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Archive for January 2016

Magneto Cake is Mag-Neato!

Magneto Cake is Mag-Neato!
The cool thing about a Magneto cake is that it will attract a knife and cut itself. The bad thing is it will also attract all the other metal in your home. This awesome cake may not look like Michael Fassbender or Ian McKellen, but that’s okay, it does look delicious.

Wall of Bugs Has a Volkswagen Beetle

Wall of Bugs Has a Volkswagen Beetle
There are a bunch of museums in the US and around the world I would like to visit one day. The Smithsonian is at the top of my list. I didn’t even know that Cleveland had a Museum of Natural History, but it does, and someone working there clearly has a sense of humor. Hidden in plain sight among their wall of dead bugs impaled with pins is one thing that is not like the others.
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Robot Drinky is Your Robotic Drinking Buddy

Robot Drinky is Your Robotic Drinking Buddy
A South Korean inventor has created a robot and turned it into an alcoholic. Essentially, he has made the very first Bender prototype. The little robot’s sole purpose in life is to drink alcohol with you.

MesoGlue Room Temperature Metallic Glue: Universal Solder

MesoGlue Room Temperature Metallic Glue: Universal Solder
Welding and soldering form strong bonds that conduct electricity and heat, but they require high temperatures that can be dangerous to both people and equipment. A new company called MesoGlue claims that its eponymous metallic glue has all the advantages of welding and soldering but with the ease of use of polymer adhesives. Image from Advanced Materials & Processes, January 2016 (pdf) MesoGlue is made of metallic nanorods that are spaced just right such that a pair of coatings can lock into each other.

Ghostbusters Action Figure Prototypes Highlight the New Film

Ghostbusters Action Figure Prototypes Highlight the New Film
As a child of the ’80s, the Ghostbusters were a huge part of my youth. I had the Ray Parker theme song and jammed it constantly on my record player. It was also one of the few VHS tapes we owned and didn’t rent each time we wanted to see it.

Protractor Pizza Cutter: Divide and Conquer

Protractor Pizza Cutter: Divide and Conquer
Now you can go full nerd on your pizza and slice it with a tool that you already have on your desk. Whether your pizza is nerd-a-politan, deep dork dish, Greek, I mean geek, or any other variety, this tool will give you a perfect slice every time. The Protractor Pizza Cutter has markings for six slices on one side and eight slices on the other.

Mcor Arke Full Color Desktop Paper 3D Printer: Stack Over a New Leaf

Mcor Arke Full Color Desktop Paper 3D Printer: Stack Over a New Leaf
Back in 2013, we found out about Mcor’s Iris, an industrial 3D printer that can print objects in full color, thanks in no small part to the fact that it uses paper as its main component.

Samsung Modular Display & Transformable TV: Literal Splitscreen

Samsung Modular Display & Transformable TV: Literal Splitscreen
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the snazziest TVs boasted HDR and 8K resolution screens. But perhaps the coolest ones at the show won’t ever go on sale. Made by Samsung, these two concept TVs consist of borderless displays that can split into smaller displays. The first system is simply called Modular Display.

3D Printed Fallout Power Armor Helmet: Science!

3D Printed Fallout Power Armor Helmet: Science!
Thanks to Daniel Lilygreen, we don’t have to wait for a nuclear war to break out to craft part of a Power Armor. He designed a 3D printable, life-size and wearable T-45d helmet, and he’s sharing his files for free. Daniel says the helmet is made of 49 items, which in turn form 12 main pieces that you can dowel together.

100 Dancing Drones: Space Pixels in Flight

100 Dancing Drones: Space Pixels in Flight
Intel and Ars Electronica Futurelab recently set a Guinness World Record for most UAVs flown simultaneously. They made 100 drones dance and put on a light show, set to music from a live orchestra. To accomplish Drone 100, Futurelab created their own software to choreograph the drones, control their lights and complement the live music.

Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Figma Link is Not in Ravio’s Shop

Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Figma Link is Not in Ravio’s Shop
Good Smile Company must be huge fans of The Legend of Zelda. This new Figma Link, based on the Hero of Time’s appearance in 3DS adventure The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, is the toymaker’s fourth Link action figure. This Link definitely has an old school look.

Segway Robot: Proto Autobot

Segway Robot: Proto Autobot
It’s no Optimus Prime or Hot Rod, but the Segway Robot does have a vehicle mode and a robot mode, and maker Ninebot hopes it will be useful whether you’re on or off the machine. The Segway Robot is a variant of Ninebot’s Mini Pro, which works much like the trendy self-balancing “hoverboard” transport devices.

Darth Vader Humidifier: The Steamy Side of the Force

Darth Vader Humidifier: The Steamy Side of the Force
Darth Vader was the Empire’s super soldier. But every now and then he always had to go back to his special chamber. That was because of the wheezing. That’s where his humidifier was. Unfortunately it never improved his breathing much, but that doesn’t mean a humidifier won’t work for you.

Turn Your Dog into Princess Leia

Turn Your Dog into Princess Leia
The gold bikini might be the most iconic of Princess Leia costumes, but the thing I remember most about her early appearances are the giant hair buns over the ears from A New Hope. You can now turn your dog into giant ear bun Leia with this sweet Star Wars headband. It has elastic over the top and bottom to keep your dog from weaseling out of them.

Olympus TG-870 Camera Takes a Beating and Keeps on Snapping

Olympus TG-870 Camera Takes a Beating and Keeps on Snapping
Anytime I take a digital camera with me outside or near the water, I’m nervous about it all day. One splash and it’s gone. Olympus has a new digital camera that you don’t need to worry about called the TG-870.

The Handy Chair Lives up to Its Name

The Handy Chair Lives up to Its Name
If you’re looking for a handy chair, look no further than the Handy Chair. It’s a chair. It’s a hand. You’ll be sitting in the palm of it’s hand. Okay, time to palm those hand jokes.
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