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Author Archives: David Ponce

This LEGO Computer is Legit

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Normally, when you see something like a computer made from LEGO parts it’s just some dude’s DIY project, and you get to stare at some pictures and wonder how cool it would be to own your own. But you can actually buy Mike Schropp LEGO Computer. He’s been making custom LEGO PC creations for clients for a couple of years, and he finally decided to make a design that you can outright purchase on his website. Configurations all include one of Intel’s Core processors, an Intel HD4600 graphic card, a 120GB SSD, 8GB or 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a DVD/CD Combo Superdrive, and a Noctua Low Profile Cooler. The entire thing is housed in a 7.5″ X 7.5″ X 6.5″ case that comes in three flavours: Industrial, Brick, and Tiled. A customizable LED strip accents the case, and the two lower grooves along the sides are actually air vents. It’s a cool looking, decently powerful PC, and is priced to move: the Core i3 configuration is $999, while the Intel i7-4790s Quad Core version is only $1,199. Considering these are all hand-crafter and Mike is currently getting a fair bit of attention, we don’t know what the lead time will be on your order so act fast if you don’t want to wait forever.

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Prank Birthday Card Plays Song Forever

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The Joker Birthday card is possibly the world’s greatest birthday card. Once opened, it will start singing Happy Birthday… and never stop! Well, “never” means until the batteries run out (about 3 hours) or until your friend tears it up. It’s. Brilliant!

The card is first delivered to you in a “safe mode”, which allows you to write your message without suffering the same fate. When it’s ready, just pull out a little tab to arm it. When your friend gets it, it’ll be primed for some great birthday fun. Here are some tips to get the most out of it:

• When you send your card, write something really special in it. The nicer the message the harder it will be for them to tear it up. If the kids send a card to grandma there’s no way she can tear that up.

• When you give your card at the party, be the first one. This way the card will not only drive your friend crazy as they open other presents, everyone else at the party who’s in on the joke can enjoy it too!

• Give the card to a friend staying at a hotel, preferably after dinner. This way when they open it they’ll have no escape when it’s still singing at 1am in the morning.

It’s pure evil genius, but of the harmless sort; these make the best kind of pranks. You can get yours for a $15 on their more than fully funded Kickstarter.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

The GoBQ Is A Foldable, Ultra-Portable Grill

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Being able to carry your BBQ anywhere you go seems to be an increasingly popular ability these days, as seen in products like the BBQ Briefcase we covered a while back. But even that one didn’t have the ability to roll up into a bag, like the GoBQ does. Made from a fireproof silicone-coated fiberglass fabric that can handle temperatures up to 1,200° F (648° C), the 8 lbs. GoBQ unfurls into a “14 x 14-in (35.6 x 35.6-cm) cooking grate that offers more cooking area than the Weber Smokey Joe 14.” A chain-mail like charcoal holder keeps your heat source well ventilated, and the folding legs to which the entire assembly attaches are easily collapsed and transported. The special fabric is also insulating, helping to keep more of the heat within and keeping the outside cooler; we still wouldn’t touch it when grilling, but you get the idea. It’s a good, convenient way to transport your grilling gear anywhere you want, and at $120, is priced just right. If fully-funded, you can expect to catch the tail end of Summer 2015, with a projected shipment date of August.

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Squeaky Clean Your Child Will Be With This Yoda-Inspired Bath Towel

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If your child runs away from you when the time comes to rub the grime off his body, perhaps a little brainwashing is in order. First, get him to fall in love with the Star Wars franchise. That should be easy enough. Then, introduce him to this awesome bath towel with Yoda ears. Done! He’ll be asking you when he can take a bath, and not the other way around.

It’s made by Etsy seller ‘MiddleBrainedCanvas’, but her page claims it’s currently sold out. However it seems she makes these to order, so you might try your luck anyway. Judging by the price of her other towels, this one should come out to about $28.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ OddityMall ]

Deal Of The Day: 36% Off On GT-ZO1 Touchscreen Dashcam

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We’re pretty happy to finally be bringing you guys a deal on dashcams. These, as you may know, are all the rage in Russia where insurance fraud attempts are rampant, and have resulted in a wave of videos featuring anything from accidents, to meteors exploding overhead. Today we have a deal on the GT-ZO1 Touchscreen Dashcam, which seems pretty full-featured:

Accidents happen— be prepared to protect yourself from insurance fraud and legal disputes. The GT-ZO1 Dashcam will record your life on the road so you’ll always have video, images, and GPS data to back up your story.

– Record location, speed & date info into video clips using the GPS-enabled mapping system
– Create high-quality images from the video footage and snapshots
– Produce quality photos even in low-light conditions w/ wide dynamic range
– Review vehicle speed, location & route on a Google Map w/ Super Car Media Player
– Utilize multiple safety features: LDWS, FCWS, collision detection, speed limit alert, motion detection, driver fatigue alert, front vehicle start warning, ACC/DEC alert, headlight warning & more

Normally this camera sells for $260, but it’s $164.99 after today’s deal. Sure, you can get $40 dashcams on eBay, but don’t be fooled: you get what you pay for, and skimping on this type of insurance can be costly.

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Make Mini-Landscapes On Your Fingers With These Wooden Rings

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So here’s a novel idea. Etsy seller ‘CliveRoddy’ makes some cool laser-cut high quality birch plywood rings that come in one of three shapes: tree, mountain, or house. You can then combine and stack any of the three to make cool little landscapes on your fingers. Each one of these rings comes in three versions, so in the end you’re left with quite a few possible combinations. It’s quirky and fun… and that’s really all there is to it. It would be better if these rings weren’t made from wood, and feature more things than the three available, but the idea is really neat. It’s $24 for a set of 3 rings, but that’s only of one kind. If you want to combine all three shapes, you’ll have to spend $72.

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This Table Clock Costs More Than A New Car

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You’re looking at the kind of thing that people with too much money spend said money on. It’s a fancy clock that looks like what people in the 60’s thought robots in 2015 would probably look like. It’s made by fancy timepiece manufacturer MB&F (makers, incidentally, of this $230,000 Space Pirate Watch) and L’Epée 839, Switzerland’s only specialised high-end clock manufacturer. They decided to call it Melchior, and it costs $36,000. That’s about $35,900 more than we’d have been willing to pay for it, but we are not known for being discerning enthusiasts… and we’re also sort of broke. That’s not to say it isn’t “worth” the money, as far as those things go. MB&F is a respected company and we have no doubt that the 480-component timepiece took some serious craftsmanship to pull off. It features a 40 day power reserve, is limited to 99 pieces and is available in a monochromatic ‘light’ edition or a two-tone ‘dark and light’ edition featuring black PVD-treated components, and will likely make a fun talking piece for when you have dinner guests over. But still… that’s a lot of money for something that only tells time.

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Retouch3D Pen Lets You Clean Up Those Messy 3D Prints

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Unless you’ve ever owned a 3D printer, you might not know that quite often the objects they spit out contain small imperfections, be it little filaments that stick out, supporting structures that need removing, or stray plastic. Most people have gotten used to applying the finishing touches with sandpaper, razor blades or even irons, but these are all crude. The Retouch3D is a variable-heat pen made specifically for the task of, well, retouching your 3D prints. It can be set at the exact melting points of the various materials used in the printers, from PLA (polylactic acid), ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), resins or even wax. And then the heat can be varied in small increments so you can get exactly the kind of viscosity you’re looking for. Additionally, there are 5 interchangeable heads, allowing you to perform various tasks like removing, refining, or blending.

If you want yours, you’ll have to pledge $149 on their fully-funded Kickstarter campaign, and hope to get it by December, their expected shipping date.

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That Bike From The TRON Movie Will Soon Be Up For Auciton

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You’re looking at a fully functioning replica of the bike used in the 2010 movie TRON:Legacy. Even if the movie wasn’t exactly a stellar flick, it has spawned countless pop culture references in the half-decade since its release. This particular bike was built for “the Andrews Collection, one of America’s biggest and best car collections, most of which is currently being sold at auction.”

96 volt, direct-drive electric motor with lithium batteries and a computer-controlled throttle, rebound and compression damping with spring-preload front suspension and rigid rear suspension, and front and rear hydraulic brakes. This custom Tron tribute boasts a very low seat height of 28.5 inches, making it easy to ride even at low speeds. The motorcycle is finished in black with a white stripe and boasts an imposing stance to match its performance.

It was only ever ridden around the Andrews Collection’s facilities to ensure it’s still in working order, so it’s in an as-new state. The auction will be held on May 2nd at a Sotheby’s location, with a $25,000-$40,000 starting bid and no reserve. That means you could snatch it for even less… if it just so happens that no one else is interested in it, which seems unlikely.

Hit the jump for a bunch more pics.

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