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Saturday, December 22, 2012
$149 from Sensebridge »

Yee haw! It's December 22, 2012 and we're all still here! Able to continue breathing, eating, working, gaming, online shopping, consuming, and generally navigating through life. Hmmm. Maybe I should take this non-apocalyptic...

Thursday, February 7, 2013
$1,200 from Etsy »

If you were wondering whether or not post-apocalyptic society will be integrating text messaging with self-defense, the answer is yes. Thomas Willeford's steampunk keyboard-arm guard combo sports futuristic Victorian aesthetics...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

From unwieldy trunk, to streamlined handled bag, to Eureka! luggage on wheels, to Hop. The suitcase that follows its user. Or rather, follows its user's cellphone signal. Hop contains three receivers able to intake, identify, and triangulate signals emanating from a linked cellphone. Once attached to a designated signal, a caterpillar system set of rollers, based on compressed air, allows the suitcase...

Saturday, September 28, 2013
$15 from Brando »

This USB lighter with a UV light for counterfeit bill detection should be a pretty sweet combo for drug dealers. Get handed a $100, see it's a fake on the spot, burn it to bits, kick the scammer's ass to next Tuesday, and...

Friday, December 14, 2012
Discontinued

You-Vision Video Glasses don't do the I-spying for you, but they do allow you to film what your little eye sees. In HD. A tiny camera built into the bridge of the glasses records full motion video with the push of a button...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

When I was little they used to have one of these devices that makes your hair stand on end at an amazing and delightful place called The Magic House. My mama would sometimes take me there if I could go 8 days straight without peeing the bed. But only now am I learning that this wild and wacky tool is called a Van de Graaf generator, and that it garners its power from 200,000 volts of electricity....

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
$119 - $599 from TechJect »

If it looks like an insect and flies like an insect and is virtually indecipherable from an insect to the human eye while in motion, it must be a palm-sized robot dragonfly with spying, advanced gaming, R&D, and security capabilities....

Friday, January 10, 2014
$84.95 from Amazon »

The InaTrap Insect Killer won the 2012 Taiwan Excellence Award. I wonder if it was the sole champion. Like, if nothing else in the entirety of 2012 Taiwan was more excellent than a bug destroyer (with night light!) I hope...

Monday, January 14, 2013
$40.25 from Amazon »

No, I'm afraid you can't borrow my pen, sir. I'm using it to record you cuddle monkeying around with that 24-year-old boob job who I'm pretty sure isn't your wife so that I can blackmail you for the approximate cost of a 2-week...

Friday, July 12, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

Learn a different kind of quackery...um, I mean brain skill, with the Telekinetic Enhancer, a lightweight aluminum flyer thing that sits on a prong and lolls about in clockwise or counterclockwise circles when touched by the...

If bat shit looked like 1000mW of ice-blue lightning, the S3 Spyder III Arctic Laser would be the physical manifestation of bat shit crazy. As it stands, the world's most powerful laser is just fuckin' nuts. Wicked Lasers' (absolutely, 100% legal) handheld bolt of pure spectral power counts amongst its marketable skills the ability to: Sear through ornery plastic, pop bitch-ass balloons, burn continuously, 24/7, without sustaining damage to its laser diode, function in 9 different operating modes, including Strobe, Constant Wave, SOS, Beacon, and Tactical Hibernation, emit 0.25 Lux of light at a distance of 6,856 meters, turn anyone it hits in the eye at a distance of 149 meters or less into Ray Charles, minus the musical talent and soul.

And if that weren't enough to get it laid every day for the duration of its 5,000+-hour serviceable life, Guinness is currently testing the S3 Arctic for the official title of World's Most Powerful Laser.

The S3 Arctic Series Laser resides in an aircraft grade aluminum chassis that's smaller than a standard flashlight.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
$31.46 from Amazon »

The Drivemocion Rear Window LED Messenger is probably legal in only, like, 10 states (I'd guess the spectrally left and right ones, such as Massachusetts and Texas), but for those of you living amidst bureaucratic leniency...

Sunday, June 23, 2013
$70.71 from Grand Illusions »

The trickery of prisms strikes again! Here two hunks of Dove plexiglass fit over a pair of glasses' eyepieces to invert all images the wearer sees. Reversing Goggles make for interesting school science experiments, as in the...

Monday, April 29, 2013
$99 from Siva Cycle »

When the Siva Cycle Atom says it wants some manpower, it wants some mother F'ing manpower. (Note: It will also accept elbow [knee?] grease from ladies.) An efficient, rechargeable block of pooled current, the Atom mounts to...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

It's about damn time the crap my mama sets out around my (fine, her) house and calls "art" also possesses the ability to charge my phone and iPad. O'Dea Designs' Concrete Charger is the first in their forthcoming series of...

Saturday, August 31, 2013
Discontinued

Fos: It's an LED safety patch for pedestrians and bikers. Fos: It's a light grid programmable wirelessly through your smartphone to display video, graphics, or text. Fos: It's everything people post on Facebook about how many...

Monday, November 7, 2011
$22 from Shapeways »

Hey moms! Check it out... No more searching for that perfect stocking-stuffer for your teenage son. Customize these to say whatever it is you'd like... that's 5 characters or less. This is actually a pretty creative idea...

Thursday, July 25, 2013
$89 from Amazon »

Reviewers of ABEO's HDVR-150, a hi-def video/still camera built into an attachable rearview mirror, have predominantly words of praise to lay upon the device, but I'm not fully sold on its application. Certainly in this age...

Sunday, July 7, 2013
$23.22 from Amazon »

What time is it? Let me check my Secret Agent projection gun alarm clock. Shoot! It's time to get up....

Friday, September 16, 2011
$1,299 from Makerbot »

If you're not familiar with 3D printers yet, it's time to start familiarizing yourself. A 3D printer actually "prints" an object you design on your computer by laying down successive layers of material. This offers the possibility...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
$99 from Netatmo »

Business coach, life coach, fitness coach, diet coach, and now add sun coach to the list of people I pay to help me avert F'ing up. Except June isn't a person. She (I'll go ahead and personify her though) is a bracelet and...

Monday, November 11, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

This Password Vault seems like a decent gift for people who, like me, follow the universal password rules of choosing a different protective code of at least 8 characters, half of which are symbols or caps, for every one of...

Sunday, November 18, 2012
$129.95 from Amazon »

Find out whose pants are on fire from the comfort of your own living room and USB port. The USB Polygraph for in-home use (read: barrels upon barrels of monkeys, particularly when anyone expected of cheating or doing other...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
$249 - $349 from Cube Sensors »

One of the main things about CubeSensors is that they are unobtrusive and not hideously ugly. So when you're geeking out using them to tell you how indoor temperatures and air quality are affecting your sleep, or when you're...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
By: Shapeways

Cobb's totem from the film Inception has ripped through the seams of fiction and is now available for purchase in stainless steel, glass, sandstone, and about a dozen other dreamy colors and materials. It spins 90 seconds...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
By: Behance

I'm not really sure what the point of Pinokio the robotic desk lamp is. Like, I'm not even sure he lights up or provides any practical desktop service at all. But look how cute. He's like a cautiously inquisitive little kid...

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Cybertecture Mirror allows us to gaze simultaneously upon the two things we like gazing upon best: the Internet and ourselves. A glass reflection of both beatific mugs, and streaming Web content, the futuristic mirror...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
$49.95 from Kitchen Safe »

David Krippendorf invented the Kitchen Safe first to help himself avert caving to unhealthy snack cravings. Usage of the 3-1/2 quart timed lock box soon evolved into housing TV and video game controllers, cigarettes and liquor...

Thursday, July 12, 2012
$94.91 from Amazon »

Anecdotally, I would describe the LARK Silent Alarm Clock & Sleep Sensor as analogous to the paradigm of getting the boss man to implement your Big Idea by convincing him he thought of it himself. Combining subtle vibration...

Sunday, September 11, 2011
$14.99 from Amazon »

For the people who hope for unrealistic things dreamers among us, this cool little light machine sits on just about any flat surface and sends a rainbow flying across your room. Pot of gold sold separately....

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
$38.59 from Amazon »

When you wake up in the morning 'cause the alarm gives out a warning, do you think you'll never make it on time? And does this make you sad because you'd rather stay in bed? Like, sadder than Kelly was that time she thought...

Monday, September 9, 2013
$99 - $199 from Kapture »

Kapture could easily both save and ruin my life. Because the snazzy wristband doesn't just record voices and conversations, it records them all the time. It runs continuously, collecting audio in 60-second buffered loops...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
$14.99 from ThinkGeek »

Hot off the endangered species list: great white sharks...with frickin' lasers! Actually, Dr. Evil's cycloptic sidekick was misinformed. According to the World Wildlife Fund, great white sharks are vulnerable, but not yet...

Monday, November 5, 2012
By: Youtube

Electrical engineer Brian Egenriether designed a machine to sort Skittles so that I can have all the red ones, and no one ever has to eat the disgusting green ones again. While Skittles umbrella corporation, Mars, Inc., has...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The LEGO Swiss Army Knife! It's not for sale yet, but if you like it, vote the Technic-Bionicle creation into official company review over at LEGO CUUSOO (the strangest and most cumbersome name for a Website I think I've ever...

Saturday, January 26, 2013
$19.75 - $23.75 from Technology Will Save Us »

How curious it is that some people like to spend hours doing themselves what I could accomplish in a 20-minute, $20 trip to Target. DIY speakers? A DIY synth? No, no, here's the best: DIY LED greeting cards. You know, the...

Saturday, June 15, 2013
$3.16 from Amazon »

Well, Prism Glasses for reading in bed or Prism Glasses for reading while lying flat on your back on the hood of someone's Honda Civic after you wake up from a drunken pass out and need to smartphone your way into determining...

Sunday, September 11, 2011
$22.95 from Amazon »

You gotta cut up those old credit cards anyway right? Or what? Your identity will surely be stolen and you'll lose your girlfriend and probably be shunned. Instead, make cool guitar picks and avoid shunning with this genius...

Thursday, December 5, 2013
$154.99 from Amazon »

Whomever posted all their slide shots to the Celestron InfiniView Digital Microscope listing on Amazon sure liked looking at bugs. Check out that white one. What is that, a dust mite? That thing is sick, dude. But it does...

Thursday, August 29, 2013
$1,400 from Makerbot »

I don't know if I really need to 3D scan anything--well nothing that would fit within the MakerBot Digitizer's 8" diameter confines, winkwinknudgenugde--and I definitely know I do not have $1,400, but I like that little gnome....

Thursday, January 31, 2013
$49.99 from Amazon »

Cool kids don't pack heat, they pack humidity. With the aid of any standard screw-top water bottle, the Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic humidifier will pump your hotel suite or Aunt Jan's spare bedroom full of revitalizing...

Friday, July 20, 2012
$99.95 from ThinkGeek »

While I'm pretty sure the Sonic Screwdriver in remote control form cannot eradicate the entire E! Network or track aliens of the Zooey Deschanel persuasion, it can make brandishers feel like pretty bitchin' Time Lords while...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The days of old school Nintendo Zappers and Duck Hunt have come full circle. Except this time the Zapper is souped up with a 2W+ blue laser, and can blast real ducks. Or at least light paper ducks on fire. DIY extraordinaires...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Don't try to pretend like you don't want a 5x magnified, 13,000 pixel view of your earwax. The EarScope delivers a nearly perfect image of the Q-Tip zone to assist with cleaning or taking sick pleasure in watching a mountain...

Thursday, April 11, 2013
$49.99 from Trakdot »

Trakdot luggage finders enjoyed a grand reception at CES 2013, and the company is now gearing up for its initial propagation of Trakdots into the world on June 24, 2013. The palm-sized suitcase insert collaborates with an...

Sunday, September 4, 2011
$74.95 from Amazon »

Great tool for taking your mindless "on the telephone" doodles and converting them to digital masterpieces. Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling is ideal for the front end of the creative process....

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
$99 from Melon »

Melon says, "Imagine if you could see and understand the invisible activity of your brain." Hmmm. Given that the brain activity of which I am conscious would probably get me ejected from many public places and kicked in the...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
$39.99 - $99.99 from Amazon »

The beauty of Limeade Blast stems from the suckage of smartphones and tablets. Both that they suck up battery power like a 12-pound newborn on a teat, and that this inadequacy of smartphone and tablet batteries really sucks....

Saturday, March 24, 2012
$54.99 from Home Wet Bar »

There's a reason they invented the Remote Control Drink & Snack Float. It's the same reason they call it "lazing" in the pool. It's because I'm being lazy. And because sometimes when I'm being lazy I get thirsty. And kind...

Monday, July 1, 2013
$399.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer »

Fact: no one wants robots to take our jobs. Fact also: but it wouldn't be so bad if they took our jobs that are household chores that we do not enjoy. Winbot, a window washing robot, does for glass cleanliness what Sonte app-controlled...

Saturday, June 16, 2012
$499 from ZBoard »

Like the RYNO One Wheel Motorcycle, the electric, weight-sensing ZBoard won't drop mandibles with its gravity-defying tricks or blow off toupees with its unearthly speeds. But it will make for a simple, significantly less...

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Discontinued

If you thought the famously-reviewed Amazon Banana Slicer was the lone solution to your banana-cutting predicament, have I got a 22", tropical-fruit-whacking guillotine for you. Though originally used to decapitate humans...

Friday, November 18, 2011
$99.99 from Vat 19 »

The Levitron? Sweet. Someone is selling a 0-gravity amusement park ride. I bet you sit on the hovering black disc and try not to get bucked off as it bounces and spins wildly, right? And for only $99.99, you could probably...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
$7.20 from tic »

Gone are my days of ceasing to wear a shirt that has lost a button until I remember to take it with me to my parents' house so my mom can fix it while I suck down everything in their refrigerator and kitchen cabinets and my...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
$100 - $135 from SolePower »

A shoe insole to charge my phone? Crapazola, this is even better than the stationary bike I use to power my desktop PC. SolePower generates juice for cell phones, mp3 players, and GPS devices by the power of the human gait....

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
$4.50 from Amazon »

The telescope, it is tiny. Yet it magnifies the world to about 3 times its natural size. How ironic. Irony's still in, right? Particularly liberal applications of the term? So guess what hipsters: Yahtzee! The 3" brass telescope...

Thursday, February 21, 2013
By: CrabFu

Here's my pitch for the next installment, J.J. Abrams: It's Star Wars meets the Industrial Revolution. It's Han Solo and Boba Fett playing chicken with a pair of choo choo trains. It's a steam-powered R2D2. R2 Steam Too! I...

Thursday, November 8, 2012
$11 from Infmetry »

But how do these Pack o' Gum Lighters circumvent copyright issues, you ask? Or probably you could care less. I wouldn't care either, except that I happened to notice that Extra Gum has been mysteriously recoined Exrat. Which...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sold Out from Amazon »

Though I don't want robots to take over the whole world, I wouldn't mind if they took over the parts that are inconvenient for me. Such as cleaning up my messes. The Mini Robot Vacuum, a desktop-sized personal Rosie, will...

Monday, August 20, 2012
$99.95 from Gadgets and Gear »

The LED Cube's 3D light show enjoys a fine piece of video marketing. That is, when its 40-second YouTube circus of flashing, running, strobing, tightrope-walking lights ends, I feel so sad and empty. I have to watch it again....

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
$75 from Seqinetic »

Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you get it, get ready to get it. The cold's rolling in, the dark's bearing down, and the overwhelming desire to turn in with the grizzly bears for the next 6 months is taking over. For those...

Saturday, July 28, 2012
$79.95 from Amazon »

Remote Control Cooler video viewing is a must. For the dudes. Ladies...don't send me hate mail. (Send it to the Australians, it was their idea.) According to the manufacturer, insulated walls 12" in diameter and 14" high that...

Saturday, March 2, 2013
$79 from Amazon »

Typically, I'm all too happy to touch things in public places and then put my fingers in my mouth, but the airplane is where I draw the line. Confined space, large numbers of people and, ugh, their children, recycled air...even...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

You've already tasted the rainbow, now it's time to touch the temperature. The Cryoscope is a WiFi-driven, tactile weather vane that heats or cools to the current--or forecasted--outside temperature of any user-entered location....

Saturday, December 17, 2011
$39.95 from Etsy »

This Altoids tin has been struck by magic and turned into a USB charging device. Perfect for charging your devices on the go, this ingenious invention provides the 5 volts required to charge USB powered devices. Additionally...

Saturday, June 30, 2012
$849 from Open ROV »

Admittedly, when I saw the OpenROV, an underwater exploratory robot intended for both professional and personal use, my first thought was the iPhone I lost to an all-day booze fest on Lake Geneva. She was a mere 3 days old....

Sunday, October 28, 2012
$39 from Amazon »

The Leaf says Hasta luego to both cable company BS and the eyesore attributes of other network TV HD antennas on the market. Its paper thin design and reversible black/white coloration allow for easy and inconspicuous mounting...

Saturday, December 31, 2011
$49.50 from Powerstick »

The Powerstick is an amazing portable charger for mobile devices such as phones, iPods, iPads, digital cameras, GPS and MP3 Players. Simply recharge it from any USB port including computers and laptops and then use it to charge...

Friday, April 13, 2012
$95.38 from Amazon »

Sure, the BACtrack Element Breathalyzer helps to keep you clear of the DUI-doling claws of the po', and the roads clear of the drunk, less proprioceptive version of yourself. It uses Xtend fuel censor technology that hits...