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Haters Gonna Hate: Here’s A Golf Cart Hovercraft


You know you’re going to get all kinds of looks if you show up at the course in this monstrosity. But if you’re the kind of guy that’s willing to drop $58,000 on a hovercraft golf cart, you’re also probably the kind of guy that doesn’t give a crap.

Powered by a 65-hp twin-cylinder Hirth engine, its nine-blade axial-flow ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph and 9″ off the ground without harming grass, allowing immediate crossing of a pond or stream to follow-up a cross-water shot. The fan’s streamlined design minimizes noise, speeds up an 18-hole outing, and conveys four passengers beneath a lift-up roof and two golf bags in an open rear compartment. Motorcycle-style handlebars steer the craft, controlling its patented fly-by-wire reverse thrust system, which provides braking and backwards hovering up to 25 mph – the only hovercraft in the world to do so.

Granted, you’re going to have to find a gold course that even allows you to use this thing in the first place, but hey… while you’re at it, you may as well have one built on undoubtedly humongous estate, no? Save ya all kinds of hassles…

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

The Cole-Bar Hammer Is The Swiss Army Knife Of Demolition Tools

Cole Bar Hammer

You had us at ‘demolition’. But since we’re sticklers for details, we might as well tell you a bit more about the Cole-Bar. It’s technically a hammer, but it also does duty as 6 other tools: a crow bar, a demolition tool, an angle measurement tool, a ruler, a socket wrench and nail pliers. Granted some of these “tools” are somewhat of a stretch; anyone can call a hammer a ruler as well if you use its straight edge to draw a line. But the point is that the Cole-Bar features a patented locking gear mechanism, meaning it can be opened and extended from 0-180 degrees and locked in place at 15 degree increments. This turns it into a full fledged crow bar for instance, but you can also split it in two and use each half as a separate tool. There’s a socket wrench mechanism at the end of one of the halves, and angle measurement notches at the end of another. The current prototype is made out of a #45 carbon steel with electro-plating which is likely to survive repeated attempts to destroy it. The final production model’s composition hasn’t been determined yet, and yes, this does mean that the Cole-Bar isn’t a finished product. It’s doing the Kickstarter dance as we speak, 64% into a $100k goal in $65 increments. If you pledge, you can expect to see it in the Fall.


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Combimouse is a Keyboard and a Mouse, Combined into One


There have been a number of modded keyboards and computer mouses released in the market in the last few years, but none are quite like the Combimouse. As its name suggests, this gizmo is basically a hybrid keyboard and mouse that have been combined into one. There are essentially two parts that make up the keyboard-slash-mouse: the left, which contains the keys on the left part of the keyboard; and the right, which contains the rest of the keys and doubles as the mouse at the same time.

The Combimouse is an invention that has been a long time coming. It was invented and patented by Ari Zagnoev in 1999, and has been in development since 2003. Now, a decade later, they’re finally ready to start manufacturing the Combimouse.

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MedVault Pill Dispenser Helps Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse


Prescription pills are bad, m’kay? Well, they’re not, but abusing them is. Or taking them at incorrect intervals or dosages. So we’re a little intrigued by the MedVault Pill Dispenser, created by a group of students from Brigham Young University. It’s essentially a tamper-proof safe in which you are to store all your pills, and which dispenses them at a set time and specific dosage.

The device is capable of dispensing any kind or size of pill and has to be connected to a computer via the USB port so that an authorized pharmacist can access and load the pills into the dispenser. The software created for this pill dispensing device is used by the pharmacist to specify how many and at what time the pills can be dispensed by the user. After Med Vault is disconnected from the computer it automatically locks and dispenses pills strictly according to the instructions. To make things full proof even further, the user has to enter an access code on the dispenser each time a pill needs to be dispensed.

The device isn’t commercially available yet, but is undergoing testing and is patent pending.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

On the Road to the Big Reveal: Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 Pic

If there’s anything Apple made clear with their lawsuit against Samsung for patent infringement, it’s that the latter has become a threat too big to ignore. People used to begin talking about the next iPhone even though a new one had just been released the other week, but it looks like Samsung’s up-and-coming Galaxy S4 is taking center stage and pushing all those iPhone 5S rumors to the side. Do we finally have an iPhone killer in the form of the S4?

Images from purported leaks of Samsung’s latest smartphone, along with features and specifications that the phone might come equipped with, are already flooding a number of media outlets. In case you’re late to party, we’ve got the details right here for you.

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Can A Microwave Make Decent Chips?

We love chips. Maybe not as much as Oprah loves chips, but we do love ’em . We just don’t like the oil as much, even if that is where all the flavour lives. Still, we eat them in moderation, so we’re a little intrigued by the above chip maker.

Simply slice potatoes using the included mandoline slicer, arrange the slices on the cooking trays, and insert the trays into a microwave. The patented silicone trays create convection heat that produces perfectly cooked chips in minutes without using a drop of oil.

One reviewer on the Hammacher website said that the resulting chips were crispy indeed, but tasted more “potato-like” and “less oily.” And that it was a taste that “needed getting used to”. We’re not sure if that’s a polite way to say they tasted awful, but he did give the item a 4/5 rating. There’s three trays, so you can cook about 30 chips at once, or just about enough for a small snack. It’s $59, which isn’t exactly cheap, so we hope you’re really into low-fat cooking if you plan on getting this.

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Fancy Cufflinks Use Push Button Actuation

The cufflink has been around for a long time, but it hasn’t really seen much change in its design throughout those years. Why would it, since it works just fine? But it’s not a stable design with no actual need for improvement that’s going to stop anyone from trying. Since 2001, Richard Mille has been making some fancy watches with exotic new materials, and now he’s announcing a set of cufflinks to complement his elegant line of timepieces. The Richard Mille Cufflinks feature 38 components!

Made from grade 5 titanium, they inaugurate a groundbreaking and patented mechanism that opens the bars using push-pieces. Unlike the classic mechanism, where a pivoting bar on the cufflink holds the double cuff in place, Richard Mille’s design fastens the cuff using two titanium bars. These open with a simple press of the push-pieces and close by pressing on the top plate.

Yeah, the only reason we can think of for adding complexity to any design is to justify its sale at outrageous prices. In this case, there’s been no announcement regarding how much they’ll set a prospective buyer back, but you can be sure that it’s the sort of item that if you need to ask, you can’t afford.

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Here’s A Great Idea: A Bluetooth Bulb

We’re starting to get pretty far removed from your good old incandescents who did nothing more than turn on and waste 90% of their energy as heat. LED light bulbs are not only getting much more efficient, but now apparently smarter. The Bluetooth Bulb uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to compatible devices and offer you a slew of features that no other bulb has: you can turn them on or off with a smartphone, put them on an automatic timer, as well as set the brightness and even the specific colour (with the RGB models), all with the tip of your fingers through an application. They’ll come in 3-7W wattages, which is plenty for LEDs and several can be controlled with one device, though we’re not sure if each can be addressed independently; we’re going to assume they are (or what would be the point?)

Currently the Bluetooth Bulb is just a patented prototype, though there are plans for commercialization. At what time and price, we don’t know.

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Glowdoggie Lets You Keep An Eye On Your Pooch, Even In The Dark

By David Ponce

Like that TV commercial used to say, “It’s 8 o’clock. Do YOU know where you kids are?” We suppose that good dog owners should apply the same logic to their canine friends and keep an eye on them at all time. That’s hard enough during the day, but at night can be downright impossible. You can get a little help from something like the Glowdoggie. It’s a waterproof (not just water resistant) LED dog collar. But not just any LED dog collar. Made from “Superflux LEDs which have a lifespan of about 150,000 hours (roughly 17 years) and are of the same high quality as are found in many premium German cars such as Mercedes Benz and Audi.”

Glowdoggie™ lighted dog collars have a patented, built-in motion sensor that automatically turns on the LEDs when the battery section is facing downwards or sideways, and slowly turns them off when the batteries are held in a motionless, upwards position for over 45 seconds. It’s as simple yet as technically advanced as that. You just slide it on over the dog’s head and off you go.

The only catch is that it’s not a collar in the traditional sense; you can’t tie a leash to it and are still supposed to use a separate collar for that.

It’s $50 and comes in a variety of colours, Neon Green being the most popular apparently.

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