• This New Bionic Sensing Hand Can Touch Objects And Feel Their Texture

    This New Bionic Sensing Hand Can Touch Objects And Feel Their Texture

    Robotic prosthetic hands allow amputees to gain back some of the functions that go away with the loss of their hands.  You know, like holding a sandwich or hitting buttons on your mini-arcade.  But they’re still robotic limbs, so you can’t exactly “feel” your way through.  Instead, you’ll have to look intently and make sure the hand is moving in a correct manner the entire time.  That could soon change with this bionic sensing hand, which allows people using them [...]

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  • This Decorative Milo Lamp Can Double As A Greenhouse For Your Flowering Plants

    This Decorative Milo Lamp Can Double As A Greenhouse For Your Flowering Plants

    We’re not entirely sure whether the Milo should be classified as a lamp, a display case, or a mini-greenhouse.  It’s a bit of all three.  Place this on a table somewhere in the house and instantly add decorative portable lighting that you can customize with your own favorite potted plants. Made by Lightovo, it’s described as an “interior glass lampshade” designed to showcase an object placed inside the transparent container.  They recommend using it to draw attention to your favorite [...]

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  • PullClean Just Put A Sanitizer Dispenser On Your Door Handle, So You Have No Excuse Not To Clean Your Dirty Hands

    PullClean Just Put A Sanitizer Dispenser On Your Door Handle, So You Have No Excuse Not To Clean Your Dirty Hands

    Hospitals always creeped me out when I was a kid.  I imagined it teeming with all manners of viruses and contaminants.  Turns out, my childhood concerns weren’t exactly misguided, as Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI), the term for receiving infections from the hospital itself, is actually a very real problem.  While nothing beats the vigilance of hospital staff and a proper infection control system in place, a new product called PullClean seeks to eliminate some of the dangers. A door handle [...]

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  • VR For The Masses: Zeiss VR One Is A $99 Smartphone-Based VR Headset

    VR For The Masses: Zeiss VR One Is A $99 Smartphone-Based VR Headset

    Based on feedback from everyone who’s played around with the Oculus Rift, it might indeed be the future of VR.  Or it might also be Sony and their upcoming Project Morpheus, which we’ve been hearing huge things about.  But that’s the future.  For the next year or so, VR might very well belong to the Gear VR and the Google VR Headsets of the world.  Well, here’s another one of the lot: the Carl Zeiss VR One. Yes, that Carl [...]

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  • This Slice&Sharpen Cutting Board Houses A Built-In Knife Sharpener

    This Slice&Sharpen Cutting Board Houses A Built-In Knife Sharpener

    It’s easy enough to reach for the knife sharpener when you’re slicing up meat and realize it’s gotten a little too dull for comfort.  Until you realize the knife sharpener isn’t actually in the second drawer like you remember.  In fact, you can’t even find it anymore.  Yeah, that sucks.  If you had a Slice&Sharpen, your blade sharpening tool will never be too far away. Made by Joseph Joseph, it’s an erstwhile plastic cutting board with an integrated ceramic facility [...]

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  • Tesla Model S P85D Packs Dual Motors, AWD, And A 3.2-Second 0 To 60 Time

    Tesla Model S P85D Packs Dual Motors, AWD, And A 3.2-Second 0 To 60 Time

    Contrary to what some had hoped, Tesla’s new car isn’t a next-generation model.  Instead, it’s a souped-up version of the current Model S.  Called the Tesla Model S P85D, the new vehicle is designed to match, if not surpass, what the current crop of luxury cars can do. It comes with a new 691-horsepower dual-motor setup: the same 470-horsepower from the standard P85 in the back and a smaller 221-horsepower unit out in front.  Combined, they manage to put out [...]

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  • REK Expanding Coffee Table Can More Than Double In Size When Needed

    REK Expanding Coffee Table Can More Than Double In Size When Needed

    You don’t want a large coffee table creating an obstruction in the living room.  At the same time, there are days when you would like a little more tabletop space for everything you got going on.  Basically, you want the best of both worlds like an entitled brat and the REK is here to attend to your unreasonable whims. Designed by Reinier de Jong, it’s an expandable coffee table.  When you just want a compact coffee table to hold a [...]

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  • Generate Free Power From Your Walks And Runs With Ampy

    Generate Free Power From Your Walks And Runs With Ampy

    Capturing the kinetic energy of everyday, walking movements isn’t exactly a novel undertaking.  So far, though, we have yet to see a viable commercial product capable of mainstream appeal.  The Ampy is hoping it has the right formula to make that happen. A small device about half the size of a smartphone, it can be strapped to the arm, leg, or hip, where it will generate energy using nothing but the wearer’s succeeding movements.  If you’d rather not wear it [...]

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  • Evo Utility Bike Uses A Plug And Play Accessory System To Quickly Equip For Different Functions

    Evo Utility Bike Uses A Plug And Play Accessory System To Quickly Equip For Different Functions

    When you start using a bicycle for more than just morning exercise and short-distance commutes, you’re going to need to rig it with some accessories to accommodate your different needs.  Problem is, most add-ons are mounted semi-permanently, so it probably won’t take long before the bike begins to look like the storage-crazy Camioncyclette we saw a while back.  That won’t be a problem with the Evo Utility Bike. An entry to Oregon Manifest’s Bike Design Competition, it’s a modular bicycle [...]

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  • HTC RE Is Hands-Down The Goofiest-Looking Action Cam Ever

    HTC RE Is Hands-Down The Goofiest-Looking Action Cam Ever

    We’re not exactly sure what inspired the design of the HTC RE, the Taiwanese company’s newly-announced entry into the action camera market.   Whether it’s a periscope, an asthma inhaler, or some other object, it’s definitely a unique take.  Sorry, Polaroid Cube, someone just did you one better in the “cute and just a bit goofy” department. But why does it look like that?  We’re guessing so you can easily hold the camera by hand in a way that would require [...]

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  • Orwell Combines Sofa, Bed, And Your Very Own Private Fort

    Orwell Combines Sofa, Bed, And Your Very Own Private Fort

    When it comes to outfitting a small house, combing functions in a single piece of furniture can do a lot to maximize the living space.   That’s why we’re huge fans of products like the Murphy Sofa Float and the Story All-In-One.  The Orwell is another one of these multifunction furniture pieces, giving you a sofa, a bed, and a veritable bedroom in one. Designed by Goula Figuera, the hybrid furnishing is, basically, a sofa that’s covered with high walls on [...]

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  • This Spray-On Bandage Will Emit Light To Signal Healing

    This Spray-On Bandage Will Emit Light To Signal Healing

    Putting a Bacon Band-Aid or some other bandage on an open wound is a great way to keep it covered up from potential agents of infection.  But it’s no help when trying to ascertain how well the wound is actually healing.  A new type of spray-on bandage, however, comes with a built-in feature that can give people some clues. Developed by Professor Conor Evans of Harvard Medical School, the bandage can measure the level of tissue oxygenation in the wound, [...]

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  • Minipresso Just Might Be The Most Compact Manual Espresso Maker You’ll Ever Find

    Minipresso Just Might Be The Most Compact Manual Espresso Maker You’ll Ever Find

    We’ve seen plenty of portable devices that let you make fine espresso on the go, including contraptions like the Handpresso, the GSI Outdoors Mini Espresso Maker, and the Presso.  The Minipresso, however, just may be the most outdoor-friendly of the bunch, requiring no power to work while sporting very compact dimensions. Shaped like a small travel bottle, it measures just 6.95 inches long and weighs a mere 0.8 pounds, making it absolutely hassle-free to cram in a corner of a [...]

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  • Panasonic CG-320 Is A Tiny Rechargeable Battery That Will Power Future Wearables

    Panasonic CG-320 Is A Tiny Rechargeable Battery That Will Power Future Wearables

    This tiny pin could be the battery in your next wearable gadget.  At least, that’s what Panasonic is hoping for with their new CG-320 battery, a tiny pin-shaped rechargeable battery built to target the growing wearables market. Measuring just 20mm long and 3.5mm in diameter, it’s about 1/20th the size of AAA batteries, making it ideal for use in small electronics like smartwatches, fitness bands, and smart glasses.  With its compact size and low weight, the battery modules are expected [...]

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  • Fold These Poligon Metal Sheets And Watch Them Turn Into Beautiful Animal Sculptures

    Fold These Poligon Metal Sheets And Watch Them Turn Into Beautiful Animal Sculptures

    Similar to foldable paper toy models, Poligon is a pre-designed sheet that you can fold and attach together to create a 3D sculpture.  Unlike them, however, it uses metal for the sheets, allowing you to create durable, hardwearing sculptures that look like laboriously-produced art pieces. Don’t worry, you won’t need superhuman strength to fold the metal sheets.  Instead, each one comes pre-lined, with each line chemically etched, so they can be folded just as easily as a relatively slim piece [...]

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  • This Rainy Pot Self-Watering Planter Is Impossibly Cute

    This Rainy Pot Self-Watering Planter Is Impossibly Cute

    Like all self-watering planters, the Rainy Pot will trickle small amounts of liquid to your plant to keep it properly nourished.  Unlike them, it’s so impossibly cute you’ll probably want to keep it around even after you get bored with indoor gardening altogether. Designed by Seungbin Jeong of Daily Life Lab, it’s a wall-mounted planter with a pot at the bottom and a cloud on top.  Yes, a cloud.   Put your plant on the pot, fill up the cloud with [...]

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  • RoomAlive Turns Any Room Into A Video Game World

    RoomAlive Turns Any Room Into A Video Game World

    Sure, you can slip on a pair of VR glasses to transport yourself into another world.  But why bother when you can turn whatever room you’re in into another world all by itself?  That’s what happens with RoomAlive, an interactive gaming platform created by Microsoft Research. Pairing an Xbox Kinect with projection mapping, the system, essentially, pulls the display out of your TV and beams it all over the room’s walls.  Whether the game involves piloting a space-faring battleship, waging [...]

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  • Gene Mutation Lets This Worm Eat All The Sugar It Wants And Not Gain Weight

    Gene Mutation Lets This Worm Eat All The Sugar It Wants And Not Gain Weight

    Imagine: eating all the Snickers, Reese’s, and M&Ms you want without ever gaining weight.  Heck, you can eat this entire Gummi Chandelier and you’ll still be fine. A new study suggests it’s possible.  The catch?  You need a genetic mutation to accomplish such a state. A worm known as Caenorhabditis elegans was the subject of a series of experiments from a team led by Sean Curran of the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the Keck School of Medicine of USC.  [...]

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  • Make Movie Night More Enjoyable With This Kernel-Separating Popcorn Bowl

    Make Movie Night More Enjoyable With This Kernel-Separating Popcorn Bowl

    Popping an entire bag of popcorn is all but impossible.  Chances are, you’ll always have a handful of unpopped kernels on that bucket, ready to annoy as you accidentally bite on them while trying to enjoy a movie from your Netflix queue.  We’ve, pretty much, accepted it as a permanent wrinkle when enjoying our favorite movie time snack.  Turns out, that doesn’t have to be the case if you eat using a Popcorn Bowl. Designed by ceramicist Catherine Smith, it’s [...]

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  • Viewing Wide Excel Spreadsheets Will Be A Breeze On LG’s 34-Inch Curved Ultrawide Monitor

    Viewing Wide Excel Spreadsheets Will Be A Breeze On LG’s 34-Inch Curved Ultrawide Monitor

    Curved TVs don’t work for a lot of people, mostly because you tend to watch TV with the rest of the people in the household.  For monitors, though, curved panels do make a lot of sense, since you’ll be staring at it all by yourself for an overwhelming majority of the time.  And while I’m not sure if my wallet is ready to fork out cash for one, this LG 34-Inch Curved Ultrawide Monitor is definitely sweet-talking its way into [...]

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  • Darma Is The World’s First Inactivity Tracker… Wait, What?

    Darma Is The World’s First Inactivity Tracker… Wait, What?

    Many of the best office chairs are designed to encourage movement while you’re sitting, using adjustable position, tension, and cushioning to keep people active even while they spend the whole day cooped up in a cubicle.   But how do you know you’re really moving enough to offset the potential problems of a sedentary life?  Simple fact is, you don’t.  That’s the problem Darma is meant to solve. Described as “the world’s first inactivity tracker,” it’s a smart cushion that lays [...]

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  • Kahiko Table: Yes, This Is What A $100,000 Table Looks Like

    Kahiko Table: Yes, This Is What A $100,000 Table Looks Like

    Yes, a $100,000 price tag for a table is absolutely preposterous.  But the Kahiko Table is made from materials that are just as absolutely preposterous, so every cent of that asking price is probably well deserved. The base?  It’s made from a composite of engineered wood and carbon fiber, with a unique geometric shape that looks like it will be right at home as part of a sculpture as it will be in your mansion’s dining room.  The centerpiece, though, [...]

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  • Laser Collar Pet Toy Is The Modern Dangling Carrot That Will Keep Your Pet Busy for Hours

    Laser Collar Pet Toy Is The Modern Dangling Carrot That Will Keep Your Pet Busy for Hours

    We can’t say it often enough: lasers make everything better.  Even pets.  To prove that point, just look at this Laser Collar Pet Toy, a simple laser pointer that will keep your pet busy playing on his own for hours on end. Everyone’s familiar with just how much dogs and cats enjoy chasing after the light on a laser pointer.  Only problem is, you had to hold the laser pointer and keep moving it around – not exactly the best [...]

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  • Curl Up In Bed Right Next To This Greasy Giant Sausage Pillow

    Curl Up In Bed Right Next To This Greasy Giant Sausage Pillow

    There’s no shortage of pillows that look like food.  From candy bars to bananas to hotdogs, they exist.  But, darn it, if this Sausage Pillow isn’t the most realistic-looking hunk of greasy meat that’s actually just a cloth bag filled with stuffing ever made.  It looks positively delicious. Made by Beloved Shirts, this thing genuinely looks like it belongs in a plate, rather than a bed.  Except it’s sized like a real bolster pillow, so we doubt there’s a real [...]

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  • These Beautiful Coastal Quilts Make For The Perfect Pirate Blanket

    These Beautiful Coastal Quilts Make For The Perfect Pirate Blanket

    If seafaring pirates ever made their own blankets (instead of just plundering the nicest one they can find), we’re guessing it will look like something like these Coastal Quilts, each of which come adorned with a map of the shoreline of a beautiful coastal city.  Except instead of the places featured in this collection, it will probably be ornamented with layouts of the places where they took the most plunder.  Which, admittedly, would have been more awesome. Made by Haptic [...]

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  • Ghost Gunner CNC Mill Lets You Build Unserialized, Untraceable AR-15 Rifles From Scratch

    Ghost Gunner CNC Mill Lets You Build Unserialized, Untraceable AR-15 Rifles From Scratch

    We’re not really sure if it’s a good idea or a terrible one, but someone just made it possible to build your own untraceable, unregistered semi-automatic rifles at home.  Called the Ghost Gunner, it’s a desktop CNC Mill that’s dedicated to nothing else but producing the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle. To the unfamiliar, the lower receiver connects the stock, barrel, and other parts of the AR-15 together, making it the essential component in building the firearm.  As such, [...]

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  • Replace All Your Candles With Playbulb

    Replace All Your Candles With Playbulb

    Candles are great for setting the mood in a room.  Like everything else we’ve been using for a long time, though, it’s terribly inefficient.  With the advent of modern smart lighting, it’s high time we get a suitable replacement for the old ball of wax with a wick in the middle.  That’s exactly what Playbulb represents. Made by Mipow, it’s a small LED-based lamp in the shape reminiscent of a tealight holder.  That way, it still looks like a candle, [...]

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