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Archive for January 2016

ReveaLED UV LED Flash for Smartphones: Stains, Stains Everywhere

ReveaLED UV LED Flash for Smartphones: Stains, Stains Everywhere
Ultraviolet lamps are cheap and easy to find, but if you want something compact Bite Designs’ ReveaLED could be worth checking out. It looks a lot like LED flash accessories for smartphones, except it emits UV light, and in fact does not even need a smartphone to work.

Death Star BBQ: The Charred Side of the Force

Death Star BBQ: The Charred Side of the Force
Burgers and hot dogs, chicken, steak, or Alderaan, this Death Star barbecue grill cooks them all to perfection. How many other grills can destroy a peaceful planet and grill an entire meal for a squad of Stormtroopers in a single day?
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Japan Has a Glorious Ninja Academy and Anyone Can Attend

Japan Has a Glorious Ninja Academy and Anyone Can Attend
Growing up, I rented the VHS tape of the b-flick American Ninja probably a million times. I wanted to be a Ninja pretty badly. My mom would never let me buy a sword or throwing stars, so my ninja dreams never came true.

Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot Does the Deed in about a Second

Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot Does the Deed in about a Second
Remember that kid that solved a Rubik’s Cube in 5.25-seconds? He’s a sloth compared to the robot that Jay Flatland and his pal Paul Rose created. The motorized ‘bot has a 3D-printed frame, and is controlled by an Arduino and custom software running on a Linux PC.

3D Printed Fallout 4 Furious Power Fist: CADsmith

3D Printed Fallout 4 Furious Power Fist: CADsmith
Thanks to Simone Fontana, you don’t have to risk irradiation and death at the hands of a super behemoth to get the legendary Furious Power Fist. Simone designed a 3D model of the unique Fallout 4 weapon and is sharing it for free.

Air Bonsai Floating Plant: Magnepiphyte

Air Bonsai Floating Plant: Magnepiphyte
We’ve seen small-scale magnetic levitation applied to toys and food. Hoshinchu’s Air Bonsai is another novel application of the technique, combining it with miniature plants, hand made porcelain and antique Japanese fabric to make beautiful decor.

Fallout 4 T-45 Power Armor Action Figure Wants to Establish a Settlement on Your Shelf

Fallout 4 T-45 Power Armor Action Figure Wants to Establish a Settlement on Your Shelf
Threezero has finally unveiled its much awaited Fallout 4 action figure. The sixth scale T-45 Power Armor has incredibly detailed frame and armor. Threezero says the armor pieces are detachable and are interchangeable with those on upcoming Power Armor figures.

Screeps MMORTS is Played Using JavaScript: Command & Console

Screeps MMORTS is Played Using JavaScript: Command & Console
Some games have hacking or programming mini-games, and there are a couple of ones where programming is the game. But Screeps is the first game I’ve seen that requires knowledge and even expertise of JavaScript. Launched last May, Screeps is a real-time strategy game where you grow a military colony using JavaScript (or a programming language that can be compiled to JavaScript).

Hyperkin ProCube Wii U Controller Smashes the Need for Wiimotes

Hyperkin ProCube Wii U Controller Smashes the Need for Wiimotes
Despite its unorthodox shape and button layout, the GameCube controller has earned a cult following, especially among Smash Bros. fans. Gaming peripheral makers such as Horii and PDP have released Wii U controllers that mimic the GameCube, but those are wired and need to be plugged into a Wii Remote.

Adafruit PiGRRL 2 Raspberry Pi Gaming Handheld: Make Boy

Adafruit PiGRRL 2 Raspberry Pi Gaming Handheld: Make Boy
Adafruit made it easier to turn the Raspberry Pi into a retro gaming handheld by designing 3D printable cases. Now they’re simplifying the process by designing an internal component: a custom PCB for the gamepad. Adafruit says its custom circuit board cuts the PiGRRL 2’s build time in half because with it you don’t need to wire the buttons.

Star Wars Plushy Bouquet: May February 14th Be with You

Star Wars Plushy Bouquet: May February 14th Be with You
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, and if you are lucky enough to have a lady in your life that likes Star Wars, I may have just gotten you laid. Don’t give her normal flowers, they die and cost a stinking fortune at Valentine’s Day.

Super-Hydrophobic Paddles Let ISS Astronaut Play Liquid Ping-Pong

Super-Hydrophobic Paddles Let ISS Astronaut Play Liquid Ping-Pong
If there were ever a reason to put Forrest Gump on the ISS, this would be it. NASA sent up a pair of special paddles to the space station that allow astronauts to play ping-pong with water globes.

DIY Text-to-Speech Teddy Ruxpin: Creepy Ruxpin

DIY Text-to-Speech Teddy Ruxpin: Creepy Ruxpin
It may no longer be the cheapest chip on the block, but Next Thing Co.’s C.H.I.P. is still a pretty good computer. But in this case, it’s been used for a very bad mod. Next Thing Co.’s software and hardware developer Andrew Langley used it to extend a Teddy Ruxpin’s speech feature, allowing it to say anything you want.

Beautiful Cast Metal Gaming Dice: This Is How I Roll

Beautiful Cast Metal Gaming Dice: This Is How I Roll
I love cool dice. And speaking of cool dice, Trayser Metal Works is making some really beautiful cast metal designs. Just look at these dice. They look like treasure that you might find in a dungeon.

Power Toothpaste Is Caffeinated: Wake up While You Brush

Power Toothpaste Is Caffeinated: Wake up While You Brush
Waking up in the morning is the worst, but it has to be done. Thank God we have coffee to get us kick-started. If that still isn’t enough to get yourself going, here’s a new product that is in development that will make your morning easier: Power Energy Toothpaste.

Phone Case Looks and Feels Like a Realistic Human Ear: Lend Me Your Ear

Phone Case Looks and Feels Like a Realistic Human Ear: Lend Me Your Ear
If for some reason you need a phone case with a realistic human ear on it, here ya go. This iPhone case is made by Los Angeles-based creepy body parts artist Sarah Sitkin. Seriously, check out her page.
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