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Trumpet 3D Printed While Being Shipped: Rush Job

Trumpet 3D Printed While Being Shipped: Rush Job
This fun commercial for Dutch parcel company PostNL took advantage of 3D printing to deliver a trumpet that did not exist until after the box that it came in was shipped. With the help of 3D printing expert Joris van Tubergen, PostNL supposedly sent an Ultimaker 2 3D printer (and presumably a power source) through the usual stages of delivery while the machine printed the trumpet.

Atari Flashback 2 Stuffed Inside Atari 2600 Cart: Pocket Atari

Atari Flashback 2 Stuffed Inside Atari 2600 Cart: Pocket Atari
We’re big fans of Sharon aka lovablechevy’s portable console mods, so we were very happy when she pointed us to her latest creation. She crammed the Atari Flashback 2 – an Atari 2600 variant with 42 games built-in – inside a 2600 cartridge. Sharon said she’s had this case mod in her sights for the past 8 or 9 years.
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Stacked Wood & Acrylic Lamp with Reed Switch: Attention Magnet

Stacked Wood & Acrylic Lamp with Reed Switch: Attention Magnet
Etsy shop PaisleyGarbage is selling this beautiful desk lamp made of U-shaped poplar and acrylic pieces stacked side-by-side. They took to Reddit to share how they made the lamp. PaisleyGarbage used a 35W laser cutter to prepare the wood and acrylic parts, including the base.

SCAMP Robot Flies, Perches & Climbs: Cosmic Spider-Bot

SCAMP Robot Flies, Perches & Climbs: Cosmic Spider-Bot
First, we saw a robot that could both fly and walk. Then we saw a robot that could fly, walk and perch. Now we have SCAMP, a robot that can do all of the above as well as scale vertical surfaces. SCAMP stands for Stanford Climbing and Aerial Maneuvering Platform and was made by engineers at Stanford University’s Biomimetics & Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory. 

Universal’s Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium: Guess They Couldn’t Get the Wonka License

Universal’s Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium: Guess They Couldn’t Get the Wonka License
Growing up, the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory rather creeped me out. The little Oompah Loompas did it. The thought that eating the wrong gum could swell you into a blueberry didn’t help either.

Big Mac Gives the Finger to Molten Copper

Big Mac Gives the Finger to Molten Copper
I used to get so excited growing up when we were going out to McDonalds. It was really all about the fries and the playground for me. Today going to McDonalds means that I’m broke and in need of a cheap hamburger to avoid eating that crappy turkey sandwich I packed for lunch.

Death Star & Millennium Falcon Planters: The Green Side of the Force

Death Star & Millennium Falcon Planters: The Green Side of the Force
Etsy store Anson Design Co. makes decorative items made of wood and concrete, including these cute planters based on famous Star Wars ships. They even come with a low maintenance air plant. The Millennium Falcon planter comes in two sizes.

NOZIPP Sleeping Bag Ditches the Zipper for Magnets

NOZIPP Sleeping Bag Ditches the Zipper for Magnets
As handy as zippers are 99% of the time, those occasional times when the zipper gets stuck are a real pain in the butt. Well, you won’t have to worry about getting stuck in your sleeping bag with the NOZIPP.

Lyric Speaker Displays Song Lyrics: Sing & Tell

Lyric Speaker Displays Song Lyrics: Sing & Tell
One of the Spotify desktop app’s coolest features is its ability to display the lyrics of the song that’s currently playing, turning your PC into a cheap karaoke machine. An upcoming speaker called Lyric Speaker has that function built-in, thanks to its transparent LCD screen. Lyric Speaker connects to the Internet to download the lyrics of the song that’s currently playing.

Build a Mini Catapult Designed by Leonardo da Vinci

Build a Mini Catapult Designed by Leonardo da Vinci
It’s clear that Leonardo da Vinci’s mind was always in full motion. The famous inventor drew up countless plans for contraptions and weaponry. Some of his inventions were built while most of them remained on paper.

Game of Thrones Scarf Teaches You Westeros Geography

Game of Thrones Scarf Teaches You Westeros Geography
I used to think that scarves were just for the cold months, but some people wear them year round, with summer scarves just made from a thinner material. Such is the case with this Game of Thrones Map Print Infinity Scarf.

Modular Metamaterial Can Be Programmed to Shapeshift: Real Life DynoCaps

Modular Metamaterial Can Be Programmed to Shapeshift: Real Life DynoCaps
We’re one small step closer to having Dragon Ball‘s miraculous capsules, thanks to a group of scientists that have created a metamaterial that can be programmed to change its shape, volume and stiffness. The scientists, led by Harvard Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences Katia Bertoldi, were inspired by a form of origami called Snapology, which involves connecting folded pieces of paper together to create a variety of geometric shapes.

Bento Watch Packs Lunch and Chopsticks: It’s Bento Time!

Bento Watch Packs Lunch and Chopsticks: It’s Bento Time!
Oh Japan, you never fail me with your oddness and yummy foods. This time out we have a handcrafted watch that hides lunch in its watch face. It might not have enough food to fill you up, but it is very cool and I want it. The entire project as undertaken by a company called Takii, who lined up an all-star team to pull off the task.

LED Animated Neck Tie Brings the Party to the Office

LED Animated Neck Tie Brings the Party to the Office
So you need to wear a tie to the office but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still party like it’s 1999. This LED Animated Neck Tie will let you party whenever the mood strikes you, even if you’re collating documents or filing TPS reports. You will be like the office Superman.

Nintendo Entertainment System Backpack: Now You’re Hiking with Power!

Nintendo Entertainment System Backpack: Now You’re Hiking with Power!
Need to carry your old NES cartridges in style? What better way than this awesome Nintendo Entertainment System Backpack? It looks just like the console that you grew up with. All of the details are perfect and it even has dimensional texture on the outside. Its custom zipper pulls look like tiny controllers, and if that isn’t enough, it has Start and Reset buttons and controller ports too. 

‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ Performed with Google Doodles

‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ Performed with Google Doodles
This is a fun video by samuraiguitarist, who managed to perform a beautiful version of Somewhere over the Rainbow using nothing but interactive Google Doodles that produce sound. How crazy is that? I remember when Google Doodles were just static images.
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