Misc. Gadgets

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Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce Howe and Howe’s Ripsaw EV2 Extreme Luxury Tank.  This vehicle looks like it’s straight out of the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. Actually, the tank Peacemaker used in the movie was a modified Ripsaw.

“The Ripsaw EV2 is a handcrafted, limited run, high end luxury super tank, developed for the public and extreme off road recreation.   These vehicles take up to 6 months to fabricate and can cost well into the 100s of thousands depending on desired luxury and performance packages.  “

Although there’s limited details on the technologies used inside this beast, we do know that the Ripsaw EV-2 has a power winch, gull-wing doors, a high-intensity light bar, 12 inches (30 cm) of suspension travel, and a diesel engine that puts out over 600 hp. I wonder if it’ll fit through a drive-thru lane?

Check out more photos and videos after the break.

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MIT researchers have developed a tiny origami-style robot that folds itself up, does a bunch of cool moves, and can be dissolved in acetone.

This amazing robot premiered at the 2015 ICRA Conference in Seattle, Washington. It represents the first time a robot was able to demonstrate a complete life cycle like this, and the hope is that one day it will be able to perform these actions inside a human body.

IEEE explains:

“…we present a novel single-sheet structure that self-folds into a centimeter-sized mobile robot that subsequently walks, swims, and dissolves. The robot is controlled using an external magnetic field exerted by embedded coils underneath the robot. Equipped with just one permanent magnet, the robot features a lightweight body yet can perform many tasks reliably despite its simplicity. The minimal body materials enable the robot to completely dissolve in a liquid environment, a difficult challenge to accomplish if the robot had a more complex architecture. This study is the first to demonstrate that a functional robotic device can be created and operated from the material level, promising versatile applications including use in vivo.”

Check out more photos and the incredible video of the robot in action after the break.

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We previously posted about this functioning Tron light cycle that was up for auction by RM Sotheby’s. If you were wondering how much it would sell for, wonder no more. It seems that $77,000 is the going rate for this kind of collectible.

No word on who shelled out all that cash, but if you see this driving around the streets of your town, let us know.

(via Gizmodo)

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There are all sorts of beautiful and complicated clocks out there—some of which make it challenging to tell the time. It becomes a game to figure out the pattern, which is exactly what will happen if you have this Fibonacci clock sitting on your desk. The clock uses a pattern of red, blue, and green squares of varying sizes and the Fibonacci sequence to display the time. From the Kickstarter page:

The screen of the clock is made up of five squares whose side lengths match the first five Fibonacci numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5. The hours are displayed using red and the minutes using green. When a square is used to display both the hours and minutes it turns blue. White squares are ignored.

To tell time on the Fibonacci clock you need to do some math. To read the hour, simply add up the corresponding values of the red and blue squares. To read the minutes, do the same with the green and blue squares. The minutes are displayed in 5 minute increments (0 to 12) so you have to multiply your result by 5 to get the actual number.

Often, there are multiple ways to display a single time. To add to the challenge, the combinations are picked randomly from all the different ways a number can be displayed. There are, for example, 16 different ways to display 6:30 and you never know which one the clock will use!

The campaign is fully funded with units expected to ship in September. You can pledge to receive your clock fully assembled for $115 or save a few dollars and go for the $55 kit version and assemble it on your own.

Check out the project video after the break.

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Inspired by the classic “Legoland Space” line of the ’70s and ’80s, artist Love Hultèn recreated the accessory bricks into actual working devices in a collection he calls “Brixsystem”.

“Like most people, I was raised by Lego. For this project, I chose to work with a set of decorated bricks from the iconic 79-87 “Legoland Space” line, mainly because of nostalgic reasons. These were bricks that would trigger my imagination as a kid. 25 years have passed, and they still trigger”

He built each device from wood at a scale of 6:1 and made them functional in some way. For example the block phone has a working receiver, outlet and working push buttons. And since some of the other bricks’ functionality wasn’t clear, Hultèn created fun uses for them, like making this computer into a retro gaming console.

Check out more photos and the neato video of the devices in action after the break.

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Meet Uni, the Unicorn Night Light.

“Here’s a magical unicorn-shaped ambient light that’ll illuminate your mystical night time adventures. Namely toilet visits and trips to everyone’s favourite haunt, Facebook.”

Wireless (just like a real unicorn) this sweet friend only requires a few batteries to power the LED light. It also comes in three enchanting colors.

Check out the even cuter pink and yellow unicorns after the break.

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On off days from shooting down rebel scum, this AT-AT Walker transforms into the AT-BT (All Terrain Beats Transport) Boombox. Etsy shop owner CalebPaullus knows that the dark side has got “phat beats” so he hand makes each boom box to order with tons of customization options.

“Every AT-BT is unique and built to order, you can pick a color, add a bluetooth module and even some LED accent lightning.”

The standard AT-BT comes with 4 speakers, rechargeable lithium battery (lasts 6 to 8 hours), A/C Adapter, AUX 3.5mm input, and 20watt output on AC, 5 on DC.

I think this boom box paired with the R2-D2 Pinball Coffee Table would complete the ultimate Star Wars super-fan living room. It will also totally wipe out your savings, but it might be worth it!

Product Page ($500.00)

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This limited edition 1:1 scale replica of Iron Man’s Mark XLIII Helmet plays all your favorite music via Bluetooth streaming, USB flash drive, or 3.5mm audio cable. Aside from the fact this is the most bassass Marvel speaker on the market, it’s got a decent set-up with two 40mm 3W midrange drivers and an 82mm 15W woofer.

If you are so bold to get this helmet (it isn’t cheap), please take a video while streaming some Black Sabbath.

Check out more images of the Iron Man speaker after the jump.

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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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