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Archive for July 2015

Znaps Magnetic Connector for Smartphones Makes Charging a Snap

Znaps Magnetic Connector for Smartphones Makes Charging a Snap
Over the years, I have used a bunch of different iPhone models and Android devices. I like the Lightning connector for the iPhone because it’s easy to connect and you don’t have to worry about which way the connector goes in.

Bandai Y-Wing Model Kit Can Go Return of the Jedi or A New Hope Style

Bandai Y-Wing Model Kit Can Go Return of the Jedi or A New Hope Style
Growing up, I vividly recall getting $20 for my birthday and heading straight to the Star Wars toy aisle at the store. I really wanted a TIE Fighter or an X-Wing, but didn’t quite have enough money.
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Dynamic Drum Trigger Knows Where and How You Hit the Drums: Sensory Percussion

Dynamic Drum Trigger Knows Where and How You Hit the Drums: Sensory Percussion
A drum trigger is a device that converts hits on an acoustic drum into electronic signals that activate digital sounds. You can use them to achieve a cleaner sound in live performances or use sound effects without resorting to electronic drums or synthesizers. 

Game Controller Wallpaper Murals Are Gamer Chic

Game Controller Wallpaper Murals Are Gamer Chic
Growing up, my uncle had a big wall mural in his room that had a little sliver of beach and palm trees on it. I always thought that was really cool, but not really my style.

Star Wars Skateboards: Use the Frontside Heelflip, Luke!

Star Wars Skateboards: Use the Frontside Heelflip, Luke!
These cool Star Wars skateboards come from ÜberKreative, who definitely live up to their name. I’ve never even used a skateboard, but I want one. No, I want all of them just so I can display them.

LEGO Hearthstone Game Board: Let’s Get Physical!

LEGO Hearthstone Game Board: Let’s Get Physical!
Hearthstone would never work as a paper card game. But it looks really cute as LEGO, as shown by MOCer LEGOParadise and his scale model of the game’s Pandaria battlefield. It’s not the most polished or complex LEGO build, but it’s packed with fun details.

Robot Swans Measure Water Pollution: NUSwan

Robot Swans Measure Water Pollution: NUSwan
Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are testing robotic swans that can track water quality and upload collected data in real-time. The system is called NUSwan, a nod to the university but also short for New Smart Water Assessment Network.

Death Star Mood Light: That’s No Desk Lamp!

Death Star Mood Light: That’s No Desk Lamp!
Sad about Alderaan? Did your wookiee co-pilot fly you into some space worm’s mouth? No need to stress. Check out the Death Star Mood Light. The Death Star not only kills things, it also helps you relax with it’s soothing glow.

Using Disk Drives and 3D Printers as MIDI Musical Instruments

Using Disk Drives and 3D Printers as MIDI Musical Instruments
We’ve seen floppy drives and hard drives used to make music, but laurens.weyn’s Unconventional Instrument Orchestra can use “pretty much anything with steppers, or anything that makes noise on a signal pulse as percussion.” That includes hard drives, and floppy drives along with 3D printers, CNC machines and even doorbells.

Transparent Practice Padlock Lets You Practice Picking Locks

Transparent Practice Padlock Lets You Practice Picking Locks
We have probably all wondered what it would be like to be a cat burglar and be able to pick locks. That is why lockpicking kits are pretty popular. But how do you learn to pick locks in the first place?

Minecraft Wolf Smartphone Case Isn’t Trainable

Minecraft Wolf Smartphone Case Isn’t Trainable
My daughter loves Minecraft; it’s the only game she plays. She prefers creative mode and has this gigantic barn built that houses all the horses, sheep, pigs, and wolves that she spawns. She particularly likes to spawn wolves and then train them so they can be dogs.

Parker’s Crazy Cookies Puts Your Mug on a Cookie

Parker’s Crazy Cookies Puts Your Mug on a Cookie
Bored with the lame designs on the cookies you’re about to stuff your face with? Then indulge yourself and your vanity by placing an order for customized cookies from Parker’s. Parker’s Crazy Cookies is in the business of baking customized cookies with people’s faces on them.

Candle Charger: All You Need are Candles and Water for Power

Candle Charger: All You Need are Candles and Water for Power
Desperate times call for desperate measures. If your phone is running low on power and you’re stuck in an emergency situation where getting help from outside is vital, then you might want to consider stocking up on some Candle Chargers and some candles, of course.

Magical Unicorn Umbrella Keeps Trolls (and Humans) Dry

Magical Unicorn Umbrella Keeps Trolls (and Humans) Dry
I’d bet those ugly trolls from that old Tom Cruise flick Legend don’t like getting wet in the rain any more than you or I. Surely they would need an umbrella of some sort. I’d assume wet troll smells worse than wet dog.

Dogs Trained to Sniff out Storage Devices: Scentsitive Data

Dogs Trained to Sniff out Storage Devices: Scentsitive Data
The security dog training firm Tactical Detection K9 has an unorthodox and cute way to find all the thumb drives and microSD cards you’ve misplaced. The company recently started training dogs that can find storage devices by scent.

Bugs Bugging You? Wear a Net!

Bugs Bugging You? Wear a Net!
The rain came, and the bugs followed. If you find yourself spending the bulk of your evenings hunting for the elusive bug that just bit you on the kisser, then you might want to consider donning the Netsmen instead.
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