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Prehistoric Cycling: Homemade Raptor Three-Wheeler

Raptor Bicycle

Dinosaurs may be extinct, but they will live on forever in the imaginations of folks like you, me, and Norwegian artist Markus Moestue. His latest creation is this raptor three-wheel bike that makes it look like the cyclist is riding on the raptor. It’s bulkier than the average bike, that’s for sure, but its awesomeness more than makes up for it.

To support the extra weight, Markus added another wheel on the front, because dinosaur’s are anything but light, you know. Even fake ones. Check out more shots of the raptor bike after the break.

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Sushi Socks: Looks Yummy Rolled Up and On Your Feet

Sushi Socks

 

These delicious pieces of sushi might just knock your socks off–literally, because you’re supposed to pull them over your feet and wear them, not eat them. Each one features a sushi pattern that doesn’t look too out there when they’re on your feet, so you shouldn’t be afraid to wear them, even if you’re not big on colorful clothing or socks with loud patterns.

It’s a completely different story when the Sushi Socks are all rolled up and folded in your sock drawer, though, because they look just like delicious sushi!

The sushi detail is knitted into the sock with colored thread instead of being printed. Seven versions are available: Masuzushi (trout sushi), Shrimp, Octopus, Red Caviar, Tuna, Salmon, and Egg.

The Sushi Socks are available for $5.39 a pair.

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There’s Nothing Puzzling About This Rubik’s Cube Mini Fridge

Rubik’s Cube Mini Fridge I’ve never mastered the skill of solving Rubik’s cubes, but there should be nothing puzzling about this Rubik’s Cube mini fridge. It’s basically a larger-than-life version of a typical (unsolved) Rubik’s cube. Pull on the discrete handle at the side to reveal the insides of the fridge that can fit up to nine cans of stacked soda cans.

Of course, the exterior doesn’t actually turn, so it will remain unsolved forever–or until you replace it. The fridge also comes with a warm and cool setting, so you can use it to keep stuff like leftovers warm and drinks cool.

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Intelligent Blinker is a Wearable Turn Signal for Cyclists

Intelligent Blinker

 

The dark is sometimes a cyclist’s worst enemy. Unlike cars, bikes don’t come equipped with lights and signals so other people on the road might misread the signals (or lack thereof) and, well, you know what happens next. As a response to this, PhD students from Electronics Laboratoryat EPFL have come up with the Intelligent Blinker, which is a solar-powered wristband that glows when the cyclist extends his hand to indicate that they’re about to make a turn.

The Intelligent Blinker is built with a microcontroller, a magnetometer, an accelerometer, and a compass. It comes with a solar panel and built-in battery, which can be charged via USB. Together, these elements might just save countless lives and prevent numerous accidents.

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Wake Up to a Cup of Joe: Barisieur Coffee Maker Alarm Clock

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Nothing beats waking up to the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee, just as no other alarm clock can beat the Barisieur Coffee Maker Alarm Clock because it makes the former possible. The uniquely-designed alarm clock also happens to be a coffee maker that works on brewing you a cup of Joe that’ll be ready by the time your alarm goes off.

Not only does it do the work in brewing that cup of coffee for you, but it also gives you extra motivation to wake up and get out of bed.

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Stumble Upon is a Rug and Coffee Table Combo That You Can Literally Stumble Upon

Stumble Upon

There’s StumbleUpon on the world wide web to help you stumble upon sites, articles, and blogs that you might find interesting. There’s also a Stumble Upon for the real world which happens to be an unusually designed piece of furniture: it’s a rug that doubles as a coffee table as well. Designed by Alessandro Isola, the Stumble Upon might just literally make you stumble upon a magazine on the table by tripping you up. I doubt that’s Alessandro’s intention with his design, though.

His project called ‘stumble upon,’ Alessandro Isola uses these folds and curves to an advantage that creates a flexible and practical coffee table”

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Smart Toilet Paper Holder Sends You ‘Low TP’ Alerts

Smart Toilet Paper Holder

 

Nothing sucks more than looking up to realize that you’ve only got a few squares of TP left after doing a massive number 2. The RollScout aims to save the day, though, by alerting people in the household when the toilet paper levels are in a dangerously low level. If you missed the alert on your smartphone, then the RollScout’s blinking LED light will remind you of that fact so you can replace the old roll before doing your thing.

The RollScout can run on a single A23 battery for an entire year, so maintaining it shouldn’t be a pain at all. Aside from home use, it’s ideal for businesses who don’t want to turn patrons off for the lack of fresh TP.

The RollScout is up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $49 will get you one of your very own.

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Business Knife: Multi-Tool Card That Shows Off Your Skills

Business Knife Card

There’s no shortage of creative and unusual business cards these days. From interactive LED-infused cards to edible ones, the sky’s the limit. Another one to add to the list is this Business Knife Card by graphic designer Anthony Cole. It’s crafted from cardboard and draws inspiration from the ever-popular multi-tools on the market today.

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For the Person Who Transformed You: Transformers Bumblebee Ring

Transformers Bumblebee Ring

Bumblebee is one of the most beloved Autobots from the Transformers franchise. He was the one of the first bots that we were introduced to in the first movie. It’s also worth mentioning that he’s been in every one of the movies, and that’s saying something, seeing as how Michael Bay doesn’t think twice about killing off some of the bots to get a point across.

That said, it makes perfect sense to feature Bumblebee on a Transformers-inspired ring–not only for his marketability, but for his bright and aesthetically-pleasing design. That and the fact that he turns into a snazzy Camaro seals the deal for me. The ring features Bumblebee’s playful mug right smack in the middle of an adorable sterling silver and gold-plated band.

It’s available from CustomMade for $299.

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