• 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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  • Levitron Levitates Your Cocktails So You Can Lick Them Out Of Mid-Air

    Levitron Levitates Your Cocktails So You Can Lick Them Out Of Mid-Air

    What if, instead of sipping your rum and coke from a glass, the cocktail itself can float so you can simply slurp it out of the air?  That’s the idea behind the Levitron Cocktail Machine, an ultrasonic levitator that sends small drops of alcohol into a floating state. Created by Bristol entrepreneur Charlie Francis (the same guy behind that wonderful Glow in the Dark Ice Cream) and Bristol University professor Bruce Drinkwater, the machine produces supersonic sound waves that create [...]

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  • Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Hybrid Supercar Hits 0 To 60 In 3 Seconds

    Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Hybrid Supercar Hits 0 To 60 In 3 Seconds

    Because hybrids, electric cars, and other alternative fuel automobiles will probably define the future of motoring, we’re increasingly seeing high-end automakers get in on the action.  This time around, it’s Lambo’s turn to show off what they’ve been working on and it’s a doozy: the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4, a 910-horsepower plug-in hybrid. Rather than be named after a bull like traditional Lambos, this one lifts its moniker from a Minotaur, the mythological half-man/half-bull hybrid.  Cute.  Hopefully, this car, which [...]

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  • Autothysis SSD: This Hard Drive Has A Self-Destruct Sequence You Can Trigger With A Text Message

    Autothysis SSD: This Hard Drive Has A Self-Destruct Sequence You Can Trigger With A Text Message

    Losing a hard drive full of personal stuff will probably leave you upset.  Losing one filled with confidential world domination plans (or sensitive corporate data), on the other hand, will probably leave you paranoid as heck.  If you’re handling more of that latter type of content, stop using regular hard drives and keep them in an Autothysis SSD, instead. Made by SecureDrives, you can install it in an open drive bay on your laptop or desktop, as well as put [...]

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  • Blackout Buddy H20 Emergency Lamp Runs On Water

    Blackout Buddy H20 Emergency Lamp Runs On Water

    Stocking up on supplies for a potential apocalypse future (or just a run of the mill catastrophe) is always a good idea.  If you’re going to throw in some emergency lamps in there, then you have to make sure it’s one that’s going to light up when you actually need it.  That’s the preparedness the Blackout Buddy H20 is designed to provide. Unlike conventional emergency lamps and flashlights, it doesn’t use batteries that, due to their limited shelf life, can [...]

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  • This Family Tree Charts How Dinosaurs Turned Into Modern Birds

    This Family Tree Charts How Dinosaurs Turned Into Modern Birds

    A study recently published in the journal Current Biology included the above family tree, which shows the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and modern birds.  Basically, a long and gradual evolution from the mighty T-Rex and its kin eventually gave birth to the winged creatures you hunted with a slingshot every summer when you were a kid. Conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Swarthmore College, the study looked closely at the evolutionary links between ancient [...]

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  • Build Smartwatches And Other Wearable Gadgets With TinyScreen

    Build Smartwatches And Other Wearable Gadgets With TinyScreen

    When building your own electronic devices, whether for a personal project or a product prototype, the size of your screen usually dictates how big the device ends up being.  And when it comes to building wearables, small displays are key.  That’s exactly what TinyScreen brings to your electronic toolset. Designed for electronics makers and tinkerers, it’s a thumb-sized screen that measures a hair just under one inch diagonally.  The small size makes it ideal for integrating into lightweight wearable gadgets, [...]

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  • Check Out Industrial Designer Irving Harper’s Beautiful Papercraft Sculptures

    Check Out Industrial Designer Irving Harper’s Beautiful Papercraft Sculptures

    Design fans will probably be familiar with Irving Harper as the right-hand man to George Nelson, design director of the famed Herman Miller firm.  Last year, the world got to know him even better with the release of the book, “Irving Harper: Works on Paper,” which chronicled the industrial designer’s paper sculptures, a side of his life previously unknown to many.  This year, fans can see those sculptures up close at a new exhibition called “Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind [...]

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  • Build A Mini-City Of Gifts With The Skyline Wrapping Paper

    Build A Mini-City Of Gifts With The Skyline Wrapping Paper

    Whether it’s for Christmas, weddings, or any other occasion, I hate wrapping up gifts.  I’m horrible at it, they’ll tear it open anyway, and I’m really horrible at it.  Seeing this Skyline Gift Wrap, however, makes me want to get good at gift wrapping.  Seriously, I’m excited about wrapping up tons of gifts for the first time. Made by Suck UK, it’s erstwhile regular wrapping paper, the same kind you can get from any gift shop for making your crappy [...]

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  • Level Up Your Home Monitoring With Notion

    Level Up Your Home Monitoring With Notion

    We’re still a long way from finding the limits of what we can do with smart homes.  Surely, though, we’re getting there, especially with new products that deliver more advanced functionality than ever.  For instance, this new monitoring system called Notion, which opens up a whole load of possibilities for keeping tabs on everything that goes on around the house. Described as a “home intelligence system,” you can probably think of it as the next generation of home security.  More [...]

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  • Celebrate The Birth Of The Start Menu With This Windows 95 Backpack

    Celebrate The Birth Of The Start Menu With This Windows 95 Backpack

    Are you one of the people who expressed your excessively strong opinions about the lack of a Start bar in Windows 8 at any website where you can unleash an angry rant?   Are you one of those people who felt proper retribution when Microsoft backtracked and revived the Start Menu for the upcoming Windows 10?   Celebrate the momentous occasion with this homage to the operating system that debuted the desktop navigation staple that can’t be killed: the Windows 95 Backpack. [...]

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  • Kawasaki Ninja H2R Pushes The Superbike Envelope With 300 Horsepower

    Kawasaki Ninja H2R Pushes The Superbike Envelope With 300 Horsepower

    If excessive horsepower got motorcycles drunk, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R will die of an alcohol overdose before it even travels 100 miles.  Forget drinking a case of beer, this is like gobbling an entire truck, while downing whiskey shots on the side. Powered by a supercharged 998cc four-cylinder engine, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R boasts a whopping 300 horsepower.  For perspective, that’s 50% more power than the beastly Ducati 1199 Panigale R and Ducati 1199 Superleggera, both of which put out [...]

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  • These Space Keys Let You Carry A Lightsaber In Your Pocket

    These Space Keys Let You Carry A Lightsaber In Your Pocket

    Lightsabers are awesome.  You can use them to slay enemy Siths, deflect blaster bolts, and cut through most any substance with little resistance.  Now, you can use the vaunted energy blades to open your doors, too, with these lightsaber-themed Space Keys. No these aren’t keychains.  Instead, they’re actual key blanks that you can take to the locksmith to turn into a replacement for all the other lame keys in your Keysquare.  Well, most of them, anyway — make sure to [...]

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  • Camou Is The Cowboy Chair The Wild West Missed Out On

    Camou Is The Cowboy Chair The Wild West Missed Out On

    Modern cowboys don’t spend all their days on a horse in the field anymore.  They actually come inside the house, sit on a desk, and post pictures of the calf they corralled this morning on Facebook, too.  At least, that’s what I imagine they do (I actually have no idea).  But the Camou should definitely be the chair they sit on while doing all that. Designed by Christian Sjöström, it’s a chair that’s shaped like a saddle on a horse.  [...]

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  • Finally, A Valid Reason To Keep Nukes Around: Giant Asteroids

    Finally, A Valid Reason To Keep Nukes Around: Giant Asteroids

    Thanks to a variety of disarmament treaties, the US has been steadily decreasing their stockpile of nuclear weapons, with a good chunk of the retired inventory expected to be fully dismantled by 2022.  A recent review from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), however, revealed that the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) has been slacking at getting rid of a handful of nukes.  Their reason?  Giant asteroids. According to the NNSA, they’re keeping the specific nukes around “for potential use in [...]

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  • 2015 Ducati Scrambler Revives 70s Styling And Riding Simplicity

    2015 Ducati Scrambler Revives 70s Styling And Riding Simplicity

    Retro motorcycles, circa 60s and 70s, are the new hip.  All the cool kids are riding them to their favorite hipster haunts.  And while Ducati is best known these days for cranking out superbikes, who says they can’t make a kickass retro rider, too?  That’s exactly what we’re getting with the 2015 Ducati Scrambler. Described as “a return to the pure essence of motorcycling,” the new bike is a showcase of classic design: wide handlebars, a long seat, upright riding [...]

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  • Tethercell Turns Any AA-Powered Device Into A Bluetooth-Controlled Gadget

    Tethercell Turns Any AA-Powered Device Into A Bluetooth-Controlled Gadget

    Clocks, smoke alarms, remotes, flashlights, toys – we still use plenty of things that rely on good old AA batteries.  And while they work well enough, wouldn’t you rather be able to control them over Bluetooth just like your smart bulbs?  That’s exactly the convenience that Tethercell brings. A small adapter case with an onboard computer chip, it comes with a slot to hold a traditional AA battery.  The idea is, to put it in the battery compartment with a [...]

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  • This Custom Jordan 1 Comes With Python Hide And Sueded Crocodile Skin

    This Custom Jordan 1 Comes With Python Hide And Sueded Crocodile Skin

    Snakeskin sneakers usually border on the horribly tacky.  But, sometimes, it can be executed well enough that the result is just sublime.  That’s exactly the case with the Python + Sueded Croc Jordan 1. Made by JBF Customs, the custom kicks don’t just use genuine red python hide, they come with sueded red crocodile accents, too.  The result is an absolute looker, making for a pair of shoes that’s bound to elicit impressed stares, whether you rock it on your [...]

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  • New Windows 10 Will Run On PCs, Tablets, And Phones

    New Windows 10 Will Run On PCs, Tablets, And Phones

    Windows 8.1 is a really good operating system that boots fast and looks pretty.  However, it ended up universally panned, largely because Microsoft arrogantly decided to force everyone to use the tile-based Metro UI.  Lesson learned, apparently, because for the just-announced Windows 10, the newest iteration of the OS (yes, they skipped a number because 7 ate 9 and all that), the company is bringing the Start Menu back. Just like Justin Timberlake brought sexy back around a decade ago, [...]

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