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Archive for May 2016

Stick-on Smartphone Macro & Micro Lenses: Blips

Stick-on Smartphone Macro & Micro Lenses: Blips
Earlier this year, we checked out the ScopeAround, a set of affordable scientific cameras that stream video to smartphones. But if you’re looking for something even simpler and cheaper, check out SmartMicroOptics’ Blips, a pair of macro and micro lenses that you stick over your mobile device’s camera.

Google Science Journal App Helps You Conduct Basic Experiments: Research Engine

Google Science Journal App Helps You Conduct Basic Experiments: Research Engine
Smartphones and tablets are packed with sensors. Normally they’re used by apps or the phone itself, but now Android users can take advantage of their mobile device’s light sensor, microphone and accelerometer to gather and record data with the help of Google and Exploratorium’s new Science Journal app.

Google & Levi’s Smart Denim Jacket Lets You Control Your Phone: Swipebeast

Google & Levi’s Smart Denim Jacket Lets You Control Your Phone: Swipebeast
Last year, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team unveiled Project Jacquard, which aims to make interactive clothing using conductive yarn and miniature electronics. At this year’s Google I/O developer conference, the company announced that it’s working with Levi’s to release the first consumer product based on Project Jacquard.

3D Printable Hydraulic Robots: Print, Pump, Play

3D Printable Hydraulic Robots: Print, Pump, Play
One of the dream – or nightmare – scenarios involving robots are ones that would automatically replicate or create other bots. One of the biggest hurdles for such a system is putting a robots’ parts together. 

DIY Cheese Ball Machine Gun: I’ll Give You a Snack You Won’t Believe

DIY Cheese Ball Machine Gun: I’ll Give You a Snack You Won’t Believe
One of YouTube’s star makers NightHawkInLight made a gun that fires cheese balls using an electric leaf blower, several PVC pipes and a large cheese ball container. It’s a fairly simple toy, but building it isn’t as straightforward as you might think.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Put Their Apartment on Airbnb: Viral Power

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Put Their Apartment on Airbnb: Viral Power
Don’t tell Shredder, but it turns out New York’s sewers are just one of the Turtles’ hangouts. They also have a nice three-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, and they let folks stay there while they were out fighting crime.

Man Made Shooting Stars are Like Fireworks from Space

Man Made Shooting Stars are Like Fireworks from Space
A company called Star-ALE hopes to create the most awesome aerial display ever seen in the skies over Tokyo as part of the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic games. Fireworks just won’t do for a celebration of such epic proportions.

The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition Chess Set

The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition Chess Set
It’s dangerous to play alone! Take this Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition Chess Set. It’s the new Zelda game you have been waiting for. Well, not exactly, but it is a cool new way to enjoy the Zelda universe.

Rainbow Sushi is Colorfully Raw

Rainbow Sushi is Colorfully Raw
Sushi lovers and vegans have a lot in common in so far as both groups want to be damn sure that you know what they like to eat. If the word “fish” is uttered, sushi fans will tell you how they love sashimi.

Labyrinth ‘Ello Worm Slippers Will Guide Your Feet on The Proper Path

Labyrinth ‘Ello Worm Slippers Will Guide Your Feet on The Proper Path
If you love the 1986 movie Labyrinth and need something to keep your feet warm, these cozy plush slippers should be perfect. They are based on that cute little worm from the movie. You know, the one that says “‘Ello” in the maze.

Giant Octopus Kite Flies over Singapore

Giant Octopus Kite Flies over Singapore
Here’s something that’s truly amazing and hypnotizing to watch. Kite fanatic Erich Chew captured this footage of a massive octopus swimming through the air at the Marina Barrage in Singapore earlier this month. Either that, or it’s a drill from Cthulhu and his minions finally attack our reality.

Pilot Earphones Translate Spoken Language in Real Time: Babelpiece

Pilot Earphones Translate Spoken Language in Real Time: Babelpiece
A few years ago, we featured Vocre, a mobile app that translates speech from one language to another using your mobile device as a display, a microphone and a speaker. A new company called Waverly Labs claims it’s working on a more elegant solution that uses wireless earphones.

Rocket Fishing Rod: The Gun That Catches Fish

Rocket Fishing Rod: The Gun That Catches Fish
Kids often have trouble casting their line into the water when fishing. The Rocket Fishing Rod is designed to make it easy. All they have to do is point where you want your lure and line to go, and fire.

McDonalds China Gets a Green Angry Birds Sandwich

McDonalds China Gets a Green Angry Birds Sandwich
McDonalds in China is getting some themed food to celebrate the launch of The Angry Birds Movie. One of those burgers has a green bun. I’ve had a green burger from McDonalds before, only in my case the green was mold none of the burger makers seemed to notice ALL OVER THE BUN before they put it in the bag.

Doctor Who TARDIS Bedding Is Comfier on the Inside

Doctor Who TARDIS Bedding Is Comfier on the Inside
Geeks like themed sheets. I had all the Star Wars sheets back in the day. Just because you have grown up doesn’t mean your bedding has to. If you are a Whovian, why not turn your bed into a TARDIS?

Pico Cassette Video Game Cartridge for Smartphones: Famiphone

Pico Cassette Video Game Cartridge for Smartphones: Famiphone
Japanese company Beatrobo wants to bring back the cartridge with Pico Cassette, a video game cartridge for iOS and Android devices. Is it practical? Not unless a cartridge can hold dozens of games. But Beatrobo hopes to attract old gamers and collectors who cherish the physical representations of their pastime.

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