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Video Friday: Fly Powered Airplanes

By Evan Ackerman

No flies were harmed in the making of these airplanes.

[ AirSpace ] VIA [ Neatorama ]

Maker Faire 2009: USB DataSquid

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By Evan Ackerman

Unlike the ambiguously betentacled USB sea creatures we’ve seen before, this is most definitely a USB squid, and not a cuttlefish. Nifer Fahrion makes each DataSquid by hand out of wool, and endows them with USB data storage which is accessible by removing the two long tentacles. 8 gigs worth of squid is $95.

[ NifNaks ]

USB Kitteh Earz

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By Evan Ackerman

Psst, let me let you in on a little secret… Your cat’s ears? They’re actually USB drives. Go on, pull them off and see. If you’ve never used them before, you might have to tug pretty hard, but trust me, they’re in there. It’s one of the many perks of cat ownership. It works on cat tails, too. Actually, just one of them is a USB drive… The other one is a USB drive cleaner.

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Pretty soon, we’re going to be able to put together an entire USB cat. And when that happens… Um, I have no idea what will happen when that happens, but it’ll be it will involve nuclear Armageddon and/or a rain of frogs. 2 gigs worth of ear is $44, and 8 gigs is $65.

[ Rakuten ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Experiment Reveals Which Puppy Will Please The Most Chicks

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By Evan Ackerman

Everybody knows that girls are attracted to guys with dogs. This is why, if you’re desperate, you can rent dogs by the hour. But what kind of dog is most effective at picking up chicks? This is the burning question that the Puppy Pulling Power experiment was designed to answer. Five different breeds of dogs (a Border Collie, a Pug, a Samoyed, a Staffy, and a Yorkie) were outfitted with a Sony Ericsson C510 camera phone (with smile detection software) on their collars, and whenever the dog lifted up its head to receive the attentions of an adoring female, the phone would snap a picture when (or if) she smiled. As you might expect, the dogs had a rather, uh, advantageous angle, so I’m going to go ahead and call the following trailer slightly NSFW due to cleavageness.

Yeah, it seems pretty fake to me too (they were sponsored by Sony Ericsson), but I don’t think that necessarily invalidates the results. Have a look at those after the jump (including some of the pics that you really want to see), but here’s a spoiler: the Samoyed wins by a cute widdle nose.Continue Reading

Pixar’s Up: Dug The Talking Dog

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By Evan Ackerman

We saw a preview of the first 45 minutes of Pixar’s newest animated feature, Up, back in March at WonderCon. Boy, were we ever impressed. One of the most enjoyable characters in the film is Dug, a dog who can talk. Now, I know what you’re thinking: talking dogs, big deal, it’s been beaten to death starting with Homeward Bound and most recently with Underdog. The difference with Dug is that Dug actually is a talking dog, not a dog talking like a human:

Up comes out in theaters (in 2D and 3D) on May 29th, but we’ll be at a screening on May 11th and give you the lowdown a couple weeks early.

[ Up ] VIA [ UGO ]

Mashimaro Weird Rabbit MP3 Player

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By Evan Ackerman

This is Mashimaro. It’s supposed to be a rabbit, but it’s called Mashimaro because it looks like a marshmallow or something. It is, I guess, Korea’s defense against Hello Kitty, in that it supposedly has some kind of anime series behind it (that “puts a humorous light to toilet habits”) but it’s most often seen on products of dubious quality and usefulness. And here you go, it’s a Mashimaro MP3 player.

Measuring 54 x 38 x 38mm (about matchbox sized, just fatter), the 19 gram MP3 player comes with 2 gigs of storage. It has light-up ears that also serve as a five way controller. There’s a butt-jack for headphones as well a USB connector in there somewhere that charges an internal battery for up to 9 hours of playback. the Mashimaro MP3 player costs about $45, comes in white, sky blue, or soft pink, and you may or may not be able to get it at the partially translated website below.

[ Sorikom ] VIA [ PMP Today ]

Video Friday: Festo Bionic Penguins

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By Evan Ackerman
Cross-posted from BotJunkie.com

We’ve admired Festo’s bio-inspired robots in the past, including the AirJelly and the AirRay. They’ve just come out with two new species: aquatic penguins, and flying penguins:

Some of the other stuff in that video is pretty cool, too. We posted about the Molecubes earlier this week, but you can watch more detailed videos on the AquaPenguins, AirPenguins, and InteractiveWall on Festo’s YouTube channel. And if you’re into the juicy technical details, here’s a PDF on the AquaPenguins and a PDF on the AirPenguins.

Get more awesome robot stuff like this every day at BotJunkie.com.

[ Festo ] VIA [ BotJunkie ]

Solar Powered Squirrel

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By Evan Ackerman

Those damn squirrels. Every time they eat a nut, they keep a tree from growing, which is pretty much exactly the same as cutting down a tree with a chainsaw, setting fire to it, and then injecting the ashes directly into the ozone layer. So, it’s good to see that the old fashioned nut-powered squirrel has been replaced with a much more eco-friendly version that runs on solar power. Just stick him outside somewhere that gets sun during the day, and at night, you’ll have yourself a glowing squirrel. And having a glowing squirrel is very, very important, for a truly marvelous reason which this margin is too narrow to contain.

The Solar Illuminated Squirrel is $55.

[ Eco-Lights ] VIA [ Nerd Approved ]

Video Camera Strapped To An Eagle

By Evan Ackerman

Back in April of last year, we posted about a video camera that you could strap to your dog or cat for a pet’s eye view of their wanderings. Jose Luis Ortiz had the same idea, except his pet happens to be what looks like a Golden Eagle:

If you thought that was cool, you can watch a Peregrine falcon with a video camera strapped to it perform a stoop here. It’s from an episode of Nature called Raptor Force, which is definitely worth watching if you ever accidentally change the channel to PBS.

On a side note, if you’re interested in birds of prey (or just think they’re badass), there are lots of zoos and rehab facilities that need volunteers to help care for and train their birds. After you’ve committed some time, you may get to hold and even fly or release some of the birds, which is an experience like nothing else. I’ve been doing it for years, and believe me, having a raptor stand on your arm and look at you never, ever gets old. If you contact your local zoo, they’ll probably be able to point you in the right direction.

[ Jose Luis Ortiz ] VIA [ Fark ]