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Bizarre Gadgets

The core concept of a plug-in Pikachu USB charger makes sense. However, the execution of this knockoff Pokemon plug leaves something to be desired. Let’s break this down: [click to continue…]

The Evangelion franchise has partnered with Japanese fishing equipment company DRESS to create a EVA-01 fish gripper with a companion app that measures the fish you catch. I would say this is a weird collaboration, but let’s not forget that Star Wars exists. Besides, this isn’t Evangelion‘s first rodeo with unusual products. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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Is there anything cooler than a Tesla coil gun? As you’ll see in Smarter Every Day’s video below, the answer to that question is probably “no”.

I don’t think anyone will be busting ghosts with this thing (the sparks can be really wild), but damn…just look at it. [click to continue…]

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Everybody loves a book that leaves them feeling smarter when they’ve reached the end, and this is one book that is almost guaranteed to deliver on that front.

This is the Codex Silenda, a five-page story about an apprentice of Leonardo Da Vinci in his workshop with a magnificent, brain-melting twist – in order to turn the page, you have to solve an intricate mechanical puzzle. On paper, it sounds like the kind of thing one might see in an ’80s horror movie, possibly involving an ancient evil with sharp objects sticking out of its face. But no! This is a real, presumably unhaunted book, and what’s more you can actually own one yourself. [click to continue…]

air bonsai

Plants are a bit boring, aren’t they? They just sit there, photosynthesizing, silently judging our fashion choices. If only there were some way of making them cooler.

Well, it looks like a company in Japan has cracked that nut. They’re trying to raise the funds for Air Bonsai, a range of bonsai trees that float about two centimeters above their magnetic base. Not surprisingly, they immediately blew away their Kickstarter goal.

Prices for these amazing flying bonsai trees start at $200 for the basic kit all the way up to $10,000, though that drop of ten Gs also includes an all-expenses-paid trip to the Air Bonsai Garden Workshop in Japan. Not too shabby!

It’s also important to point out that export restrictions don’t allow for the shipping of plants between countries, so they have secured support from “team members in the United States who will negotiate with regional bonsai and plant makers”.

Check out the project video below.

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So long Siri, sayonara Cortana, adios Alexa – there’s a new digital home assistant in town, and she’s holographic.

Japanese startup vinclu Inc. have posted a concept video for a holographic assistant called Gatebox. Trapped within Gatebox, like Tinkerbell in a glass jar, is a character named Azuma Hikari. She’ll wake you in the morning, greet you when you get home from work and communicate with other smart devices in your home so you can use her to turn on your TV, adjust your thermostat, play your favorite music, etc. Think of it like an Amazon Echo with even more personality.

Will this spark some pretty creepy relationships? Probably.

At any rate, Gatebox is just an idea right now, but it looks like vinclu Inc. is gearing up to launch a crowdfunding campaign later this year.

See the concept in action in the video below.

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crazy tentacle

“I appear to have invented a knife wielding tentacle”.

The kind of person that can utter that statement with a deadpan delivery is very dangerous. Something tells me that YouTuber outaspaceman in on his way to becoming a supervillain (if he’s not shredded by his own creation that is).

Check out the video after the break…

wake up machine

Simone Giertz decided that the most effective way to wake up in the morning is to have an alarm clock that slaps her in the face repeatedly with a rubber arm. To make it happen, she picked apart a clock, wired it to an Arduino UNO and controlled it via a 165 rpm brushless DC motor through a relay.

As you’ll see after the jump, the Wake-Up Machine may work too well. Not only did it smack Simone in the face, but it also ate her hair. That being said, watch out for some nsfw language.

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With the help of Swiss high-end clock manufacturer L’Epée 1839, MB&F has created a bizarre and terrifying timepiece dubbed “Arachnophobia”. It was inspired by a giant spider sculpture called Maman (mother in French), created by Louise Bourgeois.

And the price tag is even scarier, starting at $16,000 – $18,000.

Check out a few close-up images after the break…if you can handle it.

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slinky escalator

After an insane amount of trial and error, Matthias Wandel achieved mankind’s dream of an endless slinky staircase.

As you’ll see, this project took few hilarious engineering turns with what appears to be an uncooperative slinky. But once he added a hand crank to control the speed, the never-ending staircase and slinky married in perfect harmony.

Check out the video after the break.

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