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Archive for November 2015

Skateboard + Electric Guitar = Skate-O-Caster

Skateboard + Electric Guitar = Skate-O-Caster
I’ve never been a skateboarder myself, but I’ve always wondered what Tony Hawk would do when he got too old to risk getting on a skateboard. I think I found my answer. He could turn his skateboard into a kick ass electric guitar and make some music. Stereotank, a design firm in New York City, created this cool musical instrument by transforming a skateboard into a lap guitar.

Guild Wars 2 Quaggan Plush: Coo!

Guild Wars 2 Quaggan Plush: Coo!
iam8bit has a couple of special holiday gifts that will make you do the Quaggan dance. They’re officially licensed 12″ plush toys of Guild Wars 2‘s half-whale, half-Care Bear race. Shown above is the standard Quaggan plush, and below is the limited edition Holiday Quaggan. You can order-oo the toys from iam8bit.
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Deadpool Theater Standee Lets You Sit on the D

Deadpool Theater Standee Lets You Sit on the D
I am really looking forward to the upcoming Deadpool flick. I like Ryan Reynolds, even though he did make that terrible Green Lantern movie. In the lead up to Deadpool hitting theaters on February 12, a new standee is heading to theaters. If you aren’t up on your movie theater lingo, a Standee is one of those fancy cardboard cutouts that advertise the film.

Nicholas Kirkwood Geeky High Heels: SHODAN Wears Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood Geeky High Heels: SHODAN Wears Kirkwood
Born in 1980, Nicholas Kirkwood grew up right as video games, sci-fi and computers became mainstream. So for his 10th anniversary as a shoe designer he decided to pay homage to geek culture and the icons of our generation. Kirkwood’s made-to-order 10 Collection features high heels with graphics and details based on Pac-Man, Star Wars, Back to the Future and more.

Borg Cube Paper Lantern: Darkness is Futile

Borg Cube Paper Lantern: Darkness is Futile
I always thought that the Borg were the coolest of the Star Trek villains. I continue to hope that the new Trek flicks will have to fight the Borg at some point. Trekkies who find that resistance is futile when it comes to illuminating their room may want to check this out. This Japanese style paper floor lantern has patterns on the shade that look like a Borg cube.

Tiny Arcade: Pym’s Arcade

Tiny Arcade: Pym’s Arcade
We’ve seen how you can use a Game Boy or a Raspberry Pi to create a palm-sized arcade machine. If you’d rather go straight to squinting and playing, TinyCircuits has just the thing for you. The Tiny Arcade is based on TinyCircuits’ Tiny-Duino, an Arduino-compatible computer and expansion boards that are all about the size of a quarter and can be stacked on top of each other.

Review: Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer

Review: Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer
Ever since Dremel first introduced its Idea Builder 3D printer last year, I’ve been excited to get my hands on one. From everything I’ve seen and heard, it appears to be a very good value for an easy to use and versatile 3D printer. 

Review: The 2016 Toyota Prius Is a Marvel of Modern Engineering

Review: The 2016 Toyota Prius Is a Marvel of Modern Engineering
Toyota recently invited me out to southern California to take some time getting to know the new 2016 Prius. While the Prius is known for its exceptional fuel economy and eco-consciousness, it doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being a fun or dynamic car.

Nixon x Star Wars Boba Fett Backpack: Journeyman Packtector

Nixon x Star Wars Boba Fett Backpack: Journeyman Packtector
Watchmaker Nixon recently launched a collection based on Star Wars villains. Naturally the bulk of the collection are wristwatches, but I think the best of the lot is the A-10, a backpack based on the interstellar gunslinger Boba Fett. The bag is about 20″ tall and has a large main compartment, two front pockets with waterproof zippers, a side-loading laptop compartment, mesh side pockets and a base compartment.

Arduino Knife-wielding Tentacle Dares You to Turn it Off

Arduino Knife-wielding Tentacle Dares You to Turn it Off
YouTuber outaspaceman is a budding maker. Or a mad scientist. While learning how to use the Arduino, he accidentally built the opposite of the useless machine. It’s not exactly useful though. The perfectly-titled Knife-wielding Tentacle is based on the Arduino tutorial program Blink Without Delay.

D-Link Komfy Switch with Camera Is HAL 9000

D-Link Komfy Switch with Camera Is HAL 9000
Nice try D-Link. Sure, you can call your new product the Komfy Switch with Camera, but I know HAL 9000 when I see him. You can give HAL a few new angles and take away the evil red glow, but I know this light switch secretly wants to flush me out of the airlock. Sure it might let me see what’s up in my house with its beady little 1080p camera and send me notifications if it senses motion or if it gets too hot in my house, but I know it’s only biding its time. I can only assume Komfy 9000 will take over my smartphone with its Komfy App letting me believe all is well right up until it goes insane and tries to kill me or at least turn the lights off right as I step over a big pile of LEGO in a sadistic attempt to cause grievous injury and save itself.

Star Wars Engraved Wood Clocks: This One, A Long Time You Will Watch

Star Wars Engraved Wood Clocks: This One, A Long Time You Will Watch
Inked and Screened is known for making patent diagram posters of popular objects. But for the holidays, the shop is making limited edition wooden wall clocks based on Star Wars’ characters and vehicles. Each clock measures about 14″x 10″ and is individually laser-engraved and cut.

NX1DLP 3D Printer Prints up to 41 Times Faster than Its Competitors: Light Speed

NX1DLP 3D Printer Prints up to 41 Times Faster than Its Competitors: Light Speed
Earlier this year Carbon3D went viral when it previewed its CLIP 3D printing technology, a supposed improvement over DLP printing that allows for incredible printing speeds, in some cases reducing printing time from hours to minutes.

Japanese Scientist Invents Dry Glue that Looks Like Breath Mints

Japanese Scientist Invents Dry Glue that Looks Like Breath Mints
These tiny little crumbs look a lot like peppermints you’d use to freshen your breath after lunch, but you don’t want to eat these ones. What you see here are tiny spheres of a sort of latex liquid that are coated in calcium-carbonate nanoparticles.

Game of Thrones Book Box: Reading Is Coming

Game of Thrones Book Box: Reading Is Coming
Are you looking for a more stylish way to display your books? Check out this Game of Thrones Book Box. This is a lovely wooden version of Maester Aemon Targaryen’s Night Watch Handbook. This laser engraved box will hold a book or whatever else you want to put inside.

Life-size LEGO Back to the Future 2 Hoverboard Concept Might Literally Be Heavy

Life-size LEGO Back to the Future 2 Hoverboard Concept Might Literally Be Heavy
We might never get a real version of Back to the Future II‘s hoverboard, but with your help we can have a LEGO version of it. LEGO Ideas member Masman8675 already has the design and the proposal.
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