Archive | January, 2010

Steampunk Game Boy Makes 80s Kids Feel Really Old

It feels like it’s been a long time since Nintendo dropped the “Game Boy” line in favor of the multi-screened DS, but still… it hasn’t been this long. Check out this detailed hack by Thretris, which takes the classic Game Boy, released in 1989, and adds a whole bunch of sprockets, gears and gold paint.  [...more]

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Jan 31 2010
By Geoffrey Golden

Silicone Implants Harvest Human Energy For Later Use

Princeton University engineers have found a way to harvest the energy from human movement such as walking, talking or breathing. Creepy? Well, yes, but it’s also very cool – they’ve created a way to turn silicone sheets into “piezoelectric” materials that generate electricity when flexed. In other words, silicon implants – or giant sheets of [...more]

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Jan 31 2010
By Asterios Kokkinos

PETA Wants A Robot for Groundhog’s Day

The latest baffling idea from the well-meaning yet severely misguided People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization is that we should replace the famous weather-forecasting Punxsutawney Phil with a robot groundhog. [...more]

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Jan 30 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

This Almost Makes Me Want to Fly

Flying sucks. We all know that. Flying will never be good, but a few airlines are trying to make it suck less. We all know the reputation that airlines like Virgin have in the realm of relative comfort. Now there’s a new entrant into the comfortable airline contest: Air New Zealand. The airline recently unveiled [...more]

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Jan 30 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

Augmented Reality Tattoos Are Awesome

Alright, there are a lot of augmented reality things that really don’t seem to do much and a whole lot of hype. But I must say, augmented reality tattoos are really cool and raise a lot of interesting possibilities. As is apparent in the video, the computer reads the tattoo and displays it as a [...more]

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Jan 30 2010
By Nick Upton

Study Says Cell Phone Ban Doesn’t Decrease Auto Accidents

First, studies found that driving while using a cell phone was as bad as driving drunk, which led to bans in New York, Connecticut, California and Washington, D.C. But now a study by the insurance industry group the Highway Lost Data Institute has determined that these bans have produced no significant drop in auto accident [...more]

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Jan 30 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

The CoilMaster Mark1: Look Awesome While Shooting Soda Cans

The future of weaponry is here.  For too long, we have allowed soda cans to terrorize us, enslave us and put us in Human Camps.  Well, tonight we break free.  We will overthrow our fizzy oppressors.  For tonight, we have acquired the awesome MV CoilMaster Mark 1 coil gun! Coil guns are devices that shoot [...more]

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Jan 29 2010
By Geoffrey Golden

My 3-D Food Printer Is Going To Run Out Of Chocolate

The 3-D Printer is pretty sweet, but it can’t print me a cake. So of course MIT researchers are working on building a printer that can create edible food any way the owner wants it — and in any form. I don’t expect these sorts of food printers in my kitchen — ever. But it [...more]

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Jan 29 2010
By Nick Upton

Apple Exec Promises AT&T Network Upgrade

Everyone loves the iPhone, right? It’s the hottest gadget since Eli Whitney started cleaning cotton fibers, but there is one glaring problem with the lil’ status symbol: It’s exclusively tied to AT&T’s cellular network, and AT&T’s cellular network is exclusively tied to dropping calls and spotty service. Good news for all those iPhone owners trapped [...more]

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Jan 29 2010
By Nex

OMG, ROFLCon? LOL!

I spend a lot of time online. An unhealthy amount, some might say. I’d like to say that I’m typically using the web in productive ways, but that would be a lie. I spend a ton of time enjoying the web’s most popular memes such as LolCats, Chad Vader, FAIL Blog, Awkward Family Photos and [...more]

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Jan 29 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss