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Tag Archives: cool

Clever Candle Holder

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Oh, this is probably as old as the world. But had you seen it before? We hadn’t, we think it’s pretty cool, so we’ll tell you about it and you can direct your “Your stuff is stale as day-old farts!” comments to our legal department (hint: it doesn’t exist). Although, really, there’s not much to say. It’s a candle holder with an opening so you can light it with a match without burning your fingers or being forced to light the candle first and then having to insert it while hoping it doesn’t tilt around too much and extinguish (we get stressed out by simple tasks). It’s $16, which is probably too much, but we’re not about to start looking for another, cheaper purchase link.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ OddityMall ]

Leather Beer Caddy For Bikes

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Making a beer run in the middle of the party can get annoying, but not so with the Fyxation Leather Bicycle Carrier. Instead of stuffing that six-pack in your backpack or bringing it back (gasp!) in your hands, just put the beers in this cool-looking brown leather carrier. It’ll fit right beneath your top post, making it super convenient. Ok… we’re sure some of you will complain that you have to take the extra step to remove each beer from its box and individually insert it in this carrier. It’s true… but just look at it! If you don’t have a backpack, this is still the superior option.

But hey, if you’ve been drinking, maybe it’s better to walk after all? Cycling while intoxicating is no better than driving, so be safe.

The caddy will cost you $57, from Amazon.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Look Closer: This Parrot is Actually a Woman

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Not everything is at it seems. The title of this post isn’t meant to fool you, but unless you’ve got a really sharp eye, then you probably think you’ve been had because the picture is clearly that of a bird, not a woman–or is it?

It honestly took me a few minutes and several double-takes before I saw her. It’s so seamless that it’s easy to un-see even when you’ve already seen her. This work of impressive body painting art was done by artist Johannes Stoette, who’s eye for detail is truly something else. If you still haven’t spotted her, here’s a hint: check out the parrot’s tail first.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

World’s Most Awesome Door Reinvents The Wheel

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There are some designs that have stood the test of time, like the wheel. The door is one of them. Whether they swing sideways, or up and down (like a car’s gullwing doors), every door that ever was always worked the same way. Sort of. Except sliding doors, we guess… Yeah… Well… there goes our theories. But whatever, you get the idea. Klemens Torggler’s Evolution door is closest to a sliding door, we suppose, only it uses an ingenious mechanism to ditch rails altogether. And it ditches sliding too, actually. It just does this cool, and rather intricate motion as it opens and closes, and it serves no practical purpose other than to look futuristic and awesome. We suppose if you have a need for a sliding door but for some reason don’t have the space to put the necessary mechanism, this could come in handy. But really, focusing on finding a functionality to justify its existence kind of misses the point that this particular door might have been developed just to look great. Nothing wrong with that!

It doesn’t seem to be commercially available, and if it is, we can’t even guess at its price. Hit the jump for a few more GIFs showing you similar designs, as well as links.

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Fun Experiment To Do At Home: Imploding Soda Can

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If you’re bored at home (or heck, even in the office), you could have a bit of fun imploding soda cans. It’s surprisingly easy, and requires absolutely no force. What you do is fill up an empty soda can with about 1 ounce of water, heat it up until it’s steaming, then turn it upside down and dunk it in ice water. As soon as it hits the water, the steam inside probably condenses immediately, creating a vacuum and allowing the outside air to crush the can. It’s not only fun to do, but also makes you aware that atmospheric air pressure is a real thing, even though we don’t “feel” anything. Could also be a cool trick to do in front of the kids.

VIA [ Sploid ]

The Confectionary Cannon Shoots Marshmallows Straight Into Your Mouth

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Because what’s the point of going to engineering school if you can’t make a rig that shoots candy into your mouth, amirite? Well, a team of students at Olin College have created just that, and they called it the Confectionary Cannon. With a budget of $250, they took “four servos, a webcam, a solenoid and an Arduino Uno to make up the electrical system, which uses Python and OpenCV”, and created a device that’ll make anyone with a sweet tooth and a love of tech salivate just a little. Face recognition software looks for your mouth and the press of a button delivers the goods. Yeah, it doesn’t look like it has the most perfect accuracy in the world, but a little head movement on your part should be enough to bite down on the flying sugar.

No, it’s not available for purchase, but knowing that it can be made for that little money must mean some business minded person somewhere is working on it, right? Right?

[ Product Page ] VIA [ HackADay ]

Cabbage Patch Kids Knitted Hats

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If you grew up in the 80’s and now have kids, you have to do yourself a favour and get one of these. Knitted by one ‘TheLilliePad’ on Etsy, they’ll set you back between $32 and $38. Alternatively, you could buy the pattern for all of $6. Take into consideration that due to increased demand, you may end up waiting a while for them, during which you may as well take up some crocheting lessons…

[ Product Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

We’ve Seen The Future, And It’s In This MIT Motion-Tracked Table

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Just watch that GIF and tell us if your mind isn’t blown. It’s a project by a team at MIT called inFORM. It seems to involve a table with an array of individually actuated push-rods, which are in turn controlled by a motion-tracking camera. Here’s how they explain it:

Past research on shape displays has primarily focused on rendering content and user interface elements through shape output, with less emphasis on dynamically changing UIs. We propose utilizing shape displays in three different ways to mediate interaction: to facilitate by providing dynamic physical affordances through shape change, to restrict by guiding users with dynamic physical constraints, and to manipulate by actuating physical objects.

If we’re understanding their jargon correctly, the team is looking to develop a man/machine interaction that doesn’t involve a static user interface. In other words, they’re exploring ways in which we could interact with machines in the future. What does that mean in practical terms? We’re not sure, but a user on Reddit suggests a table that can pass the salt itself… It’s funny, but hey, the possibilities appear limitless and we’re glad folks with some semblance of competence are working on this stuff.

Watch the full video below to get a better idea of how awesome this is.

[ Project Page ] AND [ Full Paper ] VIA [ Reddit ]

Sugar Skull Spoon Adds A Macabre Flair To Your Morning Coffee

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There’s really not much to say here. It’s a sugar spoon, like the ones you use to scoop sugar into your coffee. Only this one has the shape of a skull stamped out of it. Neat-o. It does this cool sugar skull thing when you scoop some out. We’re not sure what setting or occasion would call for something like this (it’s too late for Halloween this year), but we can imagine there are people who’ll get a kick out of it regardless. It’s £8 ($13) for yours, on the more-than-fully-funded Kickstarter.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]