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History of the Sony Walkman (Infographic)

History of the Sony Walkman (Infographic)
If you can believe it, The Sony Walkman has been around for 36 years now. In fact, the player was born on July 1, 1979. In celebration of the Walkman, Sony put together this handy infographic which shows the evolution of the music player.

Wooden Wave Cabinet Makes Waves

Wooden Wave Cabinet Makes Waves
Check out the Wave Cabinet designed and built by Sebastian Errazuriz Studio. It is making waves all over the place. Wavy wooden waves. It is one of the coolest cabinets I’ve ever seen. It’s made up of wooden segments that allow you to manipulate its shape, making waves along its surface.
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Chewbacca Velvet Leggings Are Better Than Not Shaving Your Legs

Chewbacca Velvet Leggings Are Better Than Not Shaving Your Legs
Ladies, if your man has legs hairy enough to be a wookiee and you want to give him some of his own medicine without having to skip shaving your legs, these are the leggings for you.

Kingii Personal Flotation Device: One Wrist, No Risk

Kingii Personal Flotation Device: One Wrist, No Risk
If you’re into aquatic activities the best wearable accessory for you could be the Kingii. It’s a compact and easy to use personal flotation device that you wear on your wrist. In case of emergency, pull its lever and it’ll help you stay afloat. The Kingii uses a CO2 cartridge to inflate the bag.

The Tourbillon Thrill Ride is Perfect for the Next Final Destination

The Tourbillon Thrill Ride is Perfect for the Next Final Destination
Back in the day, I loved to go to carnivals. I’ve never been a big fan of things that flip upside-down, but I was all about the Zipper and that boat thing that swings back and forth.

Flambé Flaming Dunk Booth: Sure-fire Fun

Flambé Flaming Dunk Booth: Sure-fire Fun
Two Bit Circus – makers of the Hexacade – came up with a thrilling version of the dunk tank that Immortan Joe and his War Boys would approve of. Instead of being dropped into water, the person inside the Flambé gets doused in flames while wearing a flame retardant suit. Two Bit Circus made Flambé for the 2014 STEAM Carnival, but they also had it on display at this year’s Maker Faire Kansas City. MAKE: says that while the Flambé is as hot as it looks – they say you could feel the heat from the booth even from 50ft.

How to Jump Start a Car with AA Batteries

How to Jump Start a Car with AA Batteries
When your car battery dies, you can either ask someone for a jump start, or call for some roadside assistance and let them handle the process when they arrive. Those are the most common practices, but what if there was another way? If you’re the DIY type, your options are not so limited when it comes to jump starting a car battery; assuming you have a bunch of AA batteries with you anyway.

The Do Nothing Machine: A NEET Device

The Do Nothing Machine: A NEET Device
In the 1940s, a retired clockmaker named Lawrence Wahlstrom found a complex arrangement of gears and began work on what would become the precursor to today’s useless machines. Lawrence’s Do Nothing Machine uses three electric motors and over 700 moving parts to achieve absolutely nothing. The Craftsmanship Museum, which currently houses the Do Nothing Machine, said that Lawrence kept adding gears to his invention because he “realized that people prefer to be entertained rather than educated.” 

Super Mario 64 Running in Unreal Engine Truly is Unreal

Super Mario 64 Running in Unreal Engine Truly is Unreal
3D artist Aryok Pinera posted this video of Super Mario 64 using the Unreal Engine. Basically it is the Super Mario game that you love, but in hyper-real environments. I guess that means Yoshi is gonna be very frightening. What’s interesting about this is peoples’ mixed reactions.

Atari 2600 Joystick Candle: Coldbreaker

Atari 2600 Joystick Candle: Coldbreaker
Control the darkness with the Atari 2600 joystick candle. Etsy shop Kescha66 says the mold for the candle was made from an actual Atari joystick, which explains why the candles also have the Atari logo at the bottom. You can buy the candles from Kescha66 for $10 (USD) each.

Gamer Rage Leads to Broken PS3 Controller, Soccer Star to Pay for Replacement

Gamer Rage Leads to Broken PS3 Controller, Soccer Star to Pay for Replacement
We have all had that moment of inexplicable gamer rage when we are convinced that the game has cheated us and we were robbed of our victory. Sometimes all that happens is you curse a lot, and then go do something else.

Ripple Maker Makes Fancy Coffee Art

Ripple Maker Makes Fancy Coffee Art
I am not a coffee fan. I have tried to drink it before to get off soft drinks in the morning, but it is so gross I just can’t do it. I can drink unsweetened tea all day, but coffee just tastes bad to me.

LEGO Indominus Rex Concept Wants to Escape from LEGO Ideas

LEGO Indominus Rex Concept Wants to Escape from LEGO Ideas
LEGO already has an official – albeit virtual – take on Jurassic World‘s Indominus Rex, but this concept by LEGO Ideas member senteosan is a better representation of the the spiky and bony hybrid dinosaur. Senteosan’s concept is made of about 700 bricks, including the base.

MotorMood Car Light Lets You Thank Drivers with a Smiley Face

MotorMood Car Light Lets You Thank Drivers with a Smiley Face
There are times when a honk is not enough. MotorMood is a stick-on rear light for cars. Using its infrared remote control, you can flash it momentarily to reveal a smiley face and acknowledge a fellow motorist’s good deed. I wouldn’t be surprised if a reverse MotorMood – something that let you scold or piss off fellow motorists – would sell like hotcakes, but that’s exactly why devices like this should exist.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Exploded During Liftoff

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Exploded During Liftoff
Late last week, I talked a bit about SpaceX and why it was trying to land the first stage of its rocket on a drone ship in the Pacific. SpaceX planned the third attempt at landing the rocket over the weekend, but things didn’t go to plan. This time out, rather than the rocket crashing or exploding on the drone ship in the ocean, the rocket never made it into space in the first place.

Own an Actual Velociraptor Claw

Own an Actual Velociraptor Claw
With the massive success of Jurassic World, prehistoric creatures are once again the talk of dinnertime conversations around the globe. While you could just settle for some CGI dinosaurs and velociraptors, why not go for the real thing?
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