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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Tricks Done Right: Flying R/C Quadcopter Ghost with Glowing Eyes

October is the month when pranksters let loose, where almost everyone becomes a victim of their sometimes funny and often scary pranks and practical jokes. Taking things one step further is Alton Porter. He built a flying remote-controlled ghost that has glowing eyes that definitely adds to the scare factor.

Alton’s probably having a few laughs right now as he flies his R/C ghost around for a test run before unleashing it onto unsuspecting trick-or-treaters come October 31st. If you know him personally or live in the same neighborhood, you might want to avoid his house if you don’t want the living daylights scared out of you or your kid…or not, because in hindsight, that’s what makes Halloween fun in the first place.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

“Reverse Microwave” Chills Drinks In Seconds

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Hot on the heels of a device that cooled your drinks by spinning them in icy water comes news of a decidedly more high-tech version of apparently the same principle: it’s called the V-Tex. It’s a larger, more commercial appliance (still about the size of a small microwave) that takes any room temperature drink and chills it down to 5ºC (41ºF) in as little as 0.7 minutes. It does this by taking advantage of the vortex that is created in the liquid within the container as it spins, and by manipulating this container in different axes and speeds. By closely fine-tuning this action, the company has developed a machine which can be used at a point of sale, where the purchased drink is chilled as it is ordered, rather than wasting energy being refrigerated behind a long line of other cans or bottles.

Results show energy savings of over 80% compared with some standard open front drinks chillers and a 54% saving compared with glass door coolers (figures based on cooling 200 x 500ml cans per day). The potential saving on electricity costs equates to €832 per fridge per year compared with open front drinks chillers and €219 versus glass door coolers (assuming electricity price of 0.20 euro/kWh).

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Video Chat And Dispense Treats To Your Pets Remotely

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Ever find yourself at work, wondering how your furry ball of love is doing? You know, that food processing machine that sits around all day doing its best to be useless? You know… your cat? If you’re crazy enough, you can get the PetChatz two-way videoconferencing apparatus for pets. Not only can it alert you when your kitty is around (we say kitty, but really, it could work with anything, we suppose), but it can call him with a special tone and scent. And once he’s in front of that screen and he can see you, and you him, and you’ve “talked” for a while… just press a button to dispense a treat! Isn’t that neat? Yeah… it’s neat. It’s also so neat how expensive it is: $349. Yeah, that’s neat too, isn’t it? Cats are neat. Neat and appreciative. Cats are grand. Yeah they are.

You can pre-order now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Muscle Shirt: No Muscles Required

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If girls can get push up bras, and bum implants, and fake eyelashes, and hair extensions, and fake nails… well it stands to reason dudes may want in on some of that sweet, sweet artificial action. Meet the FunkyBod undershirt. Featuring a host of specially contoured and strategically placed pads, the shirt is meant to be worn under other shirts to give the impression you have more meat on your bones than you really do. There are pectoral, shoulder, bicep and triceps inserts, all of which give a balanced look and the appearance of someone who’s been lifting some iron and eating the chicken breasts like a good gym rat. Hopefully you can combine this with loose jeans so no one notices the spaghetti strands that serve as your legs, and you’re all set. After that, your plan is to go to a fairly dark nightclub and attract the attention of someone inebriated enough not to notice in the morning that you look nothing like you did on the dance floor the night before. That, my friends, is a bulletproof plan. Bulletproof.

It’s £29, or roughly $46.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

Death by Chocolate: Monstrous ‘Kisses of Death’ Sculptures

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These sculptures are the stuff of nightmares. Inspired by the popular Hershey’s Kisses that are a staple every Halloween for treats, artist Andrew Bell came up with monstrous sculptures called “Kisses of Death” that look like Hershey’s signature chocolate. The big difference is that Andrew’s kisses have a not-so-pleasant surprise on the inside: sharp, ferocious-looking teeth that look like they’ve already been painfully sunk into something…or someone.

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A New Console, New Games Just Around The Corner

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Sugar Skull Spoon Adds A Macabre Flair To Your Morning Coffee

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There’s really not much to say here. It’s a sugar spoon, like the ones you use to scoop sugar into your coffee. Only this one has the shape of a skull stamped out of it. Neat-o. It does this cool sugar skull thing when you scoop some out. We’re not sure what setting or occasion would call for something like this (it’s too late for Halloween this year), but we can imagine there are people who’ll get a kick out of it regardless. It’s £8 ($13) for yours, on the more-than-fully-funded Kickstarter.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

3D Printed Caffeine Coffee Mug

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This is a fancy ceramic mug made at Shapeways from a 3D printed mold. It’s a normal mug surrounded by a 3D representation of the molecule for Caffeine. True nerds will be delighted; also, true nerds will likely not buy this because it’s insanely expensive. $70! It is perhaps worth mentioning that since it’s made at Shapeways, who use industrial printers, it’s likely to be of higher quality than something you’d print with the current generation of home 3D printers. That being said, it’s still $70 being wrenched from your account for something you drink your morning sludge from. Worth it? Not sure, but below is the link anyway. It comes in a $30 espresso size as well.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Robots Teach Young Children How To Code

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With a future increasingly overlaid in all things digital, it makes sense to raise an ever enlarging number of kids to become programmers; we’re going to need them, after all. And while learning the specifics of a coding language is better done after a certain age, getting acquainted with the concepts underlying programming can be done somewhat sooner. Play-i’s Bo and Yana robots are being introduced for just this purpose. It gives children as young as 5 the opportunity to control them by selecting a series of visual presets that trigger particular behaviours. By doing so, they get acquainted with the “if/then nature of programming”, and rub elbows with concepts that will become central to their potential later careers. Bo is the three-wheeled bot on the right, while Yana is the stationary one on the left. Obviously, their abilities will be limited by their physical attributes so the robot that does more things costs a bit more. Right now a pledge of $149 for Bo and $49 for Yana will get you in the game, although full funding needs to be achieved first and that’s not done yet. Hit the links below to get your chance to move that along a bit.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]