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LEGO To Release A 1,996 Piece, Ultimate Collector’s Edition Of Boba Fett’s Ship

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The Star Wars franchise is an enduring money-printing machine, all the more so now that they’re working on yet another episode. Hoping to cash in on the craze, LEGO will be releasing the UCS Star Wars Slave I 75060 set, which features 1,996 pieces and will cost $200. In case you don’t know, the Slave I is Boba Fett’s ship, and you’ll be able to recreate all your favourite scenes with it, as well as with the bevy of minifies that come packaged with it. These include regular Han Solo, Han Solo in Carbonite, Boba Fett, Bespin Guard and a Stormtrooper.

Expect a late 2014 release date.

Hit the jump for more pics, including that of the minifigs.

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D20 Cake Mold Brings D&D To The Dessert Table

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You like Dungeons and Dragons. You also like cakes. Wouldn’t you just love it if you could combine the two? With the D20 Critical Hit Mini Cake Pan, you can do exactly that. It’s a silicone mold that makes makes 20-sided die, 4 at a time, each 3 inches across. It’ll work with any recipe, but anything with yeast will likely get better results because it’ll fill out the mold cavities. Once the cakes are out of the mold, just put some fondant on them and you’re good to go! It’s $13.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Radio The Size Of An Ant Developed, Doesn’t Require External Energy

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Oh, the jokes to be had with this. Or more like, the cliché jokes to the tune of “what is this? A radio for ants?” Well, it is a fully functional radio that’s about the size of an ant, though we don’t expect the little insects from deriving any type of pleasure from it.

Stanford engineer Amin Arbabian has managed to create a wireless radio just a few millimeters across that is so energy efficient that it doesn’t need a battery. Instead, it harvests power from the incoming electromagnetic waves. The Stanford radio chip is designed to compute, execute, and relay signals. What sets this technology apart is that it all happens on a single chip that doesn’t rely on any exotic materials or theoretical principles.

The last time we covered a device that “harvests energy from the surrounding electromagnetic waves”, it was for the RCA Airnergy device, which purported to be able to charge its internal battery in this fashion. Back then the consensus was that this was impossible, or at least the energy gathered was so negligible that it would be impossible to charge anything with it. But this radio is different since it actually uses so little energy itself that a single AAA battery could power it for 100 years. Arbabian even managed to fabricate 100 of these tiny radios, just to see if they’d work, and they do. This technology could help facilitate the development of the “Internet Of Things”, where all your devices are interconnected and online, for added functionality.

It’s all a proof-of-concept for the moment, but the fact that it can be done, and more importantly, done at a low cost, might signal a bright future for the technology.

[ Stanford Page ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

Deal Of The Day: TOCCs Feather Buds, The Lightweight, Crystal Clear Bluetooth Headphones For $25

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Bluetooth headphones are great because you’re not tethered to your mobile device. But they tend to be a little more expensive for this privilege. Not so today with TOCC’s Feather Buds. These are lightweight, tangle-free, noise-isolating earphones that connect to your device via Bluetooth at up to 30 feet. They’re said to be comfortable, but more importantly, today they’re darn cheap: you’ll pay $25 instead of the regular $60. That’s a 58% rebate.

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Deal Of The Day: 68% Off On IDrive, 1 TB Of Online Backup With Military-Grade Encryption

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If you’re going through life with something like a MacBook Air, you’ll know space is at a premium. You’re likely to get into space-saving habits, like deleting videos you otherwise might’ve kept for sentimental reasons, but can’t justify in a cramped hard drive. But with iDrive’s 1TB of online storage, you don’t have to compromise. Anything you want to keep, just upload it to the cloud and keep it safe, with 256bit encryption. Add as many devices as you like and backup from any of them. Sync files and folders between them, and even access an optional private encryption key, something that’s fairly rare among these types of services. Normally you’d have to pay $60 for this, but you can have it for $19 with today’s deal.

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This Is What A Heavy-Duty Leaf Blower Looks Like

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Look, face it: summer is over. That means leaves will soon start falling and you’ll be stuck doing yard work again. Want to put a little muscle on your side? Get the TB2MB JET™ Gas Leaf Blower by Troy-Bilt. This bad boy pushes 650 cfm (cubic feet/minute), at speeds reaching 130mph. That’s powerful enough to blow even heavy wet leaves out of the way. It’s even “JumpStart™ Capable”, which means it can interface with an optional device that automates ignition, so you don’t even have to waste energy pulling on a crank. It’s $149, and appears to be worth every penny.

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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card, The World’s Largest

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So it looks like SanDisk is the first to market with a half-terabyte SD card. That’s 512GB of storage, in a piece of plastic the size of a postage stamp. If you’re a professional photographer or just someone who really, really hates changing memory cards, this is the one to get. SanDisk’s Extreme PRO SDXC (UHS-1) has 90 megabyte-per-second write speed and up to 95MBps read speeds, which is plenty fast to accommodate 4K recording, “stutter-free”. It’s also “resistant to extreme cold, water, shock, and X-ray allowing photographers to use these cards almost anywhere”. But of course, you’ll pay through the nose for it. MSRP is $800, which is as much as an entry-level dSLR. But hey, just wait a few months and you’ll get able to snag it for a fraction of that price.

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Intestine Socks, For Those With A Strange Sense Of Humour

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If you’re not one, you likely know one. You know, that guy with a quirky sense of humour, always wearing novelty trinkets for kicks and giggles? Yeah, so here’s another one for his arsenal: Intestine Socks. They are exactly what they sound like. Actually, no, they’re nothing like that. They’re not, you know, made from guts. They just look like them. And they cost $11 a pair.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

LumiLor LED Paint Is The Coolest Thing We’ve Seen In A While

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Imagine for a second a special kind of paint, one that you can spray anywhere like, you know, regular paint. Except this particular one lights up on command! Yes, LumiLor paint from Darkside Scientific is pretty much a liquid spray-on LED. Seriously. Any surface sprayed with this stuff, and connected properly, can be lit instantly, in colours of your choosing!

The patented LumiLor™ Electroluminescent Coating System system is a practical and durable electroluminescent coating technology that goes on like paint, but will illuminate when energized with an electrical current.

LumiLor™ has been successfully applied to metals (primed first to insulate them electrically), numerous types of thermoplastic, wood, glass and even carbon fiber. LumiLor has been applied to compound curves and complex shapes of many sizes and is flexible to nearly a full 180 degree bend.

Envision the applications, from custom paint jobs on vehicles or homes, to improved safety on runways. Tron even comes to mind!

The thing is, you can’t apply this at home, really. It requires a specialized environment and expensive equipment. But the product is currently being bought by an increasing number of car-customization outlets, which do offer this among their various capabilities, although we don’t know the price range. And Darkside Scientific is currently looking to partner up with OEM manufacturers, in order to offer this as an option in future vehicles.

We seriously wish them the best of luck with that, it would be awesome to see this get big!