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Archive for August 2015

Action Hero Beach Blanket: Mint on Beach

Action Hero Beach Blanket: Mint on Beach
The Action Hero Beach Blanket is a great way to display yourself as the ultimate collectible on the beach. Become “The Legend”, a fully articulated hero, mint on your card, just chilling, looking like the limited edition that you are. Now you can be the action figure you have always dreamed of being.

Giant Crane Lifts a Crane, Which Lifts a Crane, and So On

Giant Crane Lifts a Crane, Which Lifts a Crane, and So On
Check out this daisy chain of cranes lifting other cranes and showing off how tough and powerful they are. This video comes from Germany’s Liebherr, a heavy equipment manufacturer demonstrating their cranes’ insane superhero-like abilities. A crane picks up a smaller crane, then that one picks up a smaller crane and so on.
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WalkCar Personal Transport: Haul-U

WalkCar Personal Transport: Haul-U
We already have a wealth of options for traveling short distances in urban areas. Bicycles, skateboards and scooters are getting smaller and lighter, with electrically-assisted variants to choose from. But if Cocoa Motors’ WalkCar is for real, we might be seeing this all over cities in a couple of years. The WalkCar’s most notable feature is its extreme portability.

Glitch Socks Concept: Wearrors

Glitch Socks Concept: Wearrors
The musician, maker and many more known as Doctor Popular teamed up with Betabrand to produce a line of socks based on computer errors. Glitch Socks for the socks play on graphical manifestations of glitches, Pac-Man‘s corrupted final level and the classic Windows BSOD (Blue Sock of Death?)

Darth Vader Rolling Luggage: I Am Your Carry-on

Darth Vader Rolling Luggage: I Am Your Carry-on
If Darth Vader ever took a nice holiday to the rolling hills of Endor, he would need a suitably evil looking suitcase. He would definitely take this Darth Vader Rolling Luggage. It has a handle that slides out and four wheels that can move in any direction. The Dark-Sided suitcase is designed to work in just about any carry-on situation and should fit in overhead bins.

Redstone Block PC: Blood + Sweat + Tears

Redstone Block PC: Blood + Sweat + Tears
Redstone is a key component for making virtual computers in Minecraft. It’s also Spencer Kern’s key inspiration for his meticulously crafted mini ITX PC. Spencer built the 8.5″x 8.5″x 8.5″ case almost entirely out of acrylic.

Hogwarts Rucksack of Witchcraft and Wizardry Will Take You Back to School

Hogwarts Rucksack of Witchcraft and Wizardry Will Take You Back to School
As much as you don’t want to think about it, the summer is all but over. Most students will be heading back to class this month, and it’s time to get all the stuff you need to survive another year at school.

Finding Bigfoot (in a Bundt Cake)

Finding Bigfoot (in a Bundt Cake)
Last time we spotted the elusive Sasquatch, he was hiding out on Etsy. Now, it seems that the creature has gone through some sort of shrinker ray and made his way into a bundt cake. Or maybe it’s a really big cake and he didn’t shrink at all. Baker Jenn Fujikawa of justJENN Recipes created this deliciously squatchy looking bundt cake, and has been kind enough to share the technique up on Nerdist.

Funko POP! Minions are Despicable

Funko POP! Minions are Despicable
One of the best-animated movies I have seen in a long time was the first Despicable Me. My kids and I liked the minions better than any other character in the film, and many other people did too.

10,000-brick LEGO Technic Star Wars Sandcrawler Actually Crawls in the Sand

10,000-brick LEGO Technic Star Wars Sandcrawler Actually Crawls in the Sand
Check out this massive and awesome LEGO Sandcrawler made by Jarren Harkema and Calvin Hartley. They studied Star Wars: Episode IV inside and out then set out to create this beast. They also spent hundreds of hours planning, designing and building it. This LEGO masterpiece measures 3-feet long, weighs 28-pounds, and took 10,000-bricks to construct.

OrCam Helps Visually Impaired Read & Recognize Faces: Hey Listen!

OrCam Helps Visually Impaired Read & Recognize Faces: Hey Listen!
A couple of years ago we checked out OpenGlass, a prototype software that used Google Glass to help the visually impaired identify objects. OrCam has a very similar function. It has a camera that clips on to eyeglasses and recognizes text, faces and objects. OrCam can read non-cursive text and identify objects and faces to the wearer through its bone conduction speaker.

MIT Making Robots with Human Reflexes

MIT Making Robots with Human Reflexes
In the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the idea is to create a robot that can navigate an obstacle course, using skills that could help save humans in an emergency. On the flip side, we may also be creating robot overlords that will one day decide to rule us meat sacks. For now, we are safe because the autonomous robots can hardly walk across the floor without falling like your drunken uncle at Christmas or a toddler hopped up on sugar.

Automatic Feeder Mod Makes Cat Work for Food

Automatic Feeder Mod Makes Cat Work for Food
Benjamin Millam came up with a brilliant way to help his cat Monkey eat and have fun at the same time. Benjamin modded Monkey’s automatic feeder so that it will dispense food in exchange for a wiffle ball. Benjamin made an Arduino-controlled add-on to the feeder that has an RFID reader.

Mod Turns Skyrim into a Cartoon

Mod Turns Skyrim into a Cartoon
I recently tried playing Skyrim again recently, but didn’t get very far. It just felt like the same old experience. This mod by Modder UniqueUses is called “Toon Skyrim” and this is just what I needed for the game to feel new and fresh again. It’s a work in progress, but man, it looks awesome.

Exoskeleton Simulates Aging: Inevitable Reality

Exoskeleton Simulates Aging: Inevitable Reality
While many companies and universities are working on exoskeletons that enhance the human body, the exoskeleton in the R70i Aging Experience intentionally does the opposite to help us understand and empathize how it feels to be old. Made by insurance company Genworth and Applied Minds, the R70i’s exoskeleton simulates arthritis, muscle loss and other bodily impairments brought about by old age.

DIY Stormtrooper Foosball Table: Empire FC

DIY Stormtrooper Foosball Table: Empire FC
Here’s a relatively simple project for 3D printing newbies. YouMagine member excite tricked out his foosball set by replacing the heads of the players with stormtrooper helmets. Excite based the helmets on Thingiverse member ProCoPrint3D’s design, then used permanent markers to add details.
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