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Category Archives: General

X9 Follow Electric Caddy Replaces Real Person, Frees Your Hands And Shoulders

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Golfing alone can be fun and relaxing, but there’s always that heavy bag of clubs to carry around with you from hole to hole. And while caddies are great, maybe you want to remain truly solo. That’s where the X9 Follow comes in. It’s a portable electric device that carries your bag for you, and follows you around wherever you go. You just take it out from your car trunk, connect the battery, pair the remote, attach your bag and go. As long as you have the remote on your body, it’ll follow you around a few paces behind. When you reach your hole, place the remote on the X9 and it’ll stay put. It’s able to go uphill and downhill with no problem, and will even let you remote control it manually.

The X9 is not a new product; robotic caddies have been around for some time. But there are a host of new features that make this one stand out from its predecessors. But as you can imagine, this sort of convenience comes at a price: $3,250! Well… golfing is a rich person’s sport, so we’re not altogether surprised.

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So This Exists: Mouse Taxidermy Kit

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Things that come in kits are always intriguing; you have all the tools you need to accomplish a specific task all in one place. But it’s a little disconcerting when the task in question is the somewhat disturbing act of performing taxidermy on a mouse. Granted it would be even more disturbing if it was a cat taxidermy kit, for instance; while cute, less people will lose sleep over a stuffed mouse than a stuffed cat, we think. But we’re trying to wrap our heads around this product nonetheless. We suppose we should say “to each their own”, so if you have a beloved mouse on life support and are thinking of pulling the plug, maybe $50 and 4 spare hours (70 easy steps!) will let you keep it around… forever? The kit contains the following:

1 Mouse Taxidermy Workshop Manual, 65 mm of Liquacure Tanning Solution, 200 grams Borax, Surgical gloves, PVA Glue, Cotton wool, Wool String, Galvanised wire, Scalpel, Glass Beads, Linen thread and Needle nose pliers

Yeah, this is a bit of a sad product.

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Take a Picture of Your Food and This App Counts the Calories For You

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Counting calories involves a lot more work than you think. From keeping food diaries that you have to update with every meal and snack to looking up alternatives in case what you just ate isn’t on the list, calorie counting can be a pain. The good news is that there’s an app that’s currently in the works that makes it easier for weight watchers and health buffs.

The project is called Ceres, and it’s basically an app that lets users count calories by having them take pictures of their food. The actual counting is up to the app.

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These Little Blocks Could Herald Self-Assembling Structures

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The folks at MIT are always cooking up some interesting technology, and the latest we’ve come across is the self-stacking M-Blocks. Each little cube contains a radio, a printed circuit board, a flywheel that can spin up to 20,000 rpm, and magnets that line the edges. With these, the cubes are able to move around on their own and stack themselves in all kinds of different configurations. Heck, they’re even able to make small leaps!

Currently only a proof of concept, it’s possible that the guts be one day miniaturized enough to allow for more complex structures to be built using only an assembly program and the self-stacking building blocks themselves. Human intervention barely required.

“These proof-of-concept robots are the first step in a project that will hopefully lead to the development of modular robot blocks that are cable of generic lattice-based self-reconfiguration.”

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

[ Popsci ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Check Out Dart, The World’s Smallest Laptop Adapter

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If you work out of the office a lot, then chances are you’ve had to deal with lugging a bulging laptop bag around because of the bulky adapter that it came with. Leaving it really isn’t an option, considering there’s only so much–or rather, so little–that you can do on limited power. It’s a problem people face, day in and day out, and it’s one that the folks behind Dart pretty much solved with its release.

Dart is dubbed as the “world’s smallest laptop adapter” and that might very well be true if you look at the images of it. It’s roughly four times smaller than the average 65W charger, with a volume of only 2.5 cubic inches. It comes with a six foot cable and comes with an integrated USB port, allowing you to charge your laptop and another device, like you tablet, at the same time.

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Would You Pay $1,000 For A Glass Toaster?

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Because that’s apparently how much the Noun, from Bugatti (not the car makers) will cost. It’s a toaster consisting of two panes of glass with a layer of semiconductor heating elements. You can toast bread of course, but also meat if they’re in a heat-resitant bag. The appliance also connects to your smartphone, with which you can select temperatures and cooking times among other things. And it actually looks like this might make it onto the market, since the company is currently seeking regulatory approval. If granted, you could get yourself a fancy see-through toaster to impress all your friends with sometime in 2015.

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[ Reviewed ] VIA [ Psfk ]

Domino’s Launches ‘Pizza’ Where The Dough Is Fried Chicken

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We’re calling Domino’s new Specialty Chicken dish a ‘pizza’ mainly because the concept involves putting pizza toppings on top of a bed made out of fried chicken bits. And while that’s not exactly a pizza, it’s close enough. In other words what you have here is 12 chicken morsels arranged in the shape of a flat, somewhat longish base on which they’ve put cheese, sauce, and other things that normally would go on a pizza. It’s an odd proposition, and the company is aware. They’re launching a promotional campaign along with it called “Failure is an Option”, where they admit to the product’s outside-the-box nature in the hopes that people will keep an open mind.

We’re intrigued, all the more so since it’ll cost all of $6. If any one of you tries it, leave a comment here to let others whether to take the plunge.

VIA [ ThatsNerdALicious ]

Damnit, Expelliarmus: ‘Harry Potter’ Dementor Prank

Remember those soul-sucking creatures from Harry Potter that can seal your fate with a single, fatal kiss? If you’re a fan of the franchise, then you probably do. Two dudes decided to have a little fun with the character by bringing it to life. Save for a hooded black robe and a dude who does a good impression of being possessed, the duo don’t have any props but their little prank was still a roaring success. I almost feel bad for all the people they scared…well, almost.

Half of them probably didn’t get the Harry Potter reference but seeing such strangeness right before your very eyes might be enough to freak an average person out. I know I probably would’ve been, too. Check it out!

VIA [ Geekologie ]

Celebrity Religious Candles Are A Must Have

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You can take a joke, right? None of you are going to get your panties in a roll over this item, we hope. We certainly got a kick from these celebrity religious candles. There’s nothing like seeing Nicolas Cage’s happy mug gracing the outside of the type of candle you’d normally find… well, we don’t know where you’d usually find these types of candles. Church souvenir shops? Yeah, no clue. We skipped out on Sunday school and our knowledge is rudimentary. We can tell you that they’re 8 inches tall, cost about $12 and there are tons of celebrities depicted: Dave Grohl, Tom Hanks, Ron Swanson…

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]