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A new Super Mario Bros film at SXSW

It's-a me, Mario!

BookArc laptop stand “speeds up” your computer

BookArc laptop stand “speeds up” your computer

Twelvesouth makes the $39.99 BookArc, a MacBook Air stand that helps you keep your desk tidy when you want to hook it up to a keyboard, external display and so forth. The marketing literature makes an interesting point about its product: Want to Speed Up Your MacBook Air? Try a BookArc. Really. BookArc for MacBook Air is more than a [...]

This video is jaw dropping

China’s Shanghai maglev train traveling 430km/h from the airport

2:23 scared the shit out of me

Keychain fob that unsnaps to reveal a tiny USB cable

Keychain fob that unsnaps to reveal a tiny USB cable

The flipSYNK USB cables are clever little keychain-sized multi-USB adapters (this one's got a micro- and mini-USB tip) that snap together to form a small, easily-pocketed, snag- and tangle-proof fob. Some users have reported difficulty in getting the cables to work as both a charge- and data-conduit (I've had this problem with retractable USB [...]

Twilight Landing At LAX (Cockpit View)

What if there’s a 4th dimension?

We know left right, back forth, and up down. What if there's another?

Badass Mini-Vise

Badass Mini-Vise

I have been using this little vise since my interest in electronics was sparked by Make and Hackaday.com. Before I was just using the standard two-arm alligator-clip and magnifying glass holder from Xacto. The Panavise is much more stable, adjustable and appropriate for breadboard soldering. It has the little grooves on the arms that your [...]

Watch 200 Years of Global Growth In Four Minutes

A professor of international health in Sweden, Hans Rosling has a long history of exploring the facts and figures that surround our changing world. In the a segment of the BBC series, Rosling gives one of his most famous lectures with a new twist. Using 120,000+ bits of data and augmented reality, the exuberant professor takes us through the last [...]

Flash Ad: BMW Burns Logo onto Cinema-Goers’ Eyes

I love this eye-burning guerilla ad from BMW, a kind of a cross between Julius von Bismarck’s Fulgurator and Max Headroom’s blipverts. The stunt was pulled in a German movie theater. A giant Profoto Pro-7B was hidden behind the screen, a studio flash unit that pumps out enough light to… well, you’ll see. In front of the light was a [...]

Sollight Lightship

Sollight Lightship

This solar-powered LED light comes with suction cups and is incredibly handy. I keep one in the car on the back window, so it's always charged in case of a breakdown. It also features a red LED to preserve night vision, as well as an auto-shut-off that uses a light sensor. It is weather sealed and it stood up brilliantly to the sun, salt and [...]

ReBirth Synthesizer for iPad

ReBirth for iPad is a $15 multitouch synthesizer that emulates the Roland TB-303 Bass synth and the Roland TR-808 and 909 drum machines. You can create music on it and output the songs as MP3s. Combine these with FX units, fully featured pattern sequencers and a gorgeous-looking interface and you're ready to make killer tracks on your iPad. [...]

HOWTO: Graft the RFID from a payment-card onto your phone

HOWTO: Graft the RFID from a payment-card onto your phone

Hardware hacker Andrew "bunnie" Huang is living in Singapore, and he's finding it difficult to board the public transit system because he habitually carries so many RFID-embedded cards that the automated turnstiles can't get a read from his EZlink card. So he decided that he would remove the RFID from his transit card and delicately graft it [...]

Data glory holes

Data glory holes

Aram Bartholl is mortaring USB drives into walls, curbs, and buildings around New York. These dead drops, as he terms them, are peer-to-peer file transfer points with true anonymity. Bartholl has a residency with EYEBEAM, a truly fascinating incubator of and studio for new ideas in technology and art. The project has five initial locations [...]

Cleverly designed camera bag keeps you stealthish

Cleverly designed camera bag keeps you stealthish

This is such a great idea I can't believe the design isn't more common! Over at Cloakbags, someone was really thinking and designed a camera bag that conceals the fact you even have a camera. First of all, by not looking like the usual flag announcing to the world around you that you have valuable gear in tow, it keeps you a little more low-key [...]

Beautiful video-mapping show projected on Prague’s 600-year-old medieval Astronomical Clock

Beautiful video-mapping show projected on Prague’s 600-year-old medieval Astronomical Clock

I had no idea this was even possible with projector technology... From Prague, a video-mapping show projected on the medieval Astronomical Clock in the city's Old Town Square. Part of a celebration for the 600th anniversary of the clock's construction. The dazzling visual show goes on for a full ten minutes. (more…)

Pocket Radar

Pocket Radar

Hold this thing in your hand, aim it at a fast, moving object and it instantly gives you the speed of that object... either coming or going. Not only big objects like cars, but little ones like golf balls, too. This little gadget's accuracy matches that of police scans, so you can actually check for speeders on your block. The main use of [...]

Smith & Wesson Tactical pens

Smith & Wesson Tactical pens

I spotted the Embassy Pen (top image) over at Uncrate and really dig the minimalist Maglite-esque look of it. It's $38.50 from County Comm. I showed it to Rob and he hipped me to the bad-assness of the Smith & Wesson Military and Police Tactical Pen that's just $26 from Amazon. Now if only I could manage to hang on to a pen for more than [...]

Article about extreme lifestyle minimalists

Article about extreme lifestyle minimalists

Kelly Sutton is a 22-year-old software engineer in Brookyln. He says he has gotten rid of all of his possessions, save for "his laptop, an iPad, an Amazon Kindle, two external hard drives, a 'few' articles of clothing, and bed sheets for a mattress that was left in his newly rented apartment." He has a some other items that he is unloading on [...]

Drilling robot to explore mysterious tunnels in Great Pyramid

Drilling robot to explore mysterious tunnels in Great Pyramid

Does the Pyramid of Cheops hide more secrets within its massive volume? A 1992 robot explored one tiny passage only to be blocked by limestone doors with brass handles -- and the next one drilled through only to find anther door behind it. (more…)

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