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Display An Animation On Your Bike Wheel As You Cycle

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Whether you have an actual statement to make, or just think they look cool, there’s no denying that the Monkey Light Pro will attract attention.

The Monkey Light Pro has 4 bars of LEDs which are attached together inside your wheel. As your ride the system rotates, and using Persistence Of Visio, creates an image with its 256 full color LEDs. The Monkey Light Pro has sensors to track its speed, heads-up position and rotation direction. This allows the system to create stable, full-wheel images from 10 to 40 mph (15 to 65 km/h).

The images of course can be animated, and the system accepts files of several different formats, from GIFs to FLVs, by way of JPEGs or PNGs. There’s a 7000mAh Lithium Polymer which can give you from 3 to 8 hours of runtime at full brightness or up to 48 hours at reduced brightness (say you’re riding at night). When you order it, the Monkey Light Pro will come pre-loaded with 10 custom animations, but it’s relatively easy to load your own later on. The system will fit wheels of the following sizes: 26″, 27″, 28″, 29″, 700c.

It’s a Kickstarter project for now, and Early Backer prices are sold out. So the cheapest you can get one wheel is $695, and $1,390 for a pair. Yeah… that’s a lot of money to attract attention.

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Butter Grater Is Greatest Invention Ever

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We like to call butter “flavour” ’round these parts. But the most frustrating part about spreading some cold hard flavour on your morning toast is how it just ends up shredding your caramelized slice of bread, and not spreading at all. It’s a first world problem, sure, but it’s one that’s elegantly solved with the above Butter Grater. Just place a cold stick of delicious flavour in there, and watch as your former toast shredder comes out in fluffy filaments, ready for some easy spreading.

It’s $23, from some Japanese vendor.

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[ Product Page (Translated) ] VIA [ ThatsNerdALicious ]

Ridiculously Fast-Footed Dance Dance Revolution Player

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Yeah, you’d think DDR news to be old news. And normally you’d be right: who on earth hasn’t seen the videos of these (usually Asian) players dancing around faster than the eye can see? And yet, we think it worthwhile to show you the above vid, in case you haven’t seen it already in the 9 months it’s been out. Why? Because this right here is the motherlode, the crack-cocaine-on-crystal-meth of DDR videos, the Grand Poobah of I-can’t-believe-his-feet-just-did-that videos. It’s remarkable that a human being is able to process information at such a speed, let alone move its body in response.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

Predator Helmet Could Help You Get Some Respect On The Road

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This is one badass looking helmet. Based on a regular helmet structure (and thus, safe), Russian-based NLO Moto sculpts with fiberglass, carbon fiber and polycarbonate a crazy looking helmet reminiscent of the Predator. It’s complete with a dreadlock mullet and a tri-laser LED light, which can be upgraded to become a (possibly illegal) actual tri-laser. Other upgrades include carbon spearheads that attach at the tip of the dreadlocks, and “top level airbrushing”. Keep in mind that this is all on top of the base price, which stands at a hefty $780. That’s a lot of money to spend on a motorcycle helmet, so here’s hoping your ride is equally impressive.

[ NLO Moto ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]

Don’t Want A Bean Bag? Get The Blandito – A Burrito For Furniture

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The Blandito is a creation of Oradaria Design, and is meant to be a transformable, malleable piece of soft furniture for the home.

It can be bent and shaped to suit an individual’s needs at any given moment. Once you find the shape you want, you can fix it in place using the wooden ball hooks that are included. This means Blandito can be used as a rug, a sleeping bag, a bean bag, or an armchair – at the very least

Initially just an Internet-famous prototype, the Blandito has now graduated into an item in full production, which you can acquire for prices starting at €315 (US$415). The video below gives you an idea of just how it’s meant to be used, and you can hit the jump for a few more pictures.

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What Does Driving At 265.7mph Look Like?

On April 2nd of this year, the Hennessy Venom GT may have stripped the ‘World’s Fastest Production Car’ title from Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The Guinness Book of World Records recently announced that it was taking the title away from the Bugatti because an investigation into its 2010, 267.856mph run revealed that the speed limiter had been deactivated, going against the GBWR’s rules and making the Super Sport no longer qualify as a ‘production vehicle’. This opens the door for the Hennessy Venom GT to take its place as the new speed king, with a VBox-certified run of 265.7mph. However… this was done on a 2 mile runway; the car was still accelerating when they ran out of room, meaning a higher top speed is likely. Considering the Veyron takes 4 miles to achieve its 267mph record, the Venom GT’s achievement is very impressive. The figure hasn’t been officially recognized by the GBWR, but you can see the 413.2kph run in the video above.

If you want a 1,200HP Hennessy Venom GT, you can get your hands on one for the cool sum of $1,000,000,

[ Product Page ] VIA [ The Awesomer ]

Mystery AT-AT Bunkbed

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The interconnected series of tubes otherwise known as the Internet is a strange place, sometimes. Pictures can pop up that make us drool of envy, even as their origins remains shrouded in mystery. Case in point: the above AT-AT bunk bed. All we have is that picture. A reverse image search reveals an Imgur link with a headline that reads “My uncle built an AT-AT bunk bed for his son. So jealous!” So there you have it. Some uncles are better than others. But knowing the image popped online through an Imgur link doesn’t help. What uncle? Where? How do we contact him so he’ll make us one? Why won’t anyone answer these important questions? That’s what we mean by shrouded in mystery; there’s an uncle somewhere, that somehow built something awesome. We don’t know who or how. But we hate him because he’s not our uncle.

VIA [ LikeCool ]

Cool Optical Illusion: Click Image And Blink Fast

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The above optical illusion is in the form of a GIF. Click the image to see it animate, and then blink really fast. You’ll see Mandalas appear all over the place.

Mandalas, incidentally, are shapes of particular spiritual importance in Hindu and Buddhism. Yes, Wikipedia is the Internet citizen’s friend.

VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Viral Marketing Done Right: American Eagle Announces Paint-On Skinny Skinny Jeans

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Yes, they’re trolling. But it’s a darn good one. The 30 second advertisement featured below is about a purported new range of skinny jeans from clothing retailer American Eagle. “It’s our skinniest fit yet and is so comfortable you’ll feel like you’re wearing nothing at all,” boats the narrator. And that’s when you realize that the pants are quite literally painted on. The campaign doesn’t end with a simple video however, as they provide you with a link to a special page on their website where you can contemplate buying a can of the spray-on fabric. There is even an option to add the $50 “Limited Edition” set to your shopping cart; pressing the button brings up an “out of stock” warning. Right.

Let’s be clear, this is absolutely a tongue-in-cheek hoax, as confirmed by the company’s vice-president last friday on the Today Show. But it does show the company hitting one out of the park in the field of viral marketing. The video has racked up over a million views in three days and got the Interwebs chatting.

Check out the video, below.

VIA [ DamnGeeky ]