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Glow-in-the-Dark Highway Paint for Safer Night Driving

Glow-in-the-Dark Highway Paint for Safer Night Driving
Australian road marking company Tarmac Linemarking teamed up with firms OmniGrip and Vic Roads to develop a new glow-in-the-dark highway paint that can be used to mark road lines that will glow after the sun goes down.

Robotic Dog Uses AI to Learn to Walk in Under 20 Minutes

Robotic Dog Uses AI to Learn to Walk in Under 20 Minutes
A group of researchers at the University of California Berkeley have trained a dog to walk on various terrain in under twenty minutes using machine learning. Using a ‘deep reinforcement’ form of artificial intelligence, the robot can quickly acclimate to traversing almost any ground cover it finds itself on.

Mad Scientists Use Wolf Spider Carcasses as Robotic Grippers

Mad Scientists Use Wolf Spider Carcasses as Robotic Grippers
A group of researchers at Texas’s Rice University have developed a method of turning wolf spider carcasses into robotic grippers, making the legs open and extend when a small amount of air is applied inside the carcass and close and grip when the air is drawn back out.

Submachine Gun Attached to AliExpress Robot Dog: The Robopacalypse Nears

Submachine Gun Attached to AliExpress Robot Dog: The Robopacalypse Nears
Because terrible ideas come in all shapes, sizes, and price points, someone bought a $3,000 robot dog (knocked-off of Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini) on AliExpress, then went and strapped a Russian PP-19 Vityaz submachine gun to the top of it.

Harry Potter LED Candle with Wand Remote: Incendio!

Harry Potter LED Candle with Wand Remote: Incendio!
Because who doesn’t like make-believing they can do magic, FireBox is selling this Harry Potter Candle With Wand Remote. The candle features the Hogwarts insignia embossed on the front, and a touch of the wand’s button turns its LED on or off.

Someone Built the Death Star II from Cardboard: That’s No Amazon Box!

Someone Built the Death Star II from Cardboard: That’s No Amazon Box!
If there’s one thing you can count on in the Star Wars universe, it’s that if you build a big round killer space station, it’s sure to have some kind of major weakness that can be exploited to blow it to smithereens.

Scientists Create Self-Healing Skin For Robots Using Human Cells

Scientists Create Self-Healing Skin For Robots Using Human Cells
Researchers at The University of Tokyo have covered a robotic finger with skin created from actual human skin cells. It’s also capable of repairing itself when a collagen sheet is applied. And repair itself, it’s going to need to because I’m taking that Terminator finger down!

Tiny Robotic Crab Is So Small It Can Stand on the Edge of a Penny

Tiny Robotic Crab Is So Small It Can Stand on the Edge of a Penny
Developed by researchers at Northwestern University, this tiny robotic crab is so small it can stand on the edge of a penny. Not the side of a penny, the EDGE. Now that’s small. So small there could be a whole army of them in your bed right now, and you wouldn’t even know it.

College Students Develop Edible Tape for Holding Burritos Together

College Students Develop Edible Tape for Holding Burritos Together
The brainchild of a group of presumably messy eaters at Johns Hopkins University, Tastee Tape is an edible adhesive tape designed for holding burritos closed so you don’t wind up with burrito guts all over your lap while you’re trying to eat one.

Homer Simpson Disappearing Into Bush Kitchen Sponge Holder

Homer Simpson Disappearing Into Bush Kitchen Sponge Holder
As far as sponge holders go, this is a great one.  3D-printed and sold by Etsy shop Tecnopla, this green kitchen sponge holder makes Homer Simpson appear to be disappearing into a bush, just like in the now meme-ified scene from The Simpsons Season 5 Episode 16 ‘Homer Loves Flanders’.

The Proto “M”: A Compact Holographic Display and Media Device

The Proto “M”: A Compact Holographic Display and Media Device
If Back To The Future II taught us anything, it’s that the future will be filled with holograms. Of course, Back To The Future II was supposed to take place in 2015, and we haven’t realized even a small fraction of the technology it promised, but enough about my resentfulness; this is about the Proto Hologram “M,” a compact holographic display and media device made for home use.

Tiny Drone Swarm Navigates Bamboo Forest Autonomously

Tiny Drone Swarm Navigates Bamboo Forest Autonomously
Because the robotic apocalypse can’t come soon enough for some people, researchers at China’s Zhejiang University have programmed a swarm of small drones to navigate autonomously to avoid obstacles. In this case, those obstacles are the entirety of a bamboo forest.

Toyota Patents Dog Walking Robot That Can Pick Up After Your Pet

Toyota Patents Dog Walking Robot That Can Pick Up After Your Pet
Because picking up poop is one of the least desirable aspects of dog walking, Toyota recently applied for patents related to a dog-walking robot that can even clean up after a dog takes care of its business.

Spark Mini Amp Review: A Tiny But Mighty Practice Amp + Bluetooth Speaker

Spark Mini Amp Review: A Tiny But Mighty Practice Amp + Bluetooth Speaker
Musicians looking for a practice amp might want to check out Positive Grid’s Spark Mini. It’s a compact guitar amp that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. Honest to god, this is one of my favorite things ever.

Robotic Hands Taught to Delicately Peel Bananas

Robotic Hands Taught to Delicately Peel Bananas
What good is a robot servant if it can’t even peel your breakfast banana without smashing it to bits? With that in mind, researchers at the University of Tokyo’s ISI Laboratory have used AI to teach a pair of robotic hands how to delicately peel bananas.

Levitos, A Levitating Indoor Planter: Garden in the Sky

Levitos, A Levitating Indoor Planter: Garden in the Sky
Because in the future, everything will levitate, some genius has created the $121 Levitos Plant Pot, a small planter that levitates above its base so your favorite houseplant can admire the view from above. The levitating planter operates via electromagnetic induction powered by an AC adapter and hovers about 2 cm above the walnut finish base.