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Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Batarang Twin-Blade Folding Knife Probably Won’t Get Bruce Wayne’s Seal of Approval

Batarang

Everybody loves Batman. I mean, who doesn’t? Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy may have wrapped up last month, but people are still talking about how the movie ended and the future of the franchise, even until now.

Given its huge success, you can expect Batman-inspired stuff to crop up from now until they decide to reboot the entire thing. Stuff like the Batarang. It’s a twin-blade folding knife that features a bat handle. Unfold the blades and you’ve got a knife that will probably cut your hand while you try to use it for something else. In essence, the design looks awesome. When outstretched, the blades look like the bat’s wings, which was probably what they intended to do. However, it makes using the knife a wee bit more complicated.

Of course, you can just use unfold one blade at a time and use it like you would a normal knife. But still. The Batarang looks dangerously silly and will probably cut the palms of those who don’t really know how to use it.

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You Can Now Print Your Own Food

Regular readers of this site will be familiar with our ongoing coverage of the rapidly evolving field of 3D printing. The short of it is: it’s getting cheaper, fast. But today’s news isn’t about how much price has dropped. It’s about what these machines are able to print. The Imagine 3D Printer doesn’t use melted plastic extruded through a fine tip, as most other printers do. Instead it uses special syringes that accept any soft form material. This means you can even print with food, as long as you blend it first. Any soft material you can think of, like frosting, mashed potatoes, uh… blended chicken (?) can be loaded into the machine and printed into intricate 3D forms. It has a large 9″ by 9″ printing tray, so you’re not limited to cupcake sized creations.

The Imagine 3D Printer is $1,995.

Hit the jump for a video of it in action, and links.

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Nemo 33 Is The World’s Deepest Swimming Pool

The world’s deepest swimming pool has been around for quite a few years, since 2004. But we shouldn’t call it just a “swimming” pool: it’s a proper diving pool. We’re posting about it now because we just saw the pictures, and heck, that’s a lot of water!

The pool is located in Brussels, Belgium. Its maximum depth is 34.5 metres (113 ft). It contains 2.5 million liters of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water maintained at 30 °C (86 °F) and holds several simulated underwater caves at the 10 metres (33 ft) depth level. There are numerous underwater windows that allow outside visitors to look into the pools at various depths.

While we’re on the topic of simulated environments, do you guys know about Excalibur, the world’s tallest climbing wall? That one’s in the Netherlands, and while the Nemo 33 is in Belgium, it was created by one John Beernaerts, a Dutchman. There’s some kind of link there, we’re just not sure what it is. Whatever the case, a dive at Nemo 33 starts at 22€.

But of course, it’s pretty unlikely you’ll go in person. So hit the jump to look at a bunch more pictures from the comfort of your own home.

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Instacube Offers a Living Canvas for Your Instagram Photos

Instacube

If you’ve been clamoring to see your Instagram photos on somewhere other than your computer or smartphone screen, then you’re in luck because the Instacube is here. And it’s going to be here to stay, if you help its developers out.

The Instacube is a digital Instagram photo frame that runs on Android. It displays your favorite shots from your Instagram feed at three times the normal size so you can get up close and personal, and appreciate the photos just as they were meant to. It also makes sharing your photos a snap, too, especially to your friends and family who don’t have Instagram, provided that they’re physically close to you (and the Instacube!) that is.

The Instacube comes with a 600×600 pixel touchscreen display and can be set up in three easy steps. Just plug it in, connect it to your WiFi network, log on to your Instagram account, and you’re good to go. The device itself features a simple-to-navigate menu so you can browse through your stream just as you would on your phone.

Hit the jump to check out a video introducing the Instacube as well as links on where you can get it.

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Orapup Promises to Get Rid of Your Dog’s Doggy Breath

Orapup

Love your pets like you love your kids? Then you’ll probably want to hear all about the Orapup, which is a doggy tongue cleaner that promises to combat bad doggy breath by getting rid of it, right at the source.

Most people brush their teeth and scrape their tongues every day, but some of them still end up with pretty nasty breath. So you can’t really blame your canine pals for having less-than-stellar breath since they can’t brush and all. While there are a ton of doggy toothbrushes available, there’s only one pet tongue cleaner that I’ve heard of so far–and that’s the Orapup.

If you’ve ever tried brushing your dog’s teeth, then you know it could end up being quite the chore, especially since you have to hold them down and make them stay still while you brush. The cool thing about the Orapup is that you don’t need to hold them down, because it’s been designed to clean your pooch’s tongue in the easiest way possible: by having them lick it.

Hit the jump to check out a video featuring the Orapup, as well as links on how you can get one for yourself!

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Brazilian Artist Uses Pot to Create Smokin’ Art

Pot Artist

It’s strange, but true. This has got to be the first time that I’ve heard ‘art’ as the reason for why someone would smoke pot, but as they say, there’s always a first for everything.

Brazilian artist Fernando de la Rocque creates surreal-looking pieces of art by taking deep drags out of a joint and then blowing the smoke onto his stencil-covered canvas. It takes a while, but after a couple of puffs, a light brown outline starts to appear. Rocque keeps at it until the image is complete and adequately ‘colored.’ I’m not sure how he’s managing to pull this off, since smoking marijuana is illegal in Brazil.

Regardless, a lot of people happen to like Rocque’s doped-out art as each of the pot-smoke prints sell at about $2,500 each. A couple of Rocque’s work is currently on display at an alternative gallery down in Rio’s Ipanema neighborhood, so drop by and take a whiff take a look at his work if you happen to be in the area.

Hit the jump to check out a couple more of Rocque’s art.

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Tired of Dirty QWERTYs? Check Out Logitech’s All-New Washable Keyboard

Logitech Keyboard

Keyboards are hard to clean. They’ve always been a pain to neat freaks–but the good news is that they won’t always be. Not with Logitech’s Washable Keyboard K310, that is, which now allows users to clean their keyboards thoroughly, from the usual light dusting to an actual quick rinse under the tap.

“Using” a computer is practically synonymous to “typing.” That said, you can expect your keyboard to get understandably grimy and filthy after several months of use, most especially if you’re the type to munch on snacks while you work. Spritzing your keyboard with alcohol and wiping it afterwards isn’t enough to get all the dirt that’s trapped in all the nooks and crannies on your keyboard, which is why the K310 must be a godsend for slobs and non-slobs alike.

The K310 can be submerged in up to 11 inches of water so you can rinse out all the dust bunnies in the making. The keyboard actually has drainage holes at the back to facilitate the water flow, so the keyboard dries out fully in a couple of hours. Aside from that, you don’t have to worry about the characters on the keyboard fading, since they’re laser-printed and coated with a UV layer to prevent fading from water damage.

The Logitech K310 will go on sale sometime this month for $39.99, while it makes its debut in Europe this October.

[ Logitech ] VIA [ CNET ]

Is Apple’s iPhone 5 Going to Look Like a DSLR? Adam Sacks Seems to Think So

iPhone 5 Parody

You don’t have to be an Apple fanboy (or fangirl) to know that the next iPhone is coming–and it’s coming soon. While the world waits with bated breaths, Apple is taking their own sweet time before making the big reveal.

So while they do that, New York-based comedian Adam Sacks decided to take matters into his own hands and “leaked” his own version of an “official” iPhone 5 promo video. And while it’s all sorts of ridiculous, it’s hilarious and extremely amusing at the same time.

Self-proclaimed and true-blue foodies like to use their iPhones to take photos of their food. That’s the point Sacks latched on to and decided to expound in the video. The iPhone 5 he boasts of is a basically a DLSR in the guise of a phone, stamped with the Apple logo, and that was it.

Check out the video after the jump for a few laughs.

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The Double Mates An iPad With A Segway

Telepresence. That’s what this is about. The Double takes an iPad, puts it on a long stick, attaches it all to a set of self-balacing wheels and creates a telepresence robot that lets you “be there” without being there. You control it from a distance with yet another iPad, and your face (or whatever) is broadcast to the screen on the Double so that people can see you. The height is adjustable, and there are kickstands when it isn’t being used so that energy is conserved. Driving the bot around is a simple matter of pressing on some D-pad like controls. The battery should last about 8 hours on a 2 hour charge.

The Double is useful for a bunch of things, like bossing your employees around the office, creeping kids in the neighbourhood (good way of getting your iPad stolen though), and going on dates. It’s $2,000, but the first batch sold out, so now you have to wait until 2013.

Hit the jump for a video of The Double in action, as well as links.

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