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This Is Why You Can’t Get WiFi Signal In That One Room In Your Home

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How is it possible that you got this powerful router, and yet this one bathroom on the second floor never gets any darn WiFi? Jason Cole, a PhD student in physics wondered the same thing, but instead of cursing at his phone like most of us do, he decided to investigate. The picture above is the result of his efforts. After “mapping his own apartment and assigning refraction values to the walls, then applying so-called Hemholtz equations to model the electromagnetic waves’, he obtained a clearer view of what happens to the signal as the router is moved around. And while he did determine that the most optimal spot to place it was in the center of his apartment, he couldn’t do that, so he used his work to find the second best spot, one which would generate the most “tendrils” of coverage to the most places.

While most of us don’t have the knowledge to find the optimal spot for our router, the image above does highlight the fact that moving things around even just a little bit can make a rather large difference and that after some trial and error, you may be able to improve your situation dramatically.

[ Jason's Blog (math heavy) ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Kickball Ice Cream Maker: I Kick for Ice Cream

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Kicking a ball is lots of fun, and ice cream is always a welcome treat. I think it’s safe to say that something that combines both is destined to become a huge hit, like the Kickball Ice Cream Maker. The name is pretty much self explanatory. Just pour in cream, sugar, vanilla, and your flavoring of choice into the ball’s food-safe sealed compartment. Fill the space outside of that compartment with ice and rock salt, seal it up, and start kicking the ball around.

Twenty minutes of play will give you one pint of delicious ice cream to enjoy. Not bad, considering everyone had a ton of fun while making the icy treat.

The Kickball Ice Cream Maker is available online for $35.

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Eyeball Bowling Ball: All Eyes on the Pins

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So you probably shouldn’t get this particular bowling ball if you don’t want all eyes in the bowling alley on you. The Eyeball bowling ball is unusual, even grotesque, and it’ll make some people lose their lunch, what with the veins and red stuff behind the cornea and all. But if you’re the king of pins and don’t mind the attention that using this ball will get you, then by all means, get it and give it your best shot.

The Eyeball bowling ball is available online for $140.

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The Dark Knight is Everywhere: Batman Branding Iron

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A new Batman movie is in the works, which is great news for Dark Knight fans everywhere when Christopher Nolan’s trilogy wrapped up. If you’ve still got bat fever and want to show the world what a huge fan you are, then you might want to consider getting this Batman branding iron. As the name implies, it’ll let you brand everything you have and own with the bat symbol.

From your front door and notebooks to your leather sofa (think twice before you actually brand your Lazy Boy, though), there’s nothing this 3D-printed bat iron can’t brand with a little heat. It’s available online for $30.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Hungry ]

When Pixels Meet Analog: Icon Watch by IDEA

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Be an icon with the Icon watch by IDEA on your wrist. It’s simple and functional, and it will give your outfit that edge that you’re looking for. So you won’t see such an icon on computers or mobile devices anymore since we’re well past the 8-bit age, but it’s novel and reminiscent of the pixels of computers past.

The Icon Watch is available from the Fancy for $70.

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Keep Calm and Relax with the Calming Stone

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When things are out of control and the familiar feelings of panic and anxiety begin to well up, reach for your Calming Stone and tell yourself that things will pass. The stone was created by designer Ramon Telfer as an anxiety-relieving tool for those who experience panic attacks. The Calming Stone allows the user to make use of multiple techniques to keep his anxiety in check.

For one, the device releases cool air onto the user to encourage calmer breathing. Lavender capsules can be used as it’s a calming scent. The stone features an easy-to-use control panel and a built-in light so it can be used in the dark. It also has a wireless, in-ear headphone to guide the user through a series of meditations.Continue Reading

For All Chefs of the Universe: Millennium Falcon Chopping Board

Millenium Falcon Chopping Board

 

Every chef needs a chopping board. If you’re on the market for a new one and have a love for Star Wars like no other, then the Millennium Falcon chopping board is the one for you. Made from food-safe acrylic, the chopping board features a reversible design so you have both sides of the ship at your disposal.

The board measures 9.5 10-18 Parsecs x ~1.3 10-17 Parsecs (that’s equivalent to 11 1/2″ x 15 1/2″) and is available online for $39.99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|NET ]

Satisfying: Watch 10,000 Buckyball Cube Get Destroyed

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Remember the Buckyballs, these tiny magnetic balls that could be arranged into fascinating 3D arrays? They’re now banned, you know, because we’re all kids and we need the Consumer Product Safety Commission to watch over us like hawks… But even though new Buckyballs can’t be sold, that doesn’t stop people from having fun with the millions that were sold before the ban. If you have 2 minutes to spare, you should watch the video below, featuring a 10,000 ball cube getting smashed to bits. It’s therapeutic in a way, knowing someone spent countless hours building it, only to smash it for our viewing pleasure.

That is all. Carry on.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Deal Of The Day: 23% Off On DJI Phantom FC40, The World’s #1 Rated Drone

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We’re sure you must have come across one of those stunning aerial videos, only to gripe about how ridiculously expensive the drones they use must be. Well, we’d like you to know that there are some models that are actually affordable. The DJI Phantom FC40 is a quadcopter that can shoot 720p/30fps HD video through its integrated camera. The WiFi connection can send a live feed up to 980 feet away, but the 5.8Ghz remote control can actually operate the vehicle as far as 1,640 feet away. Integrated stabilizers and dampeners keep the image steady, while an autopilot and a “go-home” GPS landing feature ensure that even beginners can take to the skies. And if 720p isn’t your thing, the housing can also accommodate other cameras, like GoPros.

Normally $649, the FC40 is now $499 with today’s deal.

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