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Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera

By: on November 17, 2011

Isn't everything that isn't a Kardashian bank account or body part supposed to be getting smaller? Especially image-capturing devices. But this throwable ball camera is uncomfortably large. It appears to have the same circumference as both the stick man's and the Asian girl's heads in the demo video. So while the possibility of harnessing the power of 36, 2-megapixel cell phone cameras to capture spherical panoramas of massive crowds and remote natural wonders sounds badass, the reality of toting around a padded lime green globe the size of an adult female's head to score the shot somewhat diminishes its appeal. As, for many, does the requirement of basic ball-handling skills for the camera's successful operation. Best to practice throwing straight up and not butter fingering the catch in your backyard before taking it to the Grand Canyon, eh?

Still, considering the ball camera was created by young Jonas Pfeil for his student thesis project, it is quite impressive. Not to mention exponentially cooler than everyone else's thesis about feminism in dynastic Chinese literature and the importance of kindergarten in creating social intelligence in single-celled organisms.

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Rocket Air Blaster

$11.16 from Amazon »

At first I was excited about the Rocket Air Blaster because I thought it was an updated version of the Stomp Rocket. Or maybe a handheld Stomp Rocket that shot its red lipstick right into my friend Cornelius' earhole...

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NERF Nuke

$99.99 from ThinkGeek »

Though we've long since entered the nuclear age, NERF has always inexplicably resisted foamifying the most powerful bomb in the world into a play toy for children. That is, until now. Dribble your drool upon the NERF...

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Shonin Streamcam Wearable Personal Security Camera

$169 - $259 from Shonin »

Who wants their very own cloud-connected bodycam? The Shonin Streamcam is a forthcoming wearable personal security camera that records goings-on in hi-res video and, via WiFi or cellular SIM, saves it directly to the...

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Mini CCTV Screw Camera

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It's a screw cam! No, not that kind...well. What you use it for is up to you, I guess. But I'm calling it a screw cam because this miniature CCTV camera looks like the piece of hardware--a simple screw just minding its...

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Pocketcopter - World's Smallest Flying Camera

$115 from indiegogo »

One way to take rad photos at unique angles is to climb on furniture and scale trees and hang from power lines. That's what Thomas, Mike, and Ricardo used to do. Until they broke one too many lamps and bones, at which...

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Podo Stick & Shoot Camera

$69 from Amazon »

Folders, multi-tools, and titanium toothpicks as EDC? Nah, the Podo Stick & Shoot Camera will get more daily use than all of those combined. Taking selfies, filming cat videos, and recording the shenanigans of airline...

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iFetch Automatic Ball Launcher

$115.99 from Amazon »

iFetch isn't the first automatic ball launcher for dogs, but it's about half the cost of the Go Dog Go, and I am more partial to iFetch's video of the dancing Boston Terrier than I am to Go Dog Go's of the spastic Puggle....

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Nixie Flying Wearable Camera

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The Nixie may be a ways from reality--and your wrist--but its live demo debut at CES 2016 proves it's a lot more than a few mockup drawings and some dude's dream (or, in this case, a dude and a dudette). The wearable...

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Belfie Butt Selfie Stick

By: Belfie »

If you (ladies) are going to take inordinate numbers of photos of your own self, you (ladies) may as well take them of the parts of your body I most enjoy looking at. The Belfie is a forthcoming butt selfie stick. Designed...

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PassBack Football

$32.50 from Amazon »

The PassBack Football has a gift for all the sad sacks out there: a way to play catch when you have no friends. Throw this blunt-ended pigskin against a hard wall and it will come spiraling right back to you for endless...

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Blitzball - Ultimate Backyard Baseball

$11.99 - $19.99 from Blitzball »

What makes Blitzball the ultimate in backyard baseball? I mean, in addition to the allusion to Final Fantasy? Curves and distance, say its creators. Times two. Check out the video and you won't just see Blitzballs fly...

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Lily Autonomous Drone Camera

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My friend Cornelius and I threw a Lily in the air once in 6th grade. She dropped like a sack of twice-baked bacon and brown butter potatoes. (Don't worry, there was a lake there to catch her.) But throw this Lily in the...