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Archive for January 2016

Fabulous Beasts Stacks Jenga on Skylanders

Fabulous Beasts Stacks Jenga on Skylanders
Popular toys-to-life games such as Skylanders and the Amiibo platform mainly use the physical figures as save files or keys, and most of the interaction is present in the video game half. But Sensible Object used a classic party game genre to turn the tables.

Robot-staffed Smartphone Store Coming to Japan

Robot-staffed Smartphone Store Coming to Japan
Softbank is about to open a smartphone store in Japan that’s fully staffed with its Pepper robots. These humanoid robots will take care of customers and assist them just like their human equivalents. The Pepper robots will be able to sign up contracts and create data plans.
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Wearable Chair Lets You Sit without Sitting

Wearable Chair Lets You Sit without Sitting
When I was in college, I watched a bunch of different surgeries being performed in the operating room. The thing that sticks out in my mind is just how long doctors have to spend standing in one single location, without moving.

The Wheel of Time Bookshelf: Round the Clock Reading Material

The Wheel of Time Bookshelf: Round the Clock Reading Material
This Wheel of Time is one of my all time favorite series of books. And this shelf is awesome. It’s a… wheel of books. Because let’s face it, a regular bookshelf just won’t do for these books.

Pikachu Sleeping Bags for Smartphones: Activate Sleep Mode

Pikachu Sleeping Bags for Smartphones: Activate Sleep Mode
It’s no secret that Japan has some very weird stuff. Much of that weird stuff comes out of vending machines. What you see here are tiny sleeping bags that can be found in gachapon toy capsule machines in Japan.

Figma Virtua Fighter Akira & Sarah: Attack the Block

Figma Virtua Fighter Akira & Sarah: Attack the Block
Goodsmile continues its run of unorthodox Figma action figures with its latest releases. They’re figures of Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant in their hilariously awful polygonal bodies from the original Virtua Fighter. They look ugly now, but – eh, let’s face it.

Wrench Motorcycle Helmets Racks

Wrench Motorcycle Helmets Racks
Wrenches can be found in every toolbox and every garage everywhere. If you don’t have one, you are doing it wrong. They are a must have tool. Now some old open-end wrenches have been repurposed, and are useful in a whole other way.

Steam Controller’s Haptic Motors Used to Play Music: Shake It Off

Steam Controller’s Haptic Motors Used to Play Music: Shake It Off
Like most modern controllers, Valve’s Steam Controller has actuators that generate haptic feedback. But YouTuber pilatomic discovered that you can make its motors sing. In his Steam Community post, pilatomic says he found out how to gain full control of the actuators while looking at how the controller communicated with Steam.

Super Mario Bros. Animated Cake Replicates World 1-1

Super Mario Bros. Animated Cake Replicates World 1-1
Cakes are so much cooler now than when I was a kid. Take, for instance, this cake that doesn’t just depict our favorite video game, but actually plays out the first level. This video is from filmmaker Aron Mani and pastry chef Jami Behrends.

Fan-made LEGO Arkham Asylum: Where’s Waylon?

Fan-made LEGO Arkham Asylum: Where’s Waylon?
LEGO fans – and LEGO itself – love to create dioramas of Batman’s headquarters. But Flickr user Dayton aka Forgotten Days turned his attention to the villainous hive that is the Arkham Asylum. Dayton says he’s wanted to build the infamous hospital for years.

DIY Exoskeleton Lifts the Rear of a Mini Cooper

DIY Exoskeleton Lifts the Rear of a Mini Cooper
I’m looking forward to the day when exoskeletons will give me super powers. I want to be able to jump up on the roof without needing a ladder, and carry hundreds of pounds without getting a sore back.

DIY Frisbee Launcher: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Lawn

DIY Frisbee Launcher: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Lawn
Last year, we saw an angle-grinder chucking compact discs at high speed. La Fabrique DIY came up with a similar but less life-threatening contraption by repurposing a drill to launch frisbees. The crude but effective launcher uses the drill to turn a bicycle wheel, which in turn flings the frisbees with the help of a wooden feeder.

McDonald’s Makes Chocolate-covered French Fries in Japan

McDonald’s Makes Chocolate-covered French Fries in Japan
As far as I’m concerned, this side of a few breakfast items, the only thing at McDonald’s that isn’t gross and crappy tasting are the fries. I’d go so far as to say that McDonald’s has the best fries anywhere.

MB&F Sherman Desk Clock: RoboClock

MB&F Sherman Desk Clock: RoboClock
The robot-shaped MB&F Sherman clock is adorable and bound to make you smile. Apparently it was inspired by the M4 Sherman tank. See those working Caterpillar tracks? The clock face is simple with a traditional two-hand face – nothing overly complicated here.

DIY Gun Controlled Lamp: Lights Out

DIY Gun Controlled Lamp: Lights Out
Bitplay’s BANG! lamp adds a cool twist to remote control, but in my opinion its gimmick is not worth $400 (USD). If you have the tools, you might be better off copying Instructables member Austin aka austiwawa. 

Guy Plows Snow for His Neighbors Using Modified Off-Road Wheelchair

Guy Plows Snow for His Neighbors Using Modified Off-Road Wheelchair
If you are ever stuck in a wheelchair, don’t let that stop you from doing fun things. Take Iraq War veteran Justin Anderson, who has an awesome off-road wheelchair. Recently, he attached a snowplow to his modified chair, and used it to help his neighbors clear their snow.
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