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Put An FPS-Style Bullet Counter On Your Gun

By Chris Scott Barr

Did I fire 29 bullets or 30? When you’re in the middle of a shoot-out, that can be an important thing to know. Granted, the only time most of us really care about that sort of thing is when we’re playing an FPS. However, if you’re a gun aficionado, then you might find this little device to be of interest. It clips onto your firearm of choice and counts the number of shots fired.

The custom gadget uses a rather simple way of counting shots. Rather than keeping track of the bullets themselves, it uses an accelerometer to measure the gun’s recoil. Since different guns are going to have a different amount of recoil, this can be adjusted. Also adjustable is the counter itself, since you may have larger or smaller magazines. The device was originally made as a one-off project, but the creator is now working to put it into production, so you may be able to purchase one of these in the future.

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Offside – The Foosball/Dining Room Table Combo

By Chris Scott Barr

One of the best things about this modern age is its new way of combining things that we love so we can save money. One of these devices is the combination foosball and dining room table that is brought to us by Skitsch. It has a very simple, yet unique design that makes this a must-have for soccer lovers. When you’re not playing foosball with friends, you can take out the spinny guys and put on the tempered glass top to have a very specifically themed dining table.

If you’re not a big fan of foosball, then this probably on the top of your priority list. Although, those of you out there that just about cried from excitement that they could have this and have the excuse that it’s functional, your time is now. Though you will have to save up for a bit seeing as this table will cost about $2800.

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Awesome Scratching Post Lets Your Cat Destroy Tall Buildings

By Chris Scott Barr

If your indoor cat has claws, you need a scratching post, period. Well, unless you enjoy having your couch ripped to shreds. So if you have to buy one of these things, why not buy one that just looks awesome? Now that you have the right frame of mind, let me introduce you to the Cats Attack! Scratching Post.

There’s not much to tell about this cat toy. Instead of just looking like a boring bit of cardboard, it’s been shaped to look like a few skyscrapers, complete with a helicopter. Now when your cat starts clawing at the post, it will look like some gigantic mutant cat, hell-bent on destroying the city! At $30, it’s cheap entertainment, and useful at the same time.

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The World’s Largest Gummy Worm

By Chris Scott Barr

Gummy worms are great. I mean, what’s not to like about them? They’re gummy, and they look like worms. Don’t give me any of that “gummy bears are way better” crap either, as we both know who would win in a fight. The only complaint I have about these chewy creatures is their size. I mean, wouldn’t it be awesome if you had a gigantic gummy worm? Yeah, it would.

Well guess what, you can. You can buy The World’s Largest Gummy Worm, which is 128 times the size of a regular one. That’s roughly three pounds of chewy goodness. I’m not even sure that it’s possible to consume that entire thing in one sitting. Of course that wouldn’t stop me from trying. Either way, it would be $28 well spent.

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Turn Your Old Computer Parts Into A Burning Laser

By Chris Scott Barr

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got old computers just lying around. You keep telling yourself that you’re going to repurpose them as some sort of media box, server or whatnot. But really they’re just cluttering up the back of your closet, or some corner of the garage. Today you’ll learn to put one of them to good use. You’ll fashion some of the parts into a laser capable of cutting through things. Why? Because that sort of thing is awesome.

You’ll just need a DVD burner (16x or higher) some heatsinks and the PSU from an old computer. There are a few other items you’ll need to get, but those are the main components. In a short while, you’ll be able to cut through small objects, and light others on fire. That’s right, you can burn those ants without needing to mess with a magnifying glass or depend on the sun. Just remember not to be an idiot.

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The BOND Bike Is Worthy Of 007

By Chris Scott Barr

There are a lot of bike riders in the city where I reside. So many, that most of the main roads have special bike lanes for them to ride in. Thus, I see a lot of bikes in my daily life. For the most part they all look sort of the same, with nothing to really make one stand out from the rest. Sure, some are road bikes and others are mountain bikes, but those are the only real differences you see. So what does one have to do to really turn heads? You need to get this BOND bike.

While the name will inspire images of 007, it’s actually an acronym for Built of Notorious Deterrents (however, it likely isn’t a coincidence). It was designed after polling 800 cyclists about their least favorite parts of riding a bike. Thus, a flamethrower was added to keep cars from edging you off the road, an ejector seat to keep thieves from stealing your ride and a ski blade and an all-terrain caterpillar track on the rear wheel to get you through any environment.

This truly does seem like the most awesome bike on the road. Unforutnately, you’re not going to be able to purchase it. Something tells me you’d land in a bit of hot water with that flamethrower anyway. It was simply built as an art piece to raise awareness about cyclists.

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Build Your Own Dalek From The Official BBC Blueprints

By Caitlyn Muncy

What is it about an oversized trash can with a plunger that makes it so fearsome? If you’re a Doctor Who fan, then you’ll understand the might of the Dalek. Otherwise, you’ll probably thing they are just plain silly. For those that not only know of these mighty overlords, but adore them, I have a surprise for you. No, I’m not giving you a Dalek, but I can show you how to make one.

This isn’t your average DIY guide that you find around the internet. No, these are the official blueprints from the BBC. Apparently someone wrote to them back in the 80’s asking for instructions on how to build one. They responded with these complete blueprints. Even if you aren’t planning on building your own, if you’re a Doctor Who fan, you should definitely check them out.

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OhGizmo! Review – SumoSac Couple

By Chris Scott Barr

When it comes to living room seating, most people go for the usual pieces of furniture. These generally being a couch, loveseat, recliner and/or some other type of chair. Sure, couches are great because they seat multiple people, and allow for sleeping when needed. Recliners are nice if you want to lay back and watch TV without having to lie on your side the whole time. However, there is one piece of unconventional furniture that can do all of these things. That’s right, I’m talking about a bean bag.

There’s a chance that you had a bean bag when you were younger. They were great for sitting in front of the TV while watching movies or playing video games. Unfortunately, most such pieces of furniture never really lasted all that long. Over time the little beans lose their shape and the whole thing begins to fall, until your favorite seat is the most uncomfortable one in the house. Well in case you hadn’t heard, there’s a new bean bag out there, one not actually filled with tiny beans at all.

Sumo has actually been making their bean bag chairs for several years now, so I wouldn’t exactly call them new. However, they’re still interesting enough to warrant a review. They shipped us over one of their ‘SumoSac Couple’ chairs, which I have been lounging on for a couple of weeks now. Luckily I needn’t get out of it to write this piece.

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Great Scott! Self-Lacing Shoes Are Real!

By Chris Scott Barr

Back to the Future promised us a lot of cool technologies in the year 2015. Of course with only five years to go, it doesn’t look like we’ll have flying cars, hoverboards or Mr. Fusion. We may, however, see those self-lacing shoes that Marty McFly sported on his trip to the future. (Let us hope that they’re a bit more stylish at least.)

One Instructables user was tired of waiting for Nike to develop the self-lacing technology, so she did it herself. It operates as follows: “step into the shoe and a force sensor reads the pressure of your foot and activates two servo motors, which apply tension to the laces, tightening the shoe. A touch switch reverses the servos.”

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