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Category: Strange + Wonderful

3D Printed NSA Spybot: I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

3D Printed NSA Spybot: I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

One of the most significant controversies of recent years has been the NSA’s mass surveillance of individuals via telecommunications and internet data monitoring. And while the ‘bots which are watching us are not much more than…

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TellSpec Scanner Reveals What’s in Your Food: Food Label 2.0

TellSpec Scanner Reveals What’s in Your Food: Food Label 2.0

If you’re a health buff or if you have food allergies, you probably have a mental list of edibles to avoid. But how can you be sure that the food that’s in front of you is…

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Life-size DIY Stargate Generates No Event Horizon, Still Awesome

Life-size DIY Stargate Generates No Event Horizon, Still Awesome

Stargate is a big deal in my house. My wife and I have been married for nearly 17 years now and our first date was to see Stargate when it hit theaters. After we were married,…

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This Burrito Cake is Burritoful

This Burrito Cake is Burritoful

I like burritos and I like cake, but I’m not sure that these two delicious foods were ever intended to meet. But leave it to some crafty pastry chef to defy logic and make one anyhow.…

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Researchers Find Message in a Bottle Tucked Away in Arctic Since 1959

Researchers Find Message in a Bottle Tucked Away in Arctic Since 1959

Being more of a tropical person, I’m not the sort you would catch exploring the Arctic wilds. However, there are a number of researchers out there that do spend time doing sciencey stuff in the Arctic.…

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Real Life Leg Lamp: It’s a Major Award

Real Life Leg Lamp: It’s a Major Award

Perhaps taking inspiration from A Christmas Story, Redditor cit046286 has decorated her prosthetic leg by adding lights to it. She has used a prosthetic leg since her battle with bone cancer two years ago. She was…

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From Holes in the Ground to Holes in the Wall: The Ghosts of Toilets Past, Present, and Future

From Holes in the Ground to Holes in the Wall: The Ghosts of Toilets Past, Present, and Future

Everybody pees and everybody poops. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, or how much money you have; when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. But how did the contraption that we…

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Cubli Robot Cube Balances, Jumps and Walks: A Better Companion Cube

Cubli Robot Cube Balances, Jumps and Walks: A Better Companion Cube

We’ve seen robots that move about using wheels, two legs, four legs and even ones that slither like snakes. The Cubli can move despite being just a cube. Actually it does have wheels, but they’re inside…

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DrumPants Wearable Drum Pads: Your Body is a Drummer’s Land

DrumPants Wearable Drum Pads: Your Body is a Drummer’s Land

We’ve seen a way to play drums using normal objects and even a steering wheel. DrumPants takes on the final frontier: you. Despite its misleading name, DrumPants are not actually pants or even restricted to pants.…

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Mistletoe Drone: Kiss! Or Else.

Mistletoe Drone: Kiss! Or Else.

Nah, just kidding. This quadcopter is armed with only the famous holiday plant. Designer George Zisiadis and his friend Mustafa Khan flew the drone – it looks like Parrot’s AR.Drone, but I’m not 100% sure –…

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Secret Base PC Casemod: Cyberpunk over Function

Secret Base PC Casemod: Cyberpunk over Function

Yeah, there’s a computer in here somewhere. This is Japanese designer Hiroto Ikeuchi’s award-winning casemod, which is basically a toy diorama that erupted over a PC. According to Wired, Hiroto calls the diorama his “secret base.”…

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Remote Control Crustaceans Give You a Bad Case of Crabs

Remote Control Crustaceans Give You a Bad Case of Crabs

If you’ve followed Technabob for any period of time, you know that we love our quirky Japanese gadgets around here. The latest weird and wacky gizmo to turn up from our friends to the East? Remote-controlled…

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Amsterdam’s Canal Aqua: Bottled Canal Water Costs Almost $70 Per Bottle

Amsterdam’s Canal Aqua: Bottled Canal Water Costs Almost $70 Per Bottle

Amsterdam is known for a lot of things, including their scenic canals. The city’s Canal District is turning 400 this year, and the city is celebrating by selling bottles of water obtained from the canal.…

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Panono Panoramic Ball Camera: Spherefies

Panono Panoramic Ball Camera: Spherefies

A couple of years ago we saw an unusual camera. It looked like a ball and took 360° panoramic photos, like the ones on Google Street View but completely spherical. Jonas Pfeil and his co-inventors are…

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Minecraft Virtual 3D Printer: Inkblocks

Minecraft Virtual 3D Printer: Inkblocks

You can use a 3D printer to create replicas of items made in Minecraft. YouTuber ItsJustJumby did the opposite: he built a virtual 3D printer using Minecraft.  Actually he built a 3D modeling program, a computer…

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Tablet Toddlers Rejoice: The Apptivity Seat is a Baby Chair with an iPad Dock

Tablet Toddlers Rejoice: The Apptivity Seat is a Baby Chair with an iPad Dock

What’s the difference between a kid today and a kid from a couple of decades ago? Here’s a big one: When you tell a kid to play these days, most will run off to get their…

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