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A Pest in the Water: Giant Cockroach Float

Giant Cockroach Float

 

When you tell people that there’s a giant cockroach in the water, then you can expect a few of them to freak out and jump out of the pool because, well, there’s a roach. But put this particular giant roach into the pool, and you’ll get a few disgusted side glances at most along with a couple of double-takes.

The Giant Cockroach float is exactly what its name says it is, and while it may not feel as scratchy as an actual roach (“scratchy” being my choice of adjective, after several encounters with roaches that seemed to think that it was a good idea to hide in my shoe, of all places), it’s still very much capable of raising the hairs of those who are katsaridaphobic.

The float is available online for $29.95.

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Puzzle Pong Takes Beer Pong Into The Pool

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Puzzle Pong is not the first floating beer pong setup, but the makers have thought long and hard about this and introduced some improvements over other such products already on the market. Puzzle Pong is modular and can be assembled into a 4, 6, or 8 foot long table with ease, and then folded back up into a 7 lbs. briefcase when you’re done. It’s made from polypropylene foam, which not only makes it float, but is also more durable than other floating materials. The recesses for the cups feature tiny holes that allow water to drain through and prevent splashing around from a stray shot. Of course, we’re not sure why you’d want to avoid getting splashed while standing in a pool, but there you have it.

If you want your own Puzzle Pong, head over to Kickstarter and pledge $50. Delivery is slated for November so you’ll likely miss the summer, unless you live in the kind of climate that’s summery all year long. And if that’s the case, we hate you.

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Aqua Sounder Floating Speaker is Ready for Summer Pool Parties

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By Shane McGlaun

Spring has sprung and in many parts of the country and before you know it the heat will be sweltering and many of us will be heading to the pool to hand out and have fun. One key ingredient of a pool party is music (and babes in bikinis), the catch is that water and most electronic devices don’t get along.

Grace Digital Audio has announced a new floating wireless speaker called the Aqua sounders retailing for $149.99. The speaker floats around the pool or hot tub and has a pair of mood lights integrated for nighttime fun.

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Pool Playing Robot Claims It’s An Amateur, Could Be Hustling Us


By Jonathan Kimak

Researchers at Queen’s University have created a robot that can play a decent game of pool, billiards or snooker. Dubbed Deep Green(likely a nod to the chess playing computer Deep Blue) the robot is ceiling mounted and uses a Global Vision System to see all the balls on the pool table. It also has a Local Vision System which detects objects in front of the cue ball so as to better select the right shot.

The robot can produce power from none to 3 m/s for the average shot and up to 12 m/s for the initial breaking shot using a pneumatic break cue actuator.

There have been pool playing robots around since the 1980′s but this one is touted as the best of the best. It is ranked at slightly above amateur status for now but improvements are being made constantly so that eventually the robot could become a true pool shark.

With the name Deep Green it’s clear the designers want it to eventually challenge a true professional in some televised(and sponsored) matches.

[ Computer.org ] VIA [ Tech Digest ]