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Archive for October 2022

LEGO Ferris Wheel Great Ball Contraption

LEGO Ferris Wheel Great Ball Contraption
Designed and built by Berthil van Beek for the Eurobricks T23 competition (where I’m sure it will be a contender), this LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC) is a massive functional Ferris wheel, with a diameter of a 91cm (~36″).

Playstation 5 Controller Alarm Clock: Wake Up to Game

Playstation 5 Controller Alarm Clock: Wake Up to Game
Filed under products I never knew existed and would probably be fine if that were still the case, Firebox is selling an officially licensed Playstation 5 Alarm Clock, which looks like a PS5 controller atop a charging dock.

Human Spine Lamp: A Gothic De-Light

Human Spine Lamp: A Gothic De-Light
Because why limit skeletons to just your closet, macabre Etsy shop the blackened teeth (mine are just yellowed) is selling the Spine Lamp, a 60cm (~24″) table lamp made with a realistic human spine. Perhaps a little TOO realistic.

Creepy Tentacle Robot Can Carefully Grasp Fragile Objects

Creepy Tentacle Robot Can Carefully Grasp Fragile Objects
Because what good is a robotic gripper if it breaks everything it touches, researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a robotic gripper that can carefully grasp and pick up objects with its creepily long tentacles.

‘Pocket Miku’: A Synthesizer That Sings

‘Pocket Miku’: A Synthesizer That Sings
The Pocket Miku is a tiny synthesizer that turns its key presses (or audio input) into Hatsune Miku’s voice. For those of you unfamiliar, Miku is a Vocaloid software voicebank created by Crypton Future Media and its official anthropomorphic mascot, a Japanese idol with long, turquoise hair.

3D Printed Meat Is Coming to a Supermarket Near You

3D Printed Meat Is Coming to a Supermarket Near You
3D printed meat: just the thought alone probably has your mouth watering right now. I know mine is, but I’ve eaten nothing but saltines for the better part of a week because I’m too lazy to go to the grocery store and too poor to order delivery.

Butt Be Dry Waterproof Seating Pad: So Long, Soggy Pants!

Butt Be Dry Waterproof Seating Pad: So Long, Soggy Pants!
Because nobody likes a wet butt (I only face forward in the shower), the Butt Be Dry (affiliate link) is a portable seating pad to prevent the back of your pants from getting soaked while sitting on a wet seat.

This Tic-Tac Gun Is a Minty-Fresh Blaster

This Tic-Tac Gun Is a Minty-Fresh Blaster
Designed, 3D printed, and sold by Etsy shop 3DCubedPrinting; the TTG2.5 is a  handgun that uses mints as bullets. That way, you don’t even have to clean up after shooting cans for target practice in your living room; just let your dogs enjoy minty-fresh breath.

LEGO Releasing 4,049-Piece Iron Man Hulkbuster Build Set

LEGO Releasing 4,049-Piece Iron Man Hulkbuster Build Set
Priced to bust wallets at $550, the LEGO Avengers Hulkbuster set is the toy giant’s largest Marvel set to date, with an impressive 4,049 pieces. For reference, that’s $200 more but only 277 pieces more than the LEGO Daily Bugle set.

Biodegradable, Single-Use Circuit Boards Printed on Paper

Biodegradable, Single-Use Circuit Boards Printed on Paper
Because most computing technology is notoriously earth-unfriendly with its inability to be reused or recycled, researchers at the State University of New York at Binghamton have developed circuit boards printed on paper that can be safely disposed of after a single use, either by burning or naturally biodegrading.

Lifesize ‘Pan Solo in Carbonite’ Bread Sculpture

Lifesize ‘Pan Solo in Carbonite’ Bread Sculpture
Participating in the Downtown Benicia Main Street Scarecrow Contest, bakers Hanalee Pervan and her mother Catherine of One House Bakery in Benicia, California, created this lifesize ‘Pan Solo in Carbonite’ bread sculpture. Did it win the contest?

The Exorcist Puking Regan Bottle Pourer: For Demonic Drinks

The Exorcist Puking Regan Bottle Pourer: For Demonic Drinks
Inspired by the scene from The Exorcist that kept me up countless nights when I was a child because I watched the movie entirely too young at a sleepover, this pewter bottle pourer features the likeness of Regan MacNeil projectile vomiting.

Build Your Own Wooden Tilt-A-Whirl Moving Music Box

Build Your Own Wooden Tilt-A-Whirl Moving Music Box
Because who didn’t get into puzzles or model building during the pandemic (I got into miniature ships myself), the $55 ROKR Tilt-A-Whirl is a DIY music box wooden puzzle kit from the company’s Magic Amusement Park series.

Flexible Articulated 3D-Printed Fidget Slugs

Flexible Articulated 3D-Printed Fidget Slugs
Anxiety: we all experience it. And what better way to help alleviate that feeling than with a 3D-printed, articulated fidget slug? I can’t think of anything. Granted, I’m not trying to think of anything, but I have to save my brainpower for more important things like what’s for lunch.

Desktop Mars Zen Garden: Interplanetary Peace

Desktop Mars Zen Garden: Interplanetary Peace
Originally created as places for monks to meditate on Buddha’s teachings, Zen gardens have been miniaturized and available in desktop versions for quite some time now. Just not in interplanetary form, like this Mars Zen Garden available from Uncommon Goods.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Inspired Stormtrooper: Spaghetti Space Western

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Inspired Stormtrooper: Spaghetti Space Western
Because there will never be enough Star Wars merchandise in the world, Merchoid is selling this The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly-inspired stormtrooper statue. Complete with a cowboy hat and poncho, this stormtrooper is clearly ready to set out on his trusty steed (read: speeder bike) and seek his fortune.