• Knockout Turns Regular Bottles Into Beer-Bombing, Smoke-Blasting Gravity Bongs

    Knockout Turns Regular Bottles Into Beer-Bombing, Smoke-Blasting Gravity Bongs

    A bottle of beer is always a good thing.  But unless it’s got ridiculously high liver-punishing ABV, it’s just good, not awesome.  A bottle of beer with this Knockout attachment inserted into the mouth, however, is all manners of mind-blowing. Consisting of a mouthpiece and a tube with a valve at the end, you simply insert the tube into the bottle and fit the mouthpiece over the top (make sure it’s sealed, so none of the liquid spills).  Once it’s […]

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  • Move The Earth With This LEGO Technic Volvo Wheel Loader

    Move The Earth With This LEGO Technic Volvo Wheel Loader

    Sure, the LEGO Technic Volvo Wheel Loader is nowhere near that gigantic Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter the company showed off a while back.  When it comes to new Technic sets you can actually buy, however, this is the biggest to come out this year.  And it’s absolutely awesome. Developed in partnership with Volvo Construction Equipment, it’s a replica of the Volvo L350F, the company’s largest and most technologically advanced heavy-duty earth mover.   Not only can it be driven, the entire […]

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  • Keys-To-Go Is The Water-Repelling Portable Keyboard Your iPad Longs For

    Keys-To-Go Is The Water-Repelling Portable Keyboard Your iPad Longs For

    When it comes to buying keyboards, you can always go one of two ways: buy multiple cheap ones that you replace as soon as it breaks or buy more expensive models that are meant to last.  If you’re going the latter route, it better be fortified enough to survive the ravages that lay ahead.  Logitech’s Keys-To-Go does seem like it’s really up to that challenge. A portable keyboard designed for iOS devices, it’s duly rigged to withstand the bumps and […]

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  • Alienware Graphics Amplifier Turns Portable Laptops Into High-End Desktop Gaming Rigs

    Alienware Graphics Amplifier Turns Portable Laptops Into High-End Desktop Gaming Rigs

    Even the most powerful gaming laptops aren’t likely to let you play the most resource-hungry games with all settings on high.  High-end gaming and reasonably portable laptops are just mutually exclusive things.  At least, that was the case before the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Released alongside the Alienware 13 laptop, the Graphics Amplifier is a chassis that houses a powerful desktop-grade GPU that can plug into your laptop to give the computer access to its graphics processing capabilities.  Essentially, it turns […]

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  • Never Lose Those Tiny Espresso Cups Again With The Double Shot Coffee Cup

    Never Lose Those Tiny Espresso Cups Again With The Double Shot Coffee Cup

    If you always find yourself losing the espresso cups because they’re so darn so small, it’s probably time you stop buying them.  Just use a regular cup, pour a single shot, and save yourself the trouble.  Either that, or get the Double Shot, a drinking vessel that serves as a coffee mug on one end and an espresso cup on the other. Basically, it’s like that beer pint and shot glass combo we saw a while back.  Except, instead of […]

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  • Idol Chair Is The Adult-Sized Kiddie Fort Your Inner Child Always Wanted

    Idol Chair Is The Adult-Sized Kiddie Fort Your Inner Child Always Wanted

    Need a space in the house to call your own?  Well, it can’t be the bedroom, since you share that with the wife.  It can’t be the living room, since your kids spend more time there, playing video games, than you do.  It can’t be the garage because it’s stacked full of all your wife’s things and your children’s old toys.  And, no, there’s no extra room in the house to convert into a man cave.  What to do?   Do […]

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  • A New Type Of LCD Can Retain Images For Years Without Power

    A New Type Of LCD Can Retain Images For Years Without Power

    The power consumption of e-paper is one of its greatest advantages, using up the battery only when changing what’s displayed on the screen.  A new LCD, billed as Optically Rewritable Liquid Crystal Display (ORWLCD), might finally be able to bring that same power-saving capability to laptop monitors and smartphone screens. Developed by researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the screen will only use up power while “writing” the display, then retain the image after disconnecting from […]

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  • Amazon Launches Fire TV Stick, A Chromecast Competitor For $39

    Amazon Launches Fire TV Stick, A Chromecast Competitor For $39

    A large part of the Google Chromecast’s success can be attributed to its low price, which makes it an easy decision to purchase if you have no current way of streaming content to the TV.  Amazon knows this, so the giant e-commerce company is embracing the same low pricing with its own streaming dongle, the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Just like other streaming dongles, it plugs into a TV’s HDMI port to connect it to the internet.  Pick up the […]

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  • A Japanese Team Just Built A Real-Life Robot That Transforms Into A Car

    A Japanese Team Just Built A Real-Life Robot That Transforms Into A Car

    Sure, a few bucks can get you a Transformers toy that can shape-shift from a robot into a car.  But how about a real drivable car that can shape shift from a robot?  Apparently, we’re a quarter of the way there with the unveiling of the J-deite Quarter, a real-life transforming robot. The product of a cooperative partnership between Brave Robotics, Asratec, and Takara Tomy, it’s not quite the massive robots that appeared in the Transformers movies.  Instead, it’s about […]

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  • This Indoor Stoop Combines Seat, Storage, And Step Ladder Functions In A Single Piece

    This Indoor Stoop Combines Seat, Storage, And Step Ladder Functions In A Single Piece

    A ladder is hardly the most decorative thing to have around.  Yet, when done right, it could very well serve as a terrific accent.  Such is the case with the Indoor Stoop, a three-level partial staircase that’s more than just for climbing the topmost shelf on a bookcase. Designed to offer both functional seating and storage on top of helping you stay off the floor when a rat is running loose inside the apartment, it’s quite the versatile piece.  Not […]

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  • Homeboy Simplifies Home Monitoring For The Rest Of Us

    Homeboy Simplifies Home Monitoring For The Rest Of Us

    Your fake security cameras may look awesome and all, but with the accessibility of modern home monitoring systems, it might be time to get something less non-functioning.  And while existing products like the Dropcam certainly make the process easy, the Homeboy promises to make things even easier. Like many modern security cams, it’s a self-contained IP camera that can be stuck to a wall and operated wirelessly, allowing you to stream feeds and receive alerts directly on a smartphone (iOS […]

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  • Hemingwrite Revives The Typewriter As A Dedicated Writing Computer That Can Run Six Weeks On A Charge

    Hemingwrite Revives The Typewriter As A Dedicated Writing Computer That Can Run Six Weeks On A Charge

    Distraction-free writing on a computer is easy enough.  Just disconnect it from the internet, turn off your phone, and launch nothing other than your word processing application.  Easy.  But we’re complicated people and, sometimes, we need more complicated solutions to maximize our productivity.  Enter the Hemingwrite. A single-purpose writing device, it’s a portable computer whose sole function is to let you write.  You do so by typing on a mechanical keyboard packing Cherry MX switches, with the words appearing in […]

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  • Whet Your Appetite For Autonomous Vehicles With Takara Tomy’s Self-Driving Toy Micro-Cars

    Whet Your Appetite For Autonomous Vehicles With Takara Tomy’s Self-Driving Toy Micro-Cars

    If self-driving cars will be our future, then it’d make sense they’d be the future of our toy cars, too.   And they’re here now, with toys like this Choro-Q Q-Eyes, a micro-sized car which can detect obstacles and change routes to avoid them. Made by Takara Tomy, the toy vehicle uses sensors under the left and right headlights to identify obstacles, which it then avoids by steering towards the direction away from it.  If an obstacle is directly in front, […]

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  • Illumibowl Lights Up The Toilet So You Never Miss The Target

    Illumibowl Lights Up The Toilet So You Never Miss The Target

    Taking a leak in the dark at 3 AM is fine and all.  That is, if you have no problem peeing all over the toilet and the whole area surrounding it.  If you’d rather keep a cleaner bathroom without messing up your sleep by switching the overhead lights on, the Illumibowl is exactly the accessory your bathroom has been missing. A motion-activated night light, it’s designed to turn on as soon as it detects movement, just like the ones you […]

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  • Tack Sling Bag Is A Tote And Backpack Hybrid That Can Carry Oversized Items With Ease

    Tack Sling Bag Is A Tote And Backpack Hybrid That Can Carry Oversized Items With Ease

    Sometimes, you want the convenience of a backpack to free your hands up.  Other times, you want the simplicity of a tote bag.  The Tack Sling Bag can function as both, all while adding a clever facility for carrying oversized and odd-shaped items. Made by SSCY (the same guys behind that Bandolier Bag we loved so much), it’s a top-loading bag that comes with a shoulder straps for carrying on your back, as well as a top handle for stringing […]

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  • Samsung’s Chef Collection Induction Range Comes With Fake Flames, So You Know When Food Is Cooking

    Samsung’s Chef Collection Induction Range Comes With Fake Flames, So You Know When Food Is Cooking

    Induction cooktops are great.  They heat up cookware incredibly fast, they waste very little heat, and they’re way easier to clean than any conventional cooktop.  If there’s anything to criticize, it’s the lack of any hard-to-miss visual cues that tell you when a burner is running, making it easy to mistakenly touch a red-hot pan, thinking it’s as cold as the one hanging up the wall.  Ouch.  That should happen less with the Samsung Chef Collection Induction Slide-In Range, which […]

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  • SAM Lets You Build Internet-Connected Electronics With Drag And Drop Ease

    SAM Lets You Build Internet-Connected Electronics With Drag And Drop Ease

    Similar to LittleBits, SAM is a modular electronics kit that lets you build functioning tools by combining different hardware modules.  Unlike it, you don’t need to snap the SAM modules together.  Instead, each one comes with its own power source and wireless connection, so you simply gather all the modules in one place and use the app to define each module’s function.  No wiring, no soldering, no snapping things together. Described as “the first electronics development kit that seamlessly integrates […]

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  • This Guy Turned His Retired Power Mac G5s Into Functional Home Furniture

    This Guy Turned His Retired Power Mac G5s Into Functional Home Furniture

    There have been a lot of awesome computer cases that came out over the years, from PC boxes that look like kitchen appliances to animal-shaped cases to entire desks that serve as a computer chassis.  When it comes to your run-of-the-mill desktop tower for business, few can claim they looked better than the body on the Apple Power Mac G5.  Simply put, it was a big fan favorite.  Apparently, Klaus Geiger loved them so much that when it came time […]

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  • Scientists Build Tractor Beam 100x More Powerful Than Others Before It

    Scientists Build Tractor Beam 100x More Powerful Than Others Before It

    In the future, we can visit other planets and beam up their inhabitants into our spaceships.  Well, if we can make spaceships that travel that deep into space.  And if we actually find nearby planets that have existing lifeforms.  And if this new reversible tractor beam scientists developed can actually mature into a nefarious tech straight out of a sci-fi movie.  Watch out aliens, the Earthling invaders are coming. In a report published in the journal Nature Phonics, scientists from […]

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  • VisionTek Pocket SSD Puts Ultra-Fast Solid State Storage On A Stick

    VisionTek Pocket SSD Puts Ultra-Fast Solid State Storage On A Stick

    Sure, these VisionTek Pocket SSDs aren’t the most compact thumb drives you can get.  But, man, these are SSDs.  On a USB stick.  That can fit inside tiny pockets.  It’s awesome. Described as “the pocket-sized, bus-powered SSD,” it gives you the speed, performance, and storage capacities of a regular SSD built into a laptop.  Whether you’re copying large media files, launching a software installer from USB, or running a portable build of Windows 8 from a stick, these drives will […]

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  • Bamboo Visors Make These Hats From Guapa Peaks Totally Unlike Any Other

    Bamboo Visors Make These Hats From Guapa Peaks Totally Unlike Any Other

    We already have wooden watches, wooden sunglasses, and even wooden neckties.  So why not a wooden hat?  Probably because wood won’t feel very comfortable around your head.  So why not a cap with a regular fabric crown and a wooden visor, instead?  Yeah, that will work and Guapa Peaks got you covered. Apparently, putting a wooden visor on a hat looks darn good.  Who’d have thought?  Well, apparently these guys.  Seriously, I want to burn every snapback in my closet […]

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  • A Glass Top Ping Pong Table Makes Hitting Plastic Balls With A Paddle Feel So Much More Refined

    A Glass Top Ping Pong Table Makes Hitting Plastic Balls With A Paddle Feel So Much More Refined

    We’re not entirely sure how well little plastic balls will bounce on glass.  We also probably won’t care if we can have an object as beautiful as the TravisMathew Glass Top Ping Pong Table on our style-starved game room. Sure, a ping pong table with a glass top sounds ostentatiously unnecessary.  In fact, it’s probably a bad idea if you regularly have hot-headed friends who like to slam their paddles on the playing area when they realize they suck at […]

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  • These Dunk Animal Lamps Look Like Upright Horses On Three Legs

    These Dunk Animal Lamps Look Like Upright Horses On Three Legs

    Turning old bottles into lighting elements isn’t exactly a novel undertaking.  We’ve seen it done in products like the Satechi LED Lamp, the Tejas Home Barlite, and Mandles.  Despite that, these Dunk Animal Lamps still feel fresh and fun, with its playful, lighthearted take on functional lighting for the home. Created by Nishi Chauhan, it’s the latest entry in her Animal Farm series, which consists of different types of lighting units that combine recycled objects and revived traditional craft.  For […]

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  • Carvey Might Be The Best-Looking Desktop CNC Mill We’ve Seen

    Carvey Might Be The Best-Looking Desktop CNC Mill We’ve Seen

    The Carvey isn’t the first desktop CNC mill to come out, as we’ve seen products like the Nomad 883, the Handibot, and the Othermill over the course of the last two years.  Heck, we’ve even seen one dedicated to producing nothing but unmarked and untraceable AR-15 rifles.  We have to say, however, this is exactly the kind of sleek-looking device we wouldn’t mind sitting next to our desk in the office. Made by Inventables, it’s designed with the help of […]

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  • Take Your SimCity Obsession To The Tabletop With These 3D-Printed Ittyblox Buildings

    Take Your SimCity Obsession To The Tabletop With These 3D-Printed Ittyblox Buildings

    Ever wanted to build your own mini-city on a tabletop, but realized there weren’t too many options in toy buildings and other infrastructure available at hobby shops?  Yeah, city building fans are like unwanted children when it comes to fun things.  If you’d still like to take a break from SimCity to build miniature urban landscapes you can touch, Ittyblox offers a potential avenue to satiate your longing. Created by architectural enthusiast Steve Fox, it’s a series of 3D-printed buildings […]

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  • This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Ultrasound Waves

    This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Ultrasound Waves

    In the future, we can all have chips inserted in our bodies that do not need to be hooked up to a power source in order to function.  Instead, you simply beam ultrasound into wherever it’s implanted to keep it up and running.  That’s the promise made by these new tiny chips being developed by engineers at Stanford University. Rather than use conventional sources of power, the chips include a piezoelectric material that reacts to ultrasound by compressing and decompressing […]

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  • Hendo Hoverboard: It’s Real, It’s Awesome, And It Kinda Works

    Hendo Hoverboard: It’s Real, It’s Awesome, And It Kinda Works

    It’s not quite the hoverboard we wanted, but given the absolutely barren list of choices, the Hendo Hoverboard is the one we want anyway.  Yes, someone finally made a real hoverboard that can lift a short distance off the ground while supporting the weight of an adult on top. Unlike the one Marty McFly rode in the Back to the Future movies, you can’t exactly take this one out for a spin around the neighborhood.  That’s because it can only […]

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