• Fossil Tiles Use Childish Hand-Drawn Lines To Create The Effect Of Prehistoric Remains

    Fossil Tiles Use Childish Hand-Drawn Lines To Create The Effect Of Prehistoric Remains

    These Fossil Tiles were intended to mimic the appearance of the preserved imprints of animals and plants from prehistoric times.  And when viewed from afar, they do look like that.  Up close, though, they reveal a more childish, playful design, with what appears to be hand-drawn lines doodled in varying patterns across each tile. Rather than mark each tile with imprinted remains of an easily discernible organism, they covered the entirety of each panel with the kind of patterns you [...]

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  • World’s Thinnest Electric Generator Is Two-Dimensional, Transparent, And Very Bendable

    World’s Thinnest Electric Generator Is Two-Dimensional, Transparent, And Very Bendable

    The mechanical generation of electricity has previously been predicted on molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), an anatomically-thin material that’s transparent, lightweight, and highly bendable.  However, it hasn’t been produced in an actual lab setting.  Until now, that is, with Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology developing the world’s thinnest electric generator. On the report published in the journal Nature, the team demonstrate the piezoelectric effect in the two-dimensional material, making it the thinnest object in the world to [...]

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  • Ryobi Phone Works Collection Turns Your Smartphone Into A Bona Fide Job Site Tool

    Ryobi Phone Works Collection Turns Your Smartphone Into A Bona Fide Job Site Tool

    Looking for an excuse to bring your smartphone to the construction site, so you can play some Geometry Dash when you need a quick break?  Look no further than the Ryobi Phone Works, a set of eight on-site tools that are designed to work with a tethered smartphone app. No, you won’t be digging ditches or welding steel beams using your smartphone any time soon.  Instead, these are devices that can actually take advantage of the mini-computer-in-your-pocket’s awesome processing powers. [...]

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  • Pi-Top Kit Lets You DIY A Raspberry Pi Laptop

    Pi-Top Kit Lets You DIY A Raspberry Pi Laptop

    Sure, the Raspberry Pi is a severely underpowered mini-computer, but who says we have to keep using them to build tiny computers?  Not the guys behind the Pi-Top, a kit that lets you build a 13-inch laptop using the credit card-sized rig. Aimed at individuals keen on learning some basics about building electronics, the kit lets you put together a functioning laptop.  As in, a full-fledged, albeit underpowered, Linux computer that you can drop in a laptop bag for taking [...]

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  • Every Evil Feline Deserves Her Own Cat Cave

    Every Evil Feline Deserves Her Own Cat Cave

    It’s way too easy to find pictures and videos of cats being absolute jerks, which is why I’ve always believed that cats will make the perfect supervillains of the animal kingdom.  Now, those supervillain cats can have the matching headquarters to fit their evil-mongering lifestyle: the Cat Cave. A dome-shaped cat house, it comes adorned with matching cat ears on top, so everyone can know this is where the baddest, meanest, jerkiest animal in the house lays her head.  Whether [...]

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  • These Tony Hawk Circuit Boards Are The RC Fingerboards You Never Knew You Wanted

    These Tony Hawk Circuit Boards Are The RC Fingerboards You Never Knew You Wanted

    It was a long time ago when you came to terms with the fact that you sucked at doing tricks on a skateboard.  Being a frustrated skater, you turned your attention to fingerboarding.  Except you’re so clumsy, you sucked at that, too.  Don’t worry, it’s not time to give up yet.  If you’re any good at mashing buttons and moving joysticks, these new Tony Hawk Circuit Boards might just be the thing to get you over the hump.  And, yes, [...]

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  • ASUS ZenWatch: Wow, These Smartwatches Are Starting To Look Really Good

    ASUS ZenWatch: Wow, These Smartwatches Are Starting To Look Really Good

    Sorry, Apple, the Moto 360 is still the prettiest-looking smartwatch we’ve seen.  Just when we were willing to concede that the Apple Watch deserved second spot, though, this gorgeous ASUS ZenWatch showed up to make it an even tougher call.  Yeah, this thing looks sweet. Running Android Wear, it can do all the things other smartwatches using Google’s wearable platform can do, all while looking way less geeky than the limited choices currently in the market.  Seriously, it looks like [...]

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  • Help, My Wife Is Drawing With Sharpies On My Car! Oh Wait, It Looks Good

    Help, My Wife Is Drawing With Sharpies On My Car! Oh Wait, It Looks Good

    When Collen Kelton moved to Japan, he did what any car enthusiast would do: he got a pre-owned Nissan GT-R to trick out.  Except he didn’t like the color, so he told his artist wife, Allison, to draw over some scratches on the front bumper for fun before he gave it a fresh paint job.   Turns out, Allison enjoyed drawing on the car a little too much, so she covered up way more than scratches, which Collen didn’t mind since [...]

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  • Pioneer Rearview Mirror Telematics Unit: Your Rearview Mirror Is Now A Connected Infotainment System

    Pioneer Rearview Mirror Telematics Unit: Your Rearview Mirror Is Now A Connected Infotainment System

    Today’s current connected car tech is pretty amazing, especially with Carplay and Android Auto on the way.  Which makes it heartbreaking when you have an older model that runs perfectly fine, but doesn’t have any of those modern bells and whistles.  If you’re in Japan, Pioneer might have you covered with their Rearview Mirror Telematics Unit, an aftermarket replacement that turns the rearview mirror into a connected display panel. At first glance, it looks like any regular rearview mirror that [...]

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  • Ferrari F60 America Revives Classic Roadster Styling

    Ferrari F60 America Revives Classic Roadster Styling

    Brutality over beauty: that seems to be the direction for most modern supercar design, with their aggressive lines, menacing stances, and scary levels of power.  That’s why the Ferrari F60 America feels so refreshing, with its elegant design that’s simply brimming with style and class.  Simply put, this isn’t your ordinary supercar. A limited edition car for the US market, it’s an open-top roadster based partly on the automaker’s F12 Berlinetta.  Don’t worry, it’s not just a souped-up version with [...]

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  • Bosch Wireless Charging System Brings Induction Technology To Power Tools

    Bosch Wireless Charging System Brings Induction Technology To Power Tools

    Induction charging has made topping up your gadgets just a little more convenient than traditional means.  Bosch is hoping the same convenience will translate when it comes to power tools, as well, rolling out the new Bosch Wireless Charging System. A market first, the system consists of a special battery module that’s compatible with all of the company’s existing 18-volt cordless tools and an induction charging station.  Just use it in place of traditional batteries and enjoy the convenience of [...]

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  • Avo Is A Self-Cleaning, Hassle-Free Tropical Fish Aquarium

    Avo Is A Self-Cleaning, Hassle-Free Tropical Fish Aquarium

    Having an aquarium teeming with fish is awesome.  Keeping up with the regular maintenance of a fish tank to ensure it stays clean, on the other hand, is a whole other matter entirely.  The Avo Self-Cleaning Aquarium changes that. A hassle-free tank for tropical fish, it removes much of the work that regularly come as part of keeping an aquarium.  Weekly water changes?  No more.  Changing the filter?  Forget about changing it, you don’t even need to clean it.  Scraping [...]

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  • TJ Volonis Makes Copper Tubing Furniture That Aren’t Just Functional, They Look Amazing, Too

    TJ Volonis Makes Copper Tubing Furniture That Aren’t Just Functional, They Look Amazing, Too

    Using copper tubing to build furniture may sound like a bad idea from both a functional and an aesthetic perspective.  Seeing what TJ Volonis did with this collection of Copper Furniture, however, definitely proves otherwise. Consisting of tables, chairs, benches, and shelves, every piece in the collection uses creatively-arranged copper tubing for the frame, turning out contemporary furniture items that look very much like intricate metal sculptures.   Seriously, these look as fit for a gallery as they would inside a [...]

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  • This New Lithium-Ion Battery Will Warn You When It’s About To Explode

    This New Lithium-Ion Battery Will Warn You When It’s About To Explode

    Sometimes, batteries explode.  Sure, it occurs rarely enough that we don’t have to use our phones in fear, but the off-chance that it happens can certainly be disastrous.  A new battery design developed by Stanford University scientists can help eliminate those risks by giving users ample warning as soon as it detects the malfunction that causes overheating and explosion. Described as “an early-warning system that saves lives and property,” the new technology is meant to serve as a security reinforcement [...]

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  • Cucumbo Turns Boring Cucumbers Into Vegetable Slinkies

    Cucumbo Turns Boring Cucumbers Into Vegetable Slinkies

    Similar to potato spiral cutters, the Cucumbo lets you turn cucumbers into a spiraling, coiling vegetable.  Unlike most spiral cutters, it’s just the size of a large bolt, making it both easy to use and convenient to store. Designed for use with cucumbers and zucchinis (or other vegetables with the same size and hardness), this kitchen tool lets you turn erstwhile boring vegetables you’ll either chop up into discs or dice up into tiny bits into a fun looking coil.  [...]

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  • Want To Build A PC With 22 Hard Drives?  Now You Can With The ASRock X99 Extreme11

    Want To Build A PC With 22 Hard Drives? Now You Can With The ASRock X99 Extreme11

    Whatever weird, specific requirements you have for the next PC you’re building, chances are, there’s a part in the market that can accommodate even your most inane ideas.  Yes, even if that idea involved housing 22 different drives inside a single PC case.  If that’s what your heart dictates, simply include this ASRock X99 Extreme11 in the next month’s shopping list and you’ll be set. That’s right, a whopping 22 drives on a single board.  We’re not sure what kind [...]

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  • 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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