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Armadillo-T Car Folds Into Itself to Save Space When Parked

Armadillo-T

Late again because you had trouble finding a parking spot? Yeah, we feel you. It seems like the world is becoming more and more congested with humans and their cars these days, and it’s our fellow humans who end up getting inconvenienced due to the lack of available parking spaces. The Armadillo-T wasn’t created because of that quandary, but it might as well be, because this unusual car literally folds into itself when it’s parked. The name of the vehicle was inspired by the animal that it was named after, the armadillo, which can roll itself into its own body in order to hide in its shell as a defense mechanism.

Developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the Armadillo-T is an electric vehicle that can travel up to 37 miles per hour with an approximate 60-mile range in a single charge. Instead of typical fold-out rear view mirrors, the car is equipped with surround-view cameras instead in order to accommodate the folding feature.

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The Pavlov Poke Gives You an Electric Shock If You Spend Too Much Time on Facebook

Pavlov Poke

How many hours do you spend on the Internet a day? I think it’s safe to say that you’ve got a problem–or more like an addiction, really–if it’s more than half the total time you’re awake. Why spend your time cooped up indoors, looking at pictures of people doing all sorts of fun things that you could otherwise be doing?

With this in mind, MIT PhD students Robert Morris and Dan McDuff came up with the Pavlov Poke.

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Safe Cut Surgical Gloves Make Glove Removal Easy as Pie

Safe Cut Surgical Glove

 

I’m sure you’ve worn gloves several times in your lifetime. Wearing them is fine, but trying to take them off can sometimes turn into a pretty annoying task. This is especially true when you have sweaty hands and the rubber is sticking all over the insides of your palms, and you’re just flailing around trying to get them off and they just stubbornly stay put.

The solution? The Safe Cut Surgical Glove, which features simple addition to the design that makes a world of difference. Continue Reading

Can You Stomach the Food and Ambiance at the Hospitalis Restaurant?

Hospital-Themed Restaurant

The Hospitalis is a hospital-themed restaurant in Latvia, and it’s definitely all sorts of strange. It’s probably the only restaurant in the world where diners are given the choice to dine in a straight jacket and have their food fed to them by waitresses dressed in nurses’ uniforms.

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Rechargeable AA Battery USB Drive Stores Files, Powers Up Devices

Rechargeable AA Battery USB Drive

 

If you’re on the go a lot, then you’ll find yourself needing or even looking for basic things that will be easy to use when you’re away from home. One such thing is the Rechargeable AA Battery USB Drive. It’s essentially a flash drive that doubles as an AA battery. Need something to store your files? No problem. Looking for some batteries to power up your flashlight, radio, or whatever? Then just grab a couple of these and you’re good to go.Continue Reading

Concept Urinals Aim to Harness the Power of Pee

ECO-Urinal

What do people do a lot every day that’s generally considered as a waste-generating activity? Pee, that’s what. I remember seeing a show on TV where they featured a woman who’d pee in a jar so she could use it to water her plants (now that I think of it, it was an episode of Extreme Cheapskates where people were being, well, extreme cheapskates.)

Well, if this concept becomes a reality–and if it’s proven to actually work–then people could be getting more from pee than just compost or fertilizer for plants.Continue Reading

Biosensor Tattoo Lets Athletes Know When They’ve Reached Their Limits

Biosensor tattoo

Some athletes push themselves so hard that they end up hitting “the wall”, which is when their energy level suddenly dips and they just collapse, exhausted and completely spent. So why does this happen? Well, when a person performs vigorous activity for extended periods, lactate builds up and causes fatigue.

If you’re the type who’s keen on pushing yourself physically, then you might find a lot of use with this lactate-monitoring biosensor tattoo.

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No More Sticky Fingers: Jar-with-a-Twist Pushes the Peanut Butter Out With Every Twist

Jar With a Twist

Do you hate having to reach deep down into the jar to scrape the last few spoonfuls of peanut butter or jam left in it? Aside from taking more time than usual, it’ll also leave you with sticky fingers. The solution? Twist-up jars called Jar-with-a-Twist.

It basically reinvents the form of current jars to add a twist-up feature. All you have to do to get to the jars contents is give it a few twists, and the bottom is slowly raised to the surface, providing you with easier access to the goods inside. The jar was originally made for peanut butter, but I don’t think its makers will have a very difficult time extending its use, such as for holding jams or even sauces.

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Wooden Transformer: Boxed Turns Into a Wide Variety of Wooden Furniture

Boxed

It’s amazing what you can do with a few shaped and polished pieces of wood. At first glance, Boxed looks like a plain and ordinary wooden suitcase that carries a bunch of random blocks of wood. But if you know how to put them all back together and piece the shapes together, then you can assemble a wide variety of furniture that you can actually use–like stools, a desk, a coffee table, and even a lamp.

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