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Microsoft Holoportation Augmented Reality Chat App: Hatsune, Me, You

Microsoft Holoportation Augmented Reality Chat App: Hatsune, Me, You
Microsoft’s Interactive 3D Technologies group recently showed us an example of how HoloLens and 3D scanning technology could revolutionize long distance communication. The group’s Holoportation concept is a supercharged version of video chat, letting you see the other party in life-size 3D in real time.

Persona 4 Golden Clothing Line: Style Link

Persona 4 Golden Clothing Line: Style Link
One of my favorite things about Persona 4 is that the characters wore ordinary clothes, even when they became supernatural investigators. They even changed outfits from time to time! And now we can rock some of their wardrobe, thanks to Insert Coin Clothing’s officially licensed collection.

Life-size XCOM 2 Beam Pistol Replica: 100% to Hit Your Wallet

Life-size XCOM 2 Beam Pistol Replica: 100% to Hit Your Wallet
Commander, TriForce has retrieved a weapon that could turn the tide of battle into your bank’s favor. It’s a full-scale replica of the Beam Pistol, the best secondary weapon for XCOM 2‘s Sharpshooter class. The replica measures 12.3″ long and weighs 7lb.

Honda & Hitachi Breathalyzer for Car Smart Keys: Keytotaler

Honda & Hitachi Breathalyzer for Car Smart Keys: Keytotaler
These days, you can have a breathalyzer installed in your car, but someday the life-saving device may be able to warn you while you’re still at the party. Honda and Hitachi say they’re working on a breathalyzer that’s compact enough to be integrated into a car’s smart key.

Life-size Juggernog Fridge Replica: Merch-A-Cola

Life-size Juggernog Fridge Replica: Merch-A-Cola
When Jelssin needs to feel big and strong, he can reach for Juggernog tonight. Or any night. The PS4 owner and Call of Duty fan recently won a real-life replica of the Juggernog refrigerator from CoD’s Zombies mode, courtesy of Super-Gamer Builds.

Changing Faces in Videos in Real Time: Literally Putting Words in Someone Else’s Mouth

Changing Faces in Videos in Real Time: Literally Putting Words in Someone Else’s Mouth
Last October, we checked out a tracking and animation system that creates a realistic computer animated face based on one person’s face and another person’s facial movements. Most of the researchers continued to work on that system, taking it to its logical conclusion.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DIY Remote Controlled Flamethrower: Wi-Fire

DIY Remote Controlled Flamethrower: Wi-Fire
The Internet of Things isn’t just about connecting your garage door to your car or your fridge to Amazon. It can also be about connecting your smartphone to a flamethrower, as SparkFun’s Nick Poole shows in a DIY project that he made to promote their new ESP8266 Thing dev board.

3D Printed Hearthstone Box: He’s Gonna Be Rich

3D Printed Hearthstone Box: He’s Gonna Be Rich
Behold, Julien de Muyter’s mighty invention! It’s a 3D printed replica of the magical box or chest that houses the animated game boards in Hearthstone. Julien’s model measures about 10″x 8″x 6″ and takes between 20 to 25 hours total to print. 

DIY Cheap Batman Utility Belt: Holy Thrift Shop Batman!

DIY Cheap Batman Utility Belt: Holy Thrift Shop Batman!
Batman’s utility belt isn’t as cool as his mask or logo, but it’s an equally essential part of any Dark Knight costume. DIY Prop Shop shows us how you can make a replica of the belt out of only $9 (USD) worth of materials.

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