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Nixie Chessboard

By: on April 27, 2017
$660.52
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Now here's a new spin on smart lighting. Lasermad says their stellar Nixie Chessboard is the first and only Nixie tube-powered chessboard in the whole world, and I believe it. Who has the creativity to even come up with that as an idea, much less figure out how to build it and make it work? With no plugs. Whether you checkmate or not, you'll always light it up in this game of chess.

The Nixie Chessboard's IN-7 tubes are all powered by induction coils routed beneath the board. This particular version, Lasermad's V1.5, works right out of the box, with no assembly required.

Though identical in general appearance and size, chess pieces are illuminated with symbols that denote their rank.

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The Uncomfortable - Inconvenient Everyday Objects

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Rubika 3D Illusion Rubik's Cube Bookcase

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Zen Nixie Tube Clock

$1,625 - $2,005 from Dalibor Farny »

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S-76 Ampratite Plasma Pistol

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Does depressing the S-76 Ampratite Plasma Pistol's spring steel trigger really release unstable and highly reactive Zephane gas for co-mingling with exposed Ampratite crystals, the consequences of which generate an intense...

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AbleNook: Rapidly Deployable Modular Dwelling

I'm nearly sold on AbleNook, a collapsible housing unit that requires neither appreciable time nor skill to assemble, based on its Kickstarter project's opening quote alone. From Albert Einstein: "We can't solve problems...

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Brocade Dinner & Smoking Jacket

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Come on, Cousin Larry, don't be re-dikoolous, this is a niiiice jacket. I would wear it to my wedding. And I'd definitely wear it to your wedding. Machete 'N' Sons' Brocade Dinner & Smoking Jackets are part of their Decadence...

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Gas-Powered LED Wings

$1,060 from Etsy »

Gas-powered mechanical wizard John Paul Rishea of Bionic Concepts follows up his Exo-Gauntlet Exoskeleton with this set of searing blue LED wings waiting to be scooped up by the first fancier of flight with $830. The...

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Heat Sensitive Tile

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I thought the Heat Sensitive Table was the pinnacle of cool in the realm of thermochromatic commmodities, but this Heat Sensitive Tile has just upped the ante. Inspired by the stunning lights of Alaska, Moving Color's...

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Armadillo Tea Canopy

The belly of a beast doesn't have to be Old Testament-style miserable and wet and reeking of rotting fish. Unlike Jonah, you'll be able to relish some shade from the blaring sun, some shelter from the summer rains, and...

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Steampunk Motorcycle with Firing Machine Guns

Putsch Racing calls their Steampunk attack bike the Aristo-cad. I think that's a great name. Very cool. Very fitting. And even if I thought otherwise I'd keep my fat mouth shut because this motorcycle also happens to...