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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Make Your Wi-Fi Network’s Name Unique with Unicode

Make Your Wi-Fi Network’s Name Unique with Unicode
Ars Technica accidentally discovered a quick and easy way to make your wireless network’s name aka SSID stand out. The tech blog found out that you can use Unicode characters in your network’s SSID. It’s not…
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Bicycle with Ice Wheels: Deinventing the Wheel

Bicycle with Ice Wheels: Deinventing the Wheel
Clothing company Uniqlo asked the mad engineer Colin Furze to go to a cold place while wearing its thermal shirt. To keep himself busy – and because he’s crazy – in the barren plains, Colin decided…
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HP Sprout PC Has 3D Scanner, Projector and Touch Mat: Maker Seeds

HP Sprout PC Has 3D Scanner, Projector and Touch Mat: Maker Seeds
Smartphones and tablets have shown us that people love to interact with digital media in intuitive ways. Meanwhile, the rise of 3D printing and modeling are about to bring about a creative revolution the likes of…
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This Belt Doubles as a Scooter

This Belt Doubles as a Scooter
Product designer Ádám Török, from Sopron, Hungary, came up with the idea for this truly unique scooter. He made it for a school graduation project. His thinking is that in the future, most vehicles will be…
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Less.Mail: Would You Trust AI to Answer Your Emails?

Less.Mail: Would You Trust AI to Answer Your Emails?
From time to time, I get some emails that I really, really care about. For example, people who want to donate to the ballet company that I direct or people who want to lend me a…
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Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator Spooks GPUs Awake

Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator Spooks GPUs Awake
Despite its creepy name, Dev Joshi’s invention isn’t a Halloween prop. The Headless Ghost is a niche peripheral that tricks a computer into thinking that a display is plugged into it. It’s for people who remotely…
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Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs

Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs
The Rosetta probe launched by the ESA spent hundreds of days sleeping and zipping through space to reach its comet destination known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Among the instruments on the probe are some spectrometers that have been…
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WriteBoard Electronic Whiteboard: Quantum Note Taking

WriteBoard Electronic Whiteboard: Quantum Note Taking
Whiteboards and blackboards are great for group discussions. But they also take attention away from the speaker, especially for participants who insist on writing down everything that’s on the board. That’s where the WriteBoard concept comes…
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Windows Hack Lets You Play Video and Audio in Microsoft Excel: Slacksheet

Windows Hack Lets You Play Video and Audio in Microsoft Excel: Slacksheet
Many companies restrict access to certain apps and other software features to prevent people from goofing off. Redditor AyrA’s employer went further than that – his work computer has an application that monitors running processes. But…
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Talkase Smartphone Case Has Tiny Cellphone Built-in: Dual Wielding

Talkase Smartphone Case Has Tiny Cellphone Built-in: Dual Wielding
Many smartphone cases offer protection. Some offer extra battery life or even additional memory. Some look like huge fried chickens. But WirelessMe’s case gives you… another cellphone. The Talkase for iPhone and Android phones comes with…
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Start ‘Em Young: New Born Fame Lets Your Baby Take Selfies

Start ‘Em Young: New Born Fame Lets Your Baby Take Selfies
One of modern society’s favorite pastimes/worst afflictions is the need to push infants into weird activities. “You baby can get a 98th percentile SAT score after this four week fun training program!” and other claims make…
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Electronic Typewriter with E Ink Screen: Hemingwrite

Electronic Typewriter with E Ink Screen: Hemingwrite
Unlike most artforms or professions, writing needs the most basic of tools. Even if you’d rather work with a word processor instead of pen and paper, you can just get a cheap laptop and be all…
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This Is What King Tut Probably Looked Like, or Why Not to Marry Your Sister

This Is What King Tut Probably Looked Like, or Why Not to Marry Your Sister
King Tut was the result of a marriage between his father/uncle and mother/aunt. There are a number of good reasons why you shouldn’t marry your sister, and the creepy, screwed up offspring that often result from…
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Cassette Player Turned Into Spotify Media Server with Raspberry Pi: SpotiPi

Cassette Player Turned Into Spotify Media Server with Raspberry Pi: SpotiPi
Earlier this year we saw a couple of vintage radios that were turned into an Internet radio player using Raspberry Pi. Matt Brailsford’s cassette player Raspberry Pi mod is “only” a Spotify media server, but he…
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Karen App Really Wants to Be Your Friend: Overly Attached App

Karen App Really Wants to Be Your Friend: Overly Attached App
Even if you use the Internet only casually – thanks for spending time here! – chances are several companies have gathered a bit of data about you, or at least your online habits. These trawlers range…
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PhotoMath App Solves Math Equations at a Glance: Tutor or Cheater?

PhotoMath App Solves Math Equations at a Glance: Tutor or Cheater?
Most mobile devices already have a built-in calculator, and you can also get advanced calculator apps. But microBLINK’s PhotoMath app uses optical image recognition on printed equations, so that you can get the solution without even…
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