Misc. Gadgets

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Time was, if you wanted a Frappuccino you’d have to pay for it with your credit or debit card like an animal. And don’t get me started on cash. Fortunately, muggles have evolved to the point where we can pay for things with our smartphones. It’s almost like magic, but not quite. For real magic, you need a wizard.

You need a wizard with an Ollivander19.

The Ollivander19 is a wizarding wand with an RFID chip that can be scanned by most tap-and-go payment points. Just remove your wand, wave it on front of the scanner, and voila! Your payment is made, and you only looked slightly silly doing it. Alas, there are only eight of these wands in existence, and the only way to get one is to sign up on Card Cutter’s website and hope you’re one of the lucky few who are chosen.

Of course, reaching into your pocket (or robe) and pulling out a large stick may represent something of a new frontier for store security, but I’m sure they’ll be reasonable if you explain that you are a well-to-do wizard in desperate need of a large coffee and pan au chocolat. Check out a promo video for the Ollivander19 below. [click to continue…]

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Hayao Miyazaki’s seminal 1984 animated movie Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a classic, widely considered one of the greatest animated movies of all time. And, as usually happens when you get a big film from the ’80s that quite a lot of people like, someone’s gone to quite a lot of trouble to recreate part of it in reality.

The OpenSky Project has worked over the last decade to bring Nausicaä’s glider to life. Headed up by artist Kazuhiko Hachiya and a team of very skilled engineers, they’ve built the OpenSky M-02J jet-powered glider. Even better, the team posted a video of the glider taking off that looks absolutely astounding. Check it out below. [click to continue…]

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Super-Fan Builds drew inspiration from Back to the Future and Hot Tub Time Machine to create a DeLorean hot tub that will take everyone on a mental journey back to the 1980s.

The device was made from an actual hot tub and DeLorean chassis and includes a bevy of bells and whistles, including functional gull wing doors, a flux capacitor and the all-important Mr. Fusion.

Unfortunately, the creation was a one-off that was presented to one thrilled fanatic.

Check out the creative process and unveiling below. [click to continue…]

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Y’know what I love about geeks? They see something awesome in a film or a TV show and they think, “let’s make it real”.

Such is the case with this novel new bicycle design from Cyclotron Bikes in Europe. Described as a “smart cycle,” this new bike doesn’t just look like it fell out of Tron but acts like it too. It features brand-new hubless wheels and its tires don’t require any air. It has a built-in mount for your smartphone and a self-recharging lithium-ion battery which also powers the lights, with all cables neatly tucked away throughout its carbon fiber frame.

And, of course, it looks like a Tron bike. Did we mention that? Seems like a pretty big selling point, if you ask me.

The project launched on Kickstarter and has already far exceeded its target goal, but with just over a week left to go it’s your last chance to get in on the ground floor if you’d like to snag one of these beauties. Be advised, though, that this bike doesn’t come cheap – the lowest available pledge amount to get a bike is €1,199 (approximately $1,350 USD) which scores you a the manual 12-speed model.

Check out the Kickstarter pitch video in the player below. [click to continue…]

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The California art and engineering collective Carv created this Theo Jansen Strandbeest-inspired bicycle that is completely impractical and weird, but also strangely fascinating.

I know the perfect person to ride it.

The device utilizes walking spider legs in place of a rear wheel and was built over a 700 hour period using 450 custom made components. Needless to say, it would generate a ton of attention on the street, but probably just as much frustration when you’re in a hurry.

Check out more pics and a video below. [click to continue…]

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Untitled-3 (1)Piemaker Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin made these snazzy-looking apple turnovers in the shape of the most visually inconsistent Star Wars character across the entire saga. No, not Yoda (seriously, what was up with his mouth in the prequels?), but… y’know. Jabba The Hutt.

Using just two apples, some patsry and a hint of cinnamon, Jessica has created a version of Jabba the Hutt even Han Solo wouldn’t object to. I mean, probably.

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Like R2-D2 and the Death Star before him, BB-8 has fulfilled his destiny and become a USB car charger. In addition to two 2.1A USB charging ports, the head rotates and it includes sound effects.

No, it doesn’t have a lighter—a major oversight if you ask me.

See the BB-8 charger in action 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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Alan Rickman Dies At 69

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This has been a bad week.

First David Bowie, and now Alan Rickman who you surely know from his many movie roles—most notably Snape from Harry Potter. Both of these icons died from cancer at age 69.

Sigh.

RIP Alan Rickman, you will be missed. Always.

(via The Guardian / Top Image by Marie-Lan Nguyen)

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I’m a home automation junkie, so when I was asked to try out the new line of Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlocks I was like “absolutely”.

Because I’m exactly the kind of person that would spend money on something with smartphone compatibility but questionable usability. I mean, sure—I can remember three or four numbers. But now I don’t have to. Plus, I hate carrying around keys with a passion.

So, I spent a couple weeks using both the outdoor and indoor versions, and discovered a few reasons why Master Lock Bluetooth padlocks aren’t a completely frivolous purchase.

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