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Xbee 900 Rf Wireless Modules Let You Transmit Data Up to 15 Miles Away, Just Not Quickly

Xbee 900 Rf Wireless Modules Let You Transmit Data Up to 15 Miles Away, Just Not Quickly
Need to get some data across a long distance on a dedicated private network, but don’t want to run wires? These nifty little contraptions let you send your data up to 15 miles – assuming you’ve…
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Watch Out for the Grue: Legend of Zork Needs Beta Testers

Watch Out for the Grue: Legend of Zork Needs Beta Testers
The classic adventure Zork is making its way back in a browser-based form, thanks to Jolt Online Games, and the Irish company has put out a call for more beta testers to take up the adventurer’s…
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Fishbot: Like a Fish but More Robotic

Fishbot: Like a Fish but More Robotic
Robots can be really neat, or useful, or even both. And then sometimes, robots can be fish. Whether that’s neat or useful depends mostly on how you feel about fish. Or about robots that look like…
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Fuzebox: Retro 8-Bit Gaming Goes Open Source

Fuzebox: Retro 8-Bit Gaming Goes Open Source
Always thought you could improve on the gameplay of Tetris? Fancy yourself the creator of the next Super Mario Brothers? Thanks to this open source gaming system – if you’ve got the programming chops, you’ve got…
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Cool & Calculated: Pi Symbol Ice Cube Tray

Cool & Calculated: Pi Symbol Ice Cube Tray
What up nerd. What? You have more than 5 friends now?! Finally! Why don’t you celebrate this momentous occasion? Throw a party and get smashed! You should still keep it real though, so your friends will…
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St. Thomas Creations Presents: a Video of a Toilet Flushing Down All Kinds of Crap. Except for Real Crap.

St. Thomas Creations Presents: a Video of a Toilet Flushing Down All Kinds of Crap. Except for Real Crap.
St. Thomas Creations is promoting their Quattro Flushing Technology-equipped toilets. It’s for people who unload soft bombs the size of golf balls. Or hotdogs. Or large gummi bears. Or plastic alphabets. This Toilet Is Awesome –…
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Color Your Mac Mini With Custom Anodizing

Color Your Mac Mini With Custom Anodizing
Looking to add a splash of color to your Mac Mini without losing the aluminum finish? Well here’s a new way to add a serious splash of color to your Mini. The guys over at Computer…
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Steampunk Keyboard Makes Old Look New Again

Steampunk Keyboard Makes Old Look New Again
Steampunk-inspired computers and accessories are becoming popular themes for modders, and even so, this particular keyboard stands apart thanks to the sheer creativity of the approach. Also? Plaid. Who doesn’t like plaid? Gone is the dark,…
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Ultimate Pocket Protector: Ultimate Ugliness

Ultimate Pocket Protector: Ultimate Ugliness
Nowadays, beta males are considered cool guys. There’s Chuck. There’s Leonard and Sheldon. There’s Justin Long in Die Hard 4.0. There’s Dwight Schrute. Okay maybe not Dwight. But you get it right? And when something is…
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Motion Sensing Fake Security Cam: Your Dog’S New Toy

Motion Sensing Fake Security Cam: Your Dog’S New Toy
This fake security cam has several fauxthentic features that will deter would-be thieves. It has a motion sensor (probably an IR sensor), so that when someone – you, your wife’s mother, a piece of trash –…
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Turn Your Old Tickets Into X-Wing Fighters

Turn Your Old Tickets Into X-Wing Fighters
Have some old concert or train tickets lying around? With a little folding, some X-Acto knife skill and a whole lot of patience, you can turn those old tix into some tiny little X-Wing Fighters. Paper-master…
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Galaga Bookmark Squashes Aliens Between the Pages of Your Books

Galaga Bookmark Squashes Aliens Between the Pages of Your Books
I’m really not sure what reading paperback books and the arcade classic Galaga have in common, other than this. Crafter gimcracks has this handmade 8-bit cross-stitch bookmark up in her Etsy shop for just $6 (USD)…
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Aperture Science Buttons for Portal Fans

Aperture Science Buttons for Portal Fans
Valve’s twisted puzzle game, Portal, may sport the stark, empty environments of the title’s test center setting, but even with a minimalist backdrop, Portal’s rich with atmosphere. One of the most memorable things about the game?…
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Plug Mug Renders Your Mug Useless – Take That You Coffee Cup Thieves!

Plug Mug Renders Your Mug Useless – Take That You Coffee Cup Thieves!
How many times have you walked into the employee break room to grab a cup of Joe, only to find that some ass-hat has “borrowed” your coffee cup out of the cabinet? Well now, you can…
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Tetris Machine: the Blocks Get Real

Tetris Machine: the Blocks Get Real
This collaboration between UK mixed-media artist Chrissie MacDonald and photographer Dominic Lee envisions what Tetris might look like on some newfangled 3-dimensional computing platform that uses physical blocks to let you play the classic Russian puzzler.…
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Beautiful Bytes: Distellamap Presents Codes of Classic Video Games

Beautiful Bytes: Distellamap Presents Codes of Classic Video Games
There’s geek art, and then there’s geek art. Ben Fry’s creations are to programmers what blueprints are to architects. Here’s a sample of his work, which he calls “distellamaps”. It’s a map of the code for…
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