Posts Tagged ‘Gadgets’

Fun Slides: We want

January 27, 2009

Order your own from the official product site.

Via Geekologie

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Remember When Catapults Would Reign Destruction and Terror Down on People? Now They Just Gently Fling People into Water.

September 13, 2008

Looks fun.

It’s Pyro-Technician, not Pyromaniac, Thank You Very Much….

September 11, 2008

Whoa……this is very impressive.

Bluetooth Handgun handset for the iPhone

July 15, 2008

Instructables.com brings you a guide on how to turn your Bluetooth handset into a potentially disastrous modification.

How to turn an airsoft handgun and a bluetooth headset into a fun, fully functional handset for your iPhone. Pull the trigger to receive calls and to, um, end them. Listen through the barrel, and talk into the grip.

I think everyone has made the thumb and forefinger gun-to-the-head sign when someone unpleasant shows up on their caller ID. Eli and I thought it would be fun to make an actual gun handset, and it turned out to be surprisingly straightforward. No glue or powertools were required.

Even though it’s not very practical, there’s something so satisfying about ending a call with this handset. Pow.

Naturally, this handset works with any cell phone. You just feel like pulling the trigger more if you own an iPhone.

View all the steps necessary to get the cops to hassle you here.

Robots in bands get all the girls

June 25, 2008

The Trons of New Zealand.

From the band’s Myspace page

The Trons are a completely self playing robotic junk band! They are made mostly from old computer and mechanical parts and play original songs using an array of old amps and instruments. They now have five gigs under their belt and have just completed Hamilton’s Ignition Fringe Festival.

Japan’s robot for lonely men, with video

June 19, 2008

(lonely American men have been turning to the above robot for comfort for about 30 years)

TOKYO – She is big-busted, petite, very friendly, and she runs on batteries.

A Japanese firm has produced a 38 cm (15 inch) tall robotic girlfriend that kisses on command, to go on sale in September for around US$175, with a target market of lonely adult men.

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10 MPH, Segway Road Trip Across America, A documentary

June 18, 2008

Watch this 93 minute documentary (you might want to bookmark this one) as it’s a fascinating journey across the country on a Segway.

ABOUT 10 MPH
10 MPH is a comical documentary that follows a pair of aspiring filmmakers as they quit their jobs and turn a friend’s ludicrous idea into a movie. The impulsive purchase of a two-wheeled Segway scooter sets this story in motion when the two friends decide to travel from Seattle to Boston at 10 MPH in an attempt to change their lives forever… What ensues is a road trip like none other with a haphazard cast of characters you could only find on a zany 100-day trek through America’s back roads. Each poignant story the two friends discover along the way inspires a craving inside to go out and do that thing you’re supposed to do.

Film-maker’s website

Exoskeleton to be used to one day help the elderly and parapalegics to freely walk again

June 14, 2008

I heard an amazing story on NPR today. Please see the excerpt below. While Skynet will one day destroy humanity, it’s refreshing to see that not all technology is out to kill Sarah Connor.

Full story: NPR’s Weekend America: Monty’s Lifesuit: From Science Fiction to Fact
This weekend, San Francisco hosts the 2008 RoboGames. Last year’s event attracted more than 3,000 spectators — they came to see robots and their human inventors compete in races, weightlifting and all-out robo-smackdowns.

But one returning champion from Seattle has a bigger mission in mind. Reporter Jeremy Richards has the story:

Like any good superhero story, Monty Reed’s journey starts with a single terrifying event. In 1983, fresh out of high school, Monty joined the Army, eventually securing a place with the elite Airborne Rangers. He had 38 successful jumps. But something went wrong on his 39th jump.

“We were doing a night jump,” Reed says. “It was battalion-wide, so it was hundreds of parachutes in the air, and somebody’s parachute came too close to me, and that stole the air. So my canopy collapsed, and I hit the ground.”

On impact, Monty broke his back in several places. He spent a year recovering at a hospital in Ford Ord, Calif.

“While I was in the hospital, paralyzed legs, fingers on both hands paralyzed, the doctors told me your condition is permanent and it will get worse. So get used to it.”

Monty didn’t accept this. He took out a pad of paper and wrote across the top: “Monty Shall Walk.” To distract himself from the pain, he found solace in science-fiction novels. That’s when inspiration hit:

Watch the results of his inspiration. More info. available at They Shall Walk.

You’re golfing. You have to pee, so naturally you relieve yourself into a hollow receptacle that’s shaped like a 7-iron.

June 10, 2008

Finally, science does something practical. Because carrying around your urine after peeing in a fake golf club is FAR easier than just discreetly slipping into the rough, or using a port-a-john. You must watch the video for a full explanation. Excellent commentary, too.

***Update***

A few of you have asked if this was a hoax. So, in the interest of this blog’s umm…..”integrity” I decided to call the number listed on the commercial, 866-999-4URO. I had a representative on the line, ready to take my order. How’s that for authenticity?

Official site

Act now and they’ll throw in a special bonus gift.

**Female adapters pictured below sold separately**

Wow…nerds gone wild

May 21, 2008