Misc. Gadgets

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Old wood, copper pipes, oh my! David Moult had a crazy idea to build his own teardrop trailer for a tour around Scotland. Although he hasn’t actually made the trip yet, he did manage to build six different trailers, including this magnificent steampunk edition. With steam gauges, a chandelier fitted from an old copper pot, and the 19-century inspired detailing throughout the trailer, this is small space living done right.

It’s really a work of art. Check out more pictures after the jump.

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Okay so maybe this isn’t the exact bunny you want to cuddle with, but it represents the first step towards the ability to 3D print plush toys. The printer was developed by Disney’s research lab and it uses an adhesive felt material which is heated as each layer is drawn. The printer works layer-by-layer, trimming fabric in each layer as it goes. When the extra fabric is peeled away, the result is a carved out-looking bunny, but it is soft and squishy.

See Also: This New Liquid 3D Printing System Will Change Everything

Of course, Disney still has a long way to go in development, but their innovation is not just for making huggable toys. The research team explained that these printers can use two fabrics in one job, and is capable of integrating conductive materials (like wiring) into the sheets, which gives this device a much broader range of applications.

Check out the video and some more pics after the break.

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Etsy shop owner Kreatworks builds all kinds of monsters from scrap metal. This specific design is actually an Alien-inspired lamp fixture. The thought of seeing this on a wall in the dark just gives me chills.

After the break, check out close-ups of all the amazing details in this sculpture.

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This gorgeous vintage steampunk-style wall sconce by JWKinseysArtifice is lovingly made from mahogany, brass, copper, and rotary switches.

“This is an accent wall sconce, not intended for general illumination. In a dark, shadowy room, a star field is displayed upon the ceiling above the lamp.”

And with great craftsmanship comes great price tags. The variety of lamps and sconces are stunning though, and would make superb conversation pieces.

Check out more imaginative steampunk lights after the break.

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Routers aren’t the most exciting gadgets in the world, but this one is an exception. Made by Christoph Kauch and Rol Schwarz, it looks just like the USS Enterprise NCC-1701. The pair hacked a Revell 1:600 model and fitted the router inside. There are even lights on the bridge!

Check out the video after the break along with a gallery of images that illustrate how it was done.

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Anime music is more than just background fodder for your favorite shows. It’s evolved over the years thanks to the ever expanding otaku fandom in Japan. And fans deserve the best listening experience for the fast tempos, memorable vocals, and rhythmic electronics. Manufacturer TDK has answered the call with a new line of “neo:n Tune” earbuds.

TDK developed these special ear buds to heighten the listener’s experience in five areas that are the most significant in anime music: Fast tempos, multiple mid-pitched notes, distortion in medium-tones, high-pitched vocals, and  the vast synthesized sound sources.

Check out all the models and colors options after the jump.

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Korean Lego enthusiast Hayarobi built this working Lego turntable for the 2014 Seoul Brick Pop Art Exhibition. It is called “The Planet” and was made of 2,405 bricks. The whole thing is powered by a Lego Power Functions Battery Box and uses an M-Motor. The only non-Lego part is the Audio Technica phono cartridge and there is even a matching tube amp and cases for the speakers.

See more pictures and a video after the break.

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What do you get when you cross a skateboard with roller blades? These Sidewinding Circular Skates. You ride them the same way you would a skateboard, but you have extra maneuverability because of the independent wheels. Still, if you prefer a skateboard feel, these skates also come with a bar that connects them.

Head after the break to see more pictures and a video of the skates in action.

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Are you a book nerd in need of a USB drive? Look no further than this adorable card catalog version with 8GB of storage.

It’s functional, unique, and it’s a great place to store your ebooks. On that note, you can get the drive loaded with 11 books from Unshelved when you buy the drive.

Product Page $20 (drive only) $35 (with Unshelved collection)

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3D printing is definitely gaining steam, but the there are major drawbacks to overcome—speed being chief among them. However, Carbon3D has just unveiled a breakthrough technology that could change everything.

Continuous Liquid Interface Productiongo technology (CLIP) is touted as being 25 to 100 times faster than current methods. The secret is that it harnesses the power of laser light to cure the photosensitive resin and oxygen as an inhibiting agent—allowing the system to print in three dimensions at once as opposed to layer-by-layer.

Amazingly enough, Carbon3D has managed to keep this development under wraps from the general public until now. However, it has managed to secure $41 million in funding from major venture capital firms like Sequoia Capital, putting many fears to rest about it’s credibility.

“If 3D printing hopes to break out of the prototyping niche it has been trapped in for decades, we need to find a disruptive technology that attacks the problem from a fresh perspective and addresses 3D printing’s fundamental weaknesses,” said Jim Goetz, Carbon3D board member and Sequoia partner. “When we met Joe and saw what his team had invented, it was immediately clear to us that 3D printing would never be the same.”

Check out the demo videos after the break to see CLIP in action…

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