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December 16, 2007 - December 22, 2007 Archives

  • December 21, 2007
    Well I was about to go apeshit on the Rinspeed sQuba car until I read they admitted to it being inspired by James Bond's Lotus in The Spy Who Loved Me. So after I calmed down a bit and drank my weight in cough syrup I passed out in the driveway on the way to the mailbox. When... / Continue →
  • December 21, 2007
    The autonomous Bottlebot will pick up, open, and pour your beer into a glass. It was built by a college student for an engineering project, and it's pretty clear that this kid is the best and brightest in the class. That robot is A+ material. I would like to hire him on the ... / Continue →
  • December 21, 2007
    Inspired by Vancouver Junkyard wars, some guys got together and built the Mondo Spider, a 1,500 lb walking robotic spider. Apparently the thing has been around for a little while, as it was displayed at Burning Man (see video on next page). When asked why they built the unit th... / Continue →
  • December 21, 2007
    The Cerevellum Rearview Monitor is a rearview monitor you mount to the handlebars of your bike. It's headed to production soon and will sell for $200. It comes with a camera you can mount anywhere and features "a 3.5-inch screen and a 4-hour battery life, along with 32MB of sto... / Continue →
  • December 21, 2007
    The Corner Shot is a gun that shoots around corners. Models start around $5,000. The Corner Shot consists of a segmented, assault rifle-type folding stock, pistol-grip contraption, onto which is attached a pistol of choice and a compact, detachable color video camera. A later... / Continue →
  • December 21, 2007
    The Pac-Man hoodie is a wearable Pac-Man maze. As you can see Pac-Man is in there, along with those bastard ghosts that are always getting in the way when he's trying to get his gobble-dot on. It costs $45 and is available at, get this, Hot Topic! Bet you weren't expecting t... / Continue →
  • December 21, 2007
    Chris Lange is a Washington DC artist and Nintendo lover. He makes made-to-order collages of your favorite characters out of old Nintendo Power magazines. A 30" x 20" collage will set you back $250. He'll do any character you want, and will also take custom orders in differe... / Continue →
  • December 21, 2007
    The LEXID (Lobster-Eye X-ray Inspection Device) is a new camera made by Physical Optics Corporation of Torrance, California. It works in the same way that a lobster's vision does -- "by beaming X-rays, then focusing on the reflection (rather than refraction) of objects." The ... / Continue →
  • December 20, 2007
    Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) named the year's best robots, and first place went to a two-armed robot made by Fanuc that's equipped with a visual tracking system and works in food and drug manufacturing lines. That video above is of the quick bastard i... / Continue →
  • December 20, 2007
    The world's fastest eco-boat is going to make an attempt at breaking the round the world speed record using human fat based fuel with a zero carbon footprint. The boat is owned by Pete Bethune, who mortgaged his house and sold all he and his wife's belongings to make it happen.... / Continue →
  • December 20, 2007
    Lit brand absinthe lollipops are lollipops made with real absinthe. They cost $10 for 4 or $25 for 12. The company says they're 100% legal because all the alcohol burns off during the production process. Which makes me wonder if they're really the good absinthe. You know, t... / Continue →
  • December 20, 2007
    We posted the 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII Rolling Door Concept back in July, and now there's a company out there that's working on bringing the technology to new cars. If you're not familiar, it's a system in which the door slides under the car when opened. Based on their website ... / Continue →
  • December 20, 2007
    As an avid Duke Nukem fan, I've learned to not get my hopes up for the latest installment, Duke Nukem Forever, seeing how its development started in 1997 and has been a royal pooch-screw from the start. But now there's a new trailer, and it made me get all excited again. I espe... / Continue →
  • December 20, 2007
    You toss this thing in the freezer for a half hour, jam it in your mouth, and in 2-3 minutes later you're good to go for (allegedly) pain free dental work. It works by freezing the nerves in your gums. In patient tests the new gumEase diminished pain by 90% in 2 to 3 minute... / Continue →
  • December 20, 2007
    Similar to those used on nuclear submarines, the Toshiba-made Micro Nuclear Reactor is a personal power plant for your house/neighborhood. It's 20' x 6', about 100 times smaller than a typical reactor, making it a "fun-size" power generator -- like those little candy bars. ... / Continue →
  • December 20, 2007
    I've never really had a problem with the average of 141 seconds it takes bread to toast. It's only two minutes and change, just long enough to mix a morning cocktail and get the jelly out of the fridge. But if you can't stand the wait, maybe the Speedy Slice toaster is for you.... / Continue →
  • December 19, 2007
    The Illy "Push Button House" is a shipping crate. It's a shipping crate that, with the push of a button, transforms into a "house". The whole process takes about 90 seconds. Designed by Adam Kalkin, the unfolded unit features a kitchen, dining area, bedroom, living room, and li... / Continue →
  • December 19, 2007
    They're already selling a Wi-Fi detecting shirt, and now Thinkgeek is bringing the technology from chest to wrist with a Wi-Fi detecting watch. The unit costs $30 and will give you a signal strength read-out from 0 to 8 with the push of a button. It also works as a watch, ala... / Continue →
  • December 19, 2007
    The Circle Phone by designer Jin Le is a cell phone with rotary dial and only 3 buttons -- power, connect, and disconnect. I've got to say, there's something very satisfying about using a rotary phone, it's something about the sound they make when you dial. You just don't get t... / Continue →
  • December 19, 2007
    Now I love a good snowball fight as much as the next 1st grader, but I don't know how I feel about the Sno-Baller. It's a molded piece of plastic that costs $9 and forms balls of snow so you don't have to use your hands. While using it may allow you to make more balls, I'll b... / Continue →
  • December 19, 2007
    The Liquor Lock is a little $15 combination lock that's supposed to protect your stash of the good stuff from others. Unfortunately the thing works on the premise of an expanding stopper, which makes me wonder just how safe your booze really is. I do like the idea though, becau... / Continue →
  • December 19, 2007
    I've seen videos like this before and not posted them, but that's because I didn't feel that the people that did those ones posed a threat to society. This is a video of "JK", who took a picture of himself every day for eight years. As you can tell by his choice of music and ... / Continue →
  • December 19, 2007
    The InstyMeds machine was created by Ken Rosenblum to address the U.S. pharmacist shortage (which I was unaware of). You still have to get a prescription from a doctor (damn!) with a special barcode and then you feed it into the machine. The unit then dispenses the correct numb... / Continue →
  • December 19, 2007
    Reebok has released a line of limited edition Voltron inspired shoes. If you don't know who Voltron is then I don't know if we can be friends anymore. The Voltron Lion Force Pack is a line of shoes "whose colorways correspond to one of the five Voltron robots." Three of them ar... / Continue →
  • December 18, 2007
    Making Virtual Solid is a New Jersey company working on a product called Virtual Cable. It's a car navigation system that uses "a laser, a set of lenses, and a moving mirror mounted in the dashboard to project a 3D route-guidance line above the road ahead, as though it's actua... / Continue →
  • December 18, 2007
    This conceptual Sony television was designed to excite all the senses instead of just vision. The idea is that you can hold the creepy little thing in your hand and since it's covered with fabric that'll do something to titillate the sense of touch (which it won’t). The audio... / Continue →
  • December 18, 2007
    Light Fingers are ridiculous. A hypnotic light show at your fingertips; put on your favorite music, turn down the lights, and dazzle yourself with beams of pure color. You control more than 20 different pre-programmed light show patterns, plus a black light and strobe light ad... / Continue →
  • December 18, 2007
    The Arvo brothers made a pretty good looking Iron Man in anticipation of the upcoming film. As you can see by the picture it's, uh, Iron Man made out of LEGO blocks. He seemed to have gotten all the colors right and everything. Good job, but why does he have to be so sad lookin... / Continue →
  • December 18, 2007
    The Tasting Robot, designed by NEC, has scored a 2008 Guinness World Record as the first robot sommelier (wine steward). The cute little bastard can "accurately assess a wine's type and ingredients by simply holding a sensor over the bottle". But he doesn't stop there, he can d... / Continue →
  • December 18, 2007
    The Splinter supercar concept comes to us as a graduate project from some students at NC State (who undoubtedly failed). As you can see it's wooden (like this car). In theory the car would be a "600-hp, 2,500-pound goer with wood used for the chassis, body, and parts of the s... / Continue →
  • December 18, 2007
    A Japanese aquarium has an electric eel powering a Christmas tree. The tank the eel is in has two electric panels that act as electrodes, picking up the eel's discharge. The eel itself has the capability of producing a shock of up to 500 volts and 1 ampere of current (500 wat... / Continue →
  • December 18, 2007
    The Chocolate Portable Hard Drive was designed by Sang-Hoon Lee and was created to resemble a chocolate bar. This one just happens to be a white-chocolate bar that looks more like a keyboard-bar, but who cares, it doesn't even exist in the real world. Each piece of the unit i... / Continue →
  • December 17, 2007
    Ziptie rings were designed by Natalie Gomensoro and look like zipties that were painted silver and then zipped on your finger. They're actual silver though and cost $85 for female models and $95 for the male one. Making it significantly cheaper to spraypaint a real ziptie. I ac... / Continue →
  • December 17, 2007
    Some modder went and made a handheld wooden SNES out of, get this, wood. That's right folks, that's not a cheap wood print on a vinyl sticker, that is actual tree right there. Allegedly the modder yanked the display from a PSOne, which makes it a sort of video game console hy... / Continue →
  • December 17, 2007
    The Brisa 2000 ceiling fan is pretty funny looking. That's because the fan actually orbits around that big sphere in the center, allowing for all kinds of air mobility! You can rotate the fan itself from straight down to straight up, depending on the season, so it's also pret... / Continue →
  • December 17, 2007
    I see so many novelty salt and pepper shakers out there that look like ass and are expensive, but for once someone comes up with clever ones. These Salt and Pepper shakers are definitely something different. Pick them up, turn them whatever way and shake them, and..... nothi... / Continue →
  • December 17, 2007
    Japanese toy maker TOMY released a piggy bank that explodes if you don't put coins in it on a daily basis. Once you put batteries in the annoying bastard it beeps on an hourly basis (read: not suitable for bedroom/anywhere indoors) to remind you to feed it. It costs about $27... / Continue →
  • December 17, 2007
    The women's room at Mumin Papa Cafe in Akashi, Japan is pretty awesome. It's a monster aquarium that completely surrounds you. The owner of the cafe says it cost $270,000 to build, which is pretty damn expensive for a single bathroom stall. It's filled with all sorts of exot... / Continue →
  • December 17, 2007
    For years now I've been asking myself "When the hell is someone going to get on the ball and clone some damn cats that glow when exposed to UV light?" Well some South Korean scientists at Gyeongsang National University must have read my mind, because they have! The cats are t... / Continue →
  • December 17, 2007
    I love huffing model airplane glue as much as the next guy, but this product is ridiculous. Big Ox is canned oxygen that comes in flavors like Citrus Blast, Mountain Mint, Polar Rush, and Tropical Breeze. Each 3.5 gram can of "power oxygen" costs $9.99 and will guarantee you ... / Continue →