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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Perpetual Slinky Escalator Makes You Work for Your Amusement

Perpetual Slinky Escalator Makes You Work for Your Amusement
A year ago Creatables came up with a miniature inclined Slinky treadmill. Sadly, it appears the toy never made it into production. But one of our favorite woodworkers Matthias Wandel came up with a DIY and…
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KFC Announces Bucket of Fried Chicken That Prints Polaroids

KFC Announces Bucket of Fried Chicken That Prints Polaroids
Every time I think that I have seen everything, someone proves me wrong. It is surprising how often that someone is KFC lately. KFC Canada is celebrating their 60th anniversary by releasing a special version of…
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Bathe (and Work) Anywhere with This Inflatable Bathtub

Bathe (and Work) Anywhere with This Inflatable Bathtub
You know you want this inflatable bathtub so you can turn it into your own wet office, like the woman in the image. As far as offices go, it looks super comfy. It’s about time we…
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Robotic Rhythmic Gymnastics: Creepy and Beautiful

Robotic Rhythmic Gymnastics: Creepy and Beautiful
It’s bad enough that we have to worry about science giving robots weapons, even making them into weapons. Now they will be competing against us in sports. Check out this rhythmic gymnastics bot. The robot twirling…
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New Nintendo 3DS Game & Watch Clock Cover Plate: Plate & Watch

New Nintendo 3DS Game & Watch Clock Cover Plate: Plate & Watch
Japanese shop Columbus Circle must have realized that the New Nintendo 3DS’ cover plates don’t just have to be decorative. Its Retro Plate & Watch is an awesome clock front plate for the New 3DS. Not…
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Pokémon Pikachu Stacking Game: Snorlax Don’t Care

Pokémon Pikachu Stacking Game: Snorlax Don’t Care
Last year we checked out Happinet’s Tsumikore, which are small toys that are made to be stacked and are often based on popular manga or anime characters. This officially licensed Pokémon toy is a lot like…
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QR Cups Truth or Dare Edition: Scan for Fun

QR Cups Truth or Dare Edition: Scan for Fun
Stop spinning the bottle like a caveman. QR Cups’ 18 oz. red cups put a modern spin to the party game with the help of a companion app. Each of the 25 cups has a QR…
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Dungeons & Dragons: Gangsta Edition

Dungeons & Dragons: Gangsta Edition
“As you’re running, you trip over your sagging jeans, so you take a -2 to your street cred.” Most tabletop RPGs are set in alien worlds and times long gone or have yet to come. But…
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Tindog: Tinder for Dogs

Tindog: Tinder for Dogs
Dogs get lonely too. What about your dog? He or she could probably benefit from some casual encounters with dogs nearby. Maybe you are lonely too. You could both get lucky if you find the right…
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Tecmo Super Bowl & RBI Baseball NES Cartridges with 2015 Rosters: Sports. Sports Never Change

Tecmo Super Bowl & RBI Baseball NES Cartridges with 2015 Rosters: Sports. Sports Never Change
The FIFA and NBA 2K series are the reigning kings of team sports video games, but they pale in comparison to the legacy of Tecmo Super Bowl and RBI Baseball. Much of the credit goes to…
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Star Wars Rice Paddy Art: Lord Vader, Riiiice

Star Wars Rice Paddy Art: Lord Vader, Riiiice
Every year, the residents of Inakadate Village in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture make large scale pictures on rice paddies using four kinds of rice as their ink. The pictures are typically recreations of classic Japanese paintings, but…
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Cydia Impactor Unjailbreaks iOS Devices: Rewalled Garden

Cydia Impactor Unjailbreaks iOS Devices: Rewalled Garden
Normally, a jailbroken iOS device can be reverted back to the stock iOS setup by restoring it on iTunes. But restoring means your device will receive the latest version of iOS, which might not be compatible…
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Dynamic Drum Trigger Knows Where and How You Hit the Drums: Sensory Percussion

Dynamic Drum Trigger Knows Where and How You Hit the Drums: Sensory Percussion
A drum trigger is a device that converts hits on an acoustic drum into electronic signals that activate digital sounds. You can use them to achieve a cleaner sound in live performances or use sound effects…
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Robot Swans Measure Water Pollution: NUSwan

Robot Swans Measure Water Pollution: NUSwan
Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are testing robotic swans that can track water quality and upload collected data in real-time. The system is called NUSwan, a nod to the university but also short…
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Using Disk Drives and 3D Printers as MIDI Musical Instruments

Using Disk Drives and 3D Printers as MIDI Musical Instruments
We’ve seen floppy drives and hard drives used to make music, but laurens.weyn’s Unconventional Instrument Orchestra can use “pretty much anything with steppers, or anything that makes noise on a signal pulse as percussion.” That includes…
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Magical Unicorn Umbrella Keeps Trolls (and Humans) Dry

Magical Unicorn Umbrella Keeps Trolls (and Humans) Dry
I’d bet those ugly trolls from that old Tom Cruise flick Legend don’t like getting wet in the rain any more than you or I. Surely they would need an umbrella of some sort. I’d assume…
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