Star Wars fans tend to accumulate a lot of books because there have been so many expanded universe adventures and special collectors editions over the years. What do you do with all of these books? You put them between a pair of AT-AT bookends, that’s what.
There are a number of wearable devices on the market these days which can monitor your activity when you exercise, but they’re all pretty much glorified motion sensors, which extrapolate your activity level based on movement.
Over the years, I’ve seen more than a few remote-controlled toys that use the iPhone or other smartphones as their controller. Several of these little devices have come from a company called DeskPets. DeskPets is back with another cheap remote controlled toy that uses Android or iOS devices as the controller.
Here’s a crazy story. A man in Walsall, UK threw a punch at Darth Vader. This punch missed and hit Vader’s wife instead. It’s unclear if Vader used the force to deflect the blow and let his wife’s face take the hit instead.
Scientists at the Tufts School of Engineering and at the University of Illinois have created simple electronic devices that harmlessly dissolve after a set period of time. The scientists call their invention transient electronics, devices which could have a huge impact on medical devices and on the environment in general.
Viper is one of the better-know automotive accessory companies out there when it comes to keyless entry systems, remote starting systems, and car alarms. One of the coolest products the company offers is its Viper SmartStart system that uses your smartphone as the controller.
Pacemakers save millions of lives, but a security researcher has shown that they can be used to kill on a massive scale as well. Speaking at the Breakpoint security conference, Barnaby Jack of IO Active reverse engineered a pacemaker transmitter – a device like this one used to monitor installed pacemakers – eventually enabling him to wirelessly deliver 830v shocks to a pacemaker using his laptop.
Kids don’t want to be Luke Skywalker or Ben Kenobi or even handsome scoundrel Han Solo. Kids really want to be R2-D2. R2 is the man! Well, the ‘bot! Now you can turn your entire upper body into the Astromech droid with this excellent R2-D2 hoodie.
I was always pretty good at the Tony Hawk: Pro Skater games, pulling off mad combo moves thanks to generous use of manuals between tricks. Unfortunately, the second I hop on a real skateboard, forget about it.
Nothing tastes yuckier than beer that’s gone stale. Of course, you could just pour that old lager down the drain – or you could prevent your brew from going stale by getting the Bräuler Modular Growler System.
When I was a kid, I always found waterfalls mesmerizing. There’s just something about the massiveness of the whole thing that my kid brain just couldn’t fully process. Mesh that concept with a swing set and you’ve got yourself the object of many people’s childhood fantasies.
The rear touch-panel is one of the most unique features of the Sony’s PS Vita. Now, a Minnesota-based company called Canopy wants to bring that same feature to the iPhone 4 and 4S with the Sensus, a protective case with built in capacitive touch sensors.
Halloween is almost here, and if you’re looking for ideas to make your kid the coolest kid in the neighborhood, you might want to check out what illustrator/animator Ward Jenkins did for his kid last year.