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Three-Fingered Robotic Hand is Faster Than Your Five Fingers

Three-Fingered Robotic Hand is Faster Than Your Five Fingers
I knew it would only be a matter of time before robots would start taking over, and here’s more evidence that the days of human dominance are numbered. Check out the amazing things that this high-speed robotic hand can do.

Don These Darkfins and Start Swimming Like a Fish

Don These Darkfins and Start Swimming Like a Fish
I grew up listening to several varying versions of Little Red Riding Hood. My favorite part was when (sort of slow-brained) Little Red notices how different her grandmother looks, who’s actually now the sneaky wolf in disguise.
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Spell It Out With Tabisso’s Typographic Lounge Furniture

Spell It Out With Tabisso’s Typographic Lounge Furniture
The way I see it, nothing beats having furniture that is not only comfortable and functional, but also adds to the aesthetics and identity of your home or office. You might remember those Binary Chairs by BRC, which looked extremely cool but pretty darned uncomfortable.

How to Avoid Internet Trolls

How to Avoid Internet Trolls
In my line of work, you get to be intimately familiar with the scourge of the internet -trolls. Anyone that spends time writing online or posting in forms for anything will encounter the web troll. We all know the sort, the person whose sole purpose in life is to point out every typo, pick out small part of something you type and blow it way out of proportion, or spout fanboyism until you want to choke the digital life out of them.

Star Wars Costume Hoodies: The Dark Side of the Fleece

Star Wars Costume Hoodies: The Dark Side of the Fleece
Ok, they’re not made out of fleece, but the headline sounded way better that way. “The Dark Side of the 60% Cotton / 40% Polyester” didn’t roll off the tongue the same way. Regardless, these Dark Side hoodies are still pretty awesome – assuming you get your thrills from Star Wars, and don’t mind people staring at you. ThinkGeek is now stocking hoodies in three Dark Side variants: Boba Fett, Stormtrooper and Darth Vader.

Minecraft Mousepad is Pixelated Perfection

Minecraft Mousepad is Pixelated Perfection
I’ve still not completely figured out why Minecraft has blown up the way it has, but all I can figure is that it’s sort of like having a set of digital LEGO blocks – and we all know how popular LEGOs are.

Aaron Ristau Back with Rotobot Wireless Mouse Version 2

Aaron Ristau Back with Rotobot Wireless Mouse Version 2
Early last year we talked about a steampunk wired mouse called the Rotobotmouse made by Aaron Ristau. The designer is back with another new mouse for geeks that like retro mixed with modern called the Wireless Mouse Version 2 and it shares many of the same features with that original.

3DS Passes Million Sold in Japan – Finally

3DS Passes Million Sold in Japan – Finally
Sales of the Nintendo 3DS have started very slowly. The console is selling at a mere trickle compared to how the DS, DS Lite and DSi sold since their respective launches. Nintendo has already admitted that sales are much less than it expected when the console launched.

iTunes Costs $1.3B to Operate Each Year (Estimated)

iTunes Costs $1.3B to Operate Each Year (Estimated)
I would bet that many people out there have purchased music or apps from iTunes at some point. Even if you don’t use the iPhone, iTunes is still the most popular digital music store around. I know that Apple keeps a chunk of the money that sellers make when they offer apps and music on iTunes to cover costs but I really had no idea what those operating costs could be.

Origami Yoda: Strong in This One, the Folds Are

Origami Yoda: Strong in This One, the Folds Are
This laminated origami sculpture of the late great Grand Master was masterfully created by Etsy seller and papercraft Jedi catamation. It’s about 3.5″ tall, or about one-tenth of Yoda, if the Star Wars Wikia is to be believed.

iLive Clock Radio iPhone/iPod Touch Dock: An Analog Clock for Your Digital Device

iLive Clock Radio iPhone/iPod Touch Dock: An Analog Clock for Your Digital Device
I admit that I have trouble seeing my cell phone in the mornings when I wake up, but this dock seems to do the trick, with nice big numbers that are easy to see from afar, especially when you’re not wearing any glasses.

Make Your Own Franklin: Darth Vader 100 Dolla Bills, Y’all

Make Your Own Franklin: Darth Vader 100 Dolla Bills, Y’all
Check out how imposing a Darth Vader-inspired 100-dollar bill would look like! Personally, I’d like to see this in a future currency printing. This image is part of a project called Make Your Franklin by Vincent Desdoigts, Martin Joubert and Etienne Lecorre.

Macbook Air External Battery Uses C Batteries, Defeats the Point of Owning a Macbook Air

Macbook Air External Battery Uses C Batteries, Defeats the Point of Owning a Macbook Air
One of the main selling points of Apple’s MacBook Air will always be its incredibly small size and weight, so a complementary bulky charger that uses bulky, heavy batteries seems quite an absurd idea. But stranger, far less sensible things have existed, so I’m not that surprised by Bird Electron’s MacBook Air external battery, even though it uses eight C batteries.

Cool Fingers Protect Your Digits When You’re Too Lazy to Use Oven Mitts

Cool Fingers Protect Your Digits When You’re Too Lazy to Use Oven Mitts
After a long day at the office, I just want to switch on the television and watch away while I have my dinner. Sometimes, I get home to cold food and I could not be more grateful for whoever invented the microwave.

Is Raleigh, NC Building a Death Star?

Is Raleigh, NC Building a Death Star?
The Death Star plans may not be  in the main computer, but it does look like they are floating around Raleigh, North Carolina these days. I spotted the first of these mysterious photos over on Flickr and they sure make it look like a junior Death Star is under construction in the heart of the Southern city.

Virtual Boy Goes to the Arcade

Virtual Boy Goes to the Arcade
You may not know it, but the Nintendo 3DS wasn’t Nintendo’s first attempt at 3D gaming – it’s actually the third. The first system was a little-known 3D system for the Famicom, but the one most people know was the Virtual Boy, first released back in 1995, and despite the initial excitement about the system, Nintendo put a bullet in it about a year later.
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