  Having physical robots crush each other’s head, however, is way more entertaining.  While the Marubot Football League isn’t exactly Robot Wars, having four mobile mini-androids tossing balls and making goals across a playing table sounds just as enticing. Is it more fun than foosball?  Given that you control inanimate men on a stick on one versus moving robots with actual faces on the other, there’s no contest.  That’s right, your robot will have a face – [...]

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  • Thermal Laser Weapon Will Help You Keep The Beachfront Free From Nudists

    Thermal Laser Weapon Will Help You Keep The Beachfront Free From Nudists

    A fire hose usually does the trick when trying to keep a small crowd back without putting anyone in serious harm’s way.  However, the whole mess that water creates makes it largely unusable for indoor applications (such as when trying to control a disturbance inside a facility, for instance).  That’s where the Thermal Laser System, which keeps people from moving forward by creating heat sensation within a certain distance, comes in.  Unfortunately, it only works if the people are naked. [...]

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  • Peugeot BB1 Electric Concept Could Very Well Be The Strangest Car Of The Year

    Peugeot BB1 Electric Concept Could Very Well Be The Strangest Car Of The Year

    Last week’s 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show laid witness to plenty of visually-distinctive vehicles.  When it comes to craziness, though, few came as close to the downright insanity of the Peugeot BB1 electric concept car. Named after the famous motorized bikes from the 1960s, the BB1 literally seems like a cross between a scooter and an ultra-compact car, coupled with the most eccentric designs the French can come up with.  Accommodating as many passengers uncomfortably appeared to be the order of [...]

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  • Bamboo Briefcase Claims Better Toughness Than Your Favorite Steel Case

    Bamboo Briefcase Claims Better Toughness Than Your Favorite Steel Case

    I never really got into the whole eco-friendly bamboo thing that’s been a small craze as of late.  That’s why I’m not pissing in excitement about this Bamboo Briefcase, which should actually be a particularly nifty document case, since the whole thing is clad in the ultra-durable and lightweight organic material. Assembled by hand from Moso bamboo panels (right out of Midland Chinese forests), the small suitcase claims a tensile strength of 28,000 lbs per square inch, making it more [...]

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  • Vintage Lighter Cufflinks – Coolest Way To Set Your Arms On Fire

    Vintage Lighter Cufflinks – Coolest Way To Set Your Arms On Fire

    Why bother carrying a separate lighter when you can rock cufflinks that double as one?  That’s obviously what they thought 50 years ago when they started making these Lighter Cufflinks, which let you light a cigar right from the arms of your favorite dress shirt. Is it a good idea to have a live fire right above the surface of your sleeves?  Probably not.  It’s ridiculously cool, though, in an almost James-Bond-cum-Inspector-Gadget kind of way.  Try picturing yourself walking down [...]

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  • Muunto’s Wall-Mounted Modular Storage Systems Look Dazzling, Better Than Permanent Fixtures

    Muunto’s Wall-Mounted Modular Storage Systems Look Dazzling, Better Than Permanent Fixtures

    Shelving and storage fixtures have always made sense as modular setups.  In fact, I’ve been very disappointed with the lack of such options from my local furniture stores.  Europe-based Muunto offers one of the best systems I’ve seen on that end, providing wall-mountable units that you can mix and match to your liking. Using Muunto’s customizable panels,  you can add new shelves, drawers, cabinets, ledges and worktops  (which they refer to as storage accessories) whenever you want, simply inserting them [...]

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  • Coffee For One With The Uber-Stylish WMF1

    Coffee For One With The Uber-Stylish WMF1

    Coffee for one?  Why use a regular coffee machine designed to make several cups when you can cook just the right amount with the Coffee Pad Machine WMF1, a single-serve brewer that pumps out exactly 125ml of coffee every time (provided you put in enough water, of course). Let’s face it.  Coffee cooked three hours ago is just better poured on the drain than down your throat.  It just tastes bad.  Of course, you can always make just one cup [...]

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  • Strukt’s Clever Digital Wallpaper Makes Pedestrian Walls Look Vibrant, Futuristic

    Strukt’s Clever Digital Wallpaper Makes Pedestrian Walls Look Vibrant, Futuristic

    The future of wallpapers may not even be paper.  Given how awesome Strukt’s Digital Wallpaper installation looks (making an erstwhile office space look like a spaceship bridge), there’s a good chance of that happening. Set up at the office space of Büro Hirzberger in Vienna, the actual room is clad in simple black and white stripes.  Multiple projectors mounted to the ceiling beam undistorted images onto the stripes, turning out a unique room aesthetic that look like lighting panels installed [...]

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  • D.I.Y. R-Cade: Make Your Own Arcade Racing Cabinet For $500

    D.I.Y. R-Cade: Make Your Own Arcade Racing Cabinet For $500

    Arcade racing simulators are pricey rigs that few can really afford to install in their homes.  Even low-end cabinets can easily go for ten thousand dollars and that’s before you even slap in a large HD display.  If you really, really want one and can’t handle the exorbitant costs, 0-60 and Electronic Arts have collaborated on a downloadable guide that details instructions on how you can build your own. Tied in with the release of Need For Speed: SHIFT, the [...]

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  • Brando’s 12-Surface IQ Pentagon Claims Magic, Giant And A Few More Exaggerated Adjectives

    Brando’s 12-Surface IQ Pentagon Claims Magic, Giant And A Few More Exaggerated Adjectives

    We get it.  You’re smart.  No need to solve Rubik’s Cube for the 6,000th time to prove it.  I’d like to see you exercise that brain on Brando’s latest toy, however.  Called the….wait for it…. Magic GIANT 12-Surface IQ Pentagon – Fantastic Edition, it’s a lot of name for a lot of puzzle. As the name suggests, the creation takes Rubik’s Cube and makes it ridiculously more complex.  Instead of six sides, you now get twelve different surfaces that require [...]

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  • Obscura CueLight Adds Special Effects To Playing Pool, Makes It Look Like A Video Game

    Obscura CueLight Adds Special Effects To Playing Pool, Makes It Look Like A Video Game

    Luxury has always been a double-edged sword, often teetering in the fine line between indulgence and absurdity.  Same thing here with the Obscura CueLight, a digital installation that makes your regular pool game look like it came straight out of a 3D video game. The Obscura CueLight seen here is only one of two similar systems in the world, set up as part of Esquire’s Ultimate Bachelor Pad promotion.  Apart from the water ripples (as are in the photos), it [...]

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  • Dwarsligger’s New Pocket Book Format Makes You Read Sideways, Actually Fits In Your Jeans

    Dwarsligger’s New Pocket Book Format Makes You Read Sideways, Actually Fits In Your Jeans

    Hey, we’ve all read books the same way since I can remember.  With physical books slowly (but surely) going out of style (you can thank the Kindle for that), the medium sure could use a fresh change.  Dwarsligger’s new books, however, were not what I had in mind. Instead of sporting a two page vertical layout like we’ve been used to, their new volumes are printed horizontally (a style I have seen employed on puzzle books and strip compilations, but [...]

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  • Pet Emergency Evacuation Jacket Gets Your Animal Pals Ready For Crisis Situations

    Pet Emergency Evacuation Jacket Gets Your Animal Pals Ready For Crisis Situations

    Your house is on fire.  Being a calm and collected guy, you keep your wits about you.  You grab your important papers, a few supplies and make your way out of the house, taking your pet chihuahua while you’re on the move.  The pet, however, has other ideas.  Distraught by the situation, she panics, runs away from you and puts herself into even greater danger. As smart as you think your little cat or dog might be, that’s usually how [...]

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  • Robotic Bed Makes Getting Out Of Bed Unnecessary

    Robotic Bed Makes Getting Out Of Bed Unnecessary

    Getting from a bed to a wheelchair (and back) is near-impossible to do without assistance for those with limited mobility.  Sure, there have been a couple of solutions for it, including modified wheelchair designs and patient-carrying machines.  The Panasonic Robotic Bed (yep, they’re calling it a robot) offers an altogether different solution, providing a bed that turns into a wheelchair (and back) at the push of a button. When going into wheelchair mode, a section of the bed detaches from [...]

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  • Brick Construction Shirt Lets You Wear Your LEGOs, Announces Your Geekiness

    Brick Construction Shirt Lets You Wear Your LEGOs, Announces Your Geekiness

    Same shirt, different design.  That’s exactly what you’ll end up rocking every morning with the Brick Construction Shirt, a nifty little outfit that you can deck with your favorite construction blocks of choice. Sporting a baseplate right on the chest area, you can pile on the bricks to form as many awesome figures as you like.  Write messages, build shapes…heck, you can put an entire LEGO castle in there if you want to.  Just remove it the next day, put [...]

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  • Zombie Poster Targets Let You Shoot The Undead In Real Life

    Zombie Poster Targets Let You Shoot The Undead In Real Life

    Love killing zombies in video games?  While you’ll probably never get the chance to shoot the undead in real life (unless someone, somewhere is concocting a zombie virus), you can always settle for the next best thing – shooting at fake zombies with real guns. That’s where these Zombie Poster Targets come in.  Why shoot at another generic silhouette or illustrated criminal target at the range when you can unleash your bullets on brain-eating freaks?  Even better, you can confuse [...]

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  • Precision Urban Hopper Robot Jumps Over Walls, Your Home Is No Longer Safe

    Precision Urban Hopper Robot Jumps Over Walls, Your Home Is No Longer Safe

    Time to raise your fences, boys.  A new robot from Boston Dynamics, harbinger of the apocalypse, can now clear vertical obstacles close to 50 times its size in a single bound.  Called the Precision Urban Hopper, it should easily go over your electrified fences 25 feet and under to kill every human in the house. Developed under funding from Darpa, the leapfrogging robot can drive across normal surfaces like ordinary rovers.  Encountering tall obstacles, however, doesn’t deter it from its [...]

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  • Defy Bags Gives An Answer To Where Dead Billboards Go

    Defy Bags Gives An Answer To Where Dead Billboards Go

    I used to wonder what happens to old vinyl billboards once the advertising run is up.  As it turns out, a good lot of them are handcrafted into spanking hot messenger totes, courtesy of Defy Bags. Used material for your new bags?  It actually makes perfect sense.  Heavy-duty vinyl, such as those used across billboards, are water-resistant, extremely durable and literally take decades to degrade in landfills (hence, the sense of recycling it).  Even better, the second-hand status almost certainly [...]

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  • Electric Tandem Bike Powered By Pedal-Pushing Robot

    Electric Tandem Bike Powered By Pedal-Pushing Robot

    Want to ride a tandem bicycle but can’t find a partner?  That wasn’t exactly the motivation behind Joules, but the pedal-pushing, tandem-biking robot should easily make the grade. According to the creator, who goes by the totally non-anonymous name of Chris, the robotic cyclist was conceived after a challenge was issued by his son, a former bike pro.  The idea was to build an electric tandem that is powered by actually pumping the pedals, pushing the ride both around city [...]

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