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Archive for January 2018

BooBuddy Is a Paranormal Ghost-hunting Interactive Bear

BooBuddy Is a Paranormal Ghost-hunting Interactive Bear
Check out the aptly named BooBuddy. This talking teddy bear is supposed to alert you to paranormal activity. But here’s my question: How do I know if he is alerting me to paranormal activity or is a part of paranormal activity?

The Vestaboard Is an Airport Departure Board for Your Living Room

The Vestaboard Is an Airport Departure Board for Your Living Room
Digital display technology has pretty much replaced the need for those old mechanical signboards they used to have at airports and train stations back in the day. But there was something about the wonderful sounds they made as the letters and numbers flipped over that was tremendously satisfying.
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KFC Giving Away Drones with Chicken Wings: Kentucky Fried Flyer

KFC Giving Away Drones with Chicken Wings: Kentucky Fried Flyer
Remember when all that Colonel Sanders did was make chicken? Those were simpler days. These days KFC actually sells the occasional crazy product as well in addition to its fried birds. The latest crazy product is the KFO drone.

Nissan Develops Self-parking Slippers

Nissan Develops Self-parking Slippers
Nissan is apparently taking a pause from building cars so that they can give the world its first self-parking slippers. The company has taken a small chunk of its automated vehicle smarts and applied it to a traditional Japanese hotel experience.

Celebrate Your Next Birthday with 8-Bit Candles

Celebrate Your Next Birthday with 8-Bit Candles
I just moved into a new decade of life this week, and am feeling a bit long in the tooth – especially after seeing how many candles were on my birthday cake. I suppose I might not have cared so much if the candles were as cool as these ones.

Elon Musk Is Now Selling Flamethrowers

Elon Musk Is Now Selling Flamethrowers
Elon Musk continues to make the world a better place. The latest way that he’s doing this? Flamethrowers. After weeks of teases, Elon Musk has confirmed that his tunnel-drilling company The Boring Company is selling a flamethrower for the likes of you and me.

This “Fully-operational” Steampunk Dalek Is Ready to Exterminate Your Bank Account

This “Fully-operational” Steampunk Dalek Is Ready to Exterminate Your Bank Account
I always wondered what it might be like if Doctor Who took place in a steampunk alternative universe. I think it would be pretty cool to have a TARDIS filled with gears and giant steam engines, and Cybermen and Daleks made from copper and brass.

Floppy Disk Coasters: Protect Your Tabletop and Your Data

Floppy Disk Coasters: Protect Your Tabletop and Your Data
It’s been nearly two decades since I had to use a 3.5″ floppy disk for anything. I used to have boxes and boxes of the things packing everything from Microsoft Windows ridiculously bloated installers to various “warez” that I really shouldn’t have had in my possession.

Legend of Zelda Inspired Beer, It’s Dangerous to Go Sober

Legend of Zelda Inspired Beer, It’s Dangerous to Go Sober
Second Self Beer Company has introduced a new IPA ale inspired by The Legend of Zelda. It goes by the name of Triforce IPA. Right now it is available at the brewery’s taproom in Atlanta, and other select stores and bars in the area, plus Alabama.

Atari Raising Crowd Investments to Make RollerCoaster Tycoon for the Nintendo Switch

Atari Raising Crowd Investments to Make RollerCoaster Tycoon for the Nintendo Switch
Rollercoaster Tycoon has some serious fans. The question is, do Nintendo Switch owners want a version of the game badly enough to claim a direct stake in the game’s success? Atari seems to think so. The company’s Game Partners division has launched a crowd investment campaign to raise money for a Switch version of the theme park construction game.

R2-D2 World Power Adapter: No Need to Go to Toshi Station to Pick up Some Power Converters

R2-D2 World Power Adapter: No Need to Go to Toshi Station to Pick up Some Power Converters
While BB-8 might be newer and more adorable, R2-D2 will always be our #1 droid. He’s always been a highly versatile member of robot society, offering up just the right tool at just the right moment.

LEGO Lord of the Rings Pinball Machine: J.R.R. Tilt-Kien

LEGO Lord of the Rings Pinball Machine: J.R.R. Tilt-Kien
Much to the delight of fans, LEGO has been selling some nice big sets for a while now, so that nerds with disposable income can build some epic models. That said, I hold out the tiniest bit of hope that LEGO will turn Vladimir van Hoek’s full-size working Lord of the Rings pinball machine into a massive set we can buy.

DJI Mavic Air Drone: A 4K, Foldable, Gimbal-stabilized Flying Machine

DJI Mavic Air Drone: A 4K, Foldable, Gimbal-stabilized Flying Machine
DJI has officially launched its new Mavic Air drone, and this model brings with it some of the best features of DJI’s Mavic Pro and Spark drones at an affordable price. The DJI Mavic Air has a 1/2.3 inch sensor that will record 4K video at 24 or 30 frames per second.

Guy Makes 660-foot Basketball Shot from Atop a Waterfall

Guy Makes 660-foot Basketball Shot from Atop a Waterfall
I’m pretty good from the free throw line. Occasionally, I may even get nothing but net from full court, if I get lucky. But I’m not this good. Watch the guys from How Ridiculous take what should be an impossible 660-foot basketball shot, and make it look easy.

Die With Me Lets You Chat Only with Strangers Who Also Have Less Than 5% Battery

Die With Me Lets You Chat Only with Strangers Who Also Have Less Than 5% Battery
Your smartphone’s battery running out is very frustrating. We can never have enough power. We’re always topping off and charging up. It’s an endless cycle. Our smartphones are always on the cusp of dying. Well, if you want to chat with other people about your smartphone’s battery life, the Die With Me smartphone app will cost you a $1 and it only works when your battery life is less than 5%.

Drone Sweaters: Because It’s Windy Up There

Drone Sweaters: Because It’s Windy Up There
Humans buy little outfits for their dogs and cats. They even buy outfits for pets like lizards and chickens. Some people buy outfits for their dolls so they can change them and dress them and do God knows what.
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