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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Paper Airplane Folding & Launching Machine Takes All of the Fun out of It

Paper Airplane Folding & Launching Machine Takes All of the Fun out of It
Check out this paper airplane folding and launching machine that a group of engineers built. Great. Yet another machine taking our jobs. This time they are putting kids and bored office workers out of business.…
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“8-bit” Mazda Miata: Insert Coin to Drive

“8-bit” Mazda Miata: Insert Coin to Drive
Ah, the Mazda Miata. It’s the scourge of autocross and road racing tracks around the world. It has little power, epic handling, and is dirt cheap to repair, making these little convertible sports cars a mainstay…
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NASA to Launch Laser to ISS This Month for Communications Testing

NASA to Launch Laser to ISS This Month for Communications Testing
NASA has announced that it is set to send the OPALS – or Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science – device to the ISS. What that means is that NASA is sending a laser up to the…
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Google Glass Privacy App Spots Security Cameras & Other Glass Users: Soliton Radar

Google Glass Privacy App Spots Security Cameras & Other Glass Users:  Soliton Radar
Modern stealth action video games like the Metal Gear Solid series and the new Deus Ex often have a radar feature that lets you see enemies and cameras, among other things. New media artist Sander Veenhof…
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2D Desktop Interface Embedded in Virtual Reality: VVNC

2D Desktop Interface Embedded in Virtual Reality: VVNC
Just because virtual reality displays let us interact with 3D interfaces doesn’t mean there isn’t room for the ol’ two-dimensional view inside of them. Oliver Kreylos, a developer who’s been working with 3D software for nearly…
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Tron Light Cycle VR Game: Enter the Grid

Tron Light Cycle VR Game: Enter the Grid
We can’t enter the digital world like the Flynns did just yet, but thanks to the Oculus Rift, you may be able to experience what it’s like to duke it out in a light cycle. Custom…
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PocketPrinter Robot: Reamba

PocketPrinter Robot: Reamba
Portable printers are nothing new, but they’re usually as wide as A4 sheets. Because obviously they have to accommodate paper right? ZUta Labs looked at the problem differently. The most important part of a printer is…
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Guy Dresses up as Spider-man to Get Votes

Guy Dresses up as Spider-man to Get Votes
If you are a politician, it isn’t easy to get votes these days. Everyone knows politicians are crooks. And if you aren’t, no one trusts you because of the other bad apples. I suppose you need…
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French Artist Is Living Inside a Bear for 13 Days, Grins, Bears It

French Artist Is Living Inside a Bear for 13 Days, Grins, Bears It
Performance artists. What won’t they do for attention? One guy, French artist Abraham Poincheval, is spending 13 days inside a taxidermy bear. That’s right. He is camping out inside of a dead bear.…
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Japan Vending Machine Makes You Dance for Your Ice Cream

Japan Vending Machine Makes You Dance for Your Ice Cream
Japan is the king of weird vending machines. The country has over 5.6 million of them. They sell booze, eggs, crabs and even cars and undies. If you can think it up, they have a vending…
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Thumb Twiddling Machine Helps Your Fingers Do the Twiddling

Thumb Twiddling Machine Helps Your Fingers Do the Twiddling
Video and interactive artist Eran Amir created this silly contraption which does one thing and one thing only – it helps you twiddle your thumbs. Clearly, he did this because if you are truly so bored…
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Darth Vader Will Not Be President of the Ukraine after All

Darth Vader Will Not Be President of the Ukraine after All
Sadly, it looks like Darth Vader has been barred from running for President of Ukraine. Officials have found out that he was using a false name. You might remember that Vader had been nominated for the…
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Festo BionicKangaroo: Energizer Joey

Festo BionicKangaroo: Energizer Joey
After creating a robot bird and dragonfly, automation company Festo shows off with another impressive animal replica. Like real kangaroos, Festo’s BionicKangaroo is not only great at jumping and keeping its balance, it can also store…
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Flexible Stick-on Electronic Patches: Skinnables

Flexible Stick-on Electronic Patches: Skinnables
Wearable technology is just about to take off, but we can already take a peek at what’s coming after smartwatches and the like. A team of engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern…
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Novena Open Source Laptop Fundraiser: Ctrl+A

Novena Open Source Laptop Fundraiser: Ctrl+A
Hackers Bunnie Huang and Sean “xobs” Cross have launched a fundraiser for their open source laptop, the Novena. It looks very different from its prototype, but the idea behind it remains the same: a computer with…
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Guy Build Space Shuttle on His Roof

Guy Build Space Shuttle on His Roof
What do you do when you just want to get off of this big blue marble we call Earth? Well, you can call NASA and try to hitch a ride to the International Space Station. Or…
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