Misc. Gadgets

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La-Z-Boy chairs are nice enough, but what if you could sit inside a life-sized jet fighter cockpit while you watched television? I’d do it, and now it could be a reality because of Dogfight Boss. The company is Kickstarting a cardboard personal cockpit that’s easy to assemble and dissemble but also looks amazing with incredible details. You won’t even need glue to assemble the cockpit, just a sharp knife.

The cardboard jet fighter cockpit is meant for anyone who loves flight simulators or just wants a rad cockpit in the living room. They’re asking for $24,900 in order to finalize the design and to make cockpits for other types of vehicles. Reward levels include simpler and smaller cockpits for children, PDF versions of the cockpit, and physical versions of the cockpit.

See the Kickstarter video for the project after the break.

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You’d think that making The Avengers 2 would take up all of Joss Whedon’s time, but he managed to squeeze in a little side project while filming. He worked with singer-songwriter Shawnee Kilgore to co-write a 6-song EP of folk songs that they hope to release this year. He first became aware of Kilgore after watching the video for the kickstarter campaign of her latest album.

“One of the cards just said ‘I am learning how…’ and then she flipped it: ‘…to ask for help,’” said Whedon. “And I was like, ‘OK!’ That struck such a chord with me, personally. … I really loved the music and the sound of her voice.”

Whedon was so touched that he pledged at least $1,000 to the campaign. It fully funded and when Kilgore contacted Whedon about fulfilling his rewards, he told her that he had the lyrics to a a song he hoped she might be able to use. Needless to say, she said yes, and the collaboration began to take shape. The first song on the EP is titled Big Giant Me and is now available on iTunes.

See the video that inspired Joss to work with Kilgore and hear a clip of the song after break.

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Shark Gun

Guns are pretty intimidating on their own, but now artist Christopher Shulz has pushed it to a new level with his shark gun chrome sculpture collection.

Ocean authorities and marine biologists have regularly produced evidence that sharks are not as bloodthirsty and dangerous as pop culture media often depicts, and this fact was part of the inspiration. As Shulz explains, his shark gun sculptures “are meant to evoke a prescribed reaction from misinformation.”

Then again, maybe we should keep that part quiet and take this a step further with a gun that shoots sharks. Look for that on Syfy sometime soon.

(via Neatorama)

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The Flux Capacitor Car Charger was another one of Think Geek’s April Fool’s products, but it became pretty obvious that it would sell like hotcakes if they actually made it.

So they have.

Indeed, we have just received word that the Back To The Future-inspired charger will be available starting in September 2014. From the product page:

Each Flux Capacitor Car Charger has two USB ports, each capable of charging almost any USB powered device (it pumps out 2.1 Amps). But it also has that beautiful Flux Capacitor light sequence we all know and love. Even traffic jams (either terrestrial or aerial (if your car is powered by Mr. Fusion)) won’t bother you because your device will be charging and the Flux Capacitor Car Charger’s pulse will make you feel more important than anyone else. It’s time to write your name in your underwear, Calvin, and get yourself a Flux Capacitor Car Charger in the present (so you can enjoy it in the future).

Product Page ($24.99)

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TV remotes just leveled up into a whole new universe of cool thanks to ThinkGeek and their new Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Universal Remote Control. From the press release:

This exceptionally accurate and highly detailed working replica will be revealed at San Diego Comic Con on July 23 and can be experienced first-hand at ThinkGeek’s booth (#3849).

Created from meticulous 3D scans of the last known hero prop from the original Star Trek series, the Phaser Universal Remote Control is a fully functional gesture-based universal remote control suitable for controlling many home entertainment systems and other IR controlled devices.

Seamlessly blending functionality and perfect form, the 1:1 scale Phaser is equipped with 10 authentic phaser firing sounds, tactile force-feedback, a customizable personal lock code, and can store up to 36 remote commands.

Yep. you can finally use a phaser to turn the TV on and off and make pew pew noises with an actual phaser instead of your boring remote. (Well, I don’t know if you do that, but I know I do.)

The Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Universal Remote Control will be available at ThinkGeek.com beginning early November 2014.

We’ve got a great rundown on the features and info on this beauty, so head after the jump to see more.

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warp drive handbrake

Emergency brakes are a necessary safety feature, so since you have to have one, why not make it geeky? Redditor eacos shared a picture of a car that has a warp drive style handbrake that would make me want to use my emergency brake much more often.

(via Reddit)

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As far as gizmos go, this Star Wars R2-D2 Virtual Keyboard is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Instead of projecting a hologram of Princess Leia, this R2 unit projects a virtual keyboard onto any flat surface. It also boops, beeps and whistles just like R2 when you turn it on, turn it off, crank up the volume or adjust the brightness of the keyboard. It even makes sounds as you type. This little guy will be available this September and if you’d like to see how it works, watch the video after the break…

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jedi bride

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Talk about a trip down memory lane! This new LEGO set, officially called the Fairground Mixer set, premiered over the weekend at the Sydney Brickshow in Sydney, Australia, and pays homage to that childhood wonder we all loved: the traveling carnival. Dangerously rickety rides, sketchy carnival workers, imposing eighteen wheelers and, of course, tons of vomit—it’s all been magically transformed into awesome LEGO!

There are over 1,700 pieces (as well as 12 Minifigs, including one that has a special “vomit face” look) that come with the set, and it even includes a hand-cranked “mixer” ride—which, if you’re clever and handy with machines, you could probably hook up to an electric motor. The price for this set is a little steep: $149.99. But, come on, the nostalgia factor alone is totally worth the price!

Check out some more pics of the set after the break…

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3D printers can print just about anything these days, even pizzas. But now, thanks to a program called Mineways, 3D printers can print actual Minecraft worlds. Dave Russell is a hardcore Minecraft fan, and he used the open source 3D program to bring his digital creations to life.

Photo Credit: Eric Haines (Mineways, Flickr)

Take a look at some more pics after the break…

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